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Council Put Plans In Place To Boost Town's Economy

Friday May 17 2013


New plans put in place to boost town's economy New plans put in place to boost town's economy


BARNSLEY Council has set up a new economic partnership to steer the town's economic growth.

They're putting the private sector in the driving seat to get the local economy moving.

A chairperson and 11 members from the private sector are now being recruited to the partnership.

The group is looking for a range of business people to bring in their specialist knowledge of their own sectors, along with a collective general wisdom on what works best for business.

The borough has fewer businesses and jobs than the national or even regional average, so to remedy that deficit an ambitious economic strategy has been put together.  

The new strategy is backed up with a £25million investment plan which focuses on six clear priorities that will create the conditions for businesses - whether homegrown or inward investing - to flourish in Barnsley.

- A vibrant town centre
- Quality employment sites, a good housing mix and integrated transport
- Renewal of Goldthorpe and the wider Dearne area
- Business, enterprise and employment support programmes
- Reducing worklessness and increasing skills
- Strengthening the visitor economy

As well as its work within Barnsley, the partnership and its members will act to promote Barnsley and its potential as a great place to do business.

Cllr Steve Houghton, Barnsley Council's leader, said: “Barnsley will only achieve its ambitions if the private and public sectors work together.

"This is yet one more example of how, even in difficult times, Barnsley can be an exemplar for changing lives and prosperity. I won’t be at all surprised to see other towns and cities following our lead.”

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Reply Posted by Jonathan Harrison on Friday May 17 2013 at 13:52
Councillor Steve Houghton is clearly making a statement that the council doesn't know what it is doing and needs help to get them out of the hole they have got themselves in.
We want a vibrant town centre yet cannot manage to portray that:
1. The council has spent millions on the town hall turning it into a museum, yet the clock on top of it hasn't worked for ages.... has it been fixed.
2. The council has used European monies (more than £1million) to turn a car park next to the town hall into a garden feature.... after months and months all we have managed to do is dig up the tarmac, put up hoardings, close roads and cause diversions.... money well spent, I think not.
3. The council signed off permission for roadworks to alter the junction and road priorities near Wickes. This work was supposed to be completed by February 2012..... still not done, still temporary road surface, still temporary traffic lights and no doubt massively overspent. All of this because a Councillor signed off approval for the works before the council owned the land.
I hope that the council looks wisely at the people that they appoint and that they also consider the town centers of the surrounding villages that make up Barnsley too.
I am willing to become involved as the success of Barnsley is paramount to the success of my own business too which has just opened it's first shop.
There are many others who have great thoughts and valued opinions that should be considered instead of giving out these positions on a 'jobs for the boys' basis.

Reply Posted by Robert on Friday May 24 2013 at 17:23
Well said Mr Harrison. I too am in a local established business, I too have gone through 2 near recessions, but you can bet your bottom dollar, as you say... this will be an expenses riddled "jobs for the boys". I don't see this advertised in the local rag... where do I sign... ???

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Saturday May 25 2013 at 07:46
Steve Houghton does not know what he is doing.

BMBC are very good at getting commissions, partnerships, committees together and paying consultants to state the obvious; I mean coming up with 6 bullet points - stating the bloody obvious:
"to have a better town we need to lower unemployment" and "to make barnsley a better place it needs to look nice" is doing nothing, and how many years has it taken them come up with these fonts of wisdom, I know from experience that in the boom years of the early 000s Barnsley was actually in decline.

Get em out.

Reply Posted by STEVO on Wednesday May 29 2013 at 11:10
Yup same old rubbish we have been hearing for the last 20 odd years.

Its always been jobs for the boys hasn't it?

I still find it hard to believe that Houghton earns more than the Prime Minister, as far as I am concerned this is OBSCENE!
All we get out of Houghton is the old "we have been badly done to by the Tories who have capped funding so we need to increase council tax for more than twice the rate of inflation ploy"

Sat in their newly refurbished municipal ivory tower with his expenses fiddling cohorts.

Kick them into the gutter where they deserve.