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Action Needed On 'Eyesore' Buildings

Tuesday May 28 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

ACTION is needed over a row of eyesore buildings on a main route into the town centre - according to neighbouring business people.

Former Italian restaurant Gusto, Greenhouse health centre and the Golden Dragon Chinese takeaway on Sheffield Road look shabby and rundown, they say, and are blighting efforts to smarten up the area.

Gusto has been empty for more than 18 months and there are broken windows and metal shutters over the doors, Greenhouse has been closed for longer and was victim of a serious fire, while the Chinese has been closed since March when its roof collapsed under the weight of snow.

Staff at neighbouring firms Auto Money, Bennett's Motorcycles and CC Interiors, says Gusto's dilapidated condition is the one causing most concern as it is such a large, prominent building.

The state of the building is a concern for neighbouring business because it has become a beacon for vandals and there are fears it may fall victim to arsonists.

The owner of CC Interiors furniture store, Cheryl Brown, has been trying for some time to find out who Gusto belongs to.

Cheryl said: "It's an eyesore and we've been asking the council about it for a while but no-one seems to know anything.

"It really lowers the tone and something needs doing."

Cllr Margaret Bruff said the state of the buildings is a major concern as it's very important to have good-looking gateway routes into the town.

"It's a major concern because it brings the look of the whole area down and being a gateway into the town it doesn't help our image," she said.

"We have got officers looking into it to find out where the owner is and approach them and try to get something done."

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Reply Posted by clee on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 14:28
its not just bottom half of sheffield road,,,, take a look at approach into barnsley from sheffield,,,just before lights at the vic public house,,,,disgusting,,,,the houses there are an eyesore,,,litter and dustbins brimming,with rotting foul smelling,stinky refuse,,,,,,council are putting anyone in those houses,,,,it does not look a pretty site on the way into barnsley,,,,they want to get their finger out and do something fast.

Reply Posted by Claire Murphy on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 14:48
I saw a used needle stuffed behind the bus stop outside gusto's. it's the one I use regularly after nursery is over and such an awful place to take a child. Gusto's has been on fire, had two sets of security doors replaced in the last few weeks, surely the council can just do something because the owner quite clearly doesn't care!

Reply Posted by Colette on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 14:57
Every body knows except Barnsley Councillors that our town is one of the worst if not the dirtiest in the country,and Sheffield road from the junction worsborough common down to the hole in the road is a disgrace,and they have to pass through it every day.

Reply Posted by Darren Saunders on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 15:24
cum on its not that bad. iv lived here all mi life and its really clean and a gud place to liv

Reply Posted by king louis on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 15:45
what about that multi-story unfinished building next to the tax office, whats going on there?

Reply Posted by anon.. on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 18:15
It wouldn't take much effort to find out who owns the property... £3 and an address is all you need to find it out from HM Land Registry..! And Golden Dragon seems to have been worked on this week so that is one ticked off the list.

Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 18:49
I take it you haven't used the Land Registry search recently?

I think you will find it is £25 nowadays and you don't even get the "boundary" plan that you used to get.

Sheffield road has always been a poor area of the town and Clee is right, the beautiful Victorian 3 story terraced houses were all bough by private landlords who turned them into flats, the large majority of which are rented to smackrats.

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest. on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 23:10
aye if you look at hudd road and compare it to sheff rd, some of the houses are not a lot dissimilar grand old victorian buildings ruined by the landlords that cram as many people as they can caring nothing of other residents. The area has great potential.

Reply Posted by anon.. on Thursday May 30 2013 at 21:11
I work in a Solicitors dealing with a LOT of Conveyancing work, and yes I have used the HMLR search recently - I used it today infact. And if you pay a further £3, you can get a Title plan too. (Unless these are just business rates which I very much doubt).

Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday May 30 2013 at 23:47
So are you saying its £3 + £3 for the title plan?

I think you could possibly be right that that is the "trade" price.

As I am not trade I was charged £25, without title plan directly from HMLR, perhaps I should have spoken to you first.

I got mine about ten years ago and it was indeed £3.

Reply Posted by Brian on Wednesday May 29 2013 at 16:35
Driving out of Barnsley along Sheffield road all the properties from the Alhambra roundabout to its junction with Cemetery road are in a dilapidated condition. In reality, they all need to be demolished.

I also look at the properties that have just been built on Upper Sheffield road (on the old Yorkshire Traction site) and compare them to the houses on the other side of the road and there is just no comparison. I imagine that the houses on the right hand side were built circa 1900 and they look far superior to the ones built in 2012/13. Over 100 years on, with all the increase in living standards and economic growth are these new houses the best we can aspire to in Barnsley? The council should never have granted planning permission for such small, insignificant looking new houses on a major route in to the town. It really does show what a poor, economically disadvantaged tin-pot town that the elected councillors have created for the people of Barnsley. It is so sad.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Thursday May 30 2013 at 07:31
Fully agree Brian, Sheffield road has become the Cinderella of roads into Barnsley. Am afraid that Barnsley MBC are far too concerned with turning the old town hall into some sort of Taj Mahal.??

Reply Posted by Cheryl on Wednesday May 29 2013 at 21:22
i would like a picture of this sofa and the independent report as far as we are concerned we are very fair with our customers that's why their come back and recommend us if the couple have a problem with their suite we are more than happy to put this right we do not rip people off and bin eldon this is classed as slander if u have a problem come and see us u don't trade over 25yrs so the public no we are fair and we pride ourselves on that

Reply Posted by mick on Thursday May 30 2013 at 16:17
You want to try driving outa Barnsley towards Pontefract and pass through the shit hole of a village called Royston

Reply Posted by steve on Thursday May 30 2013 at 16:39
I've lived on Sheffield Road for 12yrs now and the road is in a bad state as you pass Warren House into town, Landlords should be made to keep their properties in a decent state or be made to pay the council to do it for them... Maybe the Tenants would be made to have more respect for where they live if they are told that any damage or mess will be fixed at their expense by the Landlords.

Reply Posted by boss on Saturday June 1 2013 at 15:06
I have recently moved to ward green and travel this part of Sheffield rd everyday, i must say the houses just after warren quarry dentist have such potential, but saying that i have witnessed the residents at some of these addresses fighting drunken in the street as early as 9.00am. The rubbish outside 1 house was pilled so high you couldn't see the windows and the color of a mattress in the garden made me feel sick, it really is down to the landlords and there choice of tenant i don't know how they can afford to replace all those windows and doors every week it must be more cost effective to offer these homes to people with references and a healthy respect for there neighbors.

Reply Posted by lucy on Saturday June 1 2013 at 16:42
The new 2012/2013 houses in which i live are much bigger than u may think! They are good sized homes. I agree about the houses near warren house they do need something doing to smarten them up. I have live in this particular area all my life and they have more recently become less appealing to look at.

Reply Posted by Al on Saturday June 1 2013 at 16:47
The state of Chicago Rock up from Alhambra is also an eyesore. What a shame that a lovely old building has been allowed to end up looking like that!! Can't owners be made to keep exteriors looking clean and tidy. Doesn't show Barnsley in a good light.

Reply Posted by MICK on Saturday June 1 2013 at 21:42
Bulldoze the town and don't tell the weed smoking druggies :)

Reply Posted by les on Sunday June 2 2013 at 20:46
Ive said it in this column before .
The approach to barnsley.
Says it all.
You are approaching barnsley........
Shoot yourself now.
Somebody somewhere knows whos running barnsley and they must have driven through it sometime. find him or her and explain what a shit hole its become .
Not la la land.