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Michael Parkinson backs campaign to renovate The Civic

Monday March 13 2017

Sir Michael Parkinson Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson has backed a major £5m fundraising campaign to renovate The Civic, to become a world-class destination for the arts by 2023.

The Civic is a Grade II listed building that has been part of the town since 1877.The front of the building is currently used as council office space, with historic access points blocked off.

The renovation will include an Eldon Street box office and café, the refurbishment of three un-used floors, and a new theatre space.

Sir Michael Parkinson said: “The arts are an integral part of what it means to be human.

"They contribute to our spirit and enrich our lives. Barnsley can be proud of the contribution it has made to the world of literature, theatre, radio, television, music and sport.

"That is why this campaign is important and why I am proud to be a Patron of The Civic. Please support us.”

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Reply Posted by rjw on Monday March 13 2017 at 13:09

Reply Posted by JD on Monday March 13 2017 at 13:21
Oh dear. Had to be one.

Reply Posted by Ray on Monday March 13 2017 at 13:24
18 Million about 10 year ago now.

They did a bodge job on it. They reduced the amount of space in the theatre, hid away that lovely ceiling and for some reason you could no longer get to the theatre or back of the building from the front door.

It was never completed, there should be shops on the mandela gardens side.

Lets not forget the 40 odd grand clock that no one could read and got mothballed when it broke down.

This was in the free money years for BMBC just before the crash hit.

Mandela gardens could be good but at the moment it's ill maintained and underused. Full credit to BMBC for allowing it to degrade into a drug use spot.
The gardens themselves are an absolute disgrace when compared to the TownHall ones not 200 yards away.

Reply Posted by Ray on Monday March 13 2017 at 13:44
Actually it was nearer 20 Million - remove the spaces to get to the link

www .barnsleychronicle. com/article/costs-to-revamp-the-civic-continue-to-spiral

Reply Posted by Brian on Monday March 13 2017 at 21:47
It really is scandalous how much of our money Sir Steve and his mates waste.

Do these people fronting the fund-raising campaign not realise how much has been wasted on the Civic already?

Reply Posted by JD on Monday March 13 2017 at 13:09
Is the Theater bit still there?

I remember school Panto's there. Decent size from memory.

I was interested to learn recently of the old theater on Wellington street which is still there but unused for just about my lifetime.

Reply Posted by Dean on Monday March 13 2017 at 14:15
Unfortunately, it will never be a world class destination for the arts...

Its in Barnsley...

Reply Posted by Susan on Monday March 13 2017 at 15:04
I must agree, the Civic Hall has been let down by the council, the frontage is in a terrible state, and going round the back, well the big glass doors and windows, and looking in the foyer too could do with a damn good clean

Reply Posted by Ray on Tuesday March 14 2017 at 12:54
Susan I totally agree, it's been totally neglected - I just can;t understand how you can have up to 10 people working on the flower beds at the townhall and the roundabout at old mill lane but there's no-one available to just keep the upkeep of that area which had a lot of money spent on it quite recently.

the grassed areas have even been ruined by council vans parking on the lawn when it was wet.

The clocks broken, I've not seen the water feature on in ages either.

The gallery is good but hidden away, and a lot of the space is unused.

Such a waste of money.

They won't get a penny out of me as I can't trust them not to waste it.

Reply Posted by al on Monday March 13 2017 at 17:55
has Parkinson backed it with some of his own money .if he is so concerned about Barnsley all of a sudden [for a change ]4.9 million out of his pocket [pinch of salt from his earnings]he will have his renovated civic open in no time

Reply Posted by The man with no face on Tuesday March 14 2017 at 13:13
Ray!! You will still pay you're tax :-/

Reply Posted by Ray on Tuesday March 14 2017 at 15:10
Yep I know - I can't change that but this is a fundraiser raising additional charitable funds.

Had it been done right the first time, we wouldn't need this.

Reply Posted by jackslack on Saturday March 18 2017 at 14:17
Get dickie bird to get hand in pocket,can't tec it wi him.