BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.
Barnsley MBC leader Stephen Houghton told the programme: 'A lot of European
communities that have been devastated by pit closures and steelworks
Barnsley and other towns, including Doncaster and Halifax, have been advised
they need to be mnore Italian in style, Today reported.
'The people working with us have suggested there are lessons to be learnt
from the Italian experience', Mr Houghton said. 'We've been looking at using
the town centre... creating a whole new lifestyle from what we had before.
'If we don't make radical change, then the historic industrial decline will
continue. We've got to stop that'.
* see LGCnetfor 'TOP ARCHITECT'S ITALIAN-INSPIRED REGENERATION PLANS'