Town Spirit

About the project

Principal Towns is a £5 million investment project set up to improve local economies around the borough and help our high streets thrive.

We’re working with local businesses, community groups and residents to deliver projects focused on showcasing the best Barnsley has to offer; improving the vibrancy of key locations to spread the benefits of economic regeneration far and wide.

The funding's being used to set in place the long-term strategic visions for the main shopping centres, with master plan suggested improvements if future funding becomes available.

Works funded by the project will include:

  • car parking improvements;
  • new signage;
  • shopfront investments;
  • public space improvements;
  • other ideas to meet local need.

By encouraging footfall and improving the visiting experience, the project aims to promote private sector investment and other funding streams to create new opportunities for businesses.

Main shopping areas (Principal Towns) where investment will be spent

  • Cudworth
  • Goldthorpe
  • Hoyland
  • Penistone
  • Royston
  • Wombwell

Smaller local shopping areas (Local Centres) also included

  • Athersley
  • Bolton upon Dearne
  • Darfield
  • Darton
  • Dodworth
  • Grimethorpe
  • Lundwood
  • Mapplewell
  • Stairfoot
  • Thurnscoe

You can find lots of information about the ten Local Centres, as well as the six Principal Towns and their planned improvements, by exploring this website.

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Local Centres

Investment in our smaller local shopping areas and communities, to meet local need.

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Shop front scheme

Grants to improve the shop fronts of independent businesses in the borough.

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Similar projects

Examples of where projects similar to Principal Towns have worked well.

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