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Town Centre Streets To Be Smartened Up

Thursday May 8 2014

Wellington House Wellington House

OVER £500,000 is to be spent smartening the streets around the new temporary library at Wellington House.

It is part of Barnsley Council's ambitious plan to improve the town centre and the idea is to make the approaches to the new library, which opens on May 9, more attractive to users.

The works will include refurbishing Wellington Street, between the junctions of Pitt Street and Wortley Street.

This should have been completed last year but granite material for the footpaths is no longer available.

An equivalent type of material has since been chosen - but will increase the cost of works by £34,000.

The junction of Pall Mall and New Street is also being improved and will include replacing the existing block paved road with a coloured material.

Disabled bays will also be re-marked and a section of New Street, between the Westway junction and the block paved area, will be resurfaced.

Shambles Street, from Townend roundabout to Peel Parade, is one of the main gateways in to the town centre and will be resurfaced as it is 'cracking and potholing' and looks 'unsightly'.

Dodworth Road, from Townend roundabout to Alma Street, will also be resurfaced.

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Reply Posted by Linda on Thursday May 8 2014 at 12:04
Opens tomorrow - that's a over a week early - well done Council workers. Still think it's too far from the bus station for disabled and elderly users though.

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Thursday May 8 2014 at 12:49
Isn't it nearer to the bus station than the old one was???

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday May 8 2014 at 12:40
Thats brilliant news. When its done,then get the Art installed. Haha, glad they listened.

Reply Posted by Linda on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:04
It's mostly on the flat ... but there are no bus stops anywhere nearby. If I was having a bad day I could get any bus that went to the hospital up Shambles Street and get off at the side of the old library. Shortest option now is to cut through the market, up New Street (another hill) or via Albert Street and Market Street.

Reply Posted by Heather on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:09
For a moment I thought that the multi-coloured pattern around the 'Woodward Carpets' advert was an example of the coloured material that they will use to repair the road surface. That would brighten the area up!

Reply Posted by Ray on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:10
It's not just about you thought is it Linda. the MAJORITY of people visiting that use public transport will get off at the bus station. The gradients are much less demanding than regent street or shambles street and of a similar distance. People driving also have the option of Alhambra, council carpark or Morrisons.

Reply Posted by Linda on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:30
Hi Ray, no, it's not just about me, it's about all the people in Barnsley who have trouble walking any distance. I'm afraid that according to Google maps it's twice as far from the front of the bus station to Wellington house on foot as it was up to the old library.

Reply Posted by Linda on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:13
Err, We Are Barnsley people ... the council says it won't open until 15th May.

Reply Posted by What a joke! on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:19
They need to close down the skany Pulse bar first. The amount of times I have walked past an someone is sat on the steps shooting up!

Reply Posted by Wrigleys on Thursday May 8 2014 at 13:25
Wellington Street is well over due for a clean- up. It’s looked really run down for the last few years and a bit of a no go zone even during the day.

Let’s hope chewing gum resistant paving is used. Otherwise the ‘clean-up’ is going to be a complete waste of time.

Reply Posted by Ray on Thursday May 8 2014 at 14:11
Funny I've just measured it myself on google maps for walking and found the distance to be exactly the same. 0.3 miles, have you got any information on the incline of the Temporary Library compared to the old one?
If the new Temp location is so inaccessible why are there 2 mobility scooter hire shops within a stones throw of Wellington house, you'd think it would be important for them to make it easy for people to get to them wouldn't you?

You're clutching at straws linda.

Reply Posted by lauren on Thursday May 8 2014 at 17:59
Chuffin Barnsley needs flattening and building back up big massive markets for all traders have a barnsleys version of medowhell all them jobs it would bring in people from different areas show fowk Barnsley isn't full of druggies n misfit just my opinion like but a think Barnsley would benefit from it

Reply Posted by chickadee on Friday May 9 2014 at 11:31
That's a very naive view. To knock it down and rebuild it from scratch would cost many millions more than they have to spend on it.
Plus, why would building another glass and steel monstrosity of a shopping centre bring more people in? We already have Meadowhall, Trinity Walk Wakefield and the Trinity Centre Leeds. That's more than enough indoor shopping for the area. Our town centre is one of our strongest elements- we just need to improve the space, clean it up and feel responsible for it as a town. Then we can get rid of the grotty spaces, push the pound shops out (but not the charity shops, they do good work) get the market back onto the streets.
While people like yourself hold Meadowhall in high regard and shop there at the expense of the town centre - town centre will look like a ghost town full of people on the edge of society.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Thursday May 8 2014 at 19:15
make all the parking in barnsley disable bayed it is any way someone paying is as rare as hens teeth a few of you on here know my feelings about the blue badge abuse in barnsley.

Reply Posted by Sue on Sunday May 11 2014 at 17:20
I'm all for smartening up our environment but what about all the wheelie bins we have to leave out on our streets.
My bins were put out Wednesday, blue and paper bag not collected, all our street had to leave them out and they were collected Thursday. Visited my sister in Elsecar on Saturday, her green bin should have been collected Friday but wasn't, so her street was full of green bins!
Not only are they untidy but my concern is how much overtime is being paid to the bin men.............especially on a Saturday. If all bins were collected before the changes why aren't they being collected on the right day now?
How much extra is all this costing us?

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Sunday May 11 2014 at 18:01
It's obvious the Councils super dusty bin project is not working. My mams blue bin in Wombwell and the great white sack of tricks should been collected Thursday last week but it was Friday. The councilshpuld pay compensation to homes that they fail to deliver a service. Then again Cllr Miller would not be able sprout Bullshit every week in the papers and WAB how well the councils doing.

Do us a favour Roy and go forth and mulitiply

Reply Posted by pete on Monday May 12 2014 at 21:29
As a council tax payer, i would like to see more money spending in the outer villages of the borough.Barnsley town center is not the center of the universe, Recent cuts in services are biting now, grass cutting, bin emptying, litter picking,pot hole repairs and floral displays have been reduced to sub-standard levels, and yet more money being spent to keep the town center looking vibrant.

Reply Posted by Rich on Tuesday May 13 2014 at 19:00
Another £500k+ spent in the town center and nothing spent in the surrounding villages. When was the last time any money went to Kek?

Reply Posted by Blue sky on Tuesday May 13 2014 at 21:12
I agree there is too much money being spent on a crappy town and not enough on the outlying villages. After all how many in the town pay band A council tax compared with the villages? I am guessing that there are many more band D and above outside the town.

Reply Posted by ss on Tuesday May 13 2014 at 21:30
way too much money being spent in the town and naff all on the outer areas.i was in the town centre recently and all the flowers are looking a bit bedraggled now so i am guessing thousands is going to be spent replacing them all but who is going to plant all these flowers are other areas going to be suffering again.hopfully though people will remember how this labour council has treated its constituents when it comes to the elections,Thatcher destroyed the mining villages and houghton and miller are trying to finish the job.

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Tuesday May 13 2014 at 22:52
Don't be fooled by the smartened up bit. what BMBC are doing is spending Thousands of pounds cleaning the street re-marking yellow lines and painting taxi rank on the floor. They are broken block paving that was not laid in the first place.

Let me give you the real reason why all this money is being spent before the WAB police remove my post.

Firstly Wellington House and Wellington Street is run down and dirty. The CAB has moved into Wellington House and the Patron of CAB is Her Royal Heiress Princess Anne that is making a visit to Barnsley to mark the official opening of the New CAB offices.

That's why 500k is being spent on Wellington Street nothing else. Again Barnsley Council trying to pull the wool over Barnsley Voters eyes.

If you don't believe me walk up Wellington Street Tommoror.

Reply Posted by Rich on Tuesday May 13 2014 at 23:32
I have had the local Councilors sat in my house, telling me of budget restraints and the cause of problems emptying bins and sorting local areas out, since then I have seen millions of pounds allocated to the town center and bugger all in my village. I walked down Wellington Street last weekend and I can give far more examples of priority to be sorted first and I am sure many more people on here can also,

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Tuesday May 13 2014 at 22:56
sorry CAB is Citizen Advice Centre and also the New Library's in the same building opening allegedly on May 15th. Anni is coming a few weeks later

Reply Posted by max on Tuesday May 13 2014 at 23:40
Any improvement to the town centre is welcome... but also improve the surrounding areas..

Reply Posted by Rich on Tuesday May 13 2014 at 23:46
Ask your local Councilor how often the bins get emptied in your local park compared to a few years ago. Then post it on here...

Reply Posted by richt on Tuesday May 13 2014 at 23:50
Also ask for a breakdown of expenditure to population of the Barnsley Met Area and ask to see the allocation of funds and expenditure for each village/town to the town center so we can see the difference.

Reply Posted by pete on Thursday May 15 2014 at 22:07
Can,t wait to see Thurnscoe,s 500k, does,nt money warrant being spent in the village to attract business to set up, god knows there is plenty of land up for sale, And while i,m on about money £60,000 for 6 "pieces of art"in the town center, that money could have kept toilets open in Goldthorpe and Wombwell and filled thousands of pot holes!......BMBC like this government prove .we are not all in this together!

Reply Posted by hoyland red on Friday May 16 2014 at 14:55
Mmmm because it's not like Thurnscoe hasn't had much public money spent on it in the last 10 years. If you're saying it's still poor after all the funding it's received perhaps it's wise not to spend it there.

Reply Posted by Chickadee on Saturday May 17 2014 at 10:12
Well then, having had a good look around up there ('though sadly, not time to visit the library yet) I think it looks much better for it. Shame no one has took over the lease of the old Chicago Rock yet as that's the biggest blight in the area. The freshly tarmacked roads look smooth and much easier for people with mobility aids to whizz across on their way to Wellington House.
For the first time in years I'm excited about going to the library!