A LOCAL MP recently met with Silkstone residents to hear about their concerns - including the upcoming sale of a church and planned boundary changes.

Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, met with Nigel Matthewman, Chairman of Trustees for Silkstone Common Sports and Recreation Association, and Chair of Silkstone Parish Council Lesley Gill at Silkstone Common Methodist Church.

She said: “The church is such a central part of the communities of Silkstone and Silkstone Common as a hub for the local band, mother and baby groups and a number of community activities.

“Unfortunately, the local community recently became aware that the church may soon be put up for sale, so I am supporting the parish council’s efforts to secure the future of the building for the benefit of the community.

“It was also useful to speak to residents about planned boundary changes, which, if enacted, would mean that Silkstone Common will become part of the Dodworth ward.

“I know this is a concern for many local people, councillors and businesses and I have submitted my objection to these plans.”