£26 million boost for Barnsley's economic recovery

Barnsley is set to benefit from a £26 million investment to help the borough's recovery and renewal from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The investment comes as part of a ground-breaking plan agreed by Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis and the leader of Barnsley Council, Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, alongside the leaders of local authorities in Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Over the next 12 months, the funding will help a range of projects across the borough, including: 

  • reducing the impact of flooding by accelerating work on drains and culverts across the borough and flood defences at Lundwood
  • Active travel schemes at the A635 (Stairfoot link to Ardsley and Goldthorpe), Elsecar and Goldthorpe
  • Supporting the exciting transformation of Barnsley town centre at The Glass Works
  • A new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists linking the new town square with the train and bus station and opening-up routes to the town centre.

Barnsley will also share in the new South Yorkshire Renewal Fund from 2022, a game-changing investment fund worth up to £500m for jobs, skills, businesses and infrastructure, to unlock the potential of the region's people, businesses and places.

The plans will be approved by the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority on Monday, 22 March.  

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, said, "I'm massively pleased to announce that we'll see £26 million of investment into Barnsley.

“This investment will give our borough and the whole of South Yorkshire a real boost in our journey to recover and move forward from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There will be many meaningful and lasting benefits to our communities; reducing the devastating impacts of flooding, supporting both the environment and resident well-being with new active travel schemes, and driving forward Barnsley town centre's exciting transformation. 

“Our focus is on creating a borough for our residents, businesses and communities that is forward-thinking; that provides opportunities, especially for our young people, to grow and develop. We'll make the most of our share of the South Yorkshire Renewal Fund from 2022, investing in the areas that make a real difference for the borough.”

Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, said: "Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. That's why local leaders and I are rewriting the rule book, using powers and resources secured from Westminster to invest in Barnsley's people, businesses and town centres and high streets. 

"We will deliver an immediate investment of £26 million over the next 12 months in the things that matter to people in Barnsley, helping the borough's recovery from COVID. This is the power of devolution: it means we can protect and create jobs, build new flood defences, create stronger transport links and revitalise high streets and towns. 

"We've started to make Barnsley an even better place to live, work and invest and we believe that our best days lie ahead of us. We have ambitions to go further and we want to create a stronger, greener fairer Barnsley for all. That's why Barnsley will benefit from the new £500m South Yorkshire Renewal Fund from 2022 to continue the transformation of the borough."

This investment builds on the £51 million that has already been secured by the Mayor and Mayoral Combined Authority for Barnsley, worth £210 per person, over the last six years. It has helped deliver projects such as:

  • Regeneration of Barnsley town centre at the flagship Glassworks development, supporting the provision of a new library, town square, refurbished indoor market, and retail and leisure facilities.
  • DMC 02 - The additional building to Barnsley's Digital Media Centre, DMC 01, provides space for large businesses to create more digital and creative jobs. The building also marked the development of The Seam - Barnsley's Digital Campus, linking the private, public and education sectors in digital and tech.
  • Road improvements along the M1 J36 Economic Growth Corridor in Goldthorpe to create 73 hectares of new employment land.

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