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Better Barnsley: An update

Friday February 3 2017

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THE council has provided an update on the Better Barnsley project - including news on the new cinema, a planned bowling alley, the new shopping boulevard and a planned gym in the town centre.

At a forum last night (Thursday February 2) We Are Barnsley learned that work on the new town centre library is due to start this month - with a planned opening in early 2018.  

The new shopping area in the town centre - to be named The Glassworks - will feature 26 shopping units, including 11 restaurants and cafes, and six large units. It will run through the end of and at the back of the Metropolitan Centre.

The shops on the council's wish list are H and M, River Island, Jack and Jones, Schuh, Dr Martens, Lush, HMV, DW Sports and Footasylum.

The list also features major food outlets and restaurants such as Five Guys, TGI Fridays, Krispy Kreme, Bella Italia, Las Iguanas, Nando’s and Handmade Burger Company.

The new cinema will be a 14 screen multiplex, and there are plans to include a new bowling alley in the facility. There will also be restaurant units underneath the cinema. 

The cinema's planned location is near to where the temporary May Day Green market is now - and work will commence on the facility in winter 2018.

The council says that talks with the new operator are progressing well, and that there will be an announcement in the coming weeks.

As well as that, there are plans for a new gym to be built on Cheapside. 

The Better Barnsley scheme is scheduled to be completed in May 2020.

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Reply Posted by Vanman on Friday February 3 2017 at 16:06
...And I wonder how much of this will actually happen? Have ANY retailers signed up for units yet? Does Barnsley really need another eleven fast food outlets?

Reply Posted by Christine Dennis on Friday February 3 2017 at 16:21
Long awaited- Sounds fantastic - if it all comes to fruition!

Reply Posted by dream on. on Friday February 3 2017 at 16:32
A bowling alley? Theres 2 in tarn already that hardley get used. A cinema? We had one that that closed now its open and is well adequate for the tarn folk. A wish list lol. Nothing set in stone . Labour council in cuckooland again. We were told of plans 10 years ago and all we have seen is a monstrosity of a temperary market which mark my words will be there forever. It makes the town an embarrasment something you will see in skeggy. And where is the Barnsley halo lol what a joke.

Reply Posted by Yo barnsley on Friday February 3 2017 at 16:46
Usual negative crap from certain people. No wonder Barnsley can't improve with the negative clowns like you forever dissing everything that demands change. Get a life and stop being so pessimistic you miserable so and so.

Reply Posted by RP on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 12:53
Hardly ever in use? Have you ever tried to get into one on a weekend.

The Metrodome one usually required pre booking. Don’t give me the” we have a cinema too”. It’s very old school and to be honest I prefer driving elsewhere to watch in better facilities.

Bring it all on is all I can say. 8oz burger is far better than the 2 burger chains mentioned though.

We need a Brewdog and Slug and Lettuce though

Reply Posted by Lola on Friday February 3 2017 at 17:43
It sounds like it could be utopia, wonder how many towns this will be happening to too. Mmm

Reply Posted by Gordon Bennett on Friday February 3 2017 at 18:16
Barnsley Council once again making a balls up of our town. If only the thickos who keep voting Labour because their dad did before them stopped and voted UKIP instead, we wouldn't be in such a mess!

Reply Posted by U.T. Opia on Friday February 3 2017 at 18:22
It sounds great. It really does. I hope even half of what is set out in the plan is achieved by 2020 and if so it will be a big improvement on the town as it is today and has been for many years.
Hope some of this redevelopment will bring more jobs and bring more people in to town spending.

Reply Posted by Maz on Friday February 3 2017 at 19:07
Why not put all the money in. A bin and burn it you have 2 bowling allys. Already. We have plenty of shops. Why not build some more council houses. Or do. Them in. Council like to see people sleeping on streets. What a set of p_____ks

Reply Posted by VANMAN on Friday February 3 2017 at 20:44
If potential investors, or even visitors, read some of the rubbish posted on WAB there's no wonder they don't want to come. It sounds like Jeremy Kyle's waiting room.

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilda on Friday February 3 2017 at 20:51
Almost Vanman, but J. kyles waiting room is much more intelligent than some on here.

Reply Posted by Delmara on Sunday February 5 2017 at 17:07
If they did, Raymonndo, investors would build an adult play centre with loads of cheap sugar loaded snacks n drinks so people could go in all day like raving idiots.

Reply Posted by C on Friday February 3 2017 at 23:28
If they can convince those shops to come here then great, I think it all sounds very appealing and much better than what we have now BUT...I don't think we need another cinema or bowling alley, I'm not fond of trying to shut other businesses down and they all couldn't possibly survive.

Reply Posted by RP on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 13:02
Let’s get one thing straight, a cinema we do need, bowling maybe comes with the cinema as people go out for bowling, cinema and food.

For me we don’t already have a cinema, because people would rather drive for better facilities. If The old Odeon had better screens, better seats, better facilities I would go, but not many film options and parking usually means walking through a group of kids trying to start fights.

I’m all for the new town centre, the only thing is I’m sure a cinema and bowling alley etc will have been better on the land opposite the train station behind the bingo. Or maybe even where B&Q used to be. The Alhambra cinema could be a good one though.

Reply Posted by Dawn hirst on Friday February 3 2017 at 23:47
The council. Are spending money on thing what we have got all ready in town looks like there are just trying to get rid of the money

Reply Posted by Mammamia on Saturday February 4 2017 at 02:07
Yo Barnsley, what do you expect? We already have a cinema in town that's reasonably priced and there's 2 bowling alleys. So why waste money on more?

Reply Posted by Bnm on Saturday February 4 2017 at 04:06
Why are people so negative. At moment barnsley town centre is absolute a pile of rubbish it's an embarrassment. Shops are rubbish, theres not much to do in terms of entertainment except get drunk & who wants to do that all time, cinema stinks when you walk past . Barnsley really does need this.... moan over

Reply Posted by Raymondo on Saturday February 4 2017 at 09:07
Bnm, you're right and this "wish-list" is a joke. There's nothing concrete about it. Its made me angry as theyve just picked a bunch of popular shops, probably bywalking round meadowhall one day and said "we want them to come".

I think we already had river island and it closed.

Id be surprised if even 10% of these shops come here.

Why are people so negative? Weve heard it all before from the same council, only the scheme was a different name. The council said the cinema opererator would be secured last summer it hasnt. .barnsleychronicle.com/article/cinema-operator-will-be-secured-by-summer. I remember almost 10 years ago when they said debenhams was coming it didnt barnsley.towntalk.co.uk/news/d/414/debenhams-to-open-in-barnsley

Fact is you cant trust what they say at the council as nothing is ever certain

Reply Posted by Shel on Saturday February 4 2017 at 09:03
Come people!!! Stop being pessimistic and have some faith. This is where we live try to be hopeful that things can only get better

Reply Posted by Yorkshirepuds on Saturday February 4 2017 at 11:42
A lot of you need to stop being so negative, it's not good for your health. Raymondo, river island closed like 20 years ago or something. There's a lot of reasons why the current plans might result differently to the great river island disaster of the mid nineties.

Reply Posted by Raymondo on Saturday February 4 2017 at 17:42
Yorkshire puds my point was. If river island wanted to be in barnsley theyd be here, same as the other names. Fact is they aren't and the reasons for that will be based on market data as in they wont make enough to make it worthwhile. Same reason as all the other shops upped and left.

Reply Posted by Bev on Saturday February 4 2017 at 20:00
UKIP in!

Labour out!

Reply Posted by rjw on Monday February 6 2017 at 13:17
you do understand that UKIP want out of the EU dont you. You know that there EU that funds most of the projects in this area.

Without that money we may as well pack in

Reply Posted by Sam on Saturday February 4 2017 at 20:10
Can't wait for this, so excited for the change! And in reply to Vanman: Yes, we do need more outlets because the ones stated aren't fast food. They're restaurants. It would be nice to sit down in a proper restaurant in the middle of town for a nice meal, instead of just buying a cheap pasty from Greggs and sitting on a bench being plagued by pigeons.

Reply Posted by vanman on Saturday February 4 2017 at 20:40
OK Sam, some of them may be restaurants - but Krispy Kreme? I don't think so !

Reply Posted by RP on Tuesday February 7 2017 at 13:10
We already have a good number of restaurants and good café’s in town.

The Lemon Tree is a good one.

As for Café’s, Oaks Star by the Civic is very good, as is Quintessential Kitchen on Georges Yard. Further outside the town centre, The White Bull at Cannon Hall is a quality too.

Reply Posted by John P on Sunday February 5 2017 at 07:56
The town centre,asit is,is dying.No fault of those trading at present.The council have got to attempt to put new life in so give them a chance.No doubt there will be changes along the way,but try,or die.

Reply Posted by Matthew on Sunday February 5 2017 at 09:01
I personally think the WISH LIST just sounds like they are begging for decent shops. Barnsley town centre is terrible full of smack heads and pound shops

Reply Posted by Bobby brown on Sunday February 5 2017 at 18:29
Socialists hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa this is barnsley you numpty grow up. No one cares about your political ideology

Reply Posted by Victoria on Sunday February 5 2017 at 19:22
Why on earth would HMV and river island want to come back, when they both upped sticks long ago, also can you imagine lush wanting to come to Barnsley given that The Body Shop doesn't exactly do a lot of business. No this is is once again 'ivory towers' councillors wasting money on brainstorming daft ideas!

With regards to the cinema, cafes and bowling alley, I would if I w re a betting person put money on the fact that no be of these will come to fruition!

Reply Posted by Lesley on Monday February 6 2017 at 16:48
I just wonder where the designers of the 'new Barnsley' actually live? When they build the new bus/train station, did they consider how it would blend with the 'old market town' look that we needed, rather than an orange and blue monstrosity? Take a look at the front of the Santander (old Abbey National) building in town. Old stone front, and it's attractive and fits the town centre. So now we have a multi coloured transit point, a shed for a market hall, and yet more pie in the sky ideas. Barnsley, unfortunately, has become known as one of the poundland centres of the north. We've no real department stores any more - anyone wanting anything special has to travel to Meadowhall. I hope these new restaurants and stores do come to Barnsley, but I seriously doubt it - it's been said before and nothing happened. With regard to the bowling alley, one in town would be nice, as would a slightly more modern cinema complex (doesn't need 14 screens though!). However, since even McDonalds don't even have a restaurant in town any more, how are they going to persuade these more expensive chain stores ???

Reply Posted by vanman on Monday February 6 2017 at 20:49
Lesley, I agree with most of what you say, but I'd like to point out that McDonalds is NOT a restaurant - proper restaurants have a chef, cooks, waiters or waitresses and their customers use knives and forks to eat their food off proper plates. McDonalds is a fast food outlet where the customer eats warmed-up factory-prepared food with their fingers from a paper bag or cardboard box. Mc D's can't trust it's customers with anything sharp, or hot, or salty.......

Reply Posted by scatt on Friday February 10 2017 at 14:26
Spend as much as they want on whatever they want but nothing will improve till the grass roots are sorted,
This councils immigration policy is turning Barnsley into a slum and on top of that they are now looking to re open the travellers site on grange lane,thats a good start to helping with the fly tipping epidemic.

Reply Posted by @scatt on Friday February 10 2017 at 14:58
what is 'this councils immigration policy'??
What is that supposed to mean, you total tool.
You might not have moved out your town, your village, your street or your house for a while but guess what, people can move freely in the uk.

Reply Posted by Don't feed the trolls on Friday February 10 2017 at 16:53

ipso Regulated