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Tourist Attraction Plans For Barnsley Main

Thursday November 13 2014

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BARNSLEY Main pit head will be developed as a tourist attraction as part of a £1.8 million Heritage Lottery Fund scheme.

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is working on the project and Barnsley councillors have been discussing it as part of a working party.

Coun Martin Dyson said: "It's a hugely important piece of Barnsley's heritage and one of the last remaining monuments to our mining heritage.

"We'd like to see it protected and secured but opened up to the public for heritage walks and nature walks.

"We don't want a car park up there - we want to open up access from the nearby Hoyle Mill country park off Pontefract Road."

It's hoped the site will be ready for the 150th anniversary of the Oaks disaster - the worst mining disaster in English history - in 2016.

What do you think? Do you back the plans? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Left wing and proud on Thursday November 13 2014 at 16:15
How long before the graffiti mob and their spray paints have ago at it. Twibell street canal could do with a good clean up too. If we want to preserve our heritage the first thing we have to do is protect what we have already,

Reply Posted by tom on Friday November 14 2014 at 09:20
been covered in graffiti for years already

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 17:36
Twibell street canal was a right mess last time I was there in summer no wonder no one seems to go fishing there no more but Barnsley main would make a good attraction if they can manage to keep gypsys away

Reply Posted by bundy on Thursday November 13 2014 at 20:15
so wots going to be there to see thats not there naw

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 13 2014 at 20:36
I was thinking same Bundy a mean are the spending full £1.8 million on it because it will be interesting to see what they come up with

Reply Posted by Ted bundy on Thursday November 13 2014 at 21:37
I think it just needs a bit a sandblasting and its done

Reply Posted by sam rider on Tuesday November 18 2014 at 21:25
As a local childminder who lives near by we enjoy walking around here. The children are always intrigued about the main and what it was for. Nice for them to learn about the history of their town and on our door step. Hope it turns out great and upto expectations.

Reply Posted by Carl on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 07:00
Twibell street canal - I don't if it's the same now but some years ago, people used to lease it or so I was told. The leasers paid the council a fee for so many years and it was their responsibility to maintain it and in return would get the fishing fees. It's not been looked after since new fishing pegs were put in before we had the floods a few years ago. When the floods happened the new fishing pegs got swept away and nothing has really been done since.
It always has a lingering smell of dog **** on there as well due to dog owners letting their dogs **** everywhere and not cleaning it up

Reply Posted by yeah! on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 07:52
if the The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership is run by the council they will take the £1.8 million and buy a town centre site build an office building and fill it with equipment, pay themselves huge wages and pension pots and finally have a few signs commissioned for the old pit building

Reply Posted by Mrs Sandra Kilner on Wednesday November 19 2014 at 18:29
They won't be able to do like Yorkshire mining as the shaft was filled in years ago after the mine closed

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