Barnsley town centre plans for five-year revamp

Written by Emily Davies

A five-year-plan for Barnsley’s town centre is set to be presented for approval next week to establish it as a great place to “live, learn and do business.”

The plan for 2021 to 2026 is aimed at growing Barnsley in regards to business and investment opportunities, subsequently improving the community.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “We want to do more. If we stand still, the borough’s economy will stand still. Our borough will have better homes, jobs, services and transport links, and this plan makes sure everything we do in our town centre is moving us in the right direction.”

The town centre plan’s goals are linked to the 2021-24 Council Plan and it is a result of the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council talking to businesses located in the town centre. It tries to meet the objectives of:

  • Growing Barnsley (inclusive economy)
  • Healthy Barnsley (wellbeing)
  • Learning Barnsley (diverse life-long learning opportunities)
  • Sustainable Barnsley (net-zero carbon targets for the borough by 2045)

The town centre plan calls for a clearly defined strategy and action plan for the town centre and a town centre management function to support businesses.

The plans say: “Without a doubt our Town Centre needs to look visually amazing, “continually current” and
inspiring – all areas need to be clean and well-kept to further enhance that overall perception and
contribute to civic pride.”

Written by Emily Davies

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