Next phase of town centre public realm improvements to begin

The next phase of improvements to the street scene in Barnsley Town Centre are about to begin and our outdoor market stalls are moving from Peel Square this week to allow works to take place.

The public realm improvements are a key part of the regeneration of our town centre and have already seen high-quality craggy stone paving, new seating and other street furniture installed all around the Glass Works and along Cheapside.

This project is now moving into Peel Square with works scheduled to be completed early next year. In the meantime several traders are this week making short moves to new homes in Cheapside, Queen Street and Albert Street East, which is directly opposite the Cheapside entrance to the Food Hall.

These locations will be part of the temporary arrangements in place while works to complete the final outdoor scheme take place.

Outdoor market trader Lynn Hinchelwood said: “I'm looking forward to trading from my new location, I've made all my regular customers aware of where I'll be.

“I think Barnsley Council have been really accommodating by providing us with alternative locations whether it's on a stall or a gazebo. I'm so happy to be back trading on Barnsley Market after the last lockdown, I've missed my customers, fellow traders, and market staff.”

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “I’d like to thank all our traders for bearing with us and working closely with our town centre team over the last few years. We knew there was going to be disruption as we redesigned our town centre, but nobody was expecting a global pandemic and we know that’s taken a huge toll on our businesses.

“Barnsley really is getting back in business, and as our high street reopens we’re entering a really exciting time as we work towards the completion of the Glass Works, and this final stage of public realm improvements.”

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