A wide-reaching makeover for Barnsley town centre has been given the green light with planners approving details of schemes to create a new town square and other features, with members of the council’s ruling Cabinet also authorising changes that allow new high quality materials to be used.
The ‘public ream’ works will thread through areas of the town centre including Eldon Street, Midland Street and Kendray Street, linking up a new town square at May Day Green and other open spaces on Cheapside, Queen Street and Peel Square.
Work will cost millions of pounds to complete but is designed to be of high quality, to link together other elements of the town centre redevelopment including the Glass Works leisure and shopping centre and the Light Box library building.
Barnsley Council started upgrading some areas, including Market Hill and Eastgate, several years ago, but has found the materials used in those areas have not been as durable as hoped for, so the Cabinet was asked to approve a new range of alternatives, with their permission needed because the details are set down in official council policy.
The council has experienced difficulties in cleaning pavements which have become stained with grease from spilled food and had discarded chewing gum left stuck to the surface.
Materials planned for the new work should help avoid those pitfalls and the council has also acquired a new cleaning machine which should help staff to spruce up existing areas of the town centre which are not in line for fresh upgrading work.