Barnsley launches its ambitions to be the place of possibilities

Barnsley 2030

Hundreds of people from across Barnsley joined a virtual celebration to launch Barnsley’s new vision and ambitions for 2030.

Barnsley 2030 has been shaped through the feedback and conversations with local leaders, businesses, partners, community groups, children and young people, and residents from across Barnsley that took place between January and March 2020.

We’re pleased to reveal that Barnsley’s 2030 vision is: Barnsley – the place of possibilities.

We’re pleased to reveal that Barnsley’s 2030 vision is: Barnsley – the place of possibilities.

The key themes for our ambitions are:
Healthy Barnsley: keeping ourselves and our families well is the key to living productive and happy lives.
Learning Barnsley: developing skills, talent and creativity within people of all ages will open up exciting prospects.
Growing Barnsley: open for business, with our central location, excellent links to major road networks, digital connectivity and attractive local offer.
Sustainable Barnsley: we all have a part to play in protecting our borough for future generations.

The Barnsley 2030 Board will use their knowledge and expertise as key place leaders from different businesses and organisations across all sectors, to drive the delivery of the Barnsley 2030 strategy and help make sure that we all can contribute to achieving our borough’s vision and ambitions.

You can see the vision and ambitions for 2030, find out how to get involved and share your story to inspire others at Barnsley2030.co.uk and show your support by sharing what’s great about Barnsley Council’s social media using the hashtag #Barnsley2030.

Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council and Chair of Barnsley 2030 Board, said: “Barnsley’s 2030 vision, ‘Barnsley the place of possibilities’ looks to the future, as we feel this will give us enough time to make some real progress in achieving our bold ambitions for the borough.

“We’re eager to take you on the journey towards achieving our Barnsley 2030 ambitions and what that will mean for us all. We cannot ignore the impact that COVID-19 has had on everyone, and we know that it’s going to be a challenging journey.

“But it’s now time to look forward and believe in the possibilities of Barnsley, to look to the future with enthusiasm and optimism.

“We’re committed and determined to make real transformation and improve our borough for everyone, and we can only do this by working together.”

Sarah Norman, Chief Executive of Barnsley Council and Barnsley 2030 Board member, said: “Barnsley’s already a great place, and we want to do more. We want young people to have better opportunities, for people to have better paid jobs available and to live longer and healthier lives. We want to realise our zero-carbon ambitions that will make our borough sustainable for the future.

“Barnsley 2030 is about all of these things and how we can work better together to make our dreams for the borough possible and improve the lives of residents.

“At the heart of all of this is you – the proud people of Barnsley that make our borough special. Show your support, celebrate and champion your contributions in making Barnsley great so that you can inspire others along our journey.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who has been involved in developing Barnsley’s vision and ambitions. We are looking forward to keeping this conversation going between now and 2030.”

Yiannis Koursis, Principal and Chief Executive of Barnsley College and Vice Chair of Barnsley 2030 Board, said: “Barnsley 2030 is our collective long-term vision and ambitions for our borough. It recognises what makes Barnsley special and provides us with a clear roadmap for what we need to do to further improve the borough for the benefit of everyone.

“The pandemic has had a massive impact on the lives of everyone, and we must work together to recover strongly and set our town on the road to prosperity.

“We are making a commitment to developing skills, talent and creativity among people of all ages, creating exciting prospects and meeting the demands of the future economy, and making Barnsley a better place to be.”

Barnsley 2030 Board members:
• Councillor Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council and Chair of the Barnsley 2030 Board
• Yiannis Koursis, Principal and Chief Executive of Barnsley College and Vice-Chair of the Barnsley 2030 Board
• Adrian Waite, Chief Executive of Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC)
• Andrew Denniff Chief Executive of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
• Amanda Garrard, Chief Executive of Berneslai Homes
• Bob Kirton, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Delivery Officer of Barnsley Hospital
• James Abdy, Chief Superintendent of South Yorkshire Police
• Jeremy Budd, Director of Strategic Commissioning and Partnerships, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
• Joada Allen-Booth, President of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and Director of Visualised it Video Production
• John Marshall, Chief Executive of Barnsley CVS
• Jo Taylor, Operations Director at NORSE
• Matthew Stephens, Development Director of Quest Property and Vice President of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
• Nick Bowen, Joint Chair of Barnsley Schools Alliance and Executive Principal of Horizon Community College
• Sarah Norman, Chief Executive of Barnsley Council
• Sharon Thorpe, District Manager at Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
• Stephen Batey, Head of the Mayor’s Office at Sheffield City Region MCA
• Sylvia Ward, General Manager of National Trust – Wentworth Castle Gardens

Last updated: 25th June 2021

Originally posted on: 22nd June 2021