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Car Parks To Increase Their Charges

Wednesday January 30 2013

Site where CEAG building stood to give temporary parking Site where CEAG building stood to give temporary parking

CAR parks in Barnsley are to increase their charges in April 2013.

The proposed 10 per cent rise is set to raise an extra £100,000 for council services.

Barnsley Council are also to reduce charges at its car parks at Joseph Street, Burleigh Street West and Burleigh Street East. They hope that this will discourage motorists from congesting nearby residential areas.

The CEAG site on Kendray Street will give additional temporary parking to encourage shoppers. This will be the case until its developer takes it over as part of the long-awaited Markets Project.

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Reply Posted by king louis on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 15:44
What is the first reason given for people using out of town shopping?.....PARKING!.....if that's true how do we encourage town centre shopping?

Reply Posted by Philip Taylor on Thursday January 31 2013 at 22:23
like for like products ,clothes 10% or more cheaper in Barnsley than meadowhall ,shop rates substantially higher in meadowhall even in soccer sports!

Reply Posted by Craig on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 15:48
Disgraceful. People should vote with their feet on this and just not go to Barnsley town centre - this will make the council sit up and take notice.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 15:54
But that will solve nothing other than making shop assistants and shop owners redundant and reducing the vitality of the town centre. Do the opposite Craig and shop in the town centre - it may cost you an extra 50p on the car parking or indeed travel by bus/train/walk. Is small pence more too much to stop you shopping in the town centre???

Reply Posted by Alum d on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 15:53
What is the BEST way to keep people away from tarn .. INCREASE parking charges... You morons

Reply Posted by mel on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 15:57
I personally prefer to go places like meadowhall. By the time I have finished driving around to find a space and then paying for parking, it doesn't cost me anything extra to go the few extra miles. Plus in weather like this, me and my daughter are not gonna get blown away or wet through in meadowhall.

Reply Posted by Kaz on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 15:58
So it will make more people use side streets on the outskirts of town centre as free car parks. I run a business on summer lane and myself, staff and customers struggle to park anywhere near because all the side streets are clogged up with people going into town and council staff from the Gateway Plaza using them as a free car park

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 21:48
Kaz, what is it that makes you think you or your staff can park on a side road as opposed to anyone else that works in the town centre? Unless I'm mistaken the article talks about a 10% rise in the centre car parks and a reduced tariff in those car parks around the edge of town. There is a fair old degree of hysteria about this article. What will make people shop in town is the standard of shops on offer - a mix of shops at each end of the scale will draw people in and they will pay the car park charges.

Reply Posted by Mappman on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 16:46
This Labour council is killing the Barnsley town centre take a look around the town centre like we did on Saturday it's disgraceful shops boarded up all over May day green, More chippys that pubs. This is just another nail in the coffin of the famous "Market Town" of Barnsley.
To the coucil "GET YOUIR FINGER OUT" with the new market project why should we pay more to shop in fewer shops.
I am getting close to being ashamed of my home town that I have been so proud of all my life.

Reply Posted by trish on Thursday January 31 2013 at 22:08

Reply Posted by Baz on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 17:36
And if this rise is enough to deter sufficient shoppers from visiting town such that a couple more shops go out of business, the forecast increase in parking revenue might even offset the loss in business rates.

Reply Posted by allan machen on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 18:26
i park at morrissons 2 houres for £1 then you go in the shop buy something for a few quid like milk n bread and get yor £1 off the bill

Reply Posted by Chris on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 20:52
Don t mind paying for parking if there were a decent variety of shops.

Can t we attract bigger stores to town? All the younger end need to be encouraged more to shop in barnsley instead of meadow hall!!!
And what was that really bad idea in the chronicle last week??? A Chinese themed arcade? Council, you get it so wrong.

Reply Posted by les on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 23:02
If it is expected to generate 100.000 £ on a 10% rise how much does it generate on its whole car parking cost including fines and clamping and everything else that goes with car parking.....for parking a car that these very drivers are paying road tax to use. im surprised the councils dont have a tarrif for stopping at traffic lights

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Thursday January 31 2013 at 07:19
Ssshhhhhhhhh. Don't give them ideas here, they may be reading.

Some councils already fine drivers who stop in boxed junctions using CCTV cameras to catch them.

Reply Posted by trish on Thursday January 31 2013 at 22:06

Reply Posted by trish on Thursday January 31 2013 at 22:05
Oh yes! what a good idea! Put the chargers up for carparking then NO-ONE will come into town to shop!!!!!! We may as well go to Meadowhall!!!! Well done Barnsley council, what an intelligent idea!!!

Reply Posted by allan machen on Thursday January 31 2013 at 22:07
i dont go to barnsley mutch cos its crap i go to waki or meadowhall still have to pay in waki but more shops to look round barnsley will be like a goast tawn be for long

Reply Posted by Matt on Friday February 1 2013 at 00:10
I read all these negative comments, typical of many in Barnsley who can't see the bigger picture. Our council has had to work with a 17 million budget reduction, so increases like this may help preserve important services elsewhere or even a few jobs. Let's face it, what is it £1.20 an hour at the moment so an extra 12p or so?
If all you moaners care about Barnsley, start spending there instead of out of town such as Meadowhall. Once major retailers see the trend of an increase in footfall, they will want to invest in new stores in our town. Stay away from Barnsley and things won't improve. A bigger picture for instance, more retailers equals more council rates so the coffers build, maybe put the council into a place where parking charges can be reduced or removed.

Reply Posted by Ian on Friday February 1 2013 at 12:48
Well played Matt, most objective look at this there has been. Well put.

Reply Posted by Don McCarron on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 10:14
You're putting the cart before the horse. Barnsley businesses simply cannot afford BMBC's ridiculous town-centre rates. And it's no good talking about the council's budget because all they're doing is shooting themselves in the foot.

Reply Posted by Don McCarron on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 10:16
And whther or not consumers balk at parking prices is irrelevant; The fact is that they do.

BMBC have to work with things the way they are. Not the way they think they should be.

Reply Posted by faye osborne on Friday February 1 2013 at 12:57
yet again the bright sparks in barnsley council increase parking charges in town this will only drive more people to meadowhall its simple no charges for parking more shops more choice its a simple choice!!!!!!!! keep on doing this and they be no shops left in the town then how are you are going to generate money when its all been spent in meadowhall sheffield and other places. if you dont get it right you end up like comet, woolworths !!!!!!!

Reply Posted by greenginger on Friday February 1 2013 at 14:07
Barnsley town centre has been getting increasingly run down for the last decade. The choice and quality of shops has worsened. It is full of pubs and charity shops and the market is a dump. The toilet facilities have always been poor and the choice of eateries are poor. Meadowhall has free parking and is clean and warm and dry, Cortonwood is limited in shops but even with Barnsley's opposition, thriving. Barnsley needs new and better shops and a good clean plus less beggers before people will go there, never mind pay more to park there.

Reply Posted by jackie white on Friday February 1 2013 at 16:45
Barnsley town used to be a place to be proud of with the market and shops not anymore. Like someone said more chippys, pound shops , charity shops than owt .no decent shops for clothes or homeware or childrens wear nothing . Its a disgrace .it used to be so nice.i prefer to go to meadowhall or wakefield and u do have to pay for parking at wakefield but better shops.

Reply Posted by LV on Sunday February 3 2013 at 20:16
To all those complaining about the parking charges... Why don't you get off your idle backsides, save the money you'd waste on petrol and walk or catch the bus?! I understand it's not suitable for larger families or for large shops, but I've never driven and don't intend to - using the bus is so much cheaper by comparision. I have done a week's shopping on my own, walked from the alhambra to the bus station and caught the bus, then walked a further 500yrds to where I lived, sure you feel like your arms are going to drop off by the time you get through the door, but it's cheaper.

As for the town having no decent shops, everyone complains about not having money but your all such snobs that you wouldn't dare to look in a charity shop or use primark or wilkos. There's nothing wrong with these shops, you're all just trying to look like more than you are.

You all need to start walking more and be happy with what you have, if you don't like your local shops why not move to Sheffield or Wakefield, see how much you like it then.

Reply Posted by greenginger on Monday February 4 2013 at 16:56
It is not about snobbery. You cannot get all your shopping from pound shops or charity shops, even if you wanted to. It may be cheap for you to catch the bus in to town but it would cost me about a tenner for my family and me to get there and I cant expect my youngest at 3 to walk the 8 miles in.
Loyalty is all very well but open your eyes and see it for what it is - a dump with a serious lack of facilities. For example baby changing or decent cafes that are not full of dirty smelly smoke covered people?

Reply Posted by Robert on Thursday February 7 2013 at 09:33
A lot of people above need to realise that no matter what the cost, you should be supporting your own town and not feed greedy Sheffield Meadowhall. Shopping local keeps business in the town and stop more Barnsley folk getting unemployed. Use your bloody brains... SHOP LOCAL AND SUPPORT THE TOWN.

Reply Posted by Laura on Thursday February 7 2013 at 11:12
Not trying to look more than we are just maybe we work hard for our money or lifestyle and wouldn't want to spend our money in charity shops does not make us snobs

Reply Posted by Greenginger on Thursday February 7 2013 at 16:10
@ Robert your argument is flawed. I am guessing that the few independent shops that are in Barnsley are not owned by locals. They may employ some staff true but usually on poor wages. All the other shops are big name brands such as Wilkos and Morrisons and they are just capitalist machines. Charity shops mainly run with volunteers.
How does shopping in Barnsley make the place better? The place itself is run down and the council seem to think that a market an loads of pubs makes it great. There are too many pubs and the market is also dirty and run down.

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Thursday February 7 2013 at 16:16
Come on Greenginger, get behind the town. One thing we know for sure, the less money spent in Barnsley the less attractive it becomes for others to open a shop here.

The more money spent in shops stimulates the local economy, creates employment and the result is others taking a punt and trying their luck.

Small steps......

Reply Posted by Gail Preece on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 08:44
I would happily pay for parking if there were a better selection of shops to go to. the council need to be attracting more businesses into the area not penalizing the loyal shoppers who do make an effort to shop local. to be honest the only shops worth visiting are the charity shops at the moment, given the choice of supporting charity or paying for over priced clothes I know where Id rather shop.

Reply Posted by clare g on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 08:47
more investment is needed in the quality of shops, stores and eating places in order to attract people of all ages into the town centre. Rather than a fancy water feature by the town hall, funds could be re-directed to make the market, and centre a better place for us all to spend our money. I wouldnt mind the extra charge for parking if there were shops actually worth visiting. i dont think the meadow hall is being greedy, they have just got it right in terms of attracting people that shop? rather than those who are out for a pint or 10

Reply Posted by barnsley lass on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 08:56
it is not down to the shoppers to invest in barnsley, it is the local authority. they need to make more attractive deals to the traders/stores which in tern will attract shoppers, who wont mind paying the parking fees when they are able to purchase the goods the want. We need a range of shops not just high end and not just low end. A good all round selection will get people spending.

Reply Posted by sami on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 08:59
Simple reason why I no longer go in town is that places like meadowhall and York outlet don't have scruffs and druggies stood around shouting and swearing at each other on every other corner. The police stand there laughing and joking with them and are on 1st name terms with them. Some of the behaviour by these people is ridiculous and intimidating and nothing gets done about it.

Reply Posted by stairfootborn on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 09:18
I dont go to meadow hall or into town unless need mad mix or blackford sports,i find that there is very little that i cant get from stairfoot,tesco,b n m dunelm,pets at home b n q,so i do shop in barnsley and local,if i do banking i go to wombwell,its quick and convenient and free parking,i would pay parking if the town held more attraction for me,but it also saves time dragging the kids around town,i dont have the time anymore,working and bringing children up means convenience comes out top.

Reply Posted by guestymcguest on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 09:23
Agree with Sami,

I don't want my kid raising up thinking that being drunk, drugged up scrubbing round town is the norm, i'll take them somewhere clean and pleasant where they aren't going to feel intimidated. No incentive for me to shop in town, just as there is no reason for me to work in town either, there are no jobs in my sector in Barnsley so I work in a city nearby.

Town is scruffy, not maintained, run down and a product of years non-investment.

Barnsley offers nothing to outsiders, no incentive to come and shop or work here. All this in a location that is smack bang in the middle of the country on the M1 - 15 miles from two major cities. Labour BMBC in all their years in charge have never grasped this. I know for a fact that the guy that was responsible for Meadowhall approached BMBC first before sheffield and they weren't interested. Barnsley was also in the running for the Xscape center that opened in castleford - they messed up again. We could have all the nice independant shops in the world but if the settings not right it doesn't make a difference. We all know where the finger should be pointed, consumers are fickle things, we need some business adumen at BMBC

Reply Posted by Evo on Tuesday February 12 2013 at 11:04
Years ago when I was a kid, most people didn't have cars and we used the bus wherever we went, bus fares were cheap (7p, ano bout inflation an all that) we had no choice but to use them, Nowadays almost everyone has a car and won't go anywhere without them, and if they can't park directly outside they just won't go,(myself included) I am a big supporter of Barnsley town centre and go at least once a week, what a dump its become, I refuse to pay for parking and I refuse to pay extortionate bus fares ( £2.20) if they want me to pay for something I want to feel its been worth the expense and its just not, I hate meadowhell and prefer to support local businesses but we're getting nothing back for our support, so c'mon barnsley council do something for us and get the community spirit back into barnsley, make us enjoy our shopping experience, then we won't mind paying extra for parking.