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New bookies for town centre

Thursday September 22 2016

Barnsley Interchange Barnsley Interchange

THE former ticket and information office in Barnsley Interchange will be turned into a betting shop.

William Hill has been granted planning permission for the change.

Works will include installation of a new shop front.

The existing William Hill on Kendray Street will have to close as part of the Better Barnsley project, and is due to be demolished. 

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Reply Posted by Tony on Thursday September 22 2016 at 15:06
So this is not a new bookmaking establishment just an existing shop relocating.Come on Barnsley you can never have too many bookies!

Reply Posted by Annie on Thursday September 22 2016 at 17:51
Straight off the train or bus and into the bookies, your feet hardly have to touch the ground! Or after a hard day in town and maybe a Greggs slice to sustain you, you can gamble all your cares away...it is a good spot for a bookies though, they should be raking it in.

Reply Posted by Philip Taylor on Friday September 23 2016 at 08:25
One way to get bookies to move .We need a reinvented town centre.

Reply Posted by Anon on Friday September 23 2016 at 08:39
No thought gone into this, most of the people in bus station dont bet and are under age. Something more useful to the public would have been better for all ages.

Reply Posted by Tony on Friday September 23 2016 at 11:33
Public needs don't count everything is subordinate to private greed.Globalisation and privatisation are the root causes of all Britain's current economic and social problems.I am not a communist, don't believe everybody should be exactly the same and have exactly the same but some things need to exist regardless of whether big corporations or greedy individuals can make a fat profit out of them.

Reply Posted by Brian on Monday September 26 2016 at 12:54
Exactly what things need to exist?

Reply Posted by Tony on Monday September 26 2016 at 21:44
public transport,hospitals,schools,universities,care homes for old people,prisons,social services,a decent postal system,power supply,water and sewerage systems all now private businesses.What's next the police force?,the army?

Reply Posted by Brian on Tuesday September 27 2016 at 12:42
Tell me, who's going to pay for that lot?

Reply Posted by Victoria on Wednesday September 28 2016 at 20:15
Yes most places have a Tourist Information centre near or in their local interchange, we are going to have bookies, is this really how Sir Steve Houghton wants to promote Barnsley! I mean would it not have been better for the 'Better Barnsley' shop to move into the Interchange as a permanent basis. Oops of course not, what was I thinking, this of course would not generate any money, just a public service, which as we all know Barnsley Council are not particularly good in that area.

Reply Posted by Michael on Friday September 23 2016 at 11:24
William hills deliberately held out eeAlling there shop aZin their position next to groggers in town until they received a spot like this. Council had no choice but to grant them whatever they wanted, this is disgusting. How many kids and impressionable people wander through here every day? They glamourise and promote gambling like its a recreational activity, but for me it should be rigorously government controlled. Too many lives and fortunes have been jeopardised by the ease at which people can problem gamble. This needs controlling, fast. Problem is , when governments are Laing money from cigarette tax and beer tax as they dissuade and discourage both adamantly , they have to fill coffers with something else , so they need the gambling tax, it's worth billions. Why are some destructive behaviours helped and others ignored and even encouraged?

Reply Posted by O Dear on Friday September 23 2016 at 13:13
The only winners are the bookies? Somewhere else for people to spend money they don't have? BMBC would rent premises to someone selling horse meat, as long as the premises dont stand empty! Look at the e cig shops that have opened? Another nail the coffin. BMBC are supposed to be dragging Barnsley into the future!! We need proper shops! Hello is anyone listening? Thought not!

Reply Posted by Brian on Monday September 26 2016 at 12:57
People don't have to go in these shops, they are not being dragged through the door. If there was no demand the bookies would not be interested.

Reply Posted by Fred on Monday September 26 2016 at 20:05
It's irrelevant to BMBC, they get there business rates from the tenant (William hills in this case) or from SYPTE if the unit is empty.

Reply Posted by stv on Saturday September 24 2016 at 00:21
maybe its so people can bet if the bus is going to turn up and at what time !!

Reply Posted by Matt on Sunday September 25 2016 at 22:30
O Dear: sigh. SYPTE will be the landlords, not BMBC. but why let the facts get in the way of a good moan about the council?

Reply Posted by O Dear on Monday September 26 2016 at 08:58
Matt, I stand corrected.

Reply Posted by Dan on Monday September 26 2016 at 14:32
It will catch the footfall of those that use the bus or train to go to the match on a Saturday. There's no force-field that sucks people in to shops so why should it matter if William Hill moves there, something in an empty space looks better than it just being left empty and just used for storage

Reply Posted by Leah on Tuesday September 27 2016 at 03:40
Can I just say, this probably wasn't the best idea. Many people have gambling problems and having more bookies will just make things 10 times harder for them. I disagree with this and think something better could have been made. Something that can benefit everyone of all ages. Why not as the public of Barnsley what they want. Besides, although some are trying to improve Barnsley, it'll never change as its th people in it that give it a bad name. Why not make a homeless shelter that open every night of the week? Do something to get them drug users away too. Make Barnsley Safer!

Reply Posted by jack on Tuesday September 27 2016 at 08:15

Reply Posted by Spodo Komodo on Tuesday September 27 2016 at 11:09
What a great pub this is, with cheerful locals and a jolly old landlord with beautiful facial hair. We only went in for a couple of pints but in the 45 minutes we were there all my hair grew back, my beer gut vanished and for an encore the landlord turned my wife into a newt! Would definitely go back!

Reply Posted by Victoria on Wednesday September 28 2016 at 20:12
It beggars belief that Barnsley Council allowed the opening of a bookies in such a prominent position. There is already trouble in and around the interchange now with anti-social behaviour and crowds mingling. This is going to bring in another dimension to this, there is no 'cardboard coppers' around and even if there were there when they were supposed to be their powers are very limited anyway. No this is absolutely disgraceful, I know that as a single vulnerable woman (I am deaf), if I had a late finish and was coming into the bus station at night I wouldn't feel safe at all. This is very bad decision by the council brought about no doubt by 'money first, safety second'!

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