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By-laws in place to deter climbers

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Saturday 8th February 2014

Fines of up to £500 will be issued to anyone caught climbing the sculpture, polluting the fountains, cycling or skating in the square next to Barnsley Town Hall.


The by-laws were approved by the council yesterday after being given provisional approval from the Department of Local Communities and Government in December.


The  by-laws have been brought in to deter people climbing the so-called comb sculpture, skateboarding, stunt cycling and putting washing up liquid in the fountains.


Breaching them will be classed as a criminal offence and offenders will be taken to court, where they will face fines of up to £500.


Coun Roy Miller said: "Damage has been caused to stonework by cyclists and skateboarders and some people are climbing up the sculpture."


He said Barnsley police have had difficulty using existing powers to tackle this problem.


Coun Miller added: "Bye-laws for this area will provide basic enforcement.


"It will prohibit the use of skateboards, scooters and BMXs in the area and adjacent to the town hall. It will also make it an offence to climb the sculpture."

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Posted by mr preston I Sat 8th Feb 2014 at 5:46pm

It was obvious that Barnsley people would try to climb the stupid waste of money sculpture

Posted by John I Sat 8th Feb 2014 at 5:56pm

We don't want any fun in Barnsley thank you very much !

Posted by mr Smith I Sat 8th Feb 2014 at 7:05pm

Not be long before burger billy looks at it and says o yes son bring the transit

Posted by Andrew I Sat 8th Feb 2014 at 11:10pm

As always, the ill informed get to vent their spleen. The Sculpture is a LOAN and has not cost us any money.

There are much greater wastes of our council tax. For example, does the mayor really need a BMW 7 Series with £250,000 (minimum) of number plate on it? I understand that the council own number plates "THE 1" and "THE 2" maybe they could have sold these and paid some salaries for a couple of years and the mayor could have had a less ostentatious means of transport.

Not the FREE art, which has been kindly loaned to us by one of the world's finest outdoor art galleries in Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Posted by mr Smith I Sun 9th Feb 2014 at 4:52pm

Yes sell the number plates and the bmw and no im not on benefits

Posted by steve I Mon 10th Feb 2014 at 12:20pm

why stop at that why not cut the wages of those on £100,000 per year plus expences we have several on the council according to the taxpayers alliance rich list

Posted by Marcus I Mon 10th Feb 2014 at 12:45pm

Your right that the Sculpture is on loan, but wrong in that it is not costing the council money. They may not have paid for the Sculpture but they are paying yearly insurance on the Sculpture of a significant amount.

If people are enjoying themselves with BMXs, Scateboarding, and such-like in a place they're not supposed to, than perhaps we should be looking into providing them a place where they can. And, not somewhere miles away outside of town that they'll have a hard time getting to, or simply never hear about, but a place within easy distance of the bus station/ town centre, as it's obviously that's where they are hanging out. Could even make it a focus area and try to encourage some shops or food places to open around such a place aimed at that customer base.

Why view them as a pest, when we should be viewing them as the next generation of shoppers, and users of the town centre.

Posted by mr patel I Mon 10th Feb 2014 at 10:06pm

1word bmbc blow the money

Posted by John I Mon 17th Feb 2014 at 12:40pm

In response to Marcus. Hasn't a £100,000 skate part just opened within the Dearne Valley Park? Less than half a mile from the town centre.

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