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Residents Hold Protest

Thursday May 2 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

ANGRY residents in Low Barugh held a protest against a proposed development of 150 houses in the village.

About 50 locals gathered last Saturday outside the Miller's Arms on Dearne Hall Road - opposite the fields where the development is planned.

The land has been earmarked as part of Barnsley Council's Local Development Framework for housing development.

Residents are angry because they believe the site is unsustainable, and have prepared and submitted a series of reports rebuffing the plans.

They have also formed a committee to oppose the proposals called BRAND - Barugh Residents Against New Development.

Members have met local councillors and Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis to discuss how best to oppose the development, which includes a by-pass to divert traffic from Dearne Hall Road.

During their two-hour protest, the group said it counted 90 cars travelling in both directions on Dearne Hall Road in a five-minute period.

Chairman Eric Richardson said it was a lot of cars and the count wasn't done at peak times when locals say the traffic can be 'very heavy indeed'.

"It's barmy," said Mr Richardson.

"How can they possibly be serious about providing environmentally sustainable housing and potentially take 1,000 cars an hour through the estate?

"This is one of the main reasons why we're so vehemently opposed to the new development."

The protest follows residents claims that a large colony of great crested newts is in danger of fragmentation should the development go ahead.

You can read that story here.

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Reply Posted by les on Thursday May 2 2013 at 20:25
I will say again....twice in 2 weeks....
As a protected species .by th crown
It is illegal to disturb or damage the land
that great crested newts live.you should take it to the european union for conservation lands and protected species.

Reply Posted by stevo on Friday May 3 2013 at 06:47
Yup, not only are there GCN there but the land is not suitable for housing, railway line on one side and factories on the other and it is a flood plain.