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BARNSLEY has lost its parking enforcement car – used to catch motorists abusing traffic regulations around schools – with the council now evaluating alternatives.


The car was mounted with a camera allowing the vehicle to film offenders as it was driven past, with penalty notices then posted out to offenders.


It was introduced in an era when it could also be used to enforce parking restrictions around bus stops, though that was halted in an edict from Eric Pickles when he was local government secretary several years ago.


Councillors have been told the car had to be decommissioned because it was at the end of its serviceable life, leaving enforcement outside schools to traditional foot patrols.


The issue with those is that wardens take several minutes to issue a paper penalty notice and the offence of stopping on yellow lines or zig-zags is often completed very quickly, allowing some motorists to commit an offence and drive away while a warden is present but dealing with another offence.


Coun Chris Lamb, Barnsley Council’s spokesman for transportation on the ruling cabinet, said:  “We’re currently collecting feedback from schools to review the effectiveness of the camera car.


“With limited resources, we need to ensure that the most effective solution to improve road safety outside of schools is being used. Foot patrols and other alternative solutions are being identified and evaluated to compare with the camera car.


“Working in partnership with schools and parents is a vital ingredient in the success of any of our initiatives to ensure our children’s safety. We hope that our residents would be considerate of children’s safety rather than parking irresponsibly for their own convenience.”


  • Provided by the Local Democracy Reporting Service. 
Twinkle-toed Libby and Layla on top...

TWO sisters are celebrating after coming out on top at a national dance competition.


Libby Davies, 11, and her sister Layla, eight, competed in the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) modern and classical dance sequence competition in Blackpool.


Dancing against girls from across the country, Libby, who has scoliosis, was crowned national champion for her classical dance routine and placed third for modern sequence.


Layla placed fifth, after placing seventh in the previous year. The girls achieved their results based on just 30 minutes private tutor lessons at Fusion Ballroom Dance Academy in Manchester.


Their mum, Mandy, of Hawshaw Lane, Hoyland, said: “I’m over the moon at what the girls have achieved it’s a big improvement on last year.


“The girls have done so well it was a really good day and a fantastic atmosphere. Libby had only just moved up an age group so I really didn’t expect her to do so well. They’ve really pushed themselves.”

Dangerous trend in tyre sales

ALMOST half of part-worn tyres being sold to the public in Barnsley were found to be not fit for use, according to an investigation carried out by enforcement officers.


Part-worn tyres are required to meet strict safety standards prior to resale to ensure that they are safe for use on the roads, but 45 per cent of tyres inspected were deemed to be dangerous.


However, 97 per cent were found to have minor issues such as a previous puncture repair, age-related deterioration and bulges.


Sellers across the town were visited as part of the scheme and the findings resulted in Barnsley Council admitting that ‘bad practices’ had been found during its own checks.


Coun Jim Andrews, cabinet spokesperson for public health, said: “I hope this information acts as a stark reminder to anyone who is thinking about purchasing second-hand tyres.


“Our findings suggest that some sectors of the trade have developed bad practices which could be putting consumers at risk.


“Equally, traders need to take their responsibilities seriously. Recent examples have shown that the courts take a hard line of those who are shown to be flouting the law.


“Consumers may feel that they can get a bargain by purchasing second hand or others may have no choice. They have the right to demand that the products they buy are safe and legal.”


There are strict laws in place relating to the sale of used tyres, which mean that at the very least they must be safe to be put back onto a vehicle.


All businesses that were found to have defective tyres for sale will be re-inspected and formal action – including a prosecution which could lead to hefty fines being imposed through the court system – may be taken if further safety concerns are discovered.


Coun Charlie Wraith, chairman of the council’s licensing board, added: “It’s something we’re very keen to address as it could be a case of life or death – it is that serious and people shouldn’t be taking the risk.


“Our officers have done work alongside Trading Standards and we’ll continue to carry out spot-checks on those selling part-worn tyres.


“We’ve seen all sorts of issues in the past, including bald items and those with bulges on side walls which are obviously extremely dangerous and should not be fitted to a car.


“One area we’ve really improved is taxis’ conditions but it’s essential defective tyres are stopped from being available for sale.”

A booksmart idea from teacher Amy

A TEACHER is taking matters into her own hands by ‘reading her height in books’ to help secure funding for the school library. 


Amy Holwell is the year two teacher and English lead at The Mill Academy, Lobwood, who believes that the library at the school is lacking in up-to-date resources. 


“The most recent book in our library was published in 1992,” said Amy. “The information is out of date, especially when it comes to science. There have been a lot of advances in the past 20 years and the resources we have are inappropriate for teaching up-to-date facts. 


“Unfortunately there is no budget for us to be able to update our books because it would cost about £1,500 to £2,000.”


Amy is planning to read a stack of books as tall as she is in an attempt to fundraise for new books and she plans to do it all in just one month. 


“Hopefully by the end of this month I will have read all the books,” she said. “I have a strategy where I am trying to read mostly children’s books so that I can get through the books quicker and also so I can make recommendations for the library. I’ve asked the children about what books they would like me to read and I think it’s a great way to get them interested in literature. 


“My aim in this is to get the children excited to go and pick up a book. They don’t want to read books from before they were born, they want things that interest them now. It’s hard enough to get them to take books home so I’m hoping with more books that appeal to them that it will bridge that gap.”


Alongside Amy’s efforts, the school is planning a sponsored read for the pupils where they can be sponsored to help raise money for the new books. Amy hopes to raise £300 to put towards starting the new library and has already read five books. 


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Brian's old Pals act for town's heroes
A PLAQUE to remember the Barnsley Pals who died at the Battle of the Somme has been lovingly restored after its wood mount rotted away.
Brian Smith, 50, is an inspector with the Metropolitan Police and an avid First World War amateur historian. While on a visit to the Battle of the Somme battlefields, Brian noticed that the plaque commemorating the Barnsley Pals had fallen to the ground due to the wood the plaque was mounted on rotting away. 
The Battle of the Somme was fought between July 1 and November 18, 1916 and was one of the largest and bloodiest battles ever fought. More than three million men fought at the Somme and it is estimated that around 1.3m men were killed or wounded. Now a memorial site sits on the battlefield and features memorial plaques to each regiment or battalion who were involved in the conflict, as well as graves of fallen soldiers. 
“I am very interested in the First World War and I visit the battlefields a fair bit,” said Brian, from Southampton. “I was walking through Sheffield Park which sits on what would have been the front-line when I saw the plaque laying on the floor. 
“The wood had rotted away due to the harsh winters of Northern France and the screws had come loose from the tree. I couldn’t just leave it there because I knew it means so much to people. I knew that if I handed it in it would get lost because the upkeep of the site does take a lot and I didn’t want the plaque to be forgotten about.”
Brian brought the plaque back to England where he restored it at his home.
“I got a decent piece of wood so that it will last out in the open. One minute it can be sunny and the next it can be raining so I varnished the wood five times to make sure that it was weatherproof.”
The process of restoring the plaque took Brian more than a month to complete and involved completely replacing the wood mount with a piece of English oak, using new brass screws to attach the plaque to the wood and cleaning the plaque. In early October Brian and his nine-year-old son, Noah, returned to the battle site to return the memorial to Sheffield Park. 
“It was a really great feeling to see the plaque back where it belongs,” said Brian. “Knowing that everyone who comes to this part of the battlefield can remember the people of Barnsley and their town’s contribution to the war, and knowing that I helped to keep that memory alive is really great.”


URGENT: Have you seen this puppy?

A THREE week old puppy has been stolen from its home, and the owners fear if it is not returned shortly, it will die.


Sambo Starkers, of Crookes Street, Barnsley, is frantically searching for the missing puppy fearing it will be dead by the end of the day.


His dog gave birth to a litter of six Lhasa apso cross shih tzu three weeks ago and they are still feeding from their mother and have barely opened their eyes.


At 4.56pm yesterday, CCTV footage shows three people entering the house, and two people leaving a few minutes later, walking separate ways. Sambo has been looking for the puppy ever since.


Sambo said: “The puppy needs to be returned otherwise it will die. It’s not old enough to be away from its mum. She is going frantic with worry. We just want her returned.”


Anyone with information should contact 101.




Flooding response praised

SOUTH Yorkshire’s policing boss has praised the joint operations between his force and the county’s fire and rescue service to help communities affected by flooding across the district.

Dr Alan Billings said there had been ‘first class’ co-operation between the two emergency services and a commitment from individuals, with some working well beyond their shifts to help ensure residents were safe with the minimum impact possible.

Dr Billings is the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, with responsibility for policing services and also sits on South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, the body which fulfils a similar function for the brigade.

The two organisations have been working more closely in recent years, a trend Dr Billings has been keen to pursue.

He said: “The response of the emergency services to the unprecedented rainfall and flooding along the River Don was everything we could expect.

“There has been first class collaboration between the police and fire and rescue services.

“When the flooding began last week, many police officers stayed beyond the end of their shift to ensure people were safe. I have heard nothing but praise for the work of police officers.

“It serves to remind us that we need the promised increases in police numbers not only to fight crime but also to assist in times of emergency such as this.”

Meanwhile John Healey, Labour candidate for the Wentworth and Dearne seat in Parliament, has demanded government assistance for businesses hit by the heavy flooding.

He served as floods recovery minister in the last Labour government and set up funds to help both small and larger businesses affected by flooding, through Yorkshire Forward, a quango since abolished.

Mr Healey said: “The Conservatives have been on a go-slow since flooding hit our area.

“When northern homes and businesses were underwater, Boris Johnson told us that the flooding wasn’t a national emergency. It’s hard to imagine him saying the same if this had happened in London.

“The government must now act to help businesses get back on their feet, just like Labour did in government after the floods in 2007.”

  • Provided by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
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Mr. Scrooge is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ written by Barnsley’s own John Kelly, Writer in Residence at The Lamproom Theatre.
The story tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man, who is well-known for his miserly ways.
On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is alone at home and is visited by a series of ghosts, starting with his old business partner, Jacob Marley.
The three spirits who follow - the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future, show Scrooge how his mean behaviour has affected those around him.
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Barbie and Ken (Female/ Male, 1 Year)

This stunning couple are brother and sister and are just 12 months old. gorgeous girl is one year old RUBY who was brought in to us by RSPCA Inspectors.

Originally rehomed by us as 9 week old kittens they have enjoyed an amazing life with an owner who adored them but sadly due to unforeseen circumstances they have had to be returned to us for re-homing.

We are told that "They are so loving...Barbie is soft and cuddly and Ken is very vocal and a bit of a hunter.....they are divine".

Barbie has exquisite tabby markings and is semi-long-haired whilst Ken has thick, sleek black fur like a panther !

Whilst currently a little bewildered at being back with us we have found them to be quiet and gentle cats who clearly love one another and  are not much more than kittens - therefore if at all possible we would wish to rehome them together.

Two gorgeous affectionate cats.

Branch Web Ref: BTABDSH1Y281019

Mittens (Female, 1 Year)
Mittens was brought in by RSPCA Inspectors having been dumped in a box along with her newborn kittens.

She has been an awesome mummy but kitten duties are now completed - all 4 kittens now in loving new homes.

Finally its time for mum to put her paws up, have some me-time and embark on the search for her new home.

Approx 1 year old and always ready for playtime - Mittens is very outgoing, loves company and rushes to meet you when you've had a hard day at the office !!

A truly super cat who has had a bad start in life - an absolute treasure in every respect.

Branch Web Ref: BWDSHF1Y281019


SADIE (Female, 1 Year)

Sadie is about 1 year old and was brought in by RSPCA Inspectors having been found outside trying to raise a litter of kittens.

She is a stunning tabby girl with a beautiful nature - very pretty and very friendly and yet again we wonder how this truly lovely girl has found herself in this sad situation. She was very happy to be rescued and taken into the warmth with plenty of good food and lots of TLC and is now looking for her forever home.


Branch Web Ref: TABDSHF1Y111119

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