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Good News For Town Centre

Thursday September 19 2013

THERE has been good news for shoppers as latest figures have revealed there are fewer empty shops in Barnsley than the national and regional average.

Not only are more shops trading in the town centre than elsewhere, but more of them are independents - meaning the town has a more varied selection of stores.

"I believe the reason we don’t suffer from empty shop blight is because we're not another clone town offering exactly the same as every other," said Cllr Roy Miller.

"Not only is our market an amazing asset, it provides a huge amount of choice, as does our high street."

Over the past month five units held by Barnsley Council in the main retail area of the town centre have been let. The council has also reviewed empty units under the old Central Offices, which are due to be demolished as part of the markets redevelopment, and two of the larger units on May Day Green have been offered for short-term lease.

The council says this will not impede the redevelopment, but it will help satisfy demand for new premises.

One of the new tenants, Chris Barton, who runs Barnsley Pet Supplies on May Day Green, will also be occupying the largest unit, the former Quit Shop, selling household goods.

"In a difficult economic market, Barnsley Council has given me the confidence to grow my businesses," he said.

What do you think to the town centre's selection of shops? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by cris on Thursday September 19 2013 at 16:59
Shame the council dont show the same interest and care for traders on such roads as wakefield road isnt it... discounts and insentives for certain companys but for the ones on wakefield road years of agroe road closures yet no contact.. no care... no help....no interest...

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Thursday September 19 2013 at 17:18
What's worse Cris is that it's the same Cllr Miller responsible for the Wakefield Road Fiasco as is commenting above. He really does need to sort his priorities out, all he's worried about is getting on another commitee and getting more expenses not the welfare of the constiuents and local businesses.


If you have a conscience Roy Miller you will take the trouble to read this and personally contact Cris and the other businesses in this area to find their concerns and how you can support them!!

Reply Posted by allan machen on Thursday September 19 2013 at 17:07
barnsley market and shops are crap maybe the council should take a look at wot waki have dun

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Thursday September 19 2013 at 17:20
Hi Allan,

If you think Wakey is such a success, then I take it you haven't been shopping in the Ridings Centre or the bottom of Kirkgate or down The Springs or in the Bullring. Wakefield a success, my ar*e.

Reply Posted by Frank on Thursday September 19 2013 at 17:41
Miller as talked but his picture isn't on this that means only one thing he as been paid for it the money grabbing self loving useless excuse of a counsellor better off if he was out of Barnsley he only helps friends family and wallets

Reply Posted by sarah on Thursday September 19 2013 at 17:46
hes right barnsley doesnt offer the same as everywhere else we are different ....maybe thats why everybody goes everywhere else this man needs to come down off his golden toilet take his rusty spoon out of his mouth stop talking crap and actually see what we have to put up with. Maybe once hes worked out whats in it for him he might.

Reply Posted by Frank on Thursday September 19 2013 at 17:53
Sorry at the end of my last comment it was supposed to say his own wallet

Reply Posted by shaz on Thursday September 19 2013 at 18:07
No he's right they are not empty..they are full of shop lifters and the markets full of pick pockets!!

Reply Posted by Jon on Thursday September 19 2013 at 18:09
Sounds about right for Roy miller you can fool people some of the time but not all the time

Reply Posted by GRIM on Thursday September 19 2013 at 20:17
Large chain stores dont have the insentive to move into Barnsley because of Meadowhall.
Towns need to come up with better ideas to bring in business and we are starting to head in the right direction with the investment from Lottery Heritage and the European Regional Development Fund in the new museum and in the last year so many new independant shops have openes up.
The Arcade is nearly full again and just in the last week two new shops have opened.
We actually have one of the better markets in South Yorkshire - especially for food.

Wakefields problems havent been solved by opening a few new chain stores. You'll find that many people still bugger off to Leeds, just like we do Meeadowhall.
We need to support local tourism and local businesses to improve our own economy. Not open up a Nandos or a H&M.
People from Barnsley can slag off their own town as much as they want, but they wont change anything by doing so.

Reply Posted by G on Thursday September 19 2013 at 20:54
HMV moved out
B and Q Moving out
PC world moving out

3 massive chains that no longer see the point in staying in Barnsley and he says we're doing well.

Old Roy reckons if the town is doing slightly better than average in a downturn survey this constitutes as a massive success and we should all be proud - the guy is a complete plonker.

If there is such optimism in Barnsley and the market then why aren't the investors coming to pay for the new market????

Next week we'll have some other councillor baffoon or that chinese lady who likes barnsley telling us that Barnsley is the new Beijing because the man who took Christianity was born and spent a couple of years here, and we need to build pagodas to attract more business.

Reply Posted by LV on Sunday September 22 2013 at 22:58
HMV went into administration - there's a massive difference there!

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Monday September 23 2013 at 17:46
There is no difference what so ever, the administrators chose to keep meadowhall open and close Barnsley. Probably because Barnsley was too high risk

Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Monday September 23 2013 at 17:49
Id also like to point out that the figures are skewed anyway as the entire block of shops that are now boarded up underneath the old council offices around the market, Old Halifax etc are now no longer purposed as shops (even though they are) as you cannot occupy them now, so therefore do not appear on this survey as empty...

Reply Posted by Stevo on Monday September 30 2013 at 19:37
Same goes for the Wakefield store too Guesty.

Reply Posted by cris on Friday September 20 2013 at 09:45
Lol mr miller has been nowere near.. weve spoke to numourous bmbc workers all have very little interest or care.
we even spoken to mr jarvis and his office and while i have to say they were helpful and considerate since our first call weve heard nothing..
progress on the road is still painfully slow

Reply Posted by Swifty on Friday September 20 2013 at 17:16
Bring back the TOLLGATE on Wakefield Road. Traffic used to move quicker. I finally think the people of Barnsley Re finally waking up to what a councillor really does for the people of Barnsley.

Answers on the back of a postage stamp welcome.

Reply Posted by keith on Sunday September 22 2013 at 21:13
if you like food you have never heard of and you were born in Barnsley try shopping on Sheffield rd, goodbye Barnsley

Reply Posted by glenn on Tuesday December 31 2013 at 21:06
Open the shops you have empty - Stop these big ideas of before the big money crash - Leave the library where it is - Open the shops on Kendray Street - Make the market area better - Bus and train users will come - Save on fuel emissions - Help public transport - Wasn't that the big idea? - Stop any change - MAKE IT BETTER BY WORKING WITH WHAT IS THERE ALREADY! -

ipso Regulated