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Angry Residents Make Formal Complaint

Thursday June 27 2013


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ANGRY residents have made a formal complaint to the Ombudsman over plans to build on a former school site.

Roystone resident Sam Morgan, 59, sent the objection this week after approval was given to proposals to build on the former Royston High School site.

The plans include a new supermarket, petrol station and more than 140 new homes.

He originally wrote to the watchdog in April but was told he had first to complain to Barnsley Council before the Ombudsman could be notified.

Sam said the vast majority of people do not want the development.

He said he believed the council-owned plot is worth £7million and previously said villagers thought the plans had been approved to make money.

A supermarket will have a negative impact on businesses, he says, and believes Midland Road is too narrow to deal with an increase in traffic.

Plans were given the go-ahead by the council in February, but Sam believes a letter of objection from Asda in Royston was not properly considered. He said it was submitted just before proposals were accepted.

"There was no way that letter could have been fully digested in the time span the council had to accept it and put the plans through," he said.

"They've just saddled Royston with something it doesn't want."

In February up to 300 letters of objection were collected by Royston councillors and presented to Barnsley Council.

Do you live in Royston? What do you think? Are you in favour of the proposed development?

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Reply Posted by tarn lad on Thursday June 27 2013 at 11:21
Stop moaning if you dont like it get out of the village and we could do with a good supermarket because asda and coop are crap and it will create jobs for us younger generation as i bet most people who are complaining are around retirement age

Reply Posted by Brian on Thursday June 27 2013 at 13:41
I am at a loss to understand all the fuss over this development. Firstly, I doubt that 300 residents have written to the council to object to the scheme. A few may well have written and other people may, I suspect, have signed a petition. What I would like to know is why the three Royston councillors oppose the development? Are they saying that Royston does not need the additional jobs or the additional housing? Are they saying that it is wrong for Barnsley Council to sell the land for £7m? Has anyone heard a good reason from any of the three councillors as to why they oppose the development? Is it a political stance that they are taking thinking that they should back the 300 objectors? If so, what about the people who are in support?

Someone called Sam Morgan appears to be a spokesman, who is he? Who is he a spokesman for? Why is he involved? How does Mr Morgan know that the vast majority of people do not want the development? Why does he think that 'they've saddled Royston with something that it doesn't want? Doles Crescent where he lives is well away from the development site. Why is he objecting? and what does it have to do with him?

Lots of questions, does anyone have any answers?

Reply Posted by Chris on Thursday June 27 2013 at 16:08
Can't see a problem to be honest I live in royston and went to royston high school people that moan and object no doubt have 1000s in the bank and are just moaning because of change. This is what royston needs it will give everyone job opportunitys a new shopping outlet and much needed housing

Reply Posted by Bryan on Thursday June 27 2013 at 16:14
Well said Brian, Ive lived in Royston all my life and have no particular objection to this development. As tarnlad says could be good for jobs etc. Who has canvassed these people nobody has asked my opinion and if Mr Morgan does indeed live on Doles Crescent then I live a lot nearer the proposed development than he does.

Reply Posted by Clare on Thursday June 27 2013 at 17:22
I am Royston born and bread and have see every independent retailer close there doors due to the supermarkets that have opened, it was I great little village with great shops am
And the odd ones that have survived are doing great but now this lot is going to be built them and the other shops now will have to risk being put out of business. It really is not needed and yes to the jobs but its a waste of money on houses no one can afford and a super marked that's not nessesery, plus it's bang across from my children's school so what the hell is the traffic and roads going to be like at old midland rd entrance ? We just had to endure the crap from those new houses at side of the Royston park side academy.

Reply Posted by Shaun Stott on Thursday June 27 2013 at 17:25
Nimbys! So you would rather have shops that are dearer than a supermarket ? Open only 9 till 5? Shut for half day closing? And shut on Sundays???? I cannot believe how backward these people are?? And the jobs it will bring!! Remind me again you supposed 300 what is the unemployment rate in South Yorkshire ?? Wake up and smell the coffee!! It's called progress ! ( not posted by a youngster a fifty year old)

Reply Posted by Grim on Thursday June 27 2013 at 17:54
Royston has a limited gene pool and is full of inbreds.

Try living there and you will see what I mean.
A new supermarket eh? No doubt the jobs will all be part time.

Reply Posted by PJ on Thursday June 27 2013 at 17:58
Brian - I'm with you! I wholeheartedly agree with the development. I attended all the consultations & will be surprised if the plans are now rejected based on these (supposed) 300 letters to the council. All of the houses built on Lee Lane, that everyone objected to, have been filled - & have certainly improved the village from the eyesore that was there before! And I'm sure that the additional houses, medical practice etc will be a lovely addition to the village, once completed - as well as bringing welcome jobs & money too!!

Reply Posted by Michelle on Thursday June 27 2013 at 18:58
I think this would be good, Asda is getting ridiculous, yesterday no cat food, water or pop was on display, and this isn't the first time the shelves were empty, it will also provide jobs :) get a supermarket there who can keep up with shelve filling and has a wide range like the asda in town.

Reply Posted by tarn lad on Thursday June 27 2013 at 23:41
I would like to say if a new medical center opens let's hope we get some new doctors what take over and them lot from the midland road surgery dont move into it because they are useless

Reply Posted by Tony on Friday June 28 2013 at 13:20
NIMBY. If only a handful of folk get jobs it will be worthwhile.

Reply Posted by michelle on Saturday June 29 2013 at 17:21
i live in royston and was born here... i think that the plans should go ahead... yes we have shops like asda, co-op sainsburys and jack fultons but there only small branches with limited stock therefore a big supermarket would be much more ideal as it would cater to a range of the publics needs... look at asda how often do you walk into that store to find that half the shelves are empty because they havent had there delivery then you have to mess about going to another store to pay more for an item.... a big supermarket would work.... besides not everyone likes to shop at asda, co-op or sainsburys so its giving us as a village a vast range of facilities... and people who saywell other businesses will suffer and shut down, how will they? is the super market going to be selling a vast range of flowers, diy tools, carpets, will it have a built in post office or butchers dept that will take over half the store... no it wont people of royston who shop in what they do now will still continue to shop as they do for the other local business's like butchers, flower shops, diy shop etc but the supermarket would just be an extra shop.... its going to create jobs which royston doesnt have much of at the moment and yes royston does need improving, yes were an old little village but changes need to be made for it to be a successful village instead of one that looks run down. just because its trying to be improved for our benefit doesnt mean it will be no longer classed as an old village.... trouble with people these days they dont like to see change but change is good... id be against it if it was going to be something that the council wanted to build to please them selves like a horrible structure thats of no use to us but its not its to benefit us.... yes the traffic will cause a problem but im sure the council have looked into this and will continue to improve this issue along the line.. after all if they thought the traffic was that much of an issue they wouldnt build it...

Reply Posted by Wedge on Saturday June 29 2013 at 18:25
Who gives a log its only scruffy roystone the all want something better to worry about like who they want to lay or whats on tv to bash over later

Reply Posted by ALAN on Tuesday July 2 2013 at 22:18
ID Love a new supermarket where i live n new homes, STOP MOANING!!! and be grateful for regeneration

Reply Posted by flapper on Tuesday July 2 2013 at 23:21
Aww wedgy,s his usual self...he,s filled his colouring book in. Hope mummy's got him some Lego...bless.

Reply Posted by jo smitj on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 06:27
I walk by this now scrub land everyday, i dont know about more shops being built as we habe empty shops constantly in the village, but affordable housing would be great for the young people wanting to stay or settle here. We seem to have large expensive or terrace in this village with not a lot in between. The land is not visible to many homes where it is and is now just abandoned maybe a good youth centre as well as houses and not yet another supermarket, i mean asda,co-op,sainsburys and londis have been enough to close all the other general stores in the village so why build another?

Reply Posted by Colin on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 07:06
Idea......Close all doctors surgeries, clinics and dentists in Royston and build a new medical centre incorporating all of these in to one. Sell the other NHS sites to fund the project.
If we've got to have a supermarket lets have an Aldi.
Might need the proposed petrol station because I believe the existing one is earmarked for closure. The area and the farmers field to the side is to be developed into an housing estate.
Whatever happens......we don't want another cannabis farm in Royston.lol.