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Town Hall Gardens - A WAB Guide

Tuesday June 25 2013


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HERE is your WAB Guide to the all-new gardens at Barnsley Town Hall.

The square and gardens redevelopment is part of considerable improvements to Barnsley town centre. Central to these is the June 27 opening of Experience Barnsley, the new museum situated inside the Town Hall.

The Experience Barnsley Museum and the outside works have been part-funded by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund. It's part of the Barnsley Cultural Infrastructure programme that secured £2.5million from Europe to also support the restoration of the Victorian conservatory and potting shed at Wentworth Castle gardens.  

This funding is part of the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-13 which is investing €583m in economic development and regeneration projects in Yorkshire and The Humber.

When completed it will also boast fountains, the much-criticised Nigel Hall sculpture and leisure space.

Nigel Hall's 33ft-high sculpture, named Crossing (Vertical), was created in 2006 and was sited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in March 2008. 

Cllr Roy Miller, said: “We're very grateful to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the loan of a stunning contemporary artwork that complements the excellent design of the square and creates an international quality public space for the residents and visitors to Barnsley.

"Having a piece of artwork of this standard and calibre for Barnsley will bring visitors from far and wide and provide a boost to the visitor economy, which is an important part of the borough’s economic development strategy."

We've published many articles on the sculpture and the general reaction has been a negative one, with it being dubbed 'The Rusty Comb' by many locals.

Valued at £1.5million, it stands in the bottom corner of the gardens. It's cost £4,000 for its transportation and will cost a further £5,000 a year to insure, but already two people have been caught climbing it - one being arrested.

But Cllr Miller said there will be warning notice not to climb the statue, and added: "We cannot legislate against individuals who put themselves at risk. We cannot stop progress or prevent improvements just because one or two unthinking people might behave badly."

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

Here's a little fact file

- The water feature will have 30 nozzles - placed in three banks of ten nozzles - emitting 30 curved jets of water of varying diameter.

- The nozzles are programmable enabling the jets to move varying the curvature, known as a 'whip' effect.

- It will use a 50,000-litre underground tank.

- Water will be pumped through at 30,000 litres per hour. All the water will be recycled and it will be disinfected and filtered every cycle.

- That will be done by three main energy efficient pumps plus a single, smaller, recirculation pump takes over when the water feature is not operational.

- There will also be 90 LED lights illuminating the water jets. The pumps and lights will be controlled to vary the colours.

- To create the paving workers have used 850sq metres of ‘Crosland Hill’ Yorkstone paving, 250 sq metres of ‘Scoutmoor’ Yorkstone terrace paving, 600sq metres of ‘oatmeal’ granite paving and 280metres of black granite kerbs.

- Around 1,000 tonnes of excavated material have been removed from the site, processed and recycled as general fill for use on site, or used in concrete production.

Are you looking forward to its opening?

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Reply Posted by Margaret Stones on Tuesday June 25 2013 at 14:40
22.thousand could be 2wages for a year + other money that's been spent not many people will walk up there to look at gardens

Reply Posted by Bill Millard on Thursday June 27 2013 at 16:43
so many people in Barnsley are struggling with the new room tax and what do they spend money on a rusty piece of shit that we don't need should be building schools hospitals not bloody sculpture parks the worlds gone mad seriously worth 1.5 million what a load of crap

Reply Posted by meow on Tuesday June 25 2013 at 15:04
Barnsley gets something nice for once and people complain about wages and jobs and other nonsense, just enjoy the fact the town will now look a little bit less awful

Reply Posted by c on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 11:13
I agree with you meow, they're just a bunch of whiny miserable gits. They complain the place is horrible then complain when the council actually do something.

Why don't you all just shut up!!!

Reply Posted by Taff Jenx on Tuesday June 25 2013 at 17:10
Cllr Roy Miller wouldnt know an artist from a painter & decorator ! (no offence to them) it should have been an up to date cenotaph for the all the dead since the WW and sadly space to add in the future!

Reply Posted by c on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 11:16
So you'd be happy to spend 'someones wage' if it is for a cenotaph or something *you* approve of, but not if it's something that doesn't interest you? Gee, what a boring world it would be if people like you veto'd any attempt to brighten a place up. Sistene Chapel? That's someone's wage! Trafalgar Square? That's someone's wage! The Louvre Pyramid? That's someone's wage!

Reply Posted by Taff Jenx on Tuesday June 25 2013 at 17:12
£22,000 was someones wage!!! hope they dont have walk past it everyday to the joke centre

Reply Posted by Kim on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 16:35
What a great thing to happen to Barnsley

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 16:59
Squeaky bum time for contractors, road no where near finished outside college building top soil and planters no where near done a couple of hours ago, they'll be working till opening. Saying that it all looks good, keep that stone nice and clean BMBC

Go Go Go

Reply Posted by Taff Jenx on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 17:52
C for UNT ! if it has to be spent on something the yes a cenotaph/or something permanent not rusty junk eyesore thats on loan ! and at the end of the day absolutly no it shouldnt be spent at all and please are you trying to compare Barnsley with Rome/London or Paris : ) or a nobody welder to Michelangelo you make me laugh halfwit

Reply Posted by Dave on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 18:46
MOAN, MOAN, MOAN, MOAN

Reply Posted by C on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 19:08
Well Taff Jenx, what an eloquent response - and brilliant demonstrates that you're fully qualified to judge someone else's level of wit. No I'm not comparing Barnsley to any of those other cities but I'm sure if it were up to you it'd be even more grey and desolate than it already is. Sad little people who can never see further than the end of their own nose, unable to appreciate the idea of a shared public attraction. Ever thought of moving to somewhere that would suit you better aesthetically - like, for example, a septic tank or motorway overpass?

Reply Posted by Taff Jenx on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 19:36
hehehe, anyway have you driven into Barnsley the first roundabout a KFC next the JOKE (JOB) center with most of the Barnsleys finest hanging around (very cosmopolitan) Im sure most visitors will love the gardens and rusty toothcomb.
I will stop now ! I do agree you have to brighten up the dullness of town but maybe not at this point in time and what about the biggest statue of all getting finished first (dont know what its called but its a tall half built building the other end of town.
TTFN : )

Reply Posted by cp on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 23:57
As long as it doesn't get ruined by the emo's around town like the bus station and Mandela gardens. Get rid of the gangs around these places, preferrably by a bullet rather than a curfew. Its okay building a nice town but we need to keep the scrubbers and uneducated out.

Reply Posted by stevo on Saturday June 29 2013 at 16:35
Haven't been to the museum yet but I did drive past the new town hall gardens and what can I say, I am GOBSMACKED!

It actually looks NICE!

Even the rusty comb with the newly cleaned sandstone of the town hall looked NICE and will look better once the fountains are up and running.

(eats humble pie)

ARE YOU WATCHING HOYLAND RED?

Reply Posted by qqbfccoyaet@gmail.com on Saturday August 17 2013 at 19:17
Thank you very much Joyce and we’ll be sure to keep everyone apprised of Marley’s progress!