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Five-year freeze for OAPs
ELDERLY residents in a sheltered housing complex have spoken out after being left without adequate heating for more than five years - having endured one of the coldest winters in recent memory.

Residents at Newsome Vale, a housing complex for over-55s in Wombwell, have put up with regular issues including long stretches without heating or hot water and foul smells filling homes since the site opened in January 2016.

The main problems stem from a...
Vandals run amok at Barnsley Main
VOLUNTEERS at Barnsley Main Heritage Group have hit out at vandals who broke into their premises for the second time in a matter of weeks on Sunday night.

A number of items - including two lawnmowers which helped to keep the site’s grounds neat during lockdown - were taken during the raid.

Sarah Dewey, media manager of the group, told the Chronicle: “They won’t get much for what they stole but for us the loss...
New nurses set to fly in to help at hospital
BARNSLEY Hospital is preparing to welcome a group of 60 nurses who are coming to work from Kerala in India.

The nurses, who will arrive in the town from Wednesday in six cohorts of ten, are coming as part of its international recruitment plan.

Adele Foley, from the hospital, said: “They are coming to England in the middle of a pandemic which is affecting their country too and many of them are leaving their own...
Hairdresser fines will not be a snip
HAIRDRESSERS and barbers have been warned they face fines of up to £10,000 if they are still operating - after reports were made that some in the town have remained open.

Barnsley Council’s enforcement team have been working with South Yorkshire Police and reiterated that anyone found breaking the guidance will receive a £1,000 fixed penalty notice as well as a prohibition order.

The penalty will ‘increase significantly’ if they continue to trade and could...
Will dog control orders have any bite?
DETAILS of a borough-wide order to curb antisocial dog ownership are set to be approved by Barnsley’s ruling cabinet - but the proposed measures don’t go far enough, warns a councillor whose wife and dog were viciously attacked in a public park.

A public space protection order (PSPO) - which will be discussed on Wednesday - is designed to allow the council to clamp down on specific antisocial behaviour, including requiring dogs to be kept...
Covid memorial to cost £210,000
THE cost of Barnsley’s coronavirus memorial to commemorate those who have lost their lives during the pandemic has been revealed.

The sculpture will cost £210,000 - under the earmarked budget of £450,000.

Artist and sculptor Graham Ibbeson, who has been appointed to undertake the design, and poet Ian McMillan, who is involved with the project and has written a phrase to be engraved on the plinth, have both provided their services for free.

It will...
Barnsley’s vaccine roll-out success continues
RAPID progress is being made in the coronavirus vaccination roll-out across Barnsley and more than 55,000 of the most at-risk have had their first jab, health leaders have revealed.

This week people in priority groups five and six - those aged 65 to 69 and 16 to 64 with long-term conditions - have been invited by the NHS to have their vaccine.

The latter group includes residents who have had an organ transplant, people with...
Community show support after disabled man’s mugging
A DISABLED man who was mugged by a masked thief weeks after both his wife and parents died has been ‘saved’ by the support of local residents who have rallied round to help raise funds.

Darren Barnes, of King Street in Goldthorpe, was left at his lowest after the death of his parents Margaret and Trevor, who died days apart from each other.

The 48-year-old, who has learning difficulties, was devastated at the loss of...
New care home plan revealed
A CONTRACT worth more than £2.3m has been offered to provide a new specialist care unit in Barnsley.

A joint venture between Barnsley Council and Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, the new accommodation is expected to comprise 30 beds and be suitable for patients in intermediate care.

The new model will be implemented from June 1, according to the tender documents.

It’s designed to support people recover from falls, illnesses or operations, reduce admission to care...
Tributes paid to popular Sylvia
TRIBUTES have been paid to Wombwell High School’s first matron who died last week aged 98.

Sylvia Richardson was just one month shy of her 99th birthday when she died at Ward Green Lodge care home, where she had been a resident for the past four years.

Born in Low Valley, Sylvia married her husband Charles on January 1, 1943, and together the couple had three children - Lesley, Philip and Kevan.

“Mum was such...
Dog thefts rise in Barnsley
DOG owners across the borough have been warned about the possibility of thefts after a marked increase in cases.

Due to the demand for pets during the lockdown periods, prices of dogs have risen dramatically, something manager at Barnsley Animal Rescue Charity (BARC), Kerry Flood, thinks has contributed to thefts.

“Before the lockdown you could get a Jack Russell puppy for few hundred pounds, but now they are almost £2,000,” she said.

“It’s ridiculous, and...
Man jailed following racially-aggravated assault
A KENDRAY man has been sentenced to four months in prison following a racially-aggravated assault in the town centre last year.

Steven Watson, 40, of Farm Road, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday after he punched the victim in the face, before making derogatory comments about his race.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “On May 27, 2020, officers attended reports of an assault earlier in the day on Eldon Street North, around...
Fly-tipping fine issued to couple
A COUPLE have been hit with a hefty fine for dumping rubbish - after waste recovered by council officers contained their names and address.

Numerous bags of rubbish and household items were left abandoned at Sandy Bridge Lane, Shafton.

However, enforcement officers - who sifted through the waste on the hunt for evidence - found letters which led them to the unnamed pair.

This led to to a £400 fine and a fresh warning from...
Boris grilled by Barnsley pupils
PUPILS at Horizon Community College were shocked to see Prime Minister Boris Johnson virtually attend their maths lesson last Friday.

Youngsters thought that they would be asking questions to Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, who also attended the lesson, but it wasn’t until principal Claire Huddart welcomed the Prime Minister into the session they were aware what was happening.

The school had been recommended to Number 10 by the Department for Education following...
Bus shelter damage ‘unacceptable’
A PARISH councillor has hit out at vandals who left a bus shelter in tatters.

Last week, glass panels at the stop on Ash Road, Shafton, were destroyed.

Shafton Parish Council chairman Dave North and fellow councillor Paul Archer, who went to survey the damage, have now called for more action to be taken to deter vandals across the area.

Dave told the Chronicle: “This is unacceptable and work needs to be done to repair...
Police will act swiftly on domestic abuse cases
POLICE in Barnsley have assured domestic abuse sufferers they will act swiftly to provide support and do ‘whatever it takes’ to increase victims’ safety - after bosses revealed incidents have increased during spells of lockdown.

Officers in the town are working alongside the Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS) after a report into Barnsley’s reports showed a 7 per cent rise in cases during last year’s first lockdown from March.

Barnsley’s dedicated domestic abuse team -...
Homeless work steps up during cold spell
THE town’s homeless agencies have stepped up their work in recent weeks after temperatures plunged to below freezing,

Barnsley’s severe weather emergency protocol (SWEPT) has provided more than 35 homeless people with a warm place to sleep in recent months.

Andrew Crawford from the Barnsley Rough Sleepers Project said most homeless residents within the town centre have taken up the offer of SWEPT accommodation during the recent snow.

“I am out almost every evening, providing...
Rifle seized from Cudworth teen
AN air rifle was seized after a 17-year-old was seen carrying it around Cudworth.

Members of the Barnsley North East Neighbourhood Policing Team were conducting patrols when they received information about a sighting of a teenager who was carrying the weapon.

The male was located with an uncased, unloaded air rifle which was seized.

A spokesperson for the policing team said: “It is an offence to have a loaded or unloaded air weapon in a...
Flood-prone future housing sites come under scrutiny
WATERLOGGED sites which have been formally adopted for future development by Barnsley Council must be revised after being hit by more flooding in recent weeks, campaigners have urged.

Two sites on Darton Lane, Darton and Lee Lane, Royston have been swamped following prolonged spells of heavy rain and sub-zero temperatures, despite both being included in the council’s local plan development blueprint for future housing.

The Darton Lane site, which is near the River Dearne, is...
Volunteers sought by tidy-up team
A CLEAN-UP service which has helped volunteers clear rubbish from across the borough launched an appeal for more volunteers to get stuck in.

Tidy Team, which is commissioned by Barnsley South Area Council, support people to tackle litter and fly-tipping.

Since the first lockdown in March last year, the team’s been providing volunteers with equipment, gloves, sanitiser and bags as part of their government-allotted exercise break.

A post was published on the Tidy Team’s Facebook...
End-of-year completion date set for controversial road
WORK to create a one-way road system to reduce town centre-bound traffic is set to pick up pace and could be completed by the end of the year, Barnsley Council bosses have revealed.

A contractor for the A628 Dodworth Road scheme, which controversially cuts through Penny Pie Park, has been recently appointed, paving the way for a flurry of on-site activity.

Blighted by controversy since the local authority announced the road - which bosses say...
Birdwell couple raise spirits with raffle
A BIRDWELL couple managed to brighten the day of staff at Barnsley Hospital last week after a raffle raised enough to purchase brand-new kitchen equipment for two wards - and the winner even donated the £1,000 prize.

Nathan Kaabi, 28, and Leah Richards, 26, both of Falcon Drive, decided to set up the fundraising raffle after seeing a number of people doing the same thing online.

Nathan told the Chronicle: “I wanted the money I...
Council hit back at ‘unfair’ heating charges claim
BARNSLEY Council bosses have hit back at claims 1,200 of its worst-off tenants are frightened to heat their homes due to high bills after opposition councillors urged the local authority to slash ‘appalling’ charges to help those in need.

A row which initially broke out at the full council meeting earlier this month has rumbled on this week.( Coun Peter Fielding, who represents Dodworth, for the Liberal Democrats, has been working with Berneslai Homes to...
Cricket club latest to be hit by yobs
A CRICKET club has become the latest victim in a spate of attacks on sports teams - falling foul of vandals who torched four storage units, leaving thousands of pounds worth of damage behind.

Bosses at Woolley Miners Cricket Club in Darton lost a significant amount of equipment including nets, goals and line-markers in the fire last Tuesday night.

All four metal storage units were set alight with what is believed to be petrol.

Dad raises money for hospital staff
A DAD whose two-year-old daughter spent months in a children’s hospital after developing arthritis will be cycling more than 1,000 miles to raise funds for her carers.

Dan Windle, of Orchard Place in Cudworth, will take on the equivalent distance of John O’Groats to Land’s End - 1,084 miles - before his daughter Cora-Joan’s third birthday on July 19.

Cora-Joan’s condition means that her own body is attacking her joints, including her eye sockets.

Bus driver calls for better support for frontline staff
A BUS driver who was dismissed for leaving his vehicle mid-shift due to mental health problems hopes his case can prompt better support for frontline workers.

Stephen Firth, 41, had been driving for Stagecoach Barnsley for just over two years when - after returning to the job following several months on furlough - he suffered a panic attack while driving in late November.

He took the bus back to the depot and, feeling unable to...