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Cortonwood Extension Turned Down By Councillors

Wednesday March 13 2013

Wombwell by Susan Quinn Wombwell by Susan Quinn

PLANS to extend Cortonwood retail park have been turned down.

The proposals would have created 250 jobs, and it's lead to a mixture of relief and disappoinment from local people.

It's claimed the development would have created the jobs through £25m of private investment, which would have seen a current warehouse on the site demolished and six retail units erected.

But Rotherham councillors rejected the development on the basis it would adversely affect Barnsley town centre and cause potential traffic problems - objections made by Barnsley Council when the plans were submitted.

Daniel Harris, who owns the land and submitted the application, said he was 'very disappointed'.

But David Cole, of the Wombwell High Street Committee, welcomed the news.

"It's a good thing really because money needs to spent on small towns rather than expanding retail centres," he said.

"A lot of these centres are struggling and shutting down in the current economic climate but, if you keep building more, it shuts down high streets as well - so then you're left with nothing at all," he added. "We need to go back to basics with high street shopping and a sense of community."

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Reply Posted by Grim Reaper on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 18:37
@David Cole - you are so wrong. people do not want to go to tatty run down centres like Wombwell with a poor range of shops. They want private investment, jobs and clean modern shops.

Barnsley put the kaibosh on a cinema down at manvers and now it has done this. It should be ashamed.

After all town shopping is a thing of the past and no one will invest in them.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 20:36
Grim Reaper I'm afraid it's you that's wrong - Barnsley Council should look after the interests of Barnsley and it's residents and that's exactly what it has done. The site is in Rotherham, the traffic problems would be in Barnsley, the added pressure of a declining centre in Wombwell is also Barnsleys problem, so I think they were correct to object and no shame at all.

Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 21:03
I'm with Grim Reaper. I drive past Wombwell to go to Cortonwood & always will. There is nothing in Wombwell I want, with or without Cortonwood. Traffic congestion is very rare - holiday weekends only. 250 jobs on the doorstep would have been very welcome.

Reply Posted by Interested on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 23:26
Definitely agree with Mick and Grim Reaper. Barnsley town centre is a dump, Wombwell ok if you're over 65 and don't drive however or me, it's ideal nipping to Cortonwood instead of thr 9-5 jobs in the town centres. High street shopping is coming to an end, nothing lasts forever as they say! Besides, I didn't notice any pissed up old farts and druggies hanging round Cortonwood last time I went - a far cry from Barnsley!

Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday March 14 2013 at 17:16
interesting - Absolutely spot on!
4 miles to town from my house and roughly 9 to cortonwood,i can park for free and not get hassled by smackrats wanting to borrow money for drugs or alchos shouting at the top of their voices.

Reply Posted by les on Thursday March 14 2013 at 08:51
You have to agree.
Barnsley is a hole.
The thing about cortonwood is....no pubs
it is what it says on the label... a shopping precinct....my last views of barnsley..this last 7 days.
The bus station.created by someone who watched too many kids programmes..
2 dead pigeons together in the edge of the taxi rank. how do you kill 2 birds with 1 taxi. " deliberately "
The pub on the corner outside smells like a cross between a pub and a toilet all rolled into one,this is all within the first 40 yds of arriving in barnsley...
The only thing wrong with cortonwood is not enough buses from hoyland.elsecar jump birdwell....only one per hour and none on sunday......." i wonder why "

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Thursday March 14 2013 at 12:42
All these comments are fine and legitimate but the point Grim Reaper was making is that Barnsley Council should be ashamed for objecting. I disagree - Cortonwood is in Rotherham and it is Rotherham that gain from the business rates brought by the development. Barnsley needs and in time will get a much improved town centre although I do agree that most town centres will never be the same again due to internet shopping but they will survive. If sheds with Matalan, Boots, Next, B&Q Asda and Sports Direct all built around a huge car park is your idea of a pleasant days shopping, then who am I to disagree. As for the issue of congestion then clearly Mick we have different experiences when driving around the area.

Reply Posted by TC on Sunday March 17 2013 at 09:54
I think we need to accept that many of us don't have time for "a pleasant days shopping". We need to park the car, go to where we need to go, buy what we need then be back in the car & on our way. You only need look at modern town centers & the trading establishments that survive to see that those with the time don't have the money & vice-versa.

Reply Posted by tony on Saturday March 16 2013 at 19:34
thay not buttering right hands up in council

Reply Posted by TC on Sunday March 17 2013 at 09:47
I agree regarding the traffic situation but that could be addressed by improving acess to the site. The current one way in/one way out causes a bottleneck. Saying that though, it isn't nearly half as bad as Parkgate.

Objecting due to adverse effects on Wombwell High Street, however, is laughable. If Barnsley Council genuinely cared about the High Street they wouldn't have allowed it to become dominated by betting shops, charity shops & takeaways.

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