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Chip Shop Owner Blames Council For Loss In Takings

Wednesday October 1 2014

A TOWN centre chip shop owner has threatened to stop paying his business rates due to persistent roadworks.

David Wood, owner of Woody's in Eldon Street, says that due to the work his takings are down by 25 per cent - and he blames the council.

He says he understands the work is necessary as part of plans to improve the town centre, but he can't work out why it's taking so long.

He said: "The lay-by across from my shop has been closed and cordoned off for weeks.

"In the same time they have demolished the main library, shops and offices along Shambles Street.

"Not only have they demolished the entire site, they've even crushed the bricks and concrete used to build the buildings and got rid of half of the rubble.

"If you look closely they've even began to dig out the foundations for the new college.

"Yet along on Eldon Street they can't seem to finish a car parking bay."

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman, said: "As we have explained in our communications, there was a delay in receiving deliveries of imported granite kerbs.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but would stress this short-term disruption will be more than outweighed by a town centre that is more attractive to Barnsley residents, businesses and visitors."

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Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 21:05
There we go again Calamity Miller strikes again. why are we importing granite.Dont we have any products we could use from th UK.

Why is it every time than man is connected to a project there's always a delay.

Don't they do any planning before work starts

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 21:11
You're right @dr.debate. if the moneys there,you would have thought the materials would be here and ready for use,especially around the shopping areas. These shops are peoples livelihoods not just buildings. Why rip the place to shreds before the materials have arrived? They could have been bought in and stored for a while. Its barmy. Is there a project manager involved? If so he needs sorting out.

Reply Posted by Bob the Builder on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 21:20
Perhaps there’s some query in relation to the land !!

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 21:32
Bob the builder! Yes he can! Go help out Bob, sounds like they need you!

Reply Posted by jon on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 21:22
Miller it is time you quit , Will this job takes as long as the road near the wicks took ? you are nothing but a disgrace to the Barnsley folk. let somebody else do your job has you certainly can't. waste of space.

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Wednesday October 1 2014 at 22:56
It's the same down the bottom of Old Mill Lane. In many ways the job looks to have come to an end but there are still unsightly barriers in the middle of the road. What are the highly paid council highways staff doing? Have they no pride in their town?

Reply Posted by Frank on Friday October 3 2014 at 11:24
Miller will just be waiting for shop owners to give him abit of money then it will be done in 10 mins

Reply Posted by Mr Simple on Saturday October 4 2014 at 06:48
@RedOptimist The barriers at Wickes are because a car damaged the barriers and they are temporary till the new ones get put back. The highways staff take stacks of pride in their town, but with 60odd million pounds worth of cuts taking place, there's less and less staff every year trying to maintain the same level of service! Try running a business on a third less staff and see if things take a little bit longer to get things done. I also find it ironic that out of all the town centre businesses Woodys are the only one affected. If you want quality paving it takes longer to lay, but its just publicity grabbing if you ask me.

Reply Posted by MR T on Sunday October 5 2014 at 15:46
@ Mr Simple shut up you tool , obviously a councillor talking the way you are aload of bOll@cks go and bury your head in the sand fool

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