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Nature Reserve Could Be Devastated

Tuesday February 26 2013

OLD Moor nature reserve could be 'devastated' if land to the north of the RSPB site is developed for employment use.

Ecologist Peter Middleton was shocked to discover agricultural land north of the reserve could be given planning designation for employment use.

It has been earmarked as part of Barnsley Council's development plan which identifies greenbelt land to be used for employment and housing.

"The RSPB has worked hard to improve the area for wildlife and it has cost millions of pounds. If the land is to be developed, it would seriously damage the ecological value of the site because in reality the reserve would become an island surrounded by development.''

"Also, it seriously undermines the work being undertaken for the Dearne Nature Improvement Area, of which Barnsley Council is a partner," he added.

He said the area is used in winter by as many as 10,000 golden plover birds.

RSPB Old Moor Reserve is a success story for Barnsley and has been applauded for attracting wildlife, and believes its economic contribution to Barnsley cannot be underestimated.

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Reply Posted by LV on Tuesday February 26 2013 at 13:52
They shouldn't be allowed to develop sites around nature reserves! What's the point in a nature reserve if all the wildlife has been forced away from it by industrial activity?!

Reply Posted by mick on Thursday February 28 2013 at 13:09
We do need weel paid jobs in Barnsley . but i feel there could be better places to put industrial estates in the Barnsley area.

Reply Posted by ML on Thursday February 28 2013 at 16:24
Indeed. Cawthorne, Penistone, Silkstone for example. It' sickening how Barnsley West are never considered for any projects such as this.

Reply Posted by Sarah on Thursday February 28 2013 at 13:13
This is why we can't have anything nice.
Seriously though, the clue's in the name. Nature 'reserve'. Go build stuff somewhere else.

Reply Posted by Craig on Thursday February 28 2013 at 13:16
What's point building new units when's there's loads empty round barnaley anyway it's pointless. Even if ya build a new unit it doesn't mean it will get a new business in it.

Reply Posted by mick on Thursday February 28 2013 at 15:43
Low paid ,crap jobs .I say lets build trees instead

Reply Posted by TC on Thursday February 28 2013 at 16:21
Aside from the fact this will ruin a nature reserve, they shouldn't be considering ANYTHING else in the whole Manvers area until the roads are sorted out. It took me 20 minutes last night to travel from Broomhill roundabout to Cathill roundabout. Mornings are just as bad and there is no alternative route. All the traffic to/from Great Houghton, Middlecliffe, Thurnscoe etc get caught up in the Manvers rush & it's a misery. Single lane roads leading in & out of massive residential & industrial areas are an absolute joke. No more! There's too much already.

Reply Posted by bryn on Thursday February 28 2013 at 19:52
Old moor nature reserve???? How old are you when I was a lad that area was the largest marshalling yard in europe and was full off coal train wagons

Reply Posted by Disgusted on Friday March 1 2013 at 14:53
So Bryn lets go backwards in time shall we?

Seriously yes we need jobs but place the ugly industrial units near places with better transport links and good roads or on brownfield site instead.

Stop sticking crap in barnsley west and shove it over the east instead. Why do the council do it? Coz they all live elsewhere thats why.

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