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Dates Announced For Barnsley's New-Look Town Centre

Wednesday September 24 2014

EXPECTED finish dates for Barnsley's new-look town centre have been announced.

New car parking is the first development that's expected to be seen in November 2015, before the new town square is finished in October 2016.

In early 2017, visitors to the town centre will see the finishing touches with a new shopping boulevard, a revamped market hall and an all-new library being created.

"The next three years are going to be exciting," said council leader Sir Steve Houghton.

"We were told loud and clear that Barnsley needs to keep its markets, to create quality open spaces that feel safe and to make sure business servicing and parking needs are met."

Barnsley College's £17 million sixth form will also be built at the former library site, on Shambles Street, by next summer.

What do you think to the plans? Are you excited? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Niki on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 11:38
That's council tax rates rising to pay for all this. I can sure bet to hell that the councillors aren't going to be paying anything out of their own pockets towards it.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 12:08
Niki, Perhaps they shouldn't do it then and leave the town centre to completely wither away or alternatively speculate to accumulate and then perhaps we'll have a town centre to not only rival but better other local 'shopping experiences' - just a thought like.

Reply Posted by Michael on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 19:26
Except their own Council Tax... the expenses normal Councillors get is below minimum wage, no idea what half the people on WAB thinks that would actually go towards...

Reply Posted by Kendray chris on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 12:13
They say it be done by 2017.....,. So it actually be dun in 2020!! Barnsley council workers like chocolate fire guards

Reply Posted by Respect on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 12:18
Why are we losing more of our town to college buildings?

Reply Posted by Guido Fawkes on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 20:46
We'll said respect my sentiments too would sooner se more of the pals garden why don't these arseholes ask us what we want the presumptuous bumbkins

Reply Posted by Polly on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 12:23
i hope they are bringing new shops with this new developement,seeing as wallis,dorothy perkins and burtons have all gone,no incentive whatsoever to shop in Barnsley just now,carnt blame folk for gunna Meadowhell or shop on line as we have no choice really.

Reply Posted by NW on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 12:33

Reply Posted by Big Phil on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 13:07
I welcome it, can't get much worse. I hope they incentivise local businesses and don't become monopolised by the big chain stores. Let's kick start the local economy by giving our business community a head start. It will make for a more unique shopping experience for both Barnsley residents and a draw for out of town shoppers. It would also inject £'s straight back into our town rather than into the tax dodging accounts of big business. This is our opportunity to be a leading light in the post industrial northern economic landscape.

Reply Posted by Guido Fawkes on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 13:08
I am not sure about wether the council look at our comments on here but surely the chronicle could raise my matter with them, I don't want to see a college built on the old library site I want to see more of the fountains , foliage ect a park area with benches on this site use your imagination it would look stunning and a lot more appealing to the eye .and to visitors which is what we want

Reply Posted by Billy on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 13:11
You're a bit late pal - they've already started it.

Reply Posted by bananas on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 13:12
whens Debenhams opening. his dot perkins and burtons comin..

Reply Posted by MW on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 14:56
Clear the scrubbers, drunks and druggies out of the town first, that need's to be the top priority. Then clear out the people that can't spell and constantly pull the town down on here, but continue to vote Labour.

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 16:12
But these people you refer to don't even realise it, - it's any excuse to moan but do nothing constructive to remedy the situation.

Reply Posted by cp on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 14:58
Markets? why the focus on market's all the time? they're outdated!!!! People want to see named brands in well known shop with a sprinkling of independent shop, coffee shops etc, not dirty, smelly, fag stinking markets selling snide clothes and knock off gear.

Reply Posted by Tom on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 19:12
I don't want any name brand shops in Barnsley selling overpriced Chinese tat with a fancy label on to increase the price one hundred fold, just for some fashion conscious, soulless mug to get ripped off, and then think they are special because they have a £100 t- shirt with label XYZ which is really only worth 50p.

Reply Posted by ? on Thursday September 25 2014 at 08:13
rubbish Tom!

btw, if the market is so successful why is the town always like a ghost town?

Reply Posted by worsbrough on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 15:28
Barnsley town needs knocking down and more houses built for them imigrants to stay and be safe

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 18:49
Twenty years too late I'm afraid, if the council had developed the commrcial centre before building Gateway Plaza, re-furbishing the old Town Hall, the Civic Hall and buying Oakwell football ground we may have had a thriving town by now !!!

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 20:31
Except they didn't develop the Gateway Plaza but don't let that stop you. Btw aren't the Gateway, the Museum and the Civic buildings impressive?

Reply Posted by rainbow on Thursday September 25 2014 at 07:29
Their very impressive but don't earn the town as much money as a new commercial centre would have. By the time the shopping centre is completed many people have found more convenient and brighter places to shop. Barnsley has then to get those people back.???

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Thursday September 25 2014 at 13:04
.... which is what they are trying to achieve now. Prior to this project they'd hoped to get private investment in to fund the scheme and at one time it was 'apparently' very close but for reasons that we all know the investment market crashed and so did any potential investors. There's no point looking back at what could have happened, you have to look forward. Improvements are coming whether they will be enough to tempt lost shoppers back is unknown but at least they're trying.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Saturday September 27 2014 at 07:33
It's called throwing good money after bad which is one good thing Barnsley MBC and the Labour Party are good at.. Who in their right minds would invest public money when the private sector wouldn't touch it.???? How does a new town centre library bring back the shoppers.??? How does a new market that will presumably have the same hours of business as the old one compete with the likes of ASDA and TESCO who open 24 hours.????? The project is twenty years too Late..

Reply Posted by Charles on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 19:00
There are some really good stalls on the market selling some good stuff. You've got to feel for the stallholders, particularly on the outside that turn up day after day, set all their goods out and stand there waiting for customer that do nothing but complain that the markets not what it used to be!

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 19:51
sorry Charles @ if I blinked I missed all the good stalls selling good stuff.

Reply Posted by Lee on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 21:21
does this mean we can have new bigger charity shops to go with the rest off the sh.ty ones we have ??? Absolutely brilliant

Reply Posted by howler on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 21:53
I hope the council aren't contributing a single pound to all the work that's being done to the facade of the gateway plazza. It must be costing a fair bit and should be fully financed by the building owner.

Reply Posted by Lisa on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 22:47
It's a little too late this will be more money wasted the town as gone now I work in town and there is nothing n I mean nothing to come into Barnsley for it's just full of shops closed down coffee shops charity shops bookies n pound shops.if i need to buy something for myself clothes I have to go to meadowhell an when I'm from BARNSLEY I shudnt have to go anywhere only my home town to buy things for myself.its an absolute disgrace town centre full of druggies n foreign people n a lot of people r too scared to come because there is a lot of people gettin robbed especially market street where I work it's a disgrace rant over...

Reply Posted by Guido Fawkes on Thursday September 25 2014 at 15:28
Let's just flood it all and let's have a huge boating lake( come in number69) no I think you have over done it on the drug dependant size there and has regards the foreign influx it's probably a lot to do with the rent capping hence send them to where rents are cheaper namely barnsley

Reply Posted by D on Thursday September 25 2014 at 08:21
If Barnsley can only offer a market as it's focal point then God help us. I can just see the youth of today wanting to get their designer gear from there. Nothing but cheap tat and old dears chatting about the miners strike, nice one BMBC.

Nice vision by the one and only Steve Houghton.

Reply Posted by Ray on Thursday September 25 2014 at 19:27
I'll have a bet with anyone that every project runs over time and part of it gets cut. Any takers? The excuses given will be ridiculous, i'll also bet that it looks nowt like the cartoon drawing either. Any takers? I'm already underwhelmed, mind you 20 years of waiting will do that to you.

Reply Posted by Ai on Friday September 26 2014 at 15:53
This Town is coming up a "Ghost Town"

Reply Posted by Guido Fawkes on Friday September 26 2014 at 20:11
All the shops have been closed down this town har har is coming like a ghost town

Reply Posted by Dan on Friday September 26 2014 at 22:25
whst you on about fawlks too would sooner presumptuous bumpkkns

Reply Posted by Dan on Friday September 26 2014 at 22:29
why don't you leave this site to
People who can make some sense of what really is happening guido

Reply Posted by maxine on Saturday September 27 2014 at 14:30
People have moaned for years complaining that the town needs a face lift n being brought up to date in line with other towns/cities. Now we are finally moving with the times and getting what the town so badly needs, people are still moaning.....

Reply Posted by Mystery on Sunday September 28 2014 at 08:48
I really don't know why the council bother trying to make Barnsley nice. All you moaning lowlifes whos only aim in life is to be negative and put down any attempt to improve our town need to sit and think why they are in Barnsley when you don't like what the council attempt to do to improve it. Why not f**k off somewhere else then maybe you'd appreciate what the councils doing here!

Reply Posted by Ray on Sunday September 28 2014 at 18:44
Mystery if they bothered we wouldn't be in thyis state. The thing is they don't "bother" what they do is think about it, spend some money on consultants get their mates in, do a survey, have some drawings done, pat each other on the back, put a date out when it will be completed, wait till after that date is over, come up with and excuse, rinse, repeat. If they bothered something would actually get done instead of being 20 years too late. Keep voting the labour old boys network in though and see what we get.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Sunday September 28 2014 at 09:00
When people resort to bad language and tell people with a different view point from their own to leave town then you know they are losing the arguement, Unfortunately the main problem in Barnsley is we keep voting Labour and then wonder why nothing improves, and just remember that the town that is being ripped down now was only built in the 1970's by good old Labour.???

Reply Posted by ET on Monday September 29 2014 at 18:22
Ask any market stallholder now and they will tell you they can barely afford the rates, so god help them when the new rates for the new market go on. The proposed new market will have a lot of empty stalls. As for a new library, bloody books will be dizzy, as for new 3 screen cinema, c'mon! the one we have now plays new films to empty seats regularly.

Reply Posted by mr g on Monday September 29 2014 at 18:35
when its done theyll drive shoppers away because they will hike parking charges up and rates will probaly be too high for traders thats wherer meadowhall benifit free parking

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