A PROBE is to be carried out into the costs of school trips abroad because it is feared they could discriminate between rich and poor.
Tuesday’s meeting of Barnsley Council’s schools sub-committee ordered the investigation after a request from Holgate School governors.
This follows concern that a winter skiing holiday was costing the pupils at one school more than £300, with Coun Roy Warden welcoming the investigation and saying the cost was effectively discrimination between rich and poor pupils.
Des Horsley, a co-opted member of the sub-committee, said: “I have always been led to believe that where something takes place in a school it should not be financially discriminatory.”
A full report will be considered at a future meeting of the sub-committee.
BARNSLEY Council has won a battle to stop houses being built on land at Doncaster Road, Ardsley.
This is the outcome of four appeals made by Staveley Homes Ltd to the government against a council decision to refuse outline planning permission for the development.
Government inspector L Keats dismissed the appeals on the grounds of green belt, agricultural land value and housing land availability issues - and said the land merited government protection.
“On the evidence adduced in these appeals, the secretary of state considers that there is a presumption in favour of the release of further land,” said the inspector.
“In his opinion however, this does not justify a major incursion into the green belt and the irreversible loss of a considerable area of high quality agricultural land.”
YORKSHIRE Traction is probing allegations that one of its inspectors wore a swastika on duty.
Passengers say the inspector displayed the Nazi symbol on his lapel as he checked tickets on the 279 bus from Bolton-upon-Dearne to Barnsley on Tuesday morning.
“He was wearing the swastika in full view of everybody, it was disgusting,” said Scott McLellan of Dearne Road, Bolton-upon-Dearne.
“He walked around the bus showing it off, but covered it up as he got off. Everybody on the bus was talking about the swastika.”
Yorkshire Traction assistant traffic manager Richard Christian said the matter was ‘under further investigation’.
A DARTON store yard worker recently picked up a cheque on behalf of his Cawthorne employers to pay for a trip east to see the company’s products at work.
Jack Brunt, responsible for export despatches at Naylor Brothers Clayware, Clough Green, won the trip in the ‘Working for Exports’ travel awards, sponsored by Williams and Glyn’s bank and the British Overseas Trade Board.
Jack visited Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Qatar, meeting customers and seeing first-hand how Naylor’s products are used.
The cheque was one of 16 awarded, with the awards designed to enable shopfloor representatives to travel overseas to see how their companies’ goods or services are used.