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New gym set for town centre

Monday April 24 2017

The new frontage The new frontage

A NEW gym will come to the town centre after councillors unanimously voted to approve the revamp of the Metropolitan Centre. 

The planning board met last week when it was asked to consider plans for the refurbishment and extension of the building as part of the £120m Better Barnsley town centre regeneration scheme.

Details of work to the Metropolitan Centre, market hall and shop fronts on Cheapside and May Day Green - including access, appearance, layout and scale - were given the green light.

Planning officer Andrew Burton said the major overhaul of the Metropolitan Centre will bring it up to the modern age, housing new retail units, food and drink outlets and even a gym on the first floor.

“As well as improvement to the appearance of the building it will provide an up-to-date retail hub for the town centre and new home for the markets,” said Mr Burton.

"Servicing will continue to be via the basement and phase two will also include a new multi-storey car park to address the issue of replacement parking provision.”

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Reply Posted by Tasha Chaudhary on Monday April 24 2017 at 15:58
PLEASE TELL ME IT WILL HAVE A POOL! and not be as expensive as dw :(

Reply Posted by JD on Monday April 24 2017 at 16:39

Reply Posted by Me, Here, Now on Tuesday April 25 2017 at 11:12
Things seems to be very positive for the look of the town centre, and I for one look forward to seeing the finished product; also great news that the unused parts of the Civic are going to be revitalized.
What we need is a good department store in town, such as Debenhams. This is what will bring shoppers back into town, instead of having to go to Meadowhall.

Reply Posted by JD on Tuesday April 25 2017 at 13:18
Never been a big fan of Debenhams. No chance one will come though as they are closing stores.

A John Lewis would be good though.

Reply Posted by Hmmm on Tuesday April 25 2017 at 21:03
A John Lewis would really pull in the customers especially as there isn't one at meadowhall and parking in Sheffield is a nightmare.

Reply Posted by Dave Moncreif on Wednesday April 26 2017 at 07:35
A pack of wild rabid dogs wouldn't prise me away from Meadowhall to shop In the cesspit town.
A town where the smackrats are openly shooting up yards away from shoppers and a town where the p*ssed up idiots are allowed to run amok on a daily basis.
Thanks but no thanks and they could spend 19 billion on it and i'd still go to meadowhall.

Reply Posted by JD on Wednesday April 26 2017 at 12:15
Ok, off you go then........

Barnsley town centre is no worse than Leeds for that. Better than what you see in Sheffield.

So crack on with that then.....

Reply Posted by @Dave Moncreif on Wednesday April 26 2017 at 14:51
Have you really seen "smackrats" openly shooting up,or drunks running amok ? I visit Barnsley town centre quite a lot and never see anything as bad as that.You seem to have a real downer on Barnsley Dave,or should I say Steve ?

Reply Posted by Dave Moncreif on Wednesday April 26 2017 at 15:03
Haven't been to Sheffield city centre for 15 years and have no desire to,
Same goes for Leeds.

John Lewis in Barnsley?

How about a Waitrose too?

Or shall we just stick with the low end shops for the low end people that inhabit the town and surrounding areas?

Have you been into town recently?

I've just had the pleasure as I had a cheque to put in.

Just in case you may have missed them the "daywalkers" were out in force sitting on the steps outside Peel Street lavs supping their strong lager they had just bought from the "European" shop.

I didn't actually manage to get to the bank without being accosted by a beautiful brown toothed young lady pestering me for "busfare".

Reply Posted by Hmm on Wednesday April 26 2017 at 20:28
Dqve do you mean low end shops like poundland, Argos, primark and sports direct?

Reply Posted by Dave Moncreif on Thursday April 27 2017 at 09:07

Who's Steve?

To answer your question, no I haven't actually seen the smackrats shooting up with my own eyes, however, I did see a video on social media which was round the back of the Post Office which showed those particular aforementioned undesirables engaging in that particularly undesirable activity.

Yes the alchos were sitting in their usual spot supping their strong lager bought from the "European" shop shouting and balling when I went in yesterday.

Downer on Barnsley - Yes you could say that, I am ashamed at what the town centre has become.

A town where the "daywalkers" are allowed to do whatever the hell they want, a town where the only police presence one sees is on matchdays, a town full of ill educated people voting Labour because their forefathers did.

The Labour clowns want to spend £125 MILLION POUNDS of OUR money on a new town centre but alas cannot get to the grip of the problem which is discouraging people from shopping in the town in the first place.

Reply Posted by JD on Thursday April 27 2017 at 13:24
You do realise every town and city in the country is the same?

Reply Posted by me on Thursday April 27 2017 at 14:20
Absolutely spot on Dave Moncreif, they can do what they want to the centre, but it will still have the same waste of space lowlife cruising it! I'll stick to Meadowhall, Trinity Walk and Cortonwood, thank you very much!

Reply Posted by Robdought on Wednesday April 26 2017 at 17:42
Next thing the council will be saying we have to shut the Metrodome down its loosing money to the new gym that we approved in 2017.

You carnt Polish a turd.

Reply Posted by jd on Thursday April 27 2017 at 13:23
The council don't run the Metrodome do they?

Reply Posted by Mr Reality Check on Thursday April 27 2017 at 22:40
An educated guess would suggest that for the purposes of tax - no - no they don't.
BPL was likely set up as an armslength org to allow the council the ability to run the org autonomously without stringer public sector regulations.
It also helps the council access pots of funding that they couldn't access if they presented themselves as the BMBC - its all about moving money around on spreadsheets.

They'll likely have Community Interest Company Status - so they pay less corp tax and they'll have a board to keep them compliant. There are lots of Arms length orgs hidden in plain sight that you wouldn't know, looking in from the outside, that they're all part of the system.

Reply Posted by Mr Reality Check on Thursday April 27 2017 at 22:41
You can polish a turd, Mythbusters proved it.

Google it.

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