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A NUMBER of speed limit alterations have been agreed in principle across the town – much to the delight of a local MP.
Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge said she was pleased the council have agreed for a number of speed limit reductions across Dodworth, Silkstone and Silkstone Common.
These include a reduction on Ben Bank Road between Silkstone Common and Dodworth from 60mph to 40mph, and a 10mph decrease on...
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'Staggering' profits slammed amid energy crisis
Shell could pay the annual salary of every employee in Barnsley 11 times over with its record profits for 2022, figures suggest.
The oil company logged a record $39.9 billion (£32.2 billion) in post-tax profit last year, topping the previous record of $31 billion in 2008.
In light of people facing soaring energy bills and many struggling to fuel their homes, campaign group Friends of the Earth labelled the substantial rise "staggering", while opposition...
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Council tenants facing rent rise
PLANS to increase council house tenants’ rent by more than six per cent – to make the properties more energy efficient – have been revealed.
At Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, councillors will consider rent charges for 2023/24 – with an increase of 6.5 per cent being put forward for approval.
Berneslai Homes say the increase will come into effect on for all its 18,500 properties on April 3.
The increase is just under...
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Local football club on the up!
BARNSLEY Central MP Dan Jarvis visited a local football club last week to learn more about the club.
AFC Pogmoor was founded in 2011 with a singular team and now consists of 24 teams covering both the men’s and women’s game, spanning several age groups and abilities.
Dan visited the club to see how they and the local community have benefited from Football Foundation funding.
He said: “Football is brilliant for physical...
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Barber boosts local food bank
A LOCAL barber shop is now an official drop-off point for a foodbank.
Twenty To Six, on Wentworth Road, Mapplewell, are giving discounts to customers who fetch items for the Barnsley Foodbank Partnership when they attend their appointment.
Owner, Dan Ogden, 33 – previous winner of the Concept Hair Apprentice of the Year competition – is well-known for his efforts towards building community spirit across the borough.
Dan – who’s been barbering...
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Safety success for Layla
A PUPIL from a local primary school saw her health and safety poster for the forthcoming Penny Pie Park footbridge construction site made into an official sign following a competition.
Layla Wadsworth, a year six pupil at St Mary’s Primary School on Stocks Lane, was announced the winner during a health and safety talk which was delivered by a safety health environment coordinator at the school before Christmas.
Chris Butts, from construction firm CR Reynolds,...
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Horse rider fighting for improvements
A CONCERNED horse rider is fighting for improvements to be made to bridleways in the borough.
Julie Fields – who has owned horses for 30 years – wants the council to listen to her concerns in a desperate plea to help horse riders feel safer on the roads.
For the last six months, Julie has been fighting an ongoing battle with Barnsley Council after having her ‘worries dismissed’.
She told the Chronicle:...
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Social club proves huge success
A SOCIAL club that was formed to combat loneliness and improve people’s mental health and wellbeing has been a huge success.
The group – which was formed in December last year – meet every Monday at Belmont Working Men’s Club in Hoyland, with the aim of reducing loneliness and giving members a safe space to talk about their worries.
Simon Davies – who came up with the idea of weekly meetings – told...
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Anger over felled tree
A TREE that was mistakenly cut down in Hoyland has angered local residents.
Cassie Northwood, a Hoyland Milton Conservative candidate, informed residents of the cutting down of a tree within Hoyland Town Square on Tuesday.
Cassie – who spoke to the workmen regarding the well-known ash tree – said the construction workers were given ‘firm instructions’ to cut the tree down, causing frustration to locals.
Coun Tim Shepherd, representative for Hoyland, said:...
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Call for views on diagnostic centre plans
RESIDENTS are being asked to take part in an engagement event which would see the town centre diagnostic centre expand its services.
New services, such as CT and MRI, urodynamics and retinal screening, are planned for the centre which is based in the Glass Works.
A spokesperson for Barnsley Hospital said: “The centre opened in April 2022 and offers blood tests, DEXA scans, ultrasound, X-ray and breast screening services.
“In phase two...
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Tree removed from Trans Pennine Trail
A TREE that collapsed on the Trans Pennine Trail earlier in the week has since been cleared by the council.
Barnsley Council’s rights of way staff were made aware of a tree that had fallen over and was blocking the Trans Pennine Trail between the A61 and the railway footbridge across Worsbrough Reservoir stretch on Wednesday.
A spokesperson from the Trans Pennine Trail informed locals that the council had managed to clear the...

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Barnsley MP praises town centre service
BARNSLEY Central MP Dan Jarvis has praised the importance of a local charity which provides therapy to the town’s youngsters.
Dan visited Equipt therapy services last Friday after hearing about their work across Barnsley.
The charity supports children and young people across the borough who have gone through trauma with various specialist therapies.
He said: “They are doing brilliant work to support young people through incredibly difficult times and go above and...
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Police appeal after necklace stolen
POLICE have released CCTV footage of three men they would like to speak to after a ‘valuable necklace’ was stolen in the town centre.
It’s reported that at around 3.10pm on January 18, a necklace was stolen from Beaverbrooks on Cheapside.
A police spokesperson said: “It is understood that a group entered the shop and requested to view some necklace chains.
“While the staff member was distracted, a high value chain was...
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Reds leave business late in transfer window
THE January transfer slammed shut last night - and Barnsley FC left it late with a number of signings.
Striker Oli Shaw joined the club earlier in the day from Kilmarnock, whilst Jack Aitchison went the other way back to Scotland as he signed for Motherwell.
The Reds signed young goalkeeper Adam Hayton from Tottenham Hotspur on a three-and-a-half year deal.
Jamie Searle is likely to be loaned out to an overseas...
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Two women arrested in connection with fatal collision
TWO women have been arrested in connection with a fatal collision in Cudworth earlier this month which killed a dad and his son.
Dean Jones, 40 and 16-year-old Lewis Daines died following a fail-to-stop collision in Cudworth on January 20.
Shortly after 9pm, emergency services were called to Royston Road, on the bridge over Cudworth Parkway, following reports of a collision.
Mr Jones and Mr Daines, were cycling along Royston Road when...
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Police appeal after pensioner suffers broken ribs in burglary
POLICE are appealing for information after a pensioner suffered broken ribs in a robbery last month.
It’s reported that at around 4.34pm the victim, a man in his 80s, pulled up outside his garage on Garden Drive in Brampton Bierlow.
When he got out of his car, two men got in and fled in it.
A police spokesperson said: “The victim was knocked to the floor by the open car door.
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Final call for Covid-19 booster vaccine
THE NHS has issued a final call for residents to come forward for their Covid-19 booster vaccine.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that the offer of an initial booster dose should end when the current autumn campaign ends, which will be on Sunday February 12, 2023.
Anyone yet to come forward for their Covid booster is being urged to do so before the end of the campaign.
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Final call for Covid-19 booster vaccine
THE NHS has issued a final call for residents to come forward for their Covid-19 booster vaccine.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that the offer of an initial booster dose should end when the current autumn campaign ends, which will be on Sunday February 12, 2023.
Anyone yet to come forward for their Covid booster is being urged to do so before the end of the campaign.
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Staff absences cost council millions
THOUSANDS of staff absences – mainly owing to mental health and Covid-19 infections – have cost Barnsley Council more than £5.5m in the last two years, a report into its workforce’s sickness record has revealed.
In the 2021/22 financial year, the local authority lost an average of 10.24 days per employee – an increase of 2.74 days when compared to 2020/21 – and two weeks per staff member a year.
‘Through the roof’...
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Energy saving care home nears completion
A NEW energy saving care home in Brampton is just a few months away from completion.
Developers, LNT Care, have told John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, that work on the former fire station site on Knollbeck Lane is on schedule and is due to be finished by the end of March.
The two-storey care home will provide 66 rooms as well as 25 parking spaces, a library, garden and cinema for...
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Teenager taking to the skies for charity
A THURNSCOE teenager who was given bad news about his dad just before Christmas is embarking on a fundraising mission to raise money for a cancer charity.
Lewis Cooper, 19, of Ashlea, was told that his dad, Stephen Cooper, had cancer in multiple areas of his body.
His dad was told he had cancer in one of his kidneys and his stomach and lungs, before it spread to his leg and brain.
...
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Councillor offers help against 'rogue landlords'
A LOCAL councillor is urging private tenants who are unhappy with their landlords to get in touch.
Coun Kevin Williams, who represents the Kingstone ward and chairs the Central Area Council, issued the plea this week.
It comes following a recent spike in private tenants complaining about damp and mould.
He has been advised of several cases which have seemingly involved so-called ‘rogue landlords’, who refuse to answer telephone calls from tenants,...
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Elsecar sisters audition for exclusive dance programme
TWO Elsecar sisters are dancing for joy after successfully auditioning for an elite dance programme.
Eadie Schofield, aged 12, and her eight-year-old sister, Ivy, attend the DQ Dance Academy in Barnsley and were invited to audition at Yorkshire Elite Associates in Bradford which offers an exclusive dance programme for young dancers.
DQ Dance Academy owner Yasmin Holland, 24, said: “I am super proud of the girls – they are both very good dancers...
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Work now underway in major schemes across town
WORK is now underway on multi-million pound schemes across the borough to make it easier for residents to walk, cycle and access public transport.
The A61 and A635 active travel routes, and Darton and Elsecar stations’ access schemes are all set to start this month.
All four are funded through the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s allocation of funding from the government’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF).
Barnsley Council secured more than £13m...
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Plea for women's and girls' football to be given same opportunities
THE co-owner of Barnsley Women’s Football Club wants girls and women to have the same opportunities as men when it comes to playing football.
Steve Gates, 66, from Darton, is embarking on a fundraising mission in a plea to allow girls to keep playing football without having to worry about the cost.
Steve hopes to also fund sessions for those living with a disability – in a bid to be as inclusive as...
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Tributes paid to former mayor
BARNSLEY Council leader Sir Steve Houghton has paid tribute to a former mayor who died last weekend.
Trevor Naylor became a councillor in May 1974 and served in the Wombwell South ward up until the boundary changes in 2004, when he represented Hoyland Milton up until his retirement in 2010.
He enjoyed a year as mayor between 1991 and 1992, and was also the chairman of highways.
Sir Steve said: “Trevor was...
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Police hunt man in connection with fatal crash
POLICE are on the hunt for a man wanted in a connection with a fatal road traffic collision in Cudworth.
Paul Yates, 35, is wanted by police in connection to the incident on Saturday.
A police spokesperson said: “The 35-year-old, also known as ‘Bane’ or ‘PIP’, is wanted in connection with a fatal fail-to-stop road traffic collision in Cudworth on Saturday.
“Shortly after 9pm, emergency services were called to Royston Road, on...
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Crews called to deliberate car blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from Tankersley were called to Howbrook in the early hours of this morning.
Upon arrival on Hollinberry Lane, at 5.20am, the crew found a vehicle that had been deliberately set alight.
They put out the blaze and left the scene at 6.05am.
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Police appeal following act of voyeurism at Metrodome
AN INVESTIGATION has been launched following an act of voyeurism at Barnsley Metrodome last month.
It’s reported that at around 5pm on December 4, the victim saw a mobile phone camera above her head as she was in the family changing room.
A police spokesperson said: “The suspect is believed to be a boy in his late teens, with dark blonde hair and a long fringe.
“He is described as white, around...
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Barnsley game called off just hours before kick off
BARNSLEY’S game at Exeter City has been postponed just hours before kick-off - with hundreds of Reds fans now having to make the 260-mile trip back to the town.
The match was called off due to a frozen pitch in some areas.
“There are areas on the touchline and near the away end that are not going to give and won’t grip so it won’t be safe for the players,” stated referee, Darren...
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Free warm home check for residents over 50
AGE UK Barnsley are offering free warm home checks for residents aged over 50 to improve energy efficiency.
A warm home check will include an initial assessment of the property, advice on how to improve energy efficiency and those carrying out the checks will provide measures such as energy saving light bulbs.
Age UK Barnsley CEO Debby Bunn said: “We know that there are many older people worried about the rising cost of...

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