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Race on to find homeless charity a new venue
‘DEVASTATED’ charity members who have helped the town’s homeless for two decades have been told to leave their long-held town centre premises - plunging its future into doubt.
Barnsley Churches Drop-In Project has been providing hot drinks, food, clothing and toiletries to the town’s homeless and vulnerable from its Pitt Street base.
Charity bosses say they have been given notice to leave the hub by next Wednesday - something which has devastated its contingent of...
Success for police’s crackdown on drugs
A BARNSLEY drugs operation brought positive results this week.
Officers from Barnsley’s Central Neighbourhood Policing Team scoured the town centre on Wednesday as part of a proactive drugs operation.
They clocked more than three miles patrolling and conducted a total of 14 stop-searches under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Of those searched, two people were issued 48-hour dispersal notices.
PC Neil Crossland, who led the operation, said: “Despite the weather it was a successful operation....
Council bosses ‘lacking ambition’ on net-zero pledge
COUNCIL bosses have been accused of lacking ambition on promises to boost electric vehicle charging infrastructure across Barnsley.
Research, revealed at yesterday’s full council meeting by the Liberal Democrats, suggested Ubitricity - a subsidiary of Shell - has offered all councils within South Yorkshire a ‘large number’ of on-street charge points for electric vehicles.
Other councils within South Yorkshire have accepted the offer and worked with Ubitricity, but Barnsley decided to not accept this, ‘lagging...
Town’s residents among laziest
BARNSLEY residents are less active compared to regional and national averages.
The percentage of adults - aged 19 and above - who achieve 150 minutes of physical activity per week stands at 60.9 per cent.
It is less than the regional average of 64.6 per cent and 66 per cent nationally.
A council report said: “All of the 21 wards in Barnsley have a higher rate of obesity than England’s rate.
“The rates of excess...
Organisations join forces for toy swap
BARNSLEY Museums has teamed up with the National Trust to host a community toy swap to help people with the cost of Christmas.
The event will take place at Wentworth Castle Gardens next Thursday and Friday, and then at the Glass Works’ museum on December 8 and 9.
Residents are being encouraged to attend and swap their old toys from some new gifts.
Those donating toys to Wentworth Castle will receive free admission to explore...
Knife crime cases rocket
KNIFE crime has increased substantially over the last year, shocking new figures have revealed.
Figures from the Officer of National Statistics show South Yorkshire Police recorded 1,566 offences involving a knife or sharp object in the year to March, up 19 per cent from 1,319 the year prior.
It was also up from pre-pandemic levels, with 974 offences logged in the year to March 2020.
It means the rate of knife crimes stood at 114...
Badly-parked parents urged to put kids’ safety first
KIDS’ safety must ‘finally be put first’ amid growing calls from councillors and MPs for action to be taken against parents’ dangerous parking at schools’ drop-off and pick-up times before another injury - or worse - occurs.
Coun Jake Lodge, who represents the Worsbrough ward, says pavement parking - which has impacted schools across the borough - is a ‘significant concern’ for residents and makes it difficult for pedestrians, especially those with mobility, sight or...
Market traders threaten boycott over charges
LONG-ESTABLISHED market traders have been angered by Barnsley Council’s decision to hike daily rent charges - with some being asked to pay treble their usual amount.
The market - on Wombwell’s High Street - has pitches multiple days a week.
Regular traders have elongated their stalls for years to make up the empty space from a lack of traders, selling various items such as clothing, footwear and homeware goods to try and make profits to...
End is nigh for town centre gallery
A TOWN centre gallery will shut up shop in January - a decade after it originally opened to customers.
The Newburgh Gallery, on Dodworth Road, was opened by portrait artist Shaun Rowley, 48, in 2013 as a way of selling his work and promoting local artists.
But ten years on Shaun says he wants to ‘live a little more’ and so he’ll be closing his doors for the last time at the end of January....
Hairstylist Pete creates looks for pop sensation
BARNSLEY-born hairstylist-to-the-stars Pete Burkill created two looks for pop sensation Bebe Rexha for a prestigious awards night in Cannes last week.
Pete has been jetting around the globe as one of the most in demand hairstylists for the A-list and was commissioned again by Grammy-nominated Bebe at the NRJ Awards following their last collaboration at the MTV EMAs.
Pete, whose parents Dave and Teresa hail and remain in Barnsley, counts Kylie Minogue, Emma Thompson and...
Council leader blasts government’s autumn budget
BARNSLEY Council leader Sir Steve Houghton has said the government are ‘making it hard’ to protect residents following its autumn statement.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced his autumn budget last Thursday.
It included a rise in the amount that can be raised under the levy by local authorities such as Barnsley Council.
It means that the council are able to rise council tax bills without the permission of residents to fund a number of overstretched services....
Barnsley kids benefit from green scheme
BARNSLEY youngsters are among more than 115,000 pupils who have benefited from the ground-breaking Generation Green project.
Pupils from Joseph Locke Primary School, Oakwell Rise Primary Academy and Worsbrough Common Primary School had an adventure away from home at youth hostels in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales where they enjoyed a Connecting to Nature residential.
Their experience was funded by the £2.5m project which prioritised young people living in areas of deprivation, black and...
Bus service woes highlighted in Parliament
A BARNSLEY MP has highlighted the problems of local bus services in Parliament - calling the post-pandemic environment a ‘perfect storm’ for transport in rural areas.
Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said a number of residents have been in touch to discuss the problems they are facing in Penistone and Dodworth.
She highlighted that passenger numbers have fallen ‘sharply’, fuel prices have increased and the South Yorkshire Combined Mayoral Authority’s bid for ‘Bus...
Fire-hit building set for demolition
A FIRE-HIT antisocial behaviour hotspot building could soon be demolished - much to the delight of a local councillor.
The former youth centre, on Overdale Avenue in Bank End, has long been a target for gangs of youths intent on causing damage in the local area.
The land is currently owned by South Yorkshire Police as the two semi-detached properties on the site housed officers on the site.
However, following the youth centre’s closure almost...
Covid stats increase by almost 50 per cent
THE number of patients admitted to Barnsley Hospital in the last week has increased by almost 50 per cent.
There are currently 12 patients on the site with the virus, one of which is on a ventilation bed.
A total of 16 people have been admitted since last week, a 46 per cent increase from the previous week’s figures.
It means that since the start of the pandemic, more than 5,600 people have gone into...
Author Ronnie has second book published
A FORMER Barnsley school teacher had his second book published this month.
Ronnie Steele has released his new book, A Blue Plaque for Brian Glover, which contains 26 stories about growing up in the town as well as five short stories about his former teacher.
The plaque, which commemorates one of Barnsley’s most famous sons, was unveiled in the town centre in September.
Brian, who taught at Barnsley Grammar School and Longcar Central School before...
Fit-to-leave patients taken up beds
DOZENS of patients who were fit to be discharged at Barnsley Hospital were taking up beds every day last month despite contingency plans being put in place due to an anticipated shortage of beds during the winter.
The contingency document which looks into what is being planned to cope with the NHS’s busiest period of the year revealed bed occupancy is already above what is deemed an ‘optimum level’.
In August, 95 per cent of...
Swimmer raises cash for Alzheimer’s Society
A FUNDRAISER from Hoyland donned his wetsuit once again to raise cash for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Robert Blackburn, 40, teaches children to swim at Royston Leisure Centre and the Metrodome.
However, their warm pools were replaced with Derwent Water’s much colder temperatures during his two-mile swim which raised £940.
His dad, Ralph, and mother-in-law, Shirley, both died from Alzheimer’s.
Robert, who has raised over £10,000 for various charities in the last decade, said: “Alzheimer’s is...
Youngster’s death will not alter planning guidelines
THE tragic death of a youngster on a ‘death trap’ building site - which resulted in the firm responsible being handed a £600,000 fine earlier this year - will not result in any alterations being made to Barnsley Council’s planning guidelines, according to a report.
Seven-year-old Conley Thompson, who told his mum, Paula, that he was going out to play with friends at about 6pm on July 26, 2015, was reported missing to police at...
Town’s development blueprint will not be changed
THE ‘most important’ policy Barnsley Council is responsible for - the town’s blueprint for future development - will not be altered despite fresh calls to reopen it to public scrutiny.
Known as the local plan, which was adopted by the council in 2019 following public consultation, it sets out how the local authority manages the future of the borough’s empty sites for housing and business growth.
It has been mired in controversy due to large-scale...
Man charged over 88-year-old’s robbery
A MAN is set to be appear at court after reportedly robbing an 88-year-old woman in Wilthorpe.
Police were called to reports that the woman had been robbed at the YOGI convenience store on Huddersfield Road on November 10.
Daniel Walker, 28, of Carlton Street, has now been charged with robbery.
He is set to make an appearance at Sheffield Crown Court at a later date.
Ex-miners to mark Oaks anniversary
FORMER miners delivered a talk to college students ahead of the upcoming anniversary of the Oaks Colliery Disaster.
The incident happened in Barnsley in 1866, killing at least 361 men and boys by a series of explosions over two days.
Ex-miner Paul Darlow, who is now an author, delivered the talk and interactive session to the students from Barnsley College ahead of the December 12 anniversary.
The choice of setting for the session was decided...
Road chaos to ‘get worse’
SIGNIFICANT delays due to work by Yorkshire Water on a major route into the town centre will only get worse when new developments begin, fed-up locals have claimed.
Last month, a burst water pipe forced Burton Road to be closed due to damage done to the surface.
Temporary traffic lights have been in place since Saturday and they’ll remain there until tonight as Yorkshire Water carry out further works.
At the time, the road was...
Artist’s painting arrives at the Cooper Gallery
A NEW portrait by a renowned local artist has been added to the Cooper Gallery’s historic collection.
Birdwell-based artist, Richard Kitson, was chosen from several applicants to create a portrait of Paul Elmhirst, long-standing chair of the town centre gallery, to be displayed and accessioned into the permanent collection.
Richard was previously a teacher of fine art at Barnsley Sixth Form College and participated in Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year, where he painted...
Dad determined to make memories
A DAD-OF-THREE who has been given a heartbreaking terminal cancer diagnosis is determined to make memories with his family while he still can.
Dale Heritage, 46, of Athersley North, was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer in June 2020, before being given the all clear by doctors just a year later.
However, the cancer returned and spread quicker and stronger - leaving his family’s world ‘turned upside down’.
His wife, 44-year-old Nina Heritage told the...
400,000 meals provided to residents
‘DEEP concerns’ have been expressed over the amount of people relying on foodbanks as the cost-of-living crisis bites - after it was revealed the equivalent of almost 400,000 meals were provided to hungry Barnsley residents in a year.
FareShare, which has its South Yorkshire base at Aldham Industrial Estate, Wombwell, said the amount of food it provided to the town alone over a 12-month period was enough to make 369,796 meals.
The stark revelation has...
Top employer bags award
BARNSLEY’S biggest employers have been handed the prestigious South Yorkshire Be Well At Work Gold Award.
GXO and Barnsley Premier Leisure picked up the award, which provides businesses with a framework to provide good workplace health.
GXO started developing their health and wellbeing programme eight years ago and has gone from strength to strength in embedding health and wellbeing best practices across the organisation’s culture.
A spokesperson for the company said: “The award is a...
Gender pay gap revealed
WOMEN in Barnsley will have to work 13 months to earn what men do in a year, new figures have revealed.
Office for National Statistics estimates show full-time female workers in Barnsley earned an average of £15.57 per hour in April.
It’s a 10.1 per cent gap to their male peers who earned £17.32.
It means that by the end of the year, women will have effectively worked without pay since November 25.
The gender...
Alleged grave interferer remanded
A BARNSLEY man charged with interfering with a grave in Carlton Cemetery earlier this year has seen his case sent to crown court.
Wayne Joselyn, 43, is alleged to have disturbed Ethel Goodwin’s grave in April.
Earlier this week, he appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court charged with the unlawful removal of a body from a burial ground and outraging public decency.
Police were called to the grave after a resident reported the site had been...
Probe into street-based EV chargers
BARNSLEY Council will reveal what is being done to boost the amount of residential chargers for owners of electric vehicles.
At Thursday’s full council meeting, Coun Hannah Kitching will ask about a lack of street-based points.
She said: “I’d like to know what plans the council have in order to install more EV chargers in Barnsley.
“These will assist residents without off-street parking to transition to electric vehicles.”
Department for Transport statistics show there were...
‘Unacceptable error’ saw 1,000 election votes missed
AN independent investigation into an ‘unacceptable error’ at this year’s election count - which saw more than 1,000 votes missed completely - has concluded.
Originally in the Royston ward in May, exactly 1,000 votes were counted - and Dave Webster of the Labour Party was announced the new councillor, following on from Tim Cheetham’s retirement, with 534 votes.
However, it was announced the following day that the council failed to count a box of postal...
House prices rise in Barnsley
HOUSE prices in Barnsley have increased by 14 per cent in the last year, new figures have revealed.
The average house price in September was just over £168,000 - a 1.9 per cent increase on August.
But it’s a 14 per cent growth compared to the same Land Registry figures last year.
Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Barnsley rose by £21,000 - putting the area eighth among Yorkshire and...
£5m-a-year council loan cost
BARNSLEY Council are repaying £5m a year for a loan for the Glass Works - but council leader Sir Steve Houghton has insisted the venture is making money.
A Freedom of Information request, seen by the Chronicle, shows the scheme’s annual capital costs are £5m - the equivalent to around £400,000 every month.
The Chronicle previously reported that £139.3m was borrowed for the £210m venture which has attracted big-name favourites including TK Maxx, River Island,...
‘Someone else was lying there, dead...’
A MAN raced to Barnsley Hospital after being told his elderly mum was about to die - only to find it was a case of mistaken identity.
David Hall got a call from nurses asking him to come as his mum 85-year-old Shirley Greenwood had taken a turn for the worse.
But, on arrival, David found someone else’s dead relative in the bed where his mum had previously been.
Now David, 58, of Royston, is...
Barnsley firm awarded Hoyland regeneration contract
A REGENERATION scheme - which will transform a public square thanks to a Barnsley Council-led project - is set to pick up pace in the new year.
The multi-million pound Principal Towns programme to improve local economies and support high streets across the borough, will make its way to Hoyland after the Christmas period.
Works are being undertaken by Barugh Green-based business, AmcoGiffen, and will see trees, seating and a water feature installed.
Dave Thomas,...
Hopes of brighter future for crumbling hall
GRAND plans to save a crumbling 350-year-old building from ruin - which could see a world-renowned brass band transform it into its new headquarters - have broken cover.
Grimethorpe Hall, which has been derelict for decades, was named on Historic England’s annual heritage at-risk register this week and the Chronicle can now reveal conservationists are in ‘positive’ discussions with Grimethorpe Colliery Band to take over its running.
The band, which formed in 1917, achieved worldwide...
‘Forgotten’ kids finally remembered
MORE than 1,000 ‘forgotten’ stillborn babies and children - buried in a mass grave without any form of tribute - have finally had their lives remembered thanks to a tireless campaign to create a memorial.
The shocking scale of the number of children buried in the public grave at Penistone-Stottercliffe Cemetery was revealed last year by local man Richard Galliford, prompting local councillors to set up a fundraiser.
Donations flooded in and more than £7,000...
Leader: ‘Town centre is thriving’
BARNSLEY Council leader Sir Steve Houghton has rubbished claims that the town has one of the worst high street occupancy rates in the country - stating the town centre is ‘thriving’ and many more well-known brands are on their way to the borough.
In a recent report by Property Inspect, it was claimed that the average UK high street has 6.5 empty shops per every 100,000.
However in Barnsley this figure stood well above the...
Foster carer to climb one of world’s highest peaks
A PENISTONE foster carer will be climbing one of the world’s highest peaks.
Mark Slater will scale Mount Toubkal in Morocco - which has a height of 4,167 metres - in aid of the Association of Barnsley Foster Carers.
He will be doing this early next year following his recent hike to the Everest base camp.
Mark said: “In these difficult times it is more important than ever that the most vulnerable children in society...
Foreign staff figures much lower than average
THE number of foreign staff at Barnsley Hospital is much lower than the national average, new figures have revealed.
Statistics from NHS Digital show Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust employed 350 staff from outside the UK as of June 30.
It’s the equivalent to 8.6 per cent of all the staff at the trust who declared their nationality.
Of them, 69 were from the EU or a ‘European economic area’, and a further 281 were...
Five-year road funding revealed
‘TRANSFORMATIVE’ funding - which totals more than £70m - will be put towards funding a raft of highways projects in Barnsley in the next five years, the Chronicle can reveal.
In the making since September 2021 when the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) submitted its request to the Department for Transport (DfT), Barnsley Council’s cabinet members approved the funding, which also includes £20m for maintenance and repairs.
Already identified is the A628 - spanning...
Generations bond over ultra-modern technology
ONE of the town’s oldest residents - 102-year-old Edie Greaves - discovered the thrills of ultra-modern virtual reality technology thanks to Barnsley College students.
Edie, who lives in the town centre, is part of Age UK Barnsley’s Forever Young group and visited the college’s Discover Digital space, taking part in Remembrance Day-themed interactive activities.
She sat with student Anthony Kenyon and used iPads and VR headsets.
Tutor Matt Wilson said: “It was great for them...
Disadvantaged children fall further behind...
DISADVANTAGED secondary school kids in Barnsley fell even further behind their classmates during the pandemic, shocking new figures have revealed.
The Ofsted inspection handbook defines disadvantaged pupils as those with special educational needs and disabilities who meet the definition of ‘children in need of help and protection’.
Kids who are socially or culturally deprived also fall under the same bracket.
Figures from the Department for Education figures show just 24.8 per cent of disadvantaged children...
Kids take to two wheels in cycle-to-school scheme
BARNSLEY schoolchildren are taking their bikes to the road this month to practice the skills they have learnt through a national cycle training scheme.
Churchfield Primary, in Cudworth, signed up to the Bikeability scheme to encourage their pupils to build confidence and promote active travel.
Teacher Clare Taylor told the Chronicle: “Bikeability were absolutely amazing from start to finish - they are really passionate about what they do and that shone through.
“They gave each...
Popular museum scheme to end
BARNSLEY Museums’ year-long residency at the Glass Works comes to an end next month.
The project has been popular, attracting over 30,000 people from around the region.
Exclusive exhibitions by artist such as Graham Ibbeson, who showcased his iconic sculptures for the first time in the display ‘Casting Characters,’ attracted new and diverse audiences.
The three units have been a unique opportunity to take culture out of traditional settings and bring it into the heart...
Town centre packed for Remembrance Sunday
HUNDREDS of residents gathered in Barnsley town centre on Sunday to pay their respects to those who made the ‘ultimate sacrifice’.
In a service held outside the town hall, representatives of the armed forces community were invited to lay wreaths alongside the Mayor of Barnsley Sarah Tattersall.
Almost 100 Barnsley Singers - an adult choir - were present at the service.
A spokesperson for the group said: “They sang with quality and sincerity alongside Barnsley...