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Aldi could come to town centre

Tuesday December 6 2016

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A NEW Aldi store could open in the town centre next year. 

Proposals have been submitted to Barnsley Council officials to transform a plot of land next to the Wickes store, east of Old Mill Lane, into a new branch of the low-cost supermarket. 

If plans for site are given the green light, the new store will create 40 new jobs.

A spokeswoman for Aldi confirmed a decision is expected in the new year with a view to the chain buying the site in spring/summer 2017.

She said: “Once the site is purchased then Aldi will outline the programme for construction of the new store. The brownfield site has been vacant for more than ten years, the proposals provide an investment opportunity to regenerate a site within this commercial area and bring 40 local jobs to the area.”

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Reply Posted by patricia shaw on Tuesday December 6 2016 at 16:21
That area is already grid locked this would only add to it .Its not the best of ideas the council should NOT GRANT THIS

Reply Posted by Driver on Sunday December 11 2016 at 14:28
This area is busy and the traffic backs up very often. Unfortunately selfish people frequently jump the red lights or at least try to rush through and the No Blocking sections regularly get blocked causing problems. I wouldn't call this gridlocked, I would call it selfish driving.
I hope there will be an Aldi there, the land has been waste for at least 8 years now, maybe a lot more, and it isn't serving any purpose.

Reply Posted by Annie on Tuesday December 6 2016 at 16:33
Beer belly you are disgusting there is nothing wrong with Aldi there food stuff is lovely & fresh at a fraction of other supermarkets .

Reply Posted by SharonB on Tuesday December 6 2016 at 16:44
That part of Barnsley is an absolute nightmare to get around as it is without adding extra traffic for another big retail outlet. It's not that long ago that we had months and months of temporary traffic lights when the Wickes debate was going on, we don't need all that again.
I have no objection to Aldi at all, just not there

And if anyone who isn't from Barnsley reads the comments here the only person they would think was a 'scratter' is the very person dishing out the abuse. It's people like you who give this area a bad name. What an awful thing to say

Reply Posted by Mike on Tuesday December 6 2016 at 17:03
The new road layout by wickes is an absolute nightmare since it changed, they need to sort out the traffic routing in the area before doing anything else down there, a roundabout would have caused less problems and congestion than those traffic lights!

Reply Posted by Beer belly on Tuesday December 6 2016 at 18:03
Why not just build a giant food bank it would just be as bad

Reply Posted by pam powers on Tuesday December 6 2016 at 19:04
I am against it because of the traffic issue these planners need to use the area and see how bad it gets now It will be grid locked at the really busy times some days the traffic queues back to monk bretton vicarage on burton road and im sure people are not that desperate for another supermarket they have only one lot of money to spend

Reply Posted by Steven James on Tuesday December 6 2016 at 19:38
Whilst I agree that traffic is an absolute NIGHTMARE, Aldi are a reasonable employer to work for and pay decent wages, the town needs these good jobs.

I'd also agree with the roundabout option.

Reply Posted by Louise Richardson on Wednesday December 7 2016 at 06:24
That's not town centre. Get off bus in bus station that's the town centre!

Reply Posted by Mr Reality Check on Wednesday December 7 2016 at 09:36
We are a nation of shop keepers after all; perhaps the presence of yet another Aldi will enable the council to employ some more consultants to undertake a 15 year feasibility study into a solution to the traffic issues.

They should admit defeat and build a flyover, over the canal to enable traffic which wants to get to the Motorway / Sheffield / Doncaster Road side of town to bypass the cluster of inconsiderate people who junction block at the ASDA / and carphone junctions.

Perhaps traffic lights for the exit of ASDA, across only for the Top exit of ASDA and widening of the lower exit (Left only) exit and some enforced yellow boxes for "NO BLOCKING" - perhaps the consultants can use my idea and charge the BMBC £75K for this concept.

What a time to be alive.

Reply Posted by Jacko on Wednesday December 7 2016 at 10:29
If you look at the Council planning application website it looks like the feasibility study and design have already been done and submitted.

But no one ever takes no notice of the no blocking boxes.

Reply Posted by Eve on Wednesday December 7 2016 at 16:47
Steven James. Knowing several employees of Aldi I thought you might like to know they are far from a good employer and have to work your backside off for around the same wage as other non budget supermarkets. Don't listen to everything you read in the press. The food is pretty poor quality as well although it will do well as low income northern towns and villages seem to be it's target customers. I don't mind the odd store but Barnsley is full of Aldi stores and will never change it's image with the influx of budget stores opening 2 yards within each other.

Reply Posted by Steven James on Wednesday December 7 2016 at 19:44
Eve, is it coincidence that ALDI are showing phenomenal growth (not just in town)?
Peoples attitudes to everything is changing, admittedly one that shopped at ALDI was once frowned upon, not nowadays as people are more conscious of the money they spend.

Oh aye and JFTR, ALDI actually pay MORE in hourly rate than say Asda and another one of the big four that I wont care to mention.

The ALDI graduate programme is also a great success.

I don't read newspapers anymore as they are full of crap just thought id let you know.

As for the quality of food, thing is (not a lot of people don't know this) but take bread as a classic example, 45% of the loaves of bread consumed in the UK are more or less exactly the same and the only difference is the packaging that said loaves are put in.

Cant comment on Aldis own branded products as her indoors wont shop there, yes she's a label snob.

Reply Posted by Ada on Wednesday December 7 2016 at 17:07
Eve. 98% of Aldi food is fine. I shop there every Monday,BUT only buy selected items. People who are well off shop in Aldi. I will say the stores are popping up at a rate of knots. I must say the staff in our local Aldi, (Redbrook) on the whole are very friendly. I also shop at Morrisons and M&S.its good to be competitive. If you think the food is of poor quality, why do they keep winning top food supplier awards??

) on the whole are nice

Reply Posted by Beer belly on Wednesday December 7 2016 at 20:15
Why do all the people who shop at Aldi use alternative bags M&S , Waitrose, Sainsbury's e.t.c ??????

Reply Posted by Aunt hilda on Thursday December 8 2016 at 12:20
Beer Belly. This has got to be your most idiotic statement so far. (Others might disagree and have better examples). Are you really saying that only Aldi carrier bags should be used at Aldi? Should people keep a stockpile of different carrier bags for each shop they go to? You really are a numpty.

Reply Posted by Brian on Wednesday December 7 2016 at 21:42
A great site as far as Aldi are concerned and in that location it will generate a lot of business. However, I read in the Chronicle that there was to be 90 (ish) car park spaces and that will simply not be enough. It will also add to the problems for other motorists who drive in that area on Burton road or Wakefield road.

Reply Posted by Silver on Thursday December 8 2016 at 09:38
Traffic All parts of Barnsley its a fact of life each week each year volume of traffic is getting worse Supermarket or not

Reply Posted by Beer belly on Thursday December 8 2016 at 14:40
Do they do Aldi bags for life

Reply Posted by Mr D on Thursday December 8 2016 at 15:04
Mr Reality Check. Your solution to the traffic issue is to put another set of lights up within Asda? that will just add further delay. Can't see any developers knocking on your door soon.

Reply Posted by Beer belly on Thursday December 8 2016 at 17:41
Time for a cold one

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday December 8 2016 at 18:41
I agree with aunt hilder, Beer Belly is a deluded buffoon and needs to grow up

Reply Posted by Arrggg on Thursday December 8 2016 at 19:11
Beer Belly. .the name sums you up you idiot. Bet you go to Aldi for cheap beer to occupy your day when your drag yourself out of your pit while the rest of us are working paying tax to pay your benefits!

Reply Posted by Linda on Thursday December 8 2016 at 23:48
Complete nightmare down Burton Road. The main problem is drivers racing the red lights to get through at all costs and then blocking off the oncoming traffic. That said, it happens from the other side too. Whenever the pelican crosssing is activated near Asda it causes complete gridlock. Can't imagine it if Aldi join the chaos!

Reply Posted by Driver on Sunday December 11 2016 at 14:33
Agreed Linda! The main problem is racing the red lights and blocking the no blocking grids.

Reply Posted by Arrggg on Friday December 9 2016 at 14:38
Beer Belly. Lambrini is the correct spelling. Just shows your class.

Reply Posted by Harry on Monday December 12 2016 at 08:02
The most pointless addition to barnsley! Nobody is complaining that we dont have enough aldis or places to shop people need affordable housing

Reply Posted by sam on Tuesday December 13 2016 at 12:04
Whatever happened to that aldi they were supposed to be building next to the doctors surgery in royston? 2 years ago they got approved and the site next to doctors surgery is STILL wasteland......

Reply Posted by justme on Sunday December 18 2016 at 17:17
Would it make more sense to put it off twibell street (where the old comet building stands (wasnt there a plan for a supermarket put in on that site with an underground car park?)