BARNSLEY Council bosses have rebuked claims that a feasibility study into a park-and-ride scheme at Barnsley Hospital hasn’t been completed.

Ruling cabinet members accepted a recommendation from a council scrutiny group to carry out a feasibility study for the project - which has been spearheaded by Coun Peter Fielding, who is stepping down from representing the Dodworth ward next month - due to poor air quality in Gawber and Pogmoor.

However, an alleged lack of action since has prompted Coun Fielding to submit a 300-name petition to the council urging them to fulfil their promise to carry out the feasibility study and implement its findings.

Barnsley Council told the Chronicle this study has already been completed.

Paul Castle, service director for environment and transport, said: “We acknowledge receipt of Councillor Fielding’s petition regarding the proposed Park and Ride scheme for Barnsley Hospital and can confirm an independent feasibility study into the viability of the scheme has been commissioned.

“Our officers are continuing to work on the process and further information will be communicated following the conclusion of the study.”