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Barnsley's new look revealed

Wednesday May 20 2015

The market square The market square

Here's a first look of what Barnsley will look like by 2018.

The ambitious plans for the town centre have been unveiled which include an area for retail, leisure and market space, including areas for food and drink, a cinema and an additional shopping area.

There are proposals for a new library, landscaped public open space, car parking on the former CEAG site and a pedestrian footbridge across the railway.

The application will go before the council’s planning board by the end of June.

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Reply Posted by John Whitworth on Wednesday May 20 2015 at 10:51
Stacked boxes, straight lines; not a single curve or elllipse in sight. A long way from the original vision.

Reply Posted by NonnyRat on Wednesday May 20 2015 at 11:28
Hmm, wasn't the £125m then BMBC were spouting off about then a while back. So, we are having this town on the cheap. Pulling down old established buildings to look like a £1 shop Milton Keynes... What happened to this HEADLINE:

Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Miller Construction have been shortlisted to submit detailed bids for Barnsley’s £125m shopping centre project.

We have too many people with too short a memory if you ask me!

Reply Posted by Jane on Wednesday May 20 2015 at 11:33
Doesn't look very inspiring

Reply Posted by Gavin Lowe on Wednesday May 20 2015 at 11:55
Anything will be an improvement on the town as is.

Its success will hinge on the quality of tenants it attracts!!

Reply Posted by Big lad on Wednesday May 20 2015 at 23:18
I see you will bi spending all that money but still put the cheep n nasty table n chairs out mmmmm just saying

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Thursday May 21 2015 at 12:36
Said this before and I will keep saying this, what is the point of spending £50 Million pounds on a "new" town centre when the shouty alchos and smackrats are still allowed to run amok whenever the sun is shining?
I haven't really kept up to date with the development proposals as I am not particularly interested, but what is happening to the concrete eyesore that is the Metropolitan centre?

Reply Posted by Cal-dawg on Friday May 22 2015 at 16:20
Unfortunately Barnsley is not different to maybe 97% of the world cities which will be a higher figure in this country that a town centre attracts the less desirable of society.

Leeds, Manchester, London, New York etc, etc all have city centres fully of the type of people folk think only are in Barnsley.

It’s not a Barnsley problem, it’s a worldwide problem.

Other places are better at moving them on maybe but they will always be around, a town centre is a centre which attracts scum no matter where it is.

Reply Posted by Whats Occurrin on Sunday May 24 2015 at 14:50
Hope there's enough of the budget left to erect a few more rusty bits of metal, like the one outside the town hall, which completely RUINS an otherwise "good effort" of improvement !