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Town Hall Fountain On Course For Its May Opening

Tuesday March 12 2013

Town Hall Town Hall

THE fountain and public gardens being created at the side of the Town Hall should be completed for its original planned opening date in early May.

There had been fears bad weather had caused delays and members of the public expressed concern about the project being 'massively delayed'.

But council officials are hopeful the target date of the May Day bank holiday will still be met.

When completed it will boast fountains, and a Nigel Hall sculpture on loan from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and leisure space.

It will cost about £22,000 to run annually - a sum councillors defended by saying improvements that make the town centre more attractive are vital to attract investment.

Retired businessman Stan Wright, 77, from Darton, is one of the many shoppers that have peered into the site to look for signs of progress.

He said: "I'm not one of those who is criticising the project, because I think when it is finished it will be an improvement."

"But when you look at what work has actually been completed - I have to ask what on earth have those workmen been doing all this time?"

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Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Tuesday March 12 2013 at 13:29
Have to agree with Stan, what have they been doing? lots of diggers parked on site but how can it take so long to landscape such a small area, it must have been 6 months already. It's not like its been rushed to sort the road out around the Town Hall.

Whatever happened to the clock at the Civic by the way, thats been switched off for a couple of years.

What happened to the museum as well wasn't that supposed to be opened last year?

Do any BMBC projects get finished on time?

Reply Posted by Bill on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 06:38
Walking past the site yesterday there looks no way that the project will be completed on time unless a last minute panic and serious corners are cut.
£3million? to develop and 22 thousand per year to run plus a civic that performs to near empty audiences (most of whom are not from barnsley), a missing and expensive civic clock and now a town hall museum that nobody will visit more than once if at all. Come on barnsley council the people of barnsley are proud of their town and someone is having a laugh at their expense. With the bedroom tax and general squeeze on peoples pocket from the tories more thought to where hard earned rate payer money is spent is needed. Oh and please get a move on with the old mill lane road scheme it's carnage at times.

Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 07:55
You're right Bill, although the figure I saw for the town hall garden was £1million. I understand the council has ambitions to attract people to the town, but they need to get the basics right - parking, litter, busy market - rather than these lofty plans. You are right to single out the town hall museum, a much bigger waste of money. Personally i'd have converted it into a luxury wedding & conference venue to bring in plenty of revenue.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 09:40
There's no doubt visitors will be impressed by our Town Hall it's probably the most beautiful civic building in the country. But I doubt if they will be much impressed by anything else. The people of Barnsley aren't. !!

Reply Posted by debbie on Friday March 15 2013 at 17:55
so many cut backs in Barnsley and then all this money being spent on this

Reply Posted by steve on Saturday March 16 2013 at 15:08
well. you voted them in lol

Reply Posted by stevo on Saturday March 16 2013 at 17:18
Correct steve!
The sooner the people of Barnsley "wake up and smell the coffee" the better.
Labour have done NOTHING for this town apart from make rediculous claims of job growth which there clearly hasnt been.

Reply Posted by shaun on Sunday March 17 2013 at 17:13
Whos paying to run it this fountain annually

Reply Posted by Ron on Friday March 29 2013 at 18:00
At a guess. The taxpayer?