‘STAGGERING’’ numbers of people are visiting the new-look Barnsley town centre.

About 1.6 million shoppers have already visited the new Glass Works retail hub - with almost half a million over the Christmas period alone, the local authority revealed this week.

“We’re not complacent because we know there is a challenge,” Sir Steve Houghton told Wednesday’s ruling cabinet meeting.

“People are usually complimentary about the work that’s gone on in Barnsley.

“Some of our colleagues on this council think ‘bog standard’ will do for Barnsley but no, it won’t.”