Talk on getting good design in our town – Tues 27 November

The Barnsley Civic Trust Talk on Tuesday 27th November will tell us about the work of the independent Design Review Panel set up in Barnsley. It is made up of highly regarded designers, architects, landscape architects and artists and is completely independent of the Council.

Its role is to review the design of schemes referred to it by the Council and to give expert advice as to how they can improved. It has advised on all the major schemes in the town centre.

The presentation promises to be very enlightening and will be given by Tom Lonsdale who chairs the Barnsley Panel and who is a nationally esteemed designer and landscape architect.

Tuesday 27th November, 7.00pm
Masonic Hall, Cockerham Lane (just off Huddersfield Road).

All welcome

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Objection to gyratory proposals at Penny Pie Park

Barnsley Civic Trust has made a formal objection to the current proposals to construct a traffic gyratory system at the junction of Broadway, Dodworth Road and Pogmoor Road.

The planning application would see much of Penny Pie Park lost and a three-lane road encircling a substantial part of the remaining greenspace.

We are not convinced from the available evidence that the proposals would solve the existing traffic congestion.

In our view the perceived benefits do not outweigh the level of harm resulting from the proposals.

Penny Pie Park statement following BCT Exec meeting

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Comments on bridge replacing jumble lane railway crossing

A decision on the planning application for the new ‘iconic’ foot bridge to replace the town centre railway crossing was made on Wednesday 24 October.

 

Jumble Lane crossing is due to be closed by Network Rail in March 2019 with a temporary bridge in place.

At a recent meeting of Barnsley Civic Trust, Sarah McHale from Barnsley Council told us that the new permanent bridge is designed by Renato Benedetti (Benadetti Architects) who also designed the new bridge in Castleford. The structure cost is estimated at £5m with £2m from Network Rail and £3m from BMBC.

The bridge will be ‘stunningly’ lit at night and the bridge deck is a 1.8 meter deep steel channel wide enough to cope with large flows on match days.

It has to be high enough for electrification and wide enough for platform extension in case these are planned in the future.

The main points raised at the Barnsley Civic Trust meeting were the nature of the deck and not being able to see out of it, the nature of fencing to the railway (Network Rail insisting on palisade), and the look of the canopy to the ‘funicular’ lift at either side of the bridge for people with disabilities and pushchairs etc.

The meeting, however, liked the bridge and thought that it has come a long way from its first incarnation.

Barnsley Civic Trust conveyed these views to the council and in addition we commented that it appears from the positioning of the ‘funicular lift’ on the opposite sides of the bridge at both ends that people in wheel chairs and cyclist will have to cross from one side of the bridge to the other, cutting across the route that everyone else will take. This can’t be right, can it?

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Design of the Jumble lane railway crossing pedestrian bridge

A presentation on the design of the proposed new £5 million pedestrian bridge at the Jumble Lane railway crossing is taking place at a public meeting in September.

 

All are welcome on Monday 24th September at 7.00pm.
Hope House Church Hall, Blucher Street, Barnsley Town Centre,
Refreshments from 6.30pm.

The presentation will be given by Sarah McHale of Barnsley council. Sarah will describe how the design of the new bridge has developed. The bridge is part of the Barnsley Town Centre redevelopment and Sarah will inform us how the design developed following consultation and professional design review.

This is an open meeting open to everyone interested in this topic.

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Annual general meeting – 24 September 7pm

A short Annual General Meeting of Barnsley Civic Trust will precede the presentation on the design of the new railway crossing pedestrian bridge on Monday 24 September at Hope House Church, Blucher Street, Barnsley S70 2AP. 

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Dining out …

The date of the next BCT dining club meal is on Friday August 31st, 7.30pm, at The Garrison (Used to be Lucorum) on Hanson street opposite the Civic Hall. Contact Phyllis or Rebecca if you would like to join the group. 

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Talks and short AGM – Thursday 7 June, 6.30pm Hope House Church Hall

Two interesting talks follow a short business session / annual general meeting.

Sharron Sutton will talk about the development of the Museums and Arts service in Barnsley, and Paul Bennett will talk about the development of the new Library, somewhat controversially called Library @ the Lightbox. 

On Thursday 7 June at 6.30pm at the Hope House Church Hall on Blucher Street, S70 1AP

Refreshments available from 6.00pm.

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Dining Club 11th May

Looking forward to our next dining club on Friday evening, 11th May. Get in touch with Rebecca or Phyllis if you would like to join in.

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‘Bramah, a tradition of engineering’ by John Bramah, 19 March

Each year South Yorkshire Industrial History Society holds the Joseph Bramah Lecture, sponsored by Barnsley Council, to commemorate the great engineer Joseph Bramah, who was born at Stainborough.

This year the lecture is given by John Bramah and its theme is ‘Bramah, a tradition of engineering’.

Barnsley Civic Trust has produced the Blue Plaque to commemorate Joseph Bramah and is promoting the lecture jointly with South Yorkshire Industrial History Society and Barnsley Council.

The lecture will be on Monday 19 March at the The Cooper Gallery, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AH, starting at 7pm.

Admission free but donations to South Yorkshire Industrial History Society appreciated.

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What did Joseph Bramah – one of the Best of Barnsley – invent?

Just do a bing image search to see the range of things that Joseph Bramah invented, not forgetting the beer pump. Thanks Doctor Ale for reminding us.

The talk by John Bramah – ‘Bramah – a tradition of engineering’ – at the Cooper Gallery on Monday 19 March at 7pm is coming up soon.  Thanks to the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society and Barnsley Council for arranging the annual Bramah lecture.

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Today’s (Sunday 18th March) Blue Plaque ceremony has been cancelled by the promoters due to the weather conditions and advice not to travel. Look out for a new date.

We seem to be plagued by snow – this is the second time we have had to postpone it.

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Come along to the Dining Club in 2018

The next Barnsley Civic Trust dining club event is on Friday 11th May.
Contact Rebecca to book a place.

Provisional Barnsley Civic Trust Dining Club dates for 2018:
Friday 23rd February; Friday 11th May; Friday 6th July; Friday 17th August; Friday 28th September; Friday 9th November. Then one in Dec for Christmas.

 

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Some of Barnsley Civic Trust members having a Christmas social meal.

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Barnsley Civic Trust members dine out together about every six weeks. Here we are enjoying a meal at Barnsley’s 1 Momento in November.

The next meal is at The Glass House on Thursday 14 December.

If you would like to join us do get in touch; Phyllis or Rebecca would be pleased to hear from you.

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‘Light Lines’ Somme artwork to be on permanent display

Light Lines in its original location Image courtesy Barnsley council

Great news that Light Lines – the artwork that commemorates the 300 Barnsley soldiers who fell on the first day of The Battle of The Somme – will have a permanent home in Churchfields Peace Gardens opposite St Mary’s Church.

When it was at the front of the Town Hall, Light Lines received a national Civic Trust Award.

Barnsley Civic Trust planning group has supported the planning application for the artwork’s new location.

We sought confirmation that this was the best site – since in front of the Town Hall might have been an option. We also weren’t sure that having white shiny gravel under the slabs was the best choice bearing in mind the millstone grit of the wall and buildings.

It will be great to have the fantastic artwork on show for the foreseeable future.

New site proposed for Light Lines in Peace Gardens

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Planning

Barnsley Civic Trust makes a point of commenting on relevant local planning applications and responds to consultations on local policies and issues.

To find out about Barnsley Civic Trust’s work on planning issues, see our Planning Page or for news on planning click on the Planning category on the right to see planning news as it is posted.

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Barnsley Civic Trust

Since its inception in March 2007, Barnsley Civic Trust has prided itself in keeping abreast of local issues, especially those which concern our urban environment.

We have organised open meetings, debates and discussions and regularly comment on planning applications and respond to consultations on proposed policies and changes.

We have organised an annual shop award scheme, a blue plaque scheme, and town trails.

There is also a social dimension to the Barnsley Civic Trust with a dining out group, fundraising and awareness raising events, talks and guided walks.

The success of Barnsley Civic Trust depends on the support of its members and volunteers.

Barnsley Civic Trust is funded by its own individual and business members. We also apply for funding for particular projects. We are particularly grateful to our corporate members and sponsors for their support of projects.

We are always keen to welcome both new individual and corporate members as well as business sponsors who help support, sustain and develop our activities. If you do not want to become a member at this time but would like to keep in touch, please follow us on twitter and on facebook. And check out the pages of this our website.

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