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Millions To Be Invested In Town

Friday August 23 2013

Millions to be invested Millions to be invested

UP to £161million is being invested in Barnsley over the next three years in a move to grow the economy.

It includes spending more than £92million on improving council houses.

Since 2011, the council has invested in a number of capital projects, including purchasing land, constructing and improving buildings and roads and buying vehicles and machinery.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesman for corporate services, said: "This is great news. Investing in the future by growing Barnsley's economy is a real priority for the council.

"The UK economy is seeing an upturn, and we want to be in a position to take advantage of this and embrace it."

Funding for the investment comes from things such as government grants, sale of assets such as property, and contributions from the council's revenue budgets.

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Reply Posted by m on Friday August 23 2013 at 10:18
mmmm that's great wonder how much of it the council guna waist thou as per usual mayb instead of improving existing council houses y don't they build more to help with the housin shortage

Reply Posted by Stevo on Friday August 23 2013 at 13:58
Why should they build more council houses?
Get a job and buy your own.

Reply Posted by june on Friday August 23 2013 at 12:15
hope they do a better job than the rusty statue and waterfeature what a load of rubbish that is

Reply Posted by guety mcguest on Friday August 23 2013 at 13:57
Its not development money at all. Having roads does not make give us an economic advantage. Other places have roads too. The majority of this money is being spent on maintenance in areas that have previously been negelected.

I fail to see how the counci lbuying new fleet vehicles will aid john the news agent, or relaying the path in the twon centre which has not been done for 20 odd years will help hulie the cafe owner.

With the money the council manage to waste, eveerything costs 3 times more than it should I won't expect to see too much change.

I notice now there is no mention of a new market as this has gone off radar.

Reply Posted by Am on Saturday August 24 2013 at 11:56
why ca/nt we have more shops in town center if they lowered the rents it would bring more business in instead of buying a new fleet of vehicles and spending all that money on council houses

Reply Posted by Paul on Sunday August 25 2013 at 02:05
Does this council think we are stupid ,, more grants , selling off our land to private businesses , all this to keep the councils head above water , bad desisions by BMBC over the past 20 yrs as got us in the shit we are in ,, an spending another £92 million on council houses Is all well an good if local building companies are allowed to tender against the councils tender , which will never happen , with the money spent on council housing in barnsley over the past ten years , you would hope to have a good housing stock .the figures are frightening and the word corruption comes to mind ..

Reply Posted by andy on Monday August 26 2013 at 16:25
build a prison. put all the drugies, thieves. rapists. vandals, trouble causes.etc. in it. make Barnsley a safe place to visit.

Reply Posted by Amanda on Monday August 26 2013 at 17:09
How does spending £92 million on improvement council houses improve our economy? We need a better shopping area, better restaurants, better roads and better cleanliness.

Reply Posted by dave on Monday August 26 2013 at 17:27
couldnt agree more with andy.. its all the smackheads and undesirables that make barnsley a bad place im sure more people would come and spend there money if it was a nice enough place. as for council houses building new ones would be nice.. but the problem could be sorted by removing scum from them and giving them to people who do work for a living but are on a very low income as not everybody who works can afford private rented houses or a mortgage

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Monday August 26 2013 at 18:08
Paul, yes they do think we're stupid, and in a way we are cos we keep voting in the same corrupt dinosaurs every election. The thing is they are so confident of reelection now that the labour fatcats we have can bearly hide their contempt for people that now try to oppose them.

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 11:05
People need to realise that if you put a stuffed pig in the local council elections it doesn't mean that it will do a good job just because its under a safe labour seat. Take the political party out of it and vote for the person that will do best for you - Labour and Roy Miller have done a pretty poor job so far yet he's been voted in since 1985 - what was i saying about anyone getting elected.....
Use your heads people and get the silly sods out who are wasting your money and your resources and cutting your jobs.

Reply Posted by Mark on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 14:43
This story should be about the council wasting £161m of our money, because that is what this council will do.

Reply Posted by Steve on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 18:13
The council must think we are daft making something like this public - basically all they are doing is spending money that they would spend anyway.

The reason we pay tax is so that they can provide essential services and maintain roads and public buildings etc and that is all this article suggests they are doing?

They must think the general public are daft. What happened to the new market/shopping area that the town desperately needs? They conveniently say nothing about it hoping we'll forget. I noticed the other day that there seems to be some fairly extensive maintenance work happening on the Cheapside end of the market building which suggests that this isn't going to be demolished any time soon. They must be doing something seriously wrong as other towns/cities have not had this problem, Sheffield have started work on a development that looks seems remarkably similar to what was supposed to have been finished by now in Barnsley.

Really beginning to question why Mr Houghton received a knighthood, Barnsley is a much worse place to live than it was ten years ago.

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