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Protected Species Under Threat

Tuesday April 16 2013


Great crested newt Great crested newt


A GREAT crested newt colony is in danger from a proposed housing development in Barugh Green, according to concerned residents.

Commercial Estates Projects and Hallam Land Management has applied to Barnsley Council for outline permission for 150 houses off Dearne Hall Road and Claycliffe Road.

However, residents are planning to fight the application because it would 'destroy' the rural aspect of Barugh Green and put strain on the village's infrastructure.

Sam Moore, 20, said the developer's plan would destroy one of the only two breeding ponds of their kind in the area.

"The thought of children playing with their fishing nets and dogs swimming in the breeding pond, while teenagers drink and throw cans and litter into the ecological site, just beggars belief," said Sam.

"These are a very rare and highly protected species. If one great crested newt can hold up and stop the building of a police headquarters elsewhere in the country, then how can the developers justify building on this site?"

A design and access statement shows 'a considerable amount' of the land would be used to create wildlife habitats, green areas and open space but Sam said residents are 'disgusted' with the proposals and many feel proud to have such an ecological site on their doorsteps.

Proposals also show a new link road would run through the proposed development to by-pass Dearne Hall Road, in a bid to reduce congestion in the village, and a new junction connecting Claycliffe Road and Dearne Hall Road would be created to replace the mini-roundabout.

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Reply Posted by les on Tuesday April 16 2013 at 14:07
The great crested newt is protected under british law and european law and the crown....therefore you cannot destroy its habitat ....therefore you cannot build on the land that under nature consevancy
there are plenty of sights to build houses on and that is the way it should stay.......
You cannot keep destrying wildlife on human whims ......its not ours to destroy

Reply Posted by les on Tuesday April 16 2013 at 14:18
These creatures also governed under section 5 of the conservation act and no council can give planning permission to destroy this habitat.......for further help in this matter i will gladly help plese email me at ....macbrayne52@gmail.com....and we will get nature on the move......

Reply Posted by NatureWarrior on Tuesday April 16 2013 at 16:44
Fight this because the Muppets on Barnsley Council haven't a clue and I believe we are talking about Barugh and Low Barugh here and not Barugh Green.

Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday April 16 2013 at 17:43
I know it sounds bad, I don't wish harm on any creature but the excitement that newts generates always puzzles me. The world will definitely carry on almost unchanged without them if that were ever to happen.

Reply Posted by les on Tuesday April 16 2013 at 18:47
Im sure the world would carry on a lot better without stupid comments........
Its not just about newts its all creatures that are infected by human intervention

Reply Posted by les on Tuesday April 16 2013 at 18:51
And yes it does sound bad.and yes you do mean harm because you didnt think.
And thats why wildlife around the world is disappearing at a rate of knots because people dont think

Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday April 16 2013 at 19:06
I didn't say they should be disregarded, just that this particular species seems to cause such a frenzy of interest. There is nothing stupid about my comment. In global terms they are insignificant.

I wonder how many people would fight to protect a newt but would object to a wind farm in favour of powering & heating their home with more coal, oil or gas. The world will end up in a worse position from the continued denial that fossil fuels are changing the environment than it will from the loss of a species of newt.

Reply Posted by les on Tuesday April 16 2013 at 19:38
I agree entirely wit the second part of your comment.......true peoplewith environment issues should draw to these issues my own issues are .....if your questioning is..
I would have a turbine in my view or more. and anything else that would protect the environment.....coal.nuclear power and gas are all pollutive but the main issue is life.... and because of humans they want to destroy wildlife when it isnt neccessary but these are a protected species by law. and we are responsible.......or suppose to be

Reply Posted by stevo on Wednesday April 17 2013 at 07:05

The land in question, across from the Millers is FAR from suitable for housing.
I live not far from the site, on two sides there is housing and on the other two sides there is a railway embankment on one and the southern side there is the BRC Manufacturing steel factory.

The newts habitat is two naturally occurring ponds due to the nature of the land drainage.
There is also a newt colony on the old canal and in Tinkers ponds.

If there was ever a case of NOT building houses on green belt land then this is it!

Don't think for one minute that our idiotic council wont allow planning permission because we all know they will.
The newts will just be re-located to another area, all paid for by the developer of course.

Reply Posted by Graham on Wednesday April 17 2013 at 17:10
Get the newts shifted and the houses built is what I say.

Reply Posted by Nicolle on Friday April 19 2013 at 18:14
Didn't even know Barnsley had newts! Good luck little newts, hopefully the council will see sense.

Reply Posted by JS on Sunday April 21 2013 at 13:44
It's those kind of comments that have resulted in so many species of animal being completely wiped out at the whim of humans.

Human's are the ones destroying this planet. If anything WE are the ones that deserve to be wiped out in the long term. But we are the supposedly 'evolved' species who think it's ok to do whatever they hell we want, regardless.

Yes, you may see newts as insignificant. But that does not mean that we have the right to just wipe them out. They have as much right to be on this earth as we do. And destroying animals natural habitats needs to stop.