Tag Archives: Rotherham Council

Jo Burton’s Ship of Complacency is Holed Beneath the Waterline

The true extent and consequences of RMBC laziness and apathy were laid bare last night at Anston Parish Council, Brian Lewis asked the following question:

“Chairman and Councillors, until the independent enquiry called for by the leader of Rotherham Borough Council into child grooming in Rotherham is complete, shouldn’t Councillor Burton stand down from Anston Parish Council and Rotherham Borough Council?

The leader of Rotherham Borough Council has given an unreserved apology to the young girls in Rotherham who have been let down by the Council’s children’s agencies. The Children and Young People’s Services Scrutiny Panel failed completely these young girls. In 2007 and 2008 Councillor Burton was vice chair of this panel, in 2009 she was an ordinary member. This is the period that is being investigated, the government gave this panel along with the rest of the Children’s Department a damning report. As vice chair what was Councillor Burton doing? Nothing.

She chaired some of the meetings of the Scrutiny Panel that failed to deal with the problem of child grooming of young girls for sex in Rotherham. These girls were in the care of Rotherham Borough Council Children’s Services. Councillors, this is why I call on Councillor Burton to do the right thing and stand down.”

Councillor Burton replied that she didn’t know of any abuse taking place at the time and was trying to make sure such abuse could never happen again.

The question remains, what was she doing at the time?

Plans Revealed for Birkdale Avenue Playing Field

The developer Taylor Wimpey has revealed it’s plans to develop the Rotherham Council owned playing field at the end of Birkdale Avenue.


To summarise they plan to build a load of houses over it and replace it with a much smaller open space a long way from where local children play currently.

This is where the plot lies:


Having been previously told by the developer that they had no interest in the playing field I am not happy, I am also less than thrilled with Rotherham Council who seem to be willing to see what little recreational land we have left built on.

Well last week I handed in 150 evidence forms claiming the footpaths that people currently use on that land, so I hope the owners of the new houses will be OK with me walking through their back gardens and riding my bike through their dining room.

Full PDF plans are available here and here.

Mr Lewis again…

Local political activist Brian Lewis has objected to poorly disguised campaign literature shoved through his front door by than none other than Jo Burton herself, one of his local councillors in Anston.

Perhaps it was the fact that some of his taxes had paid for printing of said document (don’t forget some of our tax dollars go to the local labour party via the allowances paid to ward councillors).

Maybe he’s still bitter at having the Police called when he dared to shout out at Dominic Beck?

Or maybe he’d just had enough BS for one week, we’re not sure but it led him to issue an ultimatum to Cllr Burton, remove the literature or pay a weekly storage fee!

It’s an interesting move and Mr Lewis’s legal team (the regulars who hand around outside the Parish Hall afterwards) were not altogether sure of success should it go to the courts.

This didn’t stop Mr Lewis though (nothing does really, let’s face it) and he is totting up the fee week by week.

“The one positive thing is when I hung it on the mantelpiece it kept the kids away from the fire” said Mr Lewis, failing to explain why he has the fire on in August…!

More on this as further news reaches us…

New A57 Edges Close to Completion EXCLUSIVE VIDEO!

The next stage of the mammoth A57 improvements to link Todwick and the M1 with a new roundabout and dual carriageway move on apace with the partial opening of the new road! Motorists can now use the new route, albeit in single carriageway mode for now.

See our clip from our maiden voyage this morning, ignore the time/date on the video, my dashcam is a bit dicky!

Facebook Video

We are Proud to Launch our Footpaths Campaign!

Rotherham Council are making plans to build over 240 houses on the greenbelt land behind Birkdale Avenue, Wentworth Way, Turnberry Way, Belfry Way and Moortown Avenue


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This land has been used by local residents for walking, cycling and horse riding for decades, but none of the footpaths we use are legally recognised, therefore access to many of the footpaths could be lost if the houses are built.

We would like to see the local paths recognised legally by having them placed on the Council’s definitive map. You can help by filling in the witness statement on our leaflet if you have used any of the footpaths shown overleaf for the last 20 years or more. We will then present this to the Council as evidence that the paths should be entered onto the definitive map. The Council have a legal duty to investigate our claims.

We are distributing our leaflet locally to ask for support from the immediate community who use these paths regularly (or semi-regularly, that’s still valid!) You can ALSO DOWNLOAD IT HERE!

The slick, sophisticated marketing machine at our disposal has swung into action (me on my bike)

The paths are shown below:


  1. Lakeland Drive bus stop to Swinston Hill Woods, following field boundary behind Turnberry Way, Wentworth Way and on following power lines.
  2. Swinston Hill Road to boundary of field, linking up with footpath 1.
  3. Birkdale Avenue to Swinston Hill footpath across playing fields and also diagonally across playing fields.
  4. Birkdale Avenue to field boundary passing entrance to Wentworth Way.
  5. From gate at Wentworth Way across field to link with footpaths 1 and 2.
  6. Swinston Hill Woods to Lakeland Drive across fields arriving near Fairways shop.

To enter a valid claim for these footpaths we need to prove at least 20 years usage.

If you would like to take part please download the leaflet HERE!

Rotherham Council Announce Housebuilding Sites for Dinno! The Wait is Over! (Updated)

The consultation for the final lap is now here and we can reproduce RMBC’s plan for Dinno below:


Just a quick point to dispel a myth that keeps going around… None of these houses will be built by the Council, they are all private. RMBC would like us to think they can use existing laws to force the developer to build them 20% affordable or social, but the government is in the process of abolishing this rule. Greenbelt sites are prime locations and will almost certainly provide 4-5 bedroom “executive” homes.

First thoughts:

They appear to have dropped the idea of a massive urban extension near Lakeland Drive.

300 new houses for Throapham now, Another 500 later?

240 new houses for Lakeland Drive

What is happening to Dinnington Rec Ground?

Space for 200 or so houses reserved in Anston

New Gypsy camp for Kiveton? (See below)



RMBC downloads

Settlement Map for Dinno/Anston

Details for Dinno

Settlement Map for Kiveton

Details for Kivvo

How to have Your Say on Housebuilding Proposals


People all over the borough will be receiving the email below if they have registered on previous consultations.

Like all RMBC consultations they have probably made their mind up already so will not change their minds without a lot of pressure from voters.

Please do express your opinion on the plans, this is a once in a 15 year opportunity

Dear Sir/Madam

•        Would you like to know where new homes are planned in your area?

•        Are you interested in where new jobs will be created?

Then you need to read this email. The Council are drawing up a new Local Plan for the whole of Rotherham borough. We need your views to help us improve the draft plan.

To find out more simply visit our website at http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/localplan or come along to a public drop-in session near you. Read on for full details of events and how to comment on the draft plan.

What is it?

Since 2009 we have consulted at various times on potential sites for new homes, shopping, employment and other new development inRotherham. These are shown in a Sites & Policies document. We now have a draft plan that we think shows the most suitable sites to take forward. These sites are needed to meet the targets for new homes and jobs shown in the Local Plan’s Core Strategy.

We have also drafted policies to guide decision making on future planning applications.

Where can I see it?

The consultation starts on Monday 20 May and closes on Monday 29 July 2013.

We are holding public drop-in sessions throughout the Borough to show the detail of our proposals, to answer any questions and discuss individual sites for each community. Full details are given below – come along and talk to us about the draft plan.

Date Community area Time Venue

30 May 2013

Wickersley / Bramley 14:30 – 18:30 Wickersley Community Centre

4 June 2013

Anston 14:30 – 18:30 Anston Parish Hall

6 June 2013

Rawmarsh 14:30 – 18:30 Rawmarsh High Street Centre

10 June 2013

Maltby / Hellaby 14:30 – 18:30 Maltby Full Life Church

13 June 2013

Aston, Aughton, Swallownest 14:30 – 18:30 Aston Parish Hall

18 June 2013

Kiveton Park and Wales 14:30 – 18:30 Wales Village Hall

20 June 2013

Dinnington 14:30 – 18:30 Dinnington Resource Centre

25 June 2013

Rotherham Urban Area 14:30 – 18:30 Broom Lane Methodist Church

27 June 2013

Ravenfield / Bramley 14:30 – 18:30 Ravenfield Parish Hall

29 June 2013

Bassingthorpe Farm 13:00 – 17:00 Greasbrough Town Hall

5 July 2013

Wath / Brampton / Swinton 14:30 – 18:30 Wath Montgomery Hall

10 July 2013

Rotherham Town Centre 14:30 – 18:30 MyPlace, St Ann’s Roundabout

You can also see the draft plan at these places during office hours:

•           Customer Service Centre, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham

•           Customer Service Centre, Station Street, Swinton

•           Customer Service Centre, New Street, Dinnington

•           Customer Service Centre, Braithwell Road, Maltby

•           Customer Service Centre, Worksop Road, Aston

•           Customer Service Centre, Barbers Avenue, Rawmarsh

•           All libraries in the Borough (normal opening times)

We want your views

Comments should be made by 5pm Monday 29 July 2013 using our online consultation system at http://rotherham.limehouse.co.uk/portal

For further information or help please contact us:

Phone: 01709 823869 Rotherham MBCPlanning Policy Planning and Regeneration ServiceRiverside House

Main Street


Fax: 01709 372419
Email: planning.policy@rotherham.gov.uk
Web: www.rotherham.gov.uk/localplan

Yours faithfully

Roger Stone
Leader of the Council

Dinnington Town Council AGM 13/05/2013

It’s Monday the thirteenth which may be unlucky for some, but surely not for us as we are off to Dinnington Town Council which is usually a civilised affair.

If we were off to the Parish Hall I’d be packing my body armour and taking at least 12 sick bags, but these cares are far from our heart in the lovely Lyric.

There’s a good-ish attendance as the Cllrs roll in, Judy Dalton has paid us a visit as a member of the public as have Bodie and Doyle, aka Cllrs Jepson and Thornton. Judy hasn’t brought her fan club with her, must be their night off. We also have Save our Greenbelt and Dave Smith and Mr Lewis present, so here we go!

This is the AGM so the Chair Cllr Pauline Davies kicks off with a brief summary of the year past, she also announces she will not be standing for another term and so her reign ends. The torch and the chain passes to Cllr Ralph McIver, Pauline volunteers to move down the bench to Vice Chair so they have essentially swapped places.

We move on to the public forum with a question from Save our Greenbelt who ask the Council to request a clean-up of the Timber Yard building site.

My question is whether or not the Council will consider obtaining two RMBC assets that the Borough seem to want rid of, the Birkdale Playing Fields and RMBC Service Centre.

Dave Smith is next and starts with a stinging attack on the way the meeting is being conducted. No minutes or agenda are provided on the web site and the public and Cllrs are having to share agendas at the meeting or the public would have had nothing to look at. He welcomes the socialist spirit of sharing present in the room, however.

He continues with his actual question: What do the Council think to the closure of the Service Centre?

Cllr Jepson (the Dinno one) jumps in and says the consultation was a sham and the Borough had made their minds up before it started. Comments are made but the Borough Cllrs Falvey and Havenhand are made very conspicuous by their silence.

Only when directly asked by Mr Smith does Cllr Falvey jump to their defence and says they constantly fight for Dinnington and it could have been worse.

Cllr Russell defends the two Borough Cllrs, but this doesn’t go down very well with the public and frankly I don’t blame them. Labour Borough Cllrs in this part of the world act like Imperial Viceroys, commands are handed down from the Borough and they come back to take their seats in Dinnington and break the bad news to us. It’s something we are seeing again and again, instead of aggressively representing our cause at the Borough they are merely Labour policy apologists and it’s high time it changed.

The public session ends with Save our Greenbelt protesting that they have not been allowed to speak, ooops move on!

The state of the roads are mentioned and lamented, however Cllr Falvey jumps in here as well to defend the Borough, oh God.

Cllr Tweed has arrived by now to bring the Boroughs up to full strength so on we plough.

Next up the Parishes in the south of the Borough have joined up and requested that RMBC improve their communications to all concerned. The request was made in April and no reply has been forthcoming. An incredulous silence is only broken when Dave Smith asks for clarification  as even he can’t believe what he just heard.

The Local Plan is discussed and Cllrs informed that the RMBC road show on 20 June will be accompanied by additional days at the Lyric put on by the Town Council to make sure everyone gets to hear of the plans.

Cllr Jepson asks if cabinet members from RMBC might also be invited but Cllr Falvey again jumps in and says the existing arrangements are OK. She also appeared to suggest at one stage that Council officers attending the event would be expressing Council opinion rather than just providing facts and listening to residents. When challenged by Mr Smith she said this was not what she intended to say.

This does raise an interesting question as she definitely did say something along the lines of “Cllrs and officers can give the public information to help them form their own opinion, rather than the opinions of others.”

This does seem a possible dig at the various protest groups which have been campaigning against the plans for some time now. If anyone feels I’m wrong here please feel free to comment.

Lastly the possibility of the Town Council acquiring the RMBC Service Centre, the Council is split on this, some like Cllr Wardle say that we should not have to buy what is provided free to other towns. Good point.

Cllr Tweed says it could be a good opportunity for Dinnington to acquire an excellent resource. OK, yep good point.

The now Vice Chair Cllr Davies says that RMBC should give it away to Dinnington. Bloody good point!

Cllr Wardle laments at the lack of support shown to Dinnington and once again the tiresome Cllr Falvey is there to defend the Borough. Sorry but it’s getting boring.

The public half of the meeting ends as the Cllrs descend to private session, we advise Ralph to get a few more links on his chain, Ali G is mentioned at one point but it’s all in good fun as we depart for the post meeting post mortem on the pavement.

A full helping of debate and intrigue with none of the nastiness and poison spitting that you usually find over the border  Hurrah.

Future Building Site on Greenbelt at Lakeland Drive (updated)

If you live at the Dinno end of Lakeland Drive, especially Birkdale Avenue, Wentworth Way, Belfry Way, Moortown Avenue and Turnberry Way, as well as Swinston Hill Road this is the site in the Local Plan which affects you.

Taylor Wimpey have had an interest in it for ages to build 240 houses and they could get their chance as under current plans it will be removed from the greenbelt.

The 219 plot (as it is knows) is shown below:


The site is a combination of a Council owned playing field and two farmers fields which are privately owned. When the news broke in 2011 about homes being built here the owner began putting crops in the field, perhaps to hide the evidence of recreational use. Barbed wire and fences also sprang up overnight along with signs warning people to keep off.

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This was quite silly, as recreational use of this land can be easily documented back into the past for decades. Many of the worn paths and tracks, the entry and exit ways are the work of 30 years or more walking, cycling and horse riding…
…And that is why this land “parcel” in particular has caused more anger than all others put together.
People are not going to accept a threat to their local recreational land, on their own doorstep, that they have walked over for decades.

This land is literally criss crossed with footpaths, but more on that in a later article.

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The agricultural properties of the land are also rated as very high, although the recent farming is probably more of an attempt to deter walkers.

This is a shot from the end of Wentworth Way before the land was ploughed…


This fair sized parcel could accommodate 240 houses. The Council have proposed one third could gain access by opening up the end of Wentworth Way to the vehicle movements of 80 additional households. This has not gone down well with residents on that street who already complain of difficulties with car parking.

So to sum up, loss of recreational countryside, increase of traffic on a quiet residential street and loss of landscape and quality farmland.

No wonder this plot above all has caused so much resentment.

Here’s a quick plan for your perusal…