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Traffic chaos to be discussed by councillors
‘TRAFFIC chaos’ outside the borough’s largest school will be discussed by councillors next week.
The current phase of works on Dodworth Road, part of the multi-million pound gyratory scheme which has encroached into the grounds of Horizon Community College, was expected to be completed ahead of students’ return earlier this month.
Tailbacks have occurred at the crossroads and, according to documents, the scheme will be brought up at Thursday’s full council meeting.
Dodworth ward’s Coun...
Tributes paid to 15-year-old
THE mum of a 15-year-old girl who took her life during lockdown has been overwhelmed by the support of locals who have helped organise a mental health awareness festival in her honour.
Honey Cook was achieving top grades at Darton Academy and was due to start fashion at Barnsley College this month - but on February 14 this year her family’s life changed forever.
Honey’s mum, Gemma Youngs, from Mapplewell, told the Chronicle there were...
Generous folk dig deep for refugees
GENEROUS Barnsley residents have been praised for donating items such as toys and clothes to Afghan children who are being cared for in a local hotel having escaped the brutal Taliban regime.
A donation drive - spearheaded by Wombwell husband and wife duo Jon Rose, 40, and Eloise, 45 - received an outpouring of support since it began last week.
Items have already been given to the refugees, who are being housed at the Holiday...
Dan to focus on representing his ‘home’
BARNSLEY Central MP Dan Jarvis will continue to focus on representing his ‘home’ after he announced he won’t stand for re-election as South Yorkshire Mayor next May.
He was elected to the role in May 2018 and has since served unpaid.
In his election manifesto he promised he would not take any salary, instead using it to help charities and good causes.
He became the first South Yorkshire Mayor while remaining as an MP in...
Controversial MU1 plans break cover
SIGNIFICANT investment promised to span for more than a decade took a step closer today when controversial plans for 2,300 new jobs and more than 1,700 homes were submitted to Barnsley Council, the Chronicle can reveal.
Sterling Capitol and Strata jointly lodged their long-awaited planning application for commercial and residential development on the land south of Barugh Green Road, also known as Barnsley West - or MU1 - in the council’s so-called ‘masterplan’ for the...
Home plan near one of town’s traffic blackspots
PLANNING documents have revealed more than 230 homes could be built near one of Barnsley’s most notorious traffic bottlenecks.
Would-be developer for the Bleachcroft Way site, Harron Homes, have outlined their bid to build 236 homes in Stairfoot neighbouring the former B and Q site which has stood empty for more than five years.
A major residential scheme for the site by another developer was refused by the council in 2009 and subsequently dismissed at...
Assisted living complex a ‘complete mess’
ELDERLY and disabled residents at an assisted living housing complex that’s become a ‘complete mess’ have been left to deal with rubbish, weeds and nettles themselves - despite the site generating around £9,000 in fees.
Upkeep at the Yorkshire Housing site on St Hilda’s Close, Thurnscoe, has declined so much that residents are forced to do their own gardening or get outside help - rather than relying on staff who reportedly go weeks without visiting....
Defibs placed across village
LIFESAVING equipment has been installed across Worsbrough in a move local councillors hope will make the streets safer for all.
Four defibrillators have been installed in key areas including Maltas Court Sheltered Housing, Elm Court Housing, Worsbrough Village and Worsbrough Miners’ Welfare.
A fifth is due to be set up at Worsbrough Mill in the coming months.
Coun John Clarke said: “We have carefully chosen the areas for the defibrillators so that if an emergency...
Shop’s alcohol licence in jeopardy...
A SHOP repeatedly caught out selling alcohol to children is to have its premises licence reviewed by Barnsley Council - after a 13-year-old girl staff served became ‘violently’ ill.
Lifestyle Express on Rowland Road, Gawber, has been the subject of several police sting operations since 2014, and has been blamed for scores of youths drinking and engaging in antisocial behaviour at a nearby park.
The convenience shop run by Mrs Amutha Ravikumar was granted its...
Memorial plan for little-known public grave’s youngsters
THE shocking scale of the number of stillborns, infant babies and children buried in a little-known public grave has been revealed - and councillors are spearheading a campaign to fund a fitting memorial at the site.
Penistone-Stottercliffe cemetery is home to the graves of more than 700 youngsters buried approximately between 1880 and 1980, with not so much as a gravestone for recognition.
The majority of the babies and children are buried in a large...
Fresh housing plan approved at giant site
TWO large housing developments in one of Barnsley’s masterplan areas will not include any affordable homes - with the money to provide it instead being used to improve roads and build a new school.
A 115-home site, also set to house a convenience store, was given outline planning permission at last Tuesday’s meeting of Barnsley’s planning board.
The plot, to the south of Lee Lane, Royston, forms phase two of the town’s masterplan framework on...
Warning issued over illegal cigarettes
BARNSLEY Hospital and council officials have warned against the dangers of illegal cigarettes in light of their prominence surging in the area.
New research has revealed South Yorkshire has seen an increase of 22 per cent in illegal cigarette consumption in the lockdowns, posing a suspected threat to Barnsley’s long-running stop-smoking campaign.
The research - conducted by KPMG - highlighted the significant rise in ‘dangerous’ contraband which are known to contain contaminants and a lack...
Hero’s welcome for lifesaving teen
A TEENAGER who saved the life of a youngster while on holiday in Skegness was given a hero’s welcome back to his secondary school.
Year ten student Jack Fenton - nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award in last week’s Chronicle - returned to Kirk Balk Academy earlier this month and staff and students alike have been congratulating him for his bravery and selflessness.
The school holds an event every week called ‘PROUD Thursday’ where...
SEND complaint upheld
A COMPLAINT against Barnsley Council’s disabled children services has been upheld after an independent investigation carried out by inspectors found the provision ‘fell short’.
Sophia Tattersall, 42, of Church Street in Gawber, has long been campaigning for better support with children with disabilities.
Her son, 12-year-old Max, has epilepsy, homocystinuria, hypomyelination, ADHD and is partially-sighted, and should receive respite care twice a week during the school holidays from provider Stride.
Stride became the council’s new...
Artist’s work causes stir in France
A BARNSLEY artist’s latest work is causing quite the stir across the English Channel.
‘Sense of Belonging’ was created by Patrick Murphy and features 200 life-size seagull sculptures on the facade of the City Hall building in Le Havre, France.
Patrick said: “I feel very fortunate in having had the opportunity to work on this public art installation during a very challenging year for all of us.
“The City Hall in Le Havre provides a...
Family’s fundraising bid for ‘amazing’ hospital staff
AFTER their daughter was born prematurely, a family want to raise funds for the ‘amazing’ hospital staff who looked after her.
Arabella Ivy Haywood is now a healthy, happy seven-week-old baby - and parents Paige Heyworth and Ben Haywood say her birth, at 32 weeks, could have been a much more worrying time if not for the hard work of Barnsley Hospital’s neonatal unit.
Ben, along with brother Joe and dad Dave, is hoping a...
Police appeal after young girl’s chased
POLICE are appealing for information after a man chased a ‘terrified’ young girl down the street.
Rebecca Winder’s 11-year-old daughter Hollie, who lives near the town centre, was on her way back from the park on Doncaster Road at around 7pm last Monday night when she noticed a man acting suspiciously behind her.
Rebecca told the Chronicle: “She was playing with her friends at the park on Doncaster Road when she decided to head home...
£500k town centre clean-up plan
ALMOST £500,000 will be set aside to clean up Barnsley town centre.
Bigger litter bins will be installed at a cost of £7,000, 35 new benches costing £22,250 will be purchased, lamps, CCTV posts and bollards will cost £30,000 and town centre wardens’ shifts will be extended to 11pm - in line with expected increased footfall - in a bid to ‘control antisocial behaviour’.
An extra cleaning team will also be on duty until 11pm,...
Hundreds fined for Covid breaches
POLICE handed out more than 700 fines to Barnsley residents found breaching Covid-19 rules during months dominated by lockdowns and strict restrictions, new figures obtained by the Chronicle have revealed.
Officers involved with South Yorkshire Police’s Covid Multi-Agency Response Team (CMART) - set up at the start of the pandemic - were tasked with clamping down on the town’s rule-breakers.
Throughout periods of government-imposed lockdown, the team patrolled areas and responded to reports of residents...
Covid rates predicted to climb
BARNSLEY’S climbing coronavirus rates are expected to continue to rise for ‘at least’ the next month, according to the town’s director of public health.
The current infection rate in Barnsley is 438.2 per 100,000 residents, with more than 1,000 cases recorded in the last seven days.
Public health boss Julia Burrows told the Chronicle: “Covid-19 cases continue to rise nationally, and Barnsley is seeing a climb in all ages, including the old and most vulnerable....
Wildlife plan making waves...
A NEW scheme hoping to rejuvenate a protected species’ population is breaking ground in Barnsley.
This week, work started at Tyers Hall Farm, Ardsley, on a pioneering group of nature ponds to encourage the growth of the great crested newt (GCN) population.
Funded by Natural England and delivered by community interest company Wildscapes, Ardsley is one of 25 South Yorkshire locations to benefit this winter - joining ponds at Broomhill Flash and Honeywell built last...
Sunak silent on miners’ pensions
CARRYING on the fight for justice for thousands of ex-miners and their families, Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock hand-delivered a letter - written by the Chronicle - urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to reconsider his stance on controversial pension arrangements.
It has been more than a month since the Chronicle wrote to the chancellor following ministers’ decision to reject proposals to supply an immediate £1.2bn cash boost to Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (MPS) members.
A petition also...
Air quality probe around Hermes site promised
COUNCIL bosses have insisted that air quality monitoring will be carried out next to a school after parents raised concerns about the impact once a parcel ‘mega hub’ becomes operational.
Angry campaigners and activists have called for more measures outside Hoyland Common Primary School, which is near the contentious £60m project for delivery firm Hermes - set to be Europe’s largest parcel distribution hub.
It has sparked outrage among its residents who feel that their...
Tory MP speaks out over government’s vaccine plans for youths
A BARNSLEY MP has called on the government to not act politically when it comes to offering youngsters the jab - after an advisory committee voted against the mass vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) expressed that it would recommend against the vaccination of youngsters.
The committee said: “The margin of benefit, based primarily on a health perspective, is considered too small to support advice on a programme...
TRO plans cause backlash
A BACKLASH over plans to ban parking on both sides of Silkstone High Street through a long-mooted traffic regulation order has intensified.
The local MP and a Penistone ward councillor have weighed into the row, and the parish council has fired off a detailed objection response to the TRO proposals put forward by Barnsley Council.
Uproar was sparked last month when news of the scheme emerged.
The parish council was particularly upset to learn of...
Keri jets to US for football scholarship
A TEENAGER whose international footballing career has seen her travel to Belgium, Italy and Norway will play in the US for the next three years after accepting a scholarship.
It’s been quite the life already for 18-year-old Keri Matthews, who moved to Barnsley from South Africa when she was just seven years old - and it looks like she’s on her way right to the very top.
Both athletically and academically gifted, Keri accepted a...