Initial work will see demolition of former chip shop
Work to revamp Eldon Street is set to begin this autumn.
At a meeting next week (Wednesday, 10 June) Barnsley Council’s ruling cabinet will be asked to approve the demolition of the former Waldon’s Chip Shop – a key piece of work that will allow the improvements to progress.
A report to cabinet details the benefits of the work.
The report highlights how the demolition will allow the junction with Eldon Street to become wider, allowing traffic exiting Midland Street - including Henry Boot Construction vehicles working on The Glass Works - to safely turn left onto Eldon Street.
This means that the temporary arrangement currently in place – where traffic has to pass through Regent Street South – will no longer be required.
When The Glass Works scheme is complete, delivery vehicles servicing Superbowl UK and the restaurants housed underneath will be able to use Midland Street to access the site – meaning they won’t have to pass through The Glass Works square, part of the new public realm.
During and following demolition of the former chip shop – which will be carried out by Henry Boot - the site will be temporarily hoarded off to ensure public safety. The work will be scheduled to minimise disruption to businesses and the public.
A double arched window discovered inside the chip shop will be salvaged from the structure and stored, allowing it to be reused in the future.
Barnsley Council will keep adjoining businesses and taxi drivers informed of the planned work to minimise disruption.
The aspiration for Eldon Street’s revamp also includes the creation of a permanent gateway feature on the site – which is set to include new public art.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “The work taking place in the town centre looks fantastic – our high street is looking better than ever and we’re all excited for the completion of The Glass Works next year.
“It’s important that Eldon Street looks just as good when people arrive into town via the Interchange. We have lots of exciting plans for the area and the initial work taking place this autumn will allow those plans to progress.
“While the demolition of the former chip shop clearly has practical benefits that will help service the Superbowl site in The Glass Works, our plans mean Eldon Street will look fantastic aesthetically, which can only be a positive for the new environment we’re striving to create in the town centre.”