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

Barnsley Principal Town Artist Commissions

Barnsley Council’s Principal Towns team is seeking to appoint South Yorkshire based creative practitioners and creative partnerships to work with the local community to develop new ideas, concepts and potentially artworks or events focused on each of the six Principal Towns. 

The commissions are funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) with the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) dedicated to supporting the cultural and creative industries across the region.

This project is one of seven Prioritised Recovery Projects, part of a £2 million economic investment, funded by Barnsley Council and Sheffield City Region. As part of Barnsley’s Economic Recovery Action Plan, these projects will help the local economy bounce back from COVID-19. The programme aims to support people, businesses, traders, charities, or community organisations to safeguard existing jobs as well as creating new jobs and businesses.

Find out more about Barnsley Principal Town Artist Commissions including how to apply.

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.

Find out about Local Centres

Shop front scheme

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

Find out about the shop front scheme

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