Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

A third of the seats in Barnsley were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change


Elected in 2018 19 Total councillors 56 Change+1


Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 4 ChangeNo results


Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 2 Change-2

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 1 Change+1
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Council defends controversial planning decision

A decision to approve plans to build a new road system through Penny Pie Park in Barnsley has been defended by the leader of the town's council.

Penny Pie Park
Barnsley Council

Plans for the gyratory system for Dodworth Road between junction 37 of the M1 and Barnsley town centre were approved yesterday.

Campaigners have previously called on the government to rule on the plans instead of having the council rule on its own planning application.

It's not an unusual thing to happen, according to council leader Sir Steve Houghton.

"That happens across the country with a whole range of issues", according to Sir Steve.

"What we do have are checks and balances in the system to make sure that if the council is considering an application on its own that it's done with the planning board separate to the rest of the council."

Council drone targets off-road bikers

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Illegal off-road motorists and bikers are being monitored by a drone-mounted camera in a joint police and council operation, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

A woman with a drone

The technology helps deal with the illegal use of scrambler bikes and 4×4 vehicles.

Conventional police operations are difficult because motorcycles in particular, are so fast they can be difficult to stop.

South Yorkshire Police has its own off-road motorcyclists and is now working with Barnsley Council in joint operations.

Council-operated drone technology IS used to guide police riders to catch off-road drivers and bikers.

Mayor told to prioritise wider Yorkshire devolution deal

Liz Roberts

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Sheffield

The leader of Barnsley Council Steve Houghton says there'll be no devolution deal for Sheffield City Region unless a future deal for a wider Yorkshire assembly is assured first.

Doncaster's mayor Ros Jones also says the new city region mayor - Dan Jarvis - should prioritise the wider deal.

The two leaders had previously said they'd sign up to a Sheffield City Region deal, as long as they could leave after two years.

Mr Jarvis says he now needs to find out where government stands: