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House prices drop in town
BARNSLEY house prices dropped more than anywhere else in Yorkshire in March, new figures have revealed.
The average Barnsley house price in March was £161,256, Land Registry figures show - a 2.8 per cent decrease on February.
Over the month, the picture was different to that across Yorkshire and the Humber, where prices decreased 2.1 per cent, and Barnsley was lower than the 1.2 per cent drop for the UK as a whole.
Over the...
Landmark bridge’s completion takes step closer
THE next stage of Barnsley’s new Market Gate Bridge is now well underway - with the scheme set to be completed later this year.
The new bridge over the railway line - set to be in use by October - will be a permanent replacement for the former Jumble Lane level crossing which was closed by Network Rail to improve safety in the area.
However, according to South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) documents, costs...
MP: Families impacted by crime need better support
BETTER support promised to families impacted by crime - following a campaign spearheaded by a Barnsley MP and a man whose sister was killed by four career criminals joyriding in a stolen HGV - does ‘not go far enough’.
The government finally introduced their long-awaited Victims’ Bill, eight years after they had initially mooted it in Parliament.
Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock argued that more action was needed to put victims at the heart of...
Town’s culture ‘key’ in boosting economy
BOOSTING Barnsley’s cultural offering in its arts sector will be a ‘key driver’ in ambitious plans to grow the town’s economy in the next decade, a new report has revealed.
In recent years, while museums around the country have been struggling, Barnsley has been opening new venues to the
public and has seen its visitors rocket.
A new ‘culture strategy’ has been outlined by the council - backed by Arts Council England - which will...
Penny Pie Park bridge opens
THE new foot and cycle bridge at Penny Pie Park officially opened last Monday - less than a year after the work initially began.
An opening ceremony took place with representatives from the council, the contractor, Network Rail, St Mary’s Primary School and Horizon.
Construction on-site began in November and the completion of the project complements and enhances the delivery of the A628 Dodworth Road and Broadway Junction Improvement scheme.
The bridge will improve connectivity...
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Talking points from play-off loss
Analysis from Barnsley's play-off final loss to Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls scored in the 123rd minute after the Reds had Adam Phillips sent off just after half-time in normal time.
IT IS difficult to think of a crueller way to lose a football match than the manner in which Barnsley missed out on promotion at Wembley against their bitter local rivals in the League One play-off final.
After being...
'Cruellest way I have ever been beaten' - Duff
Michael Duff said losing in the 123rd minute to Sheffield Wednesday in the League One play-off final was ‘the cruellest way I have ever been beaten.’
Josh Windass headed home with almost the final touch of the match, which had looked likely to go to penalties at Wembley.
Barnsley had played for 70 minutes with ten men after a red card to Adam Phillips then lost 1-0.
Duff told the Chronicle: “I...
Reds lose final in 123rd minute
Barnsley conceded with 15 seconds left before a penalty shoot-out as they lost their League One play-off final 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday – having played with ten men since the 50th minute.
Josh Windass headed home in injury-time at the end of extra-time to break the hearts of a Reds team who had produced a heroic effort at Wembley.
Adam Phillips was controverisally sent off five minutes into the second half – just...
‘Wembley feels really soon for me’ – Harry Isted
HARRY Isted is set to play at Wembley on Monday in just the 28th professional match of his career, 21 of which have been during this fairytale loan spell at Barnsley.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper had made just three league appearances across six years at Luton Town before moving to Oakwell in January as back-up to Brad Collins.
An injury to Collins and inspired form for Isted have seen him cement the number one spot as...
New dad Nicky Cadden wants to round off perfect season with Barnsley FC
NICKY Cadden says becoming a father and gaining promotion would make 2023 the perfect year so far.
The 26-year-old left wing-back, who welcomed son Leo in February, is looking forward to Monday’s play-off final after netting in the semi-final against Bolton.
He said: “I don’t think it could be topped – having my first baby, scoring in the play-offs and hopefully getting promoted.
“The only annoying thing is he’s not allowed to go to Wembley....
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Fans’ fury over train fare hike
TRAIN operators have been condemned for profiteering from Barnsley Football Club’s imminent trip to Wembley which will see thousands of fans having to pay a whopping 50 per cent more due to a last-minute price hike.
Michael Duff’s side booked their ticket to the League One play-off final against Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday a week ago today following a 1-0 win against Bolton at Oakwell.
It gave fans just over a week to sort out...
Council whistleblowers speak out
NINE whistleblowers contacted Barnsley Council last year with their concerns regarding employee behaviour - and the figures could rise due to people being put under more ‘financial pressure’ in the cost-of-living crisis.
The council has had a corporate whistleblowing policy since 2000, and has undergone a number of revisions over the years to ensure it remains fit for purpose.
The arrangements of the policy are part of a wider framework of how employees - and...
Park-and-ride study to commence
INDEPENDENT consultants have been told to carry out a feasibility study into long-awaited plans for a park-and-ride facility to serve Barnsley Hospital due to growing concerns over congestion, the Chronicle can reveal.
Ruling cabinet members will meet on Wednesday to discuss the would-be venue - previously mooted for land near Dodworth’s Capitol Park - after almost 300 people signed a petition in favour of its creation.
Barnsley Council accepted a recommendation from its in-house scrutiny...
ONE fly-tipper prosecuted in 12 months
JUST one person was successfully prosecuted for fly-tipping by Barnsley Council over a 12-month period despite 4,600 reports being recorded, the Chronicle can reveal.
A Freedom of Information (FOI) request shows 28 people were identified for playing a role in fly-tipping by council enforcement teams.
Paul Castle, service director for environment and transport, confirmed that only one was prosecuted amid spiralling cases.
Only £520 was clawed back in fixed penalty notices, despite huge clean-up costs...
Thin dog making progress
THE RSPCA have confirmed that a ‘barely alive’ dog dumped like ‘rubbish’ in Barnsley is coming on leaps and bounds in their care.
Lucas, who had lost 98 per cent of his fur when found on Huddersfield Road, was a greyhound-lurcher so weak he was unable to walk.
He was rushed to a vets where surgeons found he had a partially rotted-off broken tailbone and sarcoptic mange, a highly contagious skin infection.
He was found...
‘Lucky’ Rec hope reprieve is turning point
ATHERSLEY Rec’s manager admits they are fortunate to have been given a reprieve from relegation but believes it can be a turning point for the club.
The Penguins finished last in NCEL Division One but avoided a second successive relegation back to the County Senior League following to a restructuring of the leagues.
Rec manager Jimmy Whitehead said: “It’s definitely lucky but I think we’ve deserved that luck as a club for all the work...
Barnsley youngsters crowned county champions in Cudworth
BARNSLEY youngsters enjoyed success at the Yorkshire Championship at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium, Cudworth.
Under 17 Jonson Hughes, from Darfield, won gold over both 3,000m and 1,500m.
Maya Schofield, from Royston, won the under 15 girls’ 800m. She finished in a personal best of 2-13.
Great Britain international Joe Ferguson, from Darton, competed for the first time this season, winning the 100m with 10.6.
Barnsley AC’s Dominic Brennan won gold in the under 20 men’s...
First Sunday League final to be played at Oakwell in 9 years
A BARNSLEY Sunday League final is due to be played at Oakwell this weekend for the first time in nine years.
The Challenge Cup final between West Bretton and Darfield Cross Keys is set to take place from 12.15pm on Sunday on the first team pitch at Oakwell, with free entry. It is seen as ‘pilot’ event, with a view to all three Sunday League finals returning from next year as was tradition until they...
Barnsley happy with win but angry with T20 format
BARNSLEY Woolley Miners are hoping their first league win of the season leads to a title challenge while they are frustrated that the format of the Twenty20 Blast they won last year has changed.
The Shaw Laners won by 92 runs at Treeton on Saturday, having lost one league game and had three abandoned previously this season.
Captain Beck Frostick said: “It was great to get a first league win and it’s about time.
Town reach NCEL and have long-term goal to get to Northern Premier
WOMBWELL Town have been officially promoted to the Northern Counties East League this week and already have a long-term goal of reaching the level above that which would make them the highest-placed non-league team in Barnsley.
NCEL Division One will now consist of 24 teams, four more than last year, with six promoted from various divisions and none relegated.
Town finished fifth in the County Senior League Premier Division, which was their stated requirement at...
Almost 3,000 rat infestations recorded
BARNSLEY Council were called out to almost 3,000 rodent infestations last year - the equivalent of more than eight every day.
A Freedom of Information request shows the council tackled 2,952 rodent infestations in 2022 - down from 3,261 the year before.
It was also down from 3,258 infestations recorded in 2020.
Ian Andrew, chief executive at the British Pest Control Association, said rodents are a ‘serious public health pest’ with rapid breeding cycles, which...
Heroic cops honoured at awards night
HEROIC Barnsley police officers who disarmed a crossbow-wielding man as town centre revellers watched on in terror have been commended by force bosses for their bravery.
PCs Adam Craven, Austin Ainsworth, James Thornton, Anthony Cole, Alex Furniss, Amy Needham, Temporary Sergeant Michael Beet and Sergeant Alun Oliver de-escalated the incident in May 2021.
PC Cole was on duty with former PC Jones - who has since left the service - when he saw a man...
Nine dogs seized following warrant
NINE dogs were seized by police after they executed a warrant in Carlton last week.
Rural crime and wildlife officers conducted the search on Tuesday on Manor Street in Carlton.
The team - supported by a veterinarian - executed the warrant under the Wildlife and Countryside Act to seize and preserve evidence linked to rural crime offences committed across South Yorkshire.
Nine dogs were located at the property and seized - two of dogs required...
Father and son set for ‘crazy’ journey to see Reds
A PAIR of ‘crazy’ Barnsley fans will travel nearly 1,000 miles to Wembley on Monday - after they booked a holiday to Barcelona before the season concluded.
Matt Wood, 47, and his eight-year-old son Hartley, may well be travelling further than anyone else as the Reds face Sheffield Wednesday in the League One play-off final next week.
When Michael Duff’s side started the season poorly, Matt, from Wombwell, decided to book a trip to Barcelona...
Shock undiagnosed dementia cases revealed
ALMOST 1,000 people in Barnsley are living with undiagnosed dementia, shocking new figures have suggested.
Figures from the NHS show 2,963 people aged 65 and older in Barnsley were estimated to have dementia in March 2023.
Of them, 2,076 had a formal diagnosis.
It meant 29.9 per cent of people believed to have dementia in the area did not have a diagnosis - more than a quarter.
The number of residents being diagnosed with the...
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Slobodan Tedic wants City future after Barnsley FC victory
SERBIAN cult hero Slobodan Tedic is hoping he makes it to the ‘very top’ – but he’s focusing on firing Barnsley back to the Championship first.
The Manchester City loanee has scored four times for Michael Duff’s side since he kickstarted his season with a goal against Wycombe Wanderers in March.
He’s mainly been used off the bench this season but started both legs of the play-offs after Duff admitted he has turned into a...
‘The only thing I haven’t done with Barnsley is play at Wembley’
“THIS is probably the only thing I haven’t done at Barnsley,” says Jordan Williams about the upcoming play-off final at Wembley.
The 23-year-old right wing-back has been with the Reds for five years and is the longest-serving player at Oakwell.
“I have had promotion, relegation, stayed up on the last day.
“Wembley is the one that will top it all off and hopefully we can get the result there.”
Williams was part of the squad...
Luke Thomas’ sister set to watch him play for first time in Wembley final
LUKE Thomas’ sister has never seen him play football before but could now watch him on the biggest stage of all.
The midfielder is hoping to help Barnsley beat their local rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley on Monday in the League One play-off final.
Thomas said: “It’s very exciting.
“It’s every boy’s dream to play at the national stadium.
“To be able to fulfil that hopefully on Monday will be a dream come true.
Barnsley FC should take confidence from double – Herbie Kane
HERBIE Kane believes beating Sheffield Wednesday twice this season should give Barnsley extra confidence going into their play-off final meeting with the Owls.
The midfielder made his first league appearance of the season in the 2-0 win at Hillsborough in September then started the 4-2 victory at Oakwell in March.
Kane said: “It’s a massive game against good quality opposition. It will definitely be tough but it’s something the lads are really looking forward to....
Adam Phillips hopes to save the best until last
BARNSLEY midfielder Adam Phillips is hoping he’s saved his best ‘til last as the Reds gear up to face Sheffield Wednesday on Monday.
The 25-year-old playmaker, who came through the ranks at Liverpool, signed for Michael Duff’s side on a permanent deal in the summer.
When he first broke into the side, he was playing on either side of the striker in the front three – but since he moved back into the centre of...
Residential support service to close
A RESIDENTIAL support service which caters for autistic people and those who have a learning disability will stop delivering care to its patients - just weeks after a healthcare watchdog told leaders to improve its offering.
Voyage Care, responsible for the facility at Highfield Farm on Knowle Road in Worsbrough, made the decision to close this week - which they said was in the ‘best interests’ of those they support.
Last month, the Care Quality...
Swimmer to compete in Brazil
A BARNSLEY teenager will be making her way to Brazil later this year to represent England in the World Schools Championship.
Gabrielle Idle-Beavers, 15, from Darton, will travel to Rio de Janeiro in August to take part in the swimming championships which are held in the Olympic arena.
She’s been swimming religiously since she was just eight and has gone from strength-to-strength - and her mum, Nicky, said she couldn’t be more proud of her...
School head’s plea to parents
THE headteacher of a Royston primary school is urging parents to park considerately when picking their children up - after a pupil was nearly run over last week in a ‘terrifying’ ordeal.
Rachel Ward, headteacher at Parkside Primary Academy on Midland Road, received a letter from a year five child - Bronte Webster - last week alerting her of an incident which happened outside the school gates.
The letter said: “I’m writing to inform you...
MP meets at Grade II-listed site
BARNSLEY’S only Conservative MP met with the team repairing Penistone’s Grade II-listed coal drops last week.
Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said she was pleased that the work will enhance the area.
She said: “The Grade II coal drops have long fallen into disrepair, so Fairbank Investments, a Barnsley-based family business, will be working to protect and develop this historic local site.
“They are hoping to see the coal drops site, Old Signal...
Spiked woman urges revellers to stay safe
A WOMAN who was spiked with a needle in the town centre earlier this month said she no longer has the ‘confidence to live’ her life the way she wants to - and is urging people to be aware of the dangers.
Sarah Peterson, 47, of Broad Street in Hoyland, went out for a few drinks in the town centre on May 7 after the Barnsley fixture against Peterborough.
Whilst inside a pub, she noticed...
Jenson wins Yorkshire under 23s classic title on home roads
JENSON Young was not going to be beaten on his home turf.
The Hemingfield rider, 21, emerged from the pack to cross the line first in the Yorkshire Under 23 classic road race on Sunday.
The race saw the best young riders in the country battle it out on a hilly course on roads north of Penistone, taking in Ingbirchworth and Upper Denby.
It maintains a strong run of form for the ROKiT-SRCT rider.
Barnsley WFC finish fourth and target promotion push next season
BARNSLEY Women’s FC completed their season this week and will be looking to compete for the title next season.
They finished fourth in National League Division One North – the fourth tier in England – after a 2-0 home loss to Newcastle United in their last game.
Lois Daniels’ side finished on 37 points from 22 games after last season collecting 23 points and finishing one place and two point clear of the relegation...
Dodworth and Wombwell Main miss out on dramatic final day
BOTH Dodworth MW and Wombwell Main missed out on the Premier Division title on Wednesday night as Swinton Athletic took the title in dramatic fashion.
Swinton hosted Dodworth and they both went into the game knowing victory would secure them the title but a draw would leave the door open for Main who would then finish top if they won by two goals at home to bottom club Ecclesfield Red Rose.
Swinton went 2-0 and...
Ladies hope title win is start of ‘great journey’
BARNSLEY FC Ladies celebrated their league title win this week and believe it is the start of a ‘great journey’.
Having won the North East League Southern Division title last week, they completed their season with a 6-2 win at home to York Railway Institute on Sunday. Sadie Hooper bagged a brace with the other scorers being Lynn Goodman, Anabelle Medley, Louisa Barraclough and Rebecca Wilson who was playing her final game after 19 years with the...
Lachlan reaches 3rd round at worlds
LACHLAN Moorhead narrowly missed out on a place in the World Judo Championships quarter-finals this week.
The 22-year-old from Penistone reached the third round of the event in Doha, Qatar in the 81kg section.
He beat Bearach Gleeson from Ireland on ‘golden score’ in the first round then Theodoros Demourtsidis from Greece with six seconds left in round two.
But he was beaten by Hungarian seventh seed Attila Ungvari on golden score in the third round. ...