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Fly-tipping reports climb
THE number of fly-tipping incidents in Barnsley almost doubled last year as more than 5,600 reports were made to the council.
A total of 5,652 reports were submitted by local residents in 2020/21 - almost 2,000 more incidents than the previous year.
The majority of these - 2,629 - were on council land, more than 1,000 were on back alleyways and more than 700 on the highway.
Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesperson for adults and...
Campaigning Claire collects MBE
A DOMESTIC abuse campaigner whose two children died in a fire started by their father collected her MBE medal at Windsor Castle this week.
Claire Throssell, from Penistone, has been campaigning for a number of years to put an end to the presumption of contact which allows both parents in a separating couple access to their children, regardless if one has a history of domestic abuse.
She began her campaign two years after the death...
Fed-up Reds’ fans planning matchday protests
GROWING discontent among a vocal section of Barnsley FC’s fanbase is coming to a head - with plans to stage a series of protests that could start at tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth.
The group’s anger is directed towards Barnsley’s majority owners, who they believe ‘do not have the best interests of the club at heart’ and are letting the club ‘rot from within’.
The club’s dire results and performances that leave them bottom of the...
Driving on new road a ‘pleasure’
CRITICISM of a new road system on the edge of Barnsley town centre has been played down by a senior councillor.
Coun Sharon Howard said the council repeatedly faces opposition from residents when it makes major decisions - such as that taken in 2018 to close the popular Penny Pie Park to create a £7m one-way gyratory road system.
“If we think back to Barnsley Central Library, the state of that building, and the campaign...
Anti-flooding plan revealed...
FLOOD-RAVAGED communities which were submerged following a ‘once-in-a-century’ deluge of rainfall which burst the banks of two Barnsley rivers will finally receive better protection - after leaders came together to form a long-awaited prevention plan.
Launched today by Barnsley Central MP and South Yorkshire Mayor Dan Jarvis, the scheme - Connected By Water - involves Barnsley Council, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency.
The Chronicle can reveal work totalling £17.2m on so-called ‘shovel-ready’ projects will...
Campaign to reduce school road’s speed limit...
A PARENT is campaigning for a ‘dangerous’ speed limit outside of a school for autistic kids to be lowered - before ‘someone gets hurt’.
Michael Atwal-Brice, 37, fosters for Barnsley Council and was recently awarded the President’s Award at The Fostering Network’s annual ceremony for his outstanding contribution to foster care alongside his husband, Paul.
Their children, 15-year-old twins Levi and Lucas, attend The Robert Ogden School in Thurnscoe.
Just outside the school gates on...
Smart motorways plan ‘should be axed’
FUTURE plans to roll-out so-called smart motorways along Barnsley’s stretch of the M1 will not occur until five years’ worth of data has been collated, transport bosses have confirmed.
South Yorkshire’s current stretch, from junctions 32 to 35a, was set to be extended further as a result of leaders assessing plans for a new junction in Barnsley - 37a - in order to access a development site known as MU1, which is the largest in...
Covid rate halved in a week
BARNSLEY’S Covid infection rate has more than halved in a week, new figures have revealed.
Latest statistics, from the seven-day period ending January 13, show the town’s infection rate is 1,360.9 per 100,000 residents.
Seven days earlier, the figure was 2,826.6 - more than a 50 per cent decrease.
However more than 10,000 people have tested positive for the virus so far in January, meaning that almost a sixth of the borough’s overall positive tests...
Daughter laces up boxing gloves for dad’s fundraiser
A YOUNG woman has raised more than £2,000 as she prepares lace up her boxing gloves to raise money for the charity that’s supported her dad three times through a years-long battle with cancer.
Alex Grant, 20, has never set foot in a ring - but when her dad Mark was diagnosed with cancer for a third time, she decided to sign up for her university’s ‘Fight Night’ to raise money for Weston Park Cancer...
Town’s smoking cost revealed...
SMOKING costs Barnsley more than £100m every year, according to new analysis by a health charity.
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) revealed the data last week which estimates that smoking costs the borough a total of £101.26m through a variety of means.
Healthcare costs relate to £11.7m of the total estimation, whilst social care is £6.62m and fire costs are £1.33m.
More than 80 per cent of the costs are accrued in the productivity...
Cash secured to boost employability standards
SIGNIFICANT investment totalling £2.4m will be used to boost employability standards in Barnsley.
The Community Boost Central project will work closely with local people, businesses and organisations in the Central Area Council area of Barnsley, which covers Kingstone, Worsbrough, Stairfoot, Dodworth and Central wards.
Government funding has been secured through the UK Community Renewal Fund and is supported by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.
If the project proves successful, the council - whose cabinet...
Town centre bridge plan agreed
LONG-AWAITED construction work on a landmark £10m bridge in Barnsley town centre will begin next month after a contract was finally signed following months of negotiations.
The new bridge over the railway line will be a permanent replacement for the former Jumble Lane level crossing, which was closed to improve safety in the area.
NMCN had previously been identified as the preferred contractor but fell into administration within days of the initial contract being signed....
Resident overjoyed by Queen’s response
A MAPPLEWELL man was overjoyed to receive a response to his Christmas letter to the Queen last week.
David Highway, of Valley Road in Mapplewell, said he ‘burst into tears’ when he received a Royal response.
The 62-year-old has written to her a few times over the past year - particularly since the death of her husband, Prince Philip.
The letter of thanks was signed on Queen Elizabeth’s behalf by her Lady in Waiting, Dame...
Business profits hit hard by Covid
BARNSLEY town centre businesses lost out on a third of their usual annual takings due to the knock-on impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new study has revealed.
According to Centre for Cities’ annual economic assessment of the UK’s largest urban areas, Barnsley was the seventh-worst area in Yorkshire and the Humber.
The town centre - which is in the final throes of its £200m regeneration - lost out on 14 weeks of sales and,...
Family overwhelmed by support
THE family of a man who’s facing months in hospital and may possibly never walk again - after his car was hit by a suspected drunk driver - are ‘overwhelmed’ as more than £10,000 was raised to support them in a matter of days.
Lenny Hall was initially discharged from hospital a few hours after the crash on Sandygate, Wath-upon-Dearne, on Sunday, January 9.
It was days later when he started to feel unwell at...
Councillor: Be warned by cops’ quick response
TWO motorbikes were seized by police officers after residents spotted youths riding them at Mapplewell Park - and a local councillor hopes this will deter antisocial behaviour.
Last Tuesday night, officers from Barnsley’s North Neighbourhood Policing Team seized the off-road bikes after they were found damaging the football pitches at the park.
One of the riders was apprehended at the scene by the team and names of other youths were received.
Coun Steve Hunt, who...
Councillor blasts antisocial behaviour
YET another glass-walled bus shelter was shattered over the weekend - posing a ‘significant risk’ to pedestrians, a local councillor has said.
A pane of glass in the bus stop on the corner of Lundhill Road and Park Street in Wombwell was found to be shattered - another damaged shelter in what has become a widespread and a common issue.
Wombwell Coun James Higginbottom said: “It is very disappointing and frustrating to see that the...
Road widening scheme planned for A61
SIGNIFICANT plans to widen one of the main routes into Barnsley town centre into four lanes to help ease congestion - which will require taking land from local residents - have broken cover just weeks after a similar scheme on an adjoining road emerged.
The application, submitted on behalf of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), seeks to widen the A61 Wakefield Road corridor.
It would deliver four traffic lanes - from the current three...
Dog appeal stretches counties...
A DOG - believed to be stolen - has been found in County Durham with a chip locating it to Barnsley, but vets have so far struggled to contact the owner.
The dog is being cared for at Stray Aid in Bishop Auckland and vets who scanned its chip are appealing for anyone who may be the owner to come forward to reunite them with their pet.
Stray Aid can be contacted on 0300 999...
Paedophile sentenced at court
A PAEDOPHILE from Hoyland who was found to have indecent images of children as young as three on his computer has been sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.
Robert Toseland, of Pepper Street, was given to a two-year community order and put on the sex offenders’ register for five years.
Toseland, 33, admitted two counts of making indecent images of children aged between three and 17 and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.
Council apologise to ‘serial complainer’
A MAN branded a ‘serial complainer’ in a council report has received an apology from town hall bosses.
Stephen Bullcock - identified for his reports on fly-tipping in areas such as Kingstone - should not have been named, according to Coun Kevin Williams, who chairs the Central Area Council.
He said: “We would like to sincerely apologise to the resident for what was said in the report.
“The inclusion of this comment was inappropriate and...
Breakthrough at speeding danger spot
A BREAKTHROUGH has been made following a campaign to lower the speed limit where drivers have been recorded at up to 76mph near a school.
Campaigners on the busy A628 - which cuts through Penistone, Silkstone, Thurlstone and Millhouse Green - have demanded a series of safety measures.
A highways report outlines a raft of traffic regulation orders which are set to come into force in a bid to allay residents’ concerns, including an order...
Young George’s mum thanks people for ‘huge turnout’
THE funeral of a five-year-old boy who lost his three-year battle with cancer just before Christmas took place this week.
There was a ‘huge’ turnout for the youngster at St John’s Church in Penistone, followed by a dove release at the crematorium.
George’s mum, Claire Denton, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported George on this awful journey.”
‘Traffic chaos’ blights new road’s opening
A HOST of problems stalled the long-anticipated opening of a controversial new £7m one-way road system on a major gateway into Barnsley - but the scheme has been defended as a ‘vital’ part of the town’s ongoing regeneration.
Queues from junction 37 stretched as far back as the start of the motorway exit last Friday morning, and there were similar lines of gridlocked motorists heading towards the town centre from Dodworth.
Barnsley Council has faced...
Dental care ‘hanging by a thread’
UNIONS have warned NHS dentistry is ‘hanging by a thread’ - after Barnsley was revealed to be one of the worst-hit places in the country having lost more than a fifth of its dentists in a 12-month period.
According to the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) figures - which is responsible for healthcare services in the town - there are now 131 registered NHS dentists.
The amount available to see patients has dropped by 21...
‘Luckiest cat in the world’ survives shooting
THE ‘luckiest cat in the world’ was shot in the head on its street last Friday afternoon - one in a number of recent reported animal cruelty incidents - but miraculously survived and underwent successful surgery to remove the pellet on Tuesday.
Ten-year-old Jesse is the pet of Michelle Parkin and her family and was cruelly shot with an air rifle nearby her home on Bellbrooke Avenue, Darfield, after being out of the house for...
Man jailed for boy’s rape
A ROYSTON man who raped a schoolboy under the age of 13 has been jailed for almost two decades.
Kristopher Griffiths, 30, formerly of Meadstead Drive, pleaded guilty to rape of a child under 13 and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity at a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court on December 7.
The court was told how Griffiths sexually assaulted his victim - just a young boy - multiple times between August 2018...
Car park chaos in town centre...
A TOWN centre car park recently taken over by a private company has been causing ‘mayhem’ for local businesses - with many receiving £100 fines for ‘doing nothing wrong’.
The car park between Market Street and Wellington Street is now owned by ParkingEye, a firm subject to a BBC Watchdog investigation in 2018.
Ann Young owns Berry’s Opticians, on Market Street, and said that at least seven of her customers have received a £100 fine...
Generous grannies near their target...
A GROUP of grannies looking to raise £1,000 for Barnsley Hospice were thrilled to get closer to their target after an auction of pork pies brought in £120.
The group get together every Thursday at the Heaven and Ale pub on Agnes Road in the town centre from 1pm as part of a social afternoon.
Judith Holling, 75, of Dodworth, has worked as a volunteer for the hospice for more than two years and, after...
Bus strikes end
STAGECOACH buses were back on Barnsley’s roads for the first time this year after peace talks were successful with the union responsible for its drivers.
Empolyees in Barnsley first took strike action in November for a week but worked throughout the Christmas period to ensure residents were able to see their families.
However, they confirmed later in December an ‘indefinite’ strike would take place from January 1 - but this lasted until Wednesday.
Unite, the...
Royal Mail probe postwoman’s actions
ROYAL Mail is investigating after one of its postal workers was filmed throwing a letter on the ground after failing to open a gate.
The incident occurred last Thursday and Craig Smirthwaite, 36, of Cropton Road, Royston, later shared CCTV footage on social media where it was met with some outrage.
Craig said it was lucky the letter - which the worker throws in what looks like an attempt to reach the front door, after...
Barnsley’s Lib Dems call for action on residents’ soaring energy costs
BARNSLEY’S growing Liberal Democrat contingent have called on the government to increase super-rich oil and gas firms’ taxes to raise money to support thousands of local families facing soaring energy costs.
The Liberal Democrats - made up of Couns Hannah Kitching, Peter Fielding, Steve Hunt, David Greenhough and Mandy Lowe-Flello - say the proposed one-off levy could raise over £5bn to help support families in Barnsley as their energy bills rocket.
This would include doubling...
Begging ban moving issues elsewhere
A PROHIBITION order which forbids begging and bans those found doing so from entering the town centre is pushing offenders out into other areas of Barnsley, police have admitted.
According to a report, a collaboration between police officers and Barnsley Council via the town centre’s public space protection order (PSPO) has significantly reduced incidents on streets such as Market Hill, Cheapside and Eldon Street.
Individuals known to the police for begging - a total of...
Lost ‘Red Wall’ seats poised to return to Labour
A NEW poll shows that 17 out of 18 ‘Red Wall’ seats - including the Penistone and Stocksbridge constituency - are poised to return to Labour.
The survey comes ahead of the price cap review in April, in which households may be hit with energy bill hikes of up to £719.
Conducted by YouGov on behalf of trade body Energy and Utilities Alliance, it found that 80 per cent of Conservative voters in 2019 now...
Once-stricken nursery blossoms under new management
A NURSERY which was saved from closure thanks to a campaign by parents being seen in the Chronicle has reopened under new ownership - after significant investment saw the site fully renovated and its capacity more than doubled.
Welcome Nurseries at Lundwood’s Priory Campus building opened in December and received a special visit from the Mayor of Barnsley Coun Caroline Makinson last Friday, thanks to the firm’s director and local woman Linda Cuddy seeing parents’...
Census could inspire people to check family’s past
CHRISTMAS has been extended for members of Barnsley’s Family History Society with the much-anticipated release of what is being described as the most informative census ever.
A census, which shows where people lived, their age, place of birth and occupation, is taken once a decade but then not released to the public for a century.
With the 1931 census lost to fire, the 1921 census has taken on even greater importance.
Barnsley’s Family History Society’s...
Carlton Marsh volunteers look back on its past...
DEDICATED volunteers who helped transform a once-derelict stretch of land into a thriving nature reserve have looked back on the trials and tribulations of an almost five-decade-long struggle to improve the area.
While work at Carlton Marsh didn’t officially begin until 1976, the site was in the minds of its wildlife group’s founding members, Cliff Gorman and Keith Bannister, five years before.
In 1971, the pair formed a friendship over their mutual love of wildlife...
Persistent vandalism irks centre’s volunteers
VOLUNTEERS at Darfield Community Centre are fighting to keep the venue open - despite vandals continuing to smash windows through repeated attacks.
The centre was closed for 20 months due to the coronavirus pandemic and only opened its doors again on November 1.
However from mid-October to the start of the year, vandals smashed a number of windows - including three over the Christmas period.
Dave Baker, 65, is one of the volunteers on the...
Police probe spiking concerns
POLICE officers investigating rising reports of young females being spiked while out in Barnsley town centre’s bars believe ketamine could be being used to sedate victims, the Chronicle can reveal.
The drug - which is a powerful anaesthetic - induces a loss of consciousness when taken and is becoming prominent, according to South Yorkshire Police.
Investigators are probing a series of suspected spike attacks, which resulted in women reporting instances to police.
Chief Superintendent James...
Parkinson’s awareness on partner’s agenda...
A HOYLAND woman wants to raise more awareness about Parkinson’s disease after her partner was victim to ‘cruel’ remarks made by builders outside his home.
Allan Stanley, 59, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 22 years ago but he still has people staring and making remarks that he’s ‘acting drunk’ whilst walking his dogs.
He told his partner, 64-year-old Sharron Foley, about some of the remarks that were made and she admits that Allan was taken aback...
Bungling cops fail to stop for burglary
POLICE ‘incompetence’ has been blasted by a business owner - who watched back CCTV footage of a break-in to find a patrol car driving past the scene.
Snell and Robins furniture shop, on Doncaster Road, was targeted by an opportunist thief who came away with a Barnsley Hospice charity collection box at around 3.30am on Saturday.
Director Clive Watkinson was greeted by smashed glass and alarms ringing when he arrived for work later that morning....
Community spirit shines in search for missing dog
HUNDREDS of volunteers - searching on quad bikes, horseback and with drones - have been on the hunt for a missing dog in Langsett for the last three weeks.
On December 18, 14-year-old springer spaniel Scrappy went missing while on a walk at Langsett Reservoir with his owner Ian Cousins.
Three weeks have passed and hundreds of volunteers have searched for Scrappy through a variety of means to no avail - though it’s not dampened...
Kickstart scheme a ‘waste of money’
A BARNSLEY MP has labelled an employment scheme for youngsters a ‘colossal waste’ of money after targets were missed by more than half.
The Kickstart scheme was scheduled to have more than 20,000 youngsters in work, but last month’s figures show just 9,020 people have started.
Stephanie Peacock, Labour MP for Barnsley East, has hit out at the Tory scheme after the number of young people on Universal Credit almost doubled from the start of...
Gypsy family win long-running council fight
A GYPSY family whose long-running bid to create a pitch in green belt woodland - which saw a four-year legal battle ensue with Barnsley Council - were just one of three to successfully overrule planning bosses over 12 months, a new document has revealed.
The site, in Worsbrough Wood, is covered by a preservation order and - despite a planning application being refused by councillors - work on readying the site continued despite threats of...
MP: ‘No need for kids to have vaccine’
A BARNSLEY MP has called for a review on the vaccination of children - for whom the Covid risk is ‘almost zero’ - in light of new information.
Miriam Cates, the Conservative MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, has long been campaigning against coronavirus restrictions - such as face masks and weekly testing - on children.
She is now asking the JCVI - the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation - to review the current data...
Omicron grants available
CASH grants of up to £6,000 are available for Barnsley businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant.
The one-off grant is part of a £1bn fund for businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sector.
These businesses need to have been trading and registered for business rates on December 30, 2021.
More information can be found on the Enterprising Barnsley website.