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Library Consultation Starts - A WAB Debate

Wednesday November 13 2013




A CONSULTATION has started about relocating Barnsley Central Library to allow for a new sixth form college to be built. What do you think to the plans? Have your say on our WAB Debate.

The four-week public consultation is asking questions around usage, accessibility and opinions on the library relocation.

The council says redevelopment of the Shambles Street site will enhance the town centre and increase footfall, contributing to increased spend and improving Barnsley's economy.

It follows on from the fountains and gardens development in Barnsley Pals Centenary Square, as part of the wider town centre plan.

The council is mooting the library moves to Wellington Street in the shorter term, with a more suitable long-term location still being considered.

The vision for the new £17million sixth form college is 'an inspirational and vibrant building', which will allow Barnsley to compete in the sixth form education market on a regional level, offering better opportunities for Barnsley's young people and attracting students from other areas.

The project is being delivered within tight timescales, with the aim of demolition the library starting in the new year and the new college opening in September 2015.

There is no additional cost to the council as the development will be part of the town centre plan.

To take part in the consultation, click here

What do you think? Are you in favour, or are you against? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Miss.N on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 11:41
We are still keeping the library but in an easier to reach location, getting rid of an ugly building and having a better more purpose build education establishment. I see nothing wrong here!

Reply Posted by nicefountains on Thursday November 14 2013 at 13:37
I completely agree.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 12:52
I completely agree with Miss.N - the building is far too big for the current library provision and is just in the wrong place. However, it would be nice to see the temporary library in the Civic but I'm sure cost will dictate where it goes until the new development is completed.

Reply Posted by Tom on Wednesday November 13 2013 at 13:49
Why doesn't the consultation ask many questions about the library?

It is more of a census than it is a library consultation.

I'd write a letter of complaint, but I think enough paper has already been wasted in the consultation and I do not think it fair on the other 7 billion people on the planet outside of Barnsley to face a further reduction in air quality by needlessly chopping down trees.

It wouldn't be fair to destroy the amazon, (although the nationwide attacks on libraries are probably doing a lot of good for the tax avoiding company of the same name).

Reply Posted by Vision on Thursday November 14 2013 at 13:43
Great News! Sort out those eyesores up Shambles Street at the same time.

There is no need for people to complain - some just grumble for the sake I'm sure, There will be a library provision. May as well make the whole town look nice bit by bit rather than nice patches next to ugly bits.

Sort Shambles Street, then the muticoloured windows at the Kenday Street junction? - Make path from transport links to town hall atractive walks.

Fountains look great and town hall looks brill all clean and gleaming.

Lets be proud of town and not just listen to those doom and gllomers as they will complain about anything. Don't just listen to those who shout loudest, the quiet majority are pleased with progress.

Reply Posted by Terry on Monday November 18 2013 at 12:55
hear hear

Reply Posted by jaymar on Friday November 15 2013 at 12:27
The library needs to stay where it is and the parade of shops demolished and the area landscaped to make a much better gateway to the town. A Sixth Form College on that site is inappropriate as it will place students in an accident prone zone due to the amount of traffic in the area during the morning rush hour and an unhealthy environment due to traffic pollution. A better location for the college would be Honeywell where there is plenty of room to build the college, a playing field and more room to socialise.

Reply Posted by heynar on Friday November 29 2013 at 14:21
Why is that location where it needs to be?
Wouldn't closer to the interchange be better for elderly and unemployed to access it. rather than the hill it is on. As has been picked up in other posts. Now the area around the town hall looks great and the planned improvments around the centre Shambles Street looks as its name suggests and as a gateway to the centre doesn't send the right signals. Why is that the best place for the library, will nowhere else do? Knock it down and fix the place up. So far so good.

Reply Posted by Dave on Friday November 15 2013 at 17:13
Moving the library to Wellington House would be a massive backward step. First step to running down the service? The 4,000 people who have signed the protest petition in just over two weeks don't think destroying a purpose-built library is progress. Let's be proud of what we have already got.

Reply Posted by Did you write that post with a quail feather and deliver it via carrier pigeon? on Friday November 29 2013 at 14:24
yay no progress. we all hate change.

Shine your shoes sir, or sweep you chimney while you are clearing the sawdust loo?

Reply Posted by ray on Sunday November 17 2013 at 17:09
Sorry but hasnt there just been a commitment made by the council to keep all 17 libraries if bmbc want to close them they will no relicate them furst! why do clueless people think this is some sort of conspiracy, some people dont want things to change in barnsley fir the better, load of bloody citizen smiths. I want to sign the petition FOR the new sixth form where do I sign that? Oh I forget the ones that do want this WORK and dont have the time to be pestering people in town spouting ill informed drivel and hear say made up conspiracies.

Reply Posted by ray on Sunday November 17 2013 at 17:15
Forgive the typos not much of a phone typer

Reply Posted by relocation relocation relocation on Friday November 29 2013 at 14:32
That petition is a joke, passers by that can't be arsed to talk to them so sign and move. Noisy few busy bodies don't reflect the views of the non respondants or those without a bee in their bonnet. I bet if it was a compulsory vote the changes would get a mighty thumbs up.

Reply Posted by Eric Bailey on Monday December 30 2013 at 17:20
There is a large piece of derelict land at the top of Harbrough Hill, (old Electric place) which was flattened years ago and left to decay. It looks an eyesore from the train. It is close to trains and buses, it only needs a drive or footbridge for the interchange. Use this for the sixth form college. Whats the problem.

Reply Posted by Littleoldlady on Friday January 17 2014 at 15:57
I hope they do knock it down, cos if they don't it will end up another Pound Store, heaven forbid!



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