Barnsley launches its ambitions to be the place of possibilities

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Over 500 people from across Barnsley joined a virtual celebration to launch Barnsley’s new vision and ambitions for 2030 on Tuesday 22 June 2021.  Barnsley Council are leading the project and are pleased to reveal that Barnsley’s 2030 vision is: Barnsley – the place of possibilities.  You can view their inspiring video below.

Barnsley 2030 aims to improve the lives of Barnsley residents by working together to make Barnsley the place of possibilities. It’s vision and ambitions have been shaped by local people and will drive the borough forward over the next nine years.  It recognises what makes Barnsley special and provides Barnsley Council and partners with a clear roadmap for what we need to do to further improve the borough for the benefit of everyone.  

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. 

The key themes for the 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. 

Berneslai Homes are proud to be on the Barnsley 2030 Board along with leaders from businesses and organisations across all sectors in the borough.  The Board will use their knowledge and expertise 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 on the Barnsley 2030 website and show your support by sharing what’s great about Barnsley on 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.” 

Have a look at some of the inspiring stories from our residents and local businesses, where they have made it possible in Barnsley. It’s time to believe in our ambitions for the borough and to look to the future with excitement and optimism.