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Royston Resident's Campaign Provisionally Rejected By Watchdog

Friday September 6 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

A ROYSTON resident who has been leading the fight against a supermarket and housing development has had his complaint rejected by a council watchdog.

Sam Morgan, 59, of Doles Crescent, contacted the Ombudsman earlier this this year to complain about plans including a new supermarket and more than 140 new homes on the old Royston High School site.

He said he and residents were unhappy with the planning process and the vast majority of people in the village do not want the development.

Sam claimed the land is worth £7million to the council and the plans were pushed through so the council could make money.

Planning permission was granted in March, but Sam complained to the Ombudsman on behalf of residents to say a late letter of objection from Royston Asda about the impact of another supermarket had not been properly considered.

He also said the supermarket will have an impact on businesses and by building off Midland Road, the road will not be able to cope with volumes of traffic.

But in a letter from the Ombudsman, it has said it will not investigate the matter further.

It says Sam lives on the other side of town and cannot say he is 'significantly affected by it'.

Sam says he has spoken to the Ombudsman and explained he has been representing residents, but his complaint has been taken as his own argument.

He says he has also been told the late letter from Asda was properly considered.

Sam says he did not expect the complaint would ever stop the plan and work is now underway on the site.

But he says he wanted to make sure the council stand up and listen to local opinion.

"It was for awareness and a rap on the knuckles for the council to take people's opinions into consideration," he said.

"We've lost the fire station, the school and the spring factory and all we are getting is housing and part-time jobs.

"All part-time jobs do is bring 16-24 hours' work and tax credits which means there are figures for people in work but not full-time work."

According to the letter, the decision by the Ombudsman is a provisional decision and before a final decision is made, Sam and Barnsley Council are allowed to comment.

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Reply Posted by Flapper on Saturday September 7 2013 at 16:37

Reply Posted by Lionel on Monday September 9 2013 at 22:14
This Morgan fellow did not speak for me.

Reply Posted by Becki on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 17:18
Good I'm glad!

Reply Posted by michelle on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 17:30
the council has obviously taken the volume of traffic etc into consideration and if it was going to be a problem in there eyes then they would not build this development. royston is lacking in large business's and i think that this would be greatly appreciated to bring us up to form a little. new jobs will be created, more houses too which will expand the population of our small community. yes royston is a rural sort of town but things change over the years not everything stays the same (look at barnsley for instance) and i think this is why some residents are complaining because they don't like or want change. in my opinion im up for it all, asda is crap as its only a small branch with limited stock of mainly daily essentials, co-op, sainsburys are high priced and again limited due to size of branch. now i sure as hell would like to go and do my weekly shop in my own village without worry of stock not been on shelf's till Del day and also to have the choice of a vast range of products rather than the basic. but at the moment i have to travel further afield to do this. i also don't think other business's in area would suffer, fact being there building a supermarket, not a diy shop, post office, butchers, flower shop and the likes, so other business's around the area will still continue to boom just as they always have

Reply Posted by Debbie on Thursday September 12 2013 at 07:40
We have to remember that Royston is a village not a town & has enough supermarkets & shops, another supermarket is bound to cause other shops to lose trade, there was talk of a petrol station being built on this site as well do we really need 2 in the Village? i think not! Schools are hard to get places & more houses will just make it even worse but the deal has been done & pockets have been lined & our opinion does not count!

Reply Posted by PJ on Tuesday September 17 2013 at 18:12
He didn't speak for me either!! I'm glad it's going ahead & hope the development will be an asset to the village.

Reply Posted by Rothschild on Tuesday September 17 2013 at 20:10
Another supermarket. The joys. Of course its been rushed through, and of course pockets have been lined, well said Debbie. Someone with a little vision it seems, just theo ne, but one's better than none. When you an asset PJ, i hope you mean it will open up new positions for check out boys n girls, shelf stackers and trolley fetchers, and close the doors for prospective shop owners and new local enterprise and anyone with a corner shop within 2 miles of the place better get ready to lose at least 50% trade. Anyone who doesn't recognise the damage that large international outlets like supermarkets do to local business and opportunities are either making money from it, or are utterly stupid, or don't care about future generations and the opportunities they will lose to these giant cash hoovers. Baaaaaaah!

Reply Posted by King Eric on Tuesday September 17 2013 at 21:08
What a load of rubbish. You clearly know nothing about the development or about business generally. If that is the best that you can come up with, I suggest that you stay away from your keyboard.

Reply Posted by roystonstan on Thursday September 19 2013 at 22:23
I dont know if you are all aware of this but at present the sewerage of the existing new estate runs down ruston drive in to a holding tank that in then pumped from that through four 4"drains into the main drain on midland road in 2010 dyno rod told barnsley council after them been called out 5 to 6 times a year but the drains could not handle the amount of sewerage been passed through them this has been forgot as the estate that is been built has been tapped into the main drain on ruston drive
I for one can not wait for it all to go tits up

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