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Flood warnings in place across borough
AMBER and yellow weather warnings are in across the borough due to heavy rainfall from Tuesday to Thursday.

As the snow has melted, river levels have risen and there is a flood alert in place for parts of the River Don.

A period of heavy rain is also expected tonight (January 18) which could help drive up river levels further.

A spokesperson for the government’s Flood Information Service said: “As the ground is saturated and...
‘Appalling’ state of free meals handed out to town’s children revealed
FREE school meals given to hungry kids during the lockdown have been blasted as ‘appalling’ by parents in Barnsley - after images circulated showing the poor quality of government-funded food parcels.

With schools and colleges closed until at least February 8, except for key workers’ children, calls for the government to reintroduce its £15-per-child-per-week voucher scheme to cover the usual benefits-related free meals for children have hopefully been heard.

Parents Paul and Samantha Milewski, whose...
Community groups urged to apply for cash
A FUNDING scheme administered to the town’s community groups by the Barnsley Chronicle has been resurrected after being halted due to the pandemic.

Stronger Together, backed by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings, offers grants up to £1,000 and is open to any voluntary group working to help others in their community.

Organisations can apply for funding to provide diversionary activities for young people, purchase set-up equipment that will enable groups to...
Dickie refuses to be caught out by Covid
RETIRED cricket umpire Dickie Bird who has been shielding for ten months received the first part of his Covid vaccination - and now he’s urging Barnsley residents to get theirs.

The former umpire, 87, lives alone at his Staincross home and has been self-isolating for almost a year - only leaving occasionally for some exercise.

Dickie received his vaccine at Apollo Court Medical Centre in Dodworth and says he was pleased to see other elderly...
Covid death rate revealed as critical workers’ rapid tests are rolled out
A TESTING scheme for all critical workers who are likely to come into contact with vulnerable residents has launched in Barnsley - after shock new figures revealed the borough’s Covid death rates are now the worst in the UK.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a total of 614 deaths within 28 days of a positive test in Barnsley, leading to a rate of 248.7 per 100,000 people - the highest...
Council leader angered by social media reaction
A PUBLIC backlash aimed at Barnsley Council’s plan to spend £1m on a new children’s home has angered the local authority’s leader - who told residents the expenditure is worth every penny for the town’s most vulnerable kids.

Sir Steve Houghton told Wednesday’s cabinet meeting the council has a legal duty and that spending the money on a new children’s home is ‘morally and financially the right thing to do’.

Cabinet members voted to approve...
Scientist questions Einstein’s theory
AN amateur scientist who once set out to prove Albert Einstein wrong has a new observation that could change our understanding of the universe.

Neil Doherty, of Wilthorpe Farm Road, Wilthorpe, has had a lifelong fascination with science that culminated in a long-running contact sharing his ideas with NASA.

His latest idea - he makes clear it’s not quite yet a ‘theory’ - concerns the mystery of what happens in black holes.

Black holes are...
Temporary school plan revealed for congested area
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a temporary school near a busy crossroads will ‘cause chaos’ for local residents who are fighting against the proposal.

Last year, Barnsley was identified as an area in need of additional school places by government bosses.

To tackle this issue, a proposal was drawn up to open a new 900-pupil secondary school, Trinity Academy, on a site off Keresforth Close, Broadway.

These plans have been highly controversial with local residents who...
‘Don’t be bystanders in fly-tipping fight’
A CAWTHORNE dad has urged residents across the borough to ‘not be bystanders’ in the fight against fly-tipping after he and a farmer helped clear tonnes of dropped rubble on the apex of a country road.

Andy Moorhouse, 43, of Darton Road, was driving his son to school when he came across more than three tonnes of rubble laying in the middle of Wheatley Hill Lane - but he was determined to make sure that...
1,200 new homes built but no extra school places
NO new school places have been created in Barnsley despite more than 1,200 homes being built in the last two years, a document has revealed.

Obtained through a Freedom of Information request made by the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS), figures show 1,240 new homes have been built in the borough since the council’s local plan development blueprint was adopted in January 2019.

The 335-page document allocates land for 28,840 jobs, 21,546 new homes and...
Vital anti-flood schemes at risk due to lack of cash
BARNSLEY areas urgently requiring anti-flooding measures could fall short of cash - placing vital schemes earmarked for the town in jeopardy unless more money is found.

Following widespread floods in November 2019 and February last year, Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis - who is also the MP for Barnsley Central - and the council jointly submitted a business infrastructure programme for South Yorkshire with an investment ask of £271m to protect businesses and homes....
Mother blasts impatient motorists after toddler’s struck
A MOTHER was distraught after her three-year-old son was knocked over by a car that mounted a kerb to avoid roadworks in Grimethorpe.

Joanne Merritt, from Grimethorpe, has hit out at the ongoing reckless driving at a roadworks site on Brierley Road.

The works, which started in the area on New Year’s Eve following a burst water pipe, led to congested traffic in the area.

The 33-year-old, who was out on a walk with two...
Beloved pet dies after town centre dog attack
THE distraught owner of a Yorkshire terrier which was savagely attacked by two huskies outside Barnsley Market last week has revealed his beloved pet died as a result of its injuries.

Last Monday, Raymond Skelly was walking his dog, Suzy, through the town centre when she was attacked as horrified shoppers looked on.

The huskies reportedly ran towards Suzy before biting and shaking the 12-year-old.

The attack left her with three broken ribs, a punctured...
Lucas’ memory to live on in memorial garden
A DEDICATED area for bereaved families to remember children is being added to Barnsley Crematorium following fundraising efforts in memory of a Mapplewell teenager.

Darton Academy pupil Lucas Fleetwood died aged 14 and had congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (CCTGA) - a rare condition that only affects just one in every 200,000 people.

He went to bed healthy after school on September 6, 2019 but tragically never woke up.

Lucas had just returned...
Bus shelter book swap scheme thriving
A BUS shelter has been turned into a thriving community book swap after locals responded to a daughter’s call for help.

The shelter, on Greenside, Mapplewell, spawned from an idea by local woman Anji Ripley, who put out a request on social media to get some new books for her 80-year-old dad Geoff Craven - for whom reading is a ‘lifeline’.

She was inundated by people offering their old books, and realised she could do...
Major breakthrough in campaigners’ speed reduction quest
CAMPAIGNERS calling for a lower speed limit through a village where drivers have been recorded at more than 70mph are celebrating a major breakthrough.

An action group in Millhouse Green has high hopes that, by the end of the year, there will be success in a bid to cut the 40mph limit along the A628 down to 30mph.

Villagers have been pleading for action as the busy road passes a primary school - one of...
Programme launches to help new parents
A NEW programme was launched across Barnsley this week in a bid to help parents cope with a crying baby after it was revealed that 24 in 100,000 hospital admissions for babies are due to abusive head trauma.

‘ICON’ is being adopted across South Yorkshire, including Barnsley, and a call for resources comes after a number of infant deaths and serious case reviews where a baby has died or been seriously injured due to abusive...
Bugler Paul hits fundraising target
A BUGLER who played The Last Post every night for almost a year is celebrating after his fundraising appeal hit his target of £10,000.

Paul Goose bugled every night since March in honour of coronavirus victims and frontline staff.

In May he created a fundraising page to help raise vital funds for Barnsley Hospital’s intensive care unit.

“I wanted to raise money to help the ward to get what it needs,” said Paul, 52, of...
Businessman blasts council’s support
A BUSINESSMAN whose firm’s profits have been cut by £1m due to the closure of the entertainment industry has blasted the amount of support offered by Barnsley Council throughout the pandemic.

David Hirst, 55, of Birdwell, is a 30-year veteran in the sector and set up the Ocean Leisure Entertainment Agency back in 2006 - a firm that was successful supplying self-employed acts to an array of venues.

At the start of the pandemic, while...
Son of ex-Barnsley FC manager thanks town’s residents for funeral turnout
THE son of former Barnsley Football Club manager John McSeveney has thanked the many friends and neighbours as well as supporters of the Oakwell team who lined the route of his father’s funeral cortege.

John, who died aged 89 on December 12, was buried on January 5 at the cemetery at Cawthorne, where he had lived since taking the Barnsley job in 1971.

Predeceased by wife Joyce, as well as son Ian, who lives at...
Man to appear in court following robbery
A BARNSLEY man will appear before magistrates today following a reported burglary at a bar in the town centre.

Zach Marriot, 34, of no fixed abode, has been charged with burglary following his arrest last night (January 13).

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Officers located a man carrying a large quantity of alcohol.

“The alcohol was believed to be linked to a reported burglary at Digital Bar on Wellington Street at 4.30pm.

“Marriot...
Town’s future is bright despite ongoing pandemic, MP believes
The Chronicle’s deputy editor, Josh Timlin, spoke to Dan Jarvis - Mayor of the Sheffield City Region and MP for Barnsley Central - about the borough’s prospects in 2021 having entered its third spell of lockdown and, crucially, what needs to be in place for the town to thrive when restrictions end&

THIS time last year - which seems an age ago after a torrid 2020 - Barnsley Council and the borough’s MPs were gearing...
150 people fined in central Barnsley clampdown
COUNCIL officers patrolling the central wards issued 150 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) across three months - raising £7,650.

A report issued to Barnsley’s Central Area Council reveals that 146 of the FPNs are for littering and four are for dog fouling.

Cigarette litter accounts for 75 per cent of all littering.

Officers say the dark mornings and nights are hampering their ability to catch people letting their dog foul in parks and green spaces, but...
School vows to protect high education standards during home learning spell
SCHOOL leaders responsible for droves of Barnsley’s 11 to 16-year-olds have vowed to maintain high education standards - despite the national lockdown forcing youngsters into remote learning from home.

Horizon Community College, the town’s largest secondary school, has about 2,000 students on its roll and - like other education settings - had to act quickly after the government performed a U-turn on the day thousands of kids were due to return to schools across the...
Police appeal for missing pensioner’s whereabouts
POLICE have launched an urgent appeal to find a missing elderly man from Hoyland.

Neville Fearson, of the South Lea Avenue area, was last seen at around 10.30am today (January 13).

The 80-year-old is believed to be wearing a black cap, a dark green coat and black trousers.

He does not have a mobile phone.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “He is described as being five feet and ten inches tall, of thin...
Paul’s finale watched by many
THE Barnsley bugler who has live-streamed himself playing The Last Post for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic performed for the final time on New Year’s Eve.

Paul Goose, from Cudworth, was cheered on by his neighbours who stood on their doorsteps to applaud Paul for this tireless efforts since March.

The 53-year-old, who has helped to raised £10,000 for Barnsley Hospital workers, was emotional as he paid a final tribute to those who had...