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Report Shows Progress For Barnsley

Wednesday August 20 2014

BARNSLEY is well on the way to securing a 'thriving and vibrant' economy, according to the council.

To measure the authority's performance, a newly-released report revealed 41 new businesses and 317 new jobs have been created in the first quarter of its 2014/15 plan.

Barnsley's visitor economy has also continued to build on last year's first quarter figure, with nearly 287,000 people contributing an estimated £6.2 million by visiting the town's museums.

Coun Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesperson for corporate services, said: "Our performance is strong in the majority of areas, thanks to the hard work of council staff, our partners and an increasing contribution from volunteers.

"Where issues are identified, we will look to address them, but I'm hopeful that the positives demonstrate that we're progressing as a council, as communities and as a town."

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Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday August 20 2014 at 13:23
So each man, woman & child who visited one of the town's museums spent over £20 (£6.2m divided by 287000) in the town that they wouldn't have otherwise spent? I'd love to see the dodgy evidence that proves that.

Reply Posted by Raym0nd0 on Wednesday August 20 2014 at 13:38
Ha Ha Ha what a joke, so Museums are the way forward for the local economy?

Hallelujah, we are only 24,673 short on jobs then right now, which will no doubt increase as the brains of britain houghton gets 25,000 more houses.

This very website reported on the shortfall of our town llast year compared to other similar sized towns in yorkshire and guess what Houghton blamed it on.

The pits closing.

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday August 21 2014 at 05:57
Sadly the loss of those jobs still have negative effects being felt today, reduced employment opportunities and lower wages being a couple of the effects.
But it isn't all bad, due to sizeable emigration of youth and skilled workers for a prolonged period, housing demand was reduced. And whilst housing here is unaffordable for many workers like it is in most of the UK, (even workers in council housing have to claim state tops ups for rent - so the government can artificially increase rents and house prices to benefit the few at the expense of the many). It isn't as unaffordable as it is elsewhere.
Many workers across the UK are poor and are now dependent on benefits (tax credits etc.), and even charities such as foodbanks and clothesbanks but in Barnsley the poor have slightly more dwelling space per person.

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday August 21 2014 at 13:59
Is there a list of the new business,s that have set up anywhere? Not being funny,just that I havnt seen any?

Reply Posted by rainbow on Thursday August 21 2014 at 15:06
Funny how the only people who can see the town's progress are all employed in the Town Hall.???

Reply Posted by Brian on Thursday August 21 2014 at 22:35
Sadly the council are only telling part of the story. 317 jobs may well have been created, but significantly more have been lost during this period.