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  1. Council 'shocked' by Oakwell move report

    BBC Sport

    Barnsley Council says it is "shocked and dismayed" to read the town's Championship club is considering whether to move out of their Oakwell stadium.


    Barnsley are in dispute with the council over attempts to buy Oakwell.

    Barnsley Council have 50% ownership of the stadium, with the Cryne family retaining the other 50%.

    It has been claimed the club's owners want to improve Oakwell but are unwilling to do so until they have ownership of it.

    A Daily Mail report said Barnsley may look to play elsewhere because of the lack of a deal.

    The council has been keen to play down any suggestion of a row and insist it "will do all they can" to keep the club at Oakwell.

    Leader of Barnsley Council, councillor Sir Steve Houghton, said: "We're shocked and dismayed at the comments regarding the potential relocation of Barnsley Football Club.

    "For the last 133 years, Barnsley Football Club has been a significant part of our borough, and we'll do all we can to make sure professional football is maintained in Barnsley."

  2. New £75m investment for South Yorkshire announced

    Over £75m is to be spent across South Yorkshire building new homes and improving open spaces, it's been announced.

    Doncaster town centre

    Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis announced the government cash boost, with £40m expected to be spent on building 3,500 new homes on brownfield land over the next five years.

    Meanwhile, over £33m of the headline cash will be spent on the new Barnsley "digital campus", new cycling and walking routes in Doncaster and improvements to Rotherham town centre.

    The money will be used alongside the recently-approved Forge Island development, where a new leisure quarter will be built.

    Three new areas have been identified in Sheffield city centre which will be improved, to help "improve air quality, biodiversity and reduce flooding".

    Rotherham Town Centre

    Mr Jarvis said: "This is a huge boost for South Yorkshire, providing investment that will create jobs, build new homes and improve our town centres – making a real difference to people’s lives across the region.

    "The schemes will improve walking and cycling routes, enable more active travel, improve air quality and support our fight against climate change. Building 3,500 affordable and high-quality homes will create jobs and economic growth for the region."

    Rotherham Council leader Chris Read, said: "This is welcome additional cash from the government that will allow us to bring forward more quickly three projects we have wanted to see in the borough for some time – improving the town centre, supporting new businesses in the Wath area, and tackling traffic congestion through Greasbrough."

  3. Barnsley 'not at risk of going into lockdown' - Council

    Council leaders in Barnsley say the town is "not currently at risk of going into a further lockdown" after newly published figures revealed it has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 infection in England.

    A person being tested

    Latest data shows Barnsley has 54.7 cases per 100,000 population, the third highest in England after Leicester and Bradford, though those figures are 10 days old.

    But, in a joint statement council's director for public health, Julia Burrows, and council leader, Sir Steve Houghton, say they do not believe the town will require a localised lockdown.

    They acknowledged the number of cases in Barnsley "is higher than the national average" but say infection rates are dropping.

    "According to our most up to date data, we have seen a reduction in the number of daily new cases and in the average number of new cases for four consecutive days. We are continuing to monitor this and other data very closely, and to proactively manage the disease locally and in line with national guidance," the statement says.

    "This is why we do not believe at this stage any further measures will need to be implemented such as the ones seen in Leicester.

    "However, it is always important to be aware that the nature of this disease means things can change quickly and the fact our rate has been high does mean that we ask for extra caution and vigilance by everyone in Barnsley.

    "This is especially important in light of the further lifting of restrictions at the weekend."

  4. South Yorkshire devolution deal set for approval

    South Yorkshire's devolution deal will be finalised in Parliament later, four years after it was first announced.

    The four councils

    The county, under Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis, will have new powers and receive about £30m from Whitehall.

    Local Government Minister Simon Clarke said the deal would "unlock real benefits for people across South Yorkshire".

    Mr Jarvis said it would bring "significant transformations" across the county.

    He added: "We have to make the most of the benefits devolution has to offer."

    The order for the deal will be laid in Parliament after letters of agreement were submitted by the mayor and council leaders in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

    The deal is set to be approved and then the devolved money will be available, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

    The mayor will have power over transport, strategic planning and skills in the region, plus £900m over 30 years.

  5. Cherry Trees care home: Council suspends admissions

    Admissions to a Barnsley care home have been stopped following the arrest of two members of staff after photographs of residents suffering "apparent neglect" were shared online.

    The outside of the care home

    An image showing an 83-year-old woman positioned upside down in a chair was among a number of pictures believed to have been shared in a group chat used by some staff at Cherry Trees home on Cherry's Road in Barnsley.

    Barnsley Council said it was "saddened" to hear the reports and it wasn't the level of care the council expects.

    Councillor Jenny Platts said: "I want to reassure the residents and their families that our social work staff are discussing the quality of care at Cherry Trees Care Home, Lundwood, with residents and families.

    "We want to be assured that the quality of care provided is of the highest standard and until that point, no further admissions will be made to Cherry Trees Care Home."

    The two women who were arrested on suspicion of ill-treatment or wilful neglect by a care worker have been released under investigation, according to police.

    The two workers have been suspended from work and the nursing home is working with police, the South Yorkshire force said.

    Burlington Care, which runs the home, has been contacted for comment.

  6. Barnsley school closed due to staff with coronavirus

    A Barnsley primary school has been closed for a "deep clean" after three members of staff tested positive for coronavirus, the council has confirmed.

    Joseph Locke Primary

    Two members of staff at Joseph Locke Primary School, both from the same household, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, with 23 children told to self-isolate as a result, according to Barnsley Council.

    Yesterday, another member of staff tested positive for the virus, prompting the head teacher to close the site for cleaning.

    The school had been operating "bubbles", meaning children have had limited contact with specific members of staff.

    A mobile testing centre is now being set up near the school to allow children and staff to be tested, the council said.

    For people who haven't been in school since Monday, testing kits are to be sent to their homes.

    Councillor Margaret Bruff, from Barnsley Council, said: "The safety of children and staff is our priority.

    "Parents, carers and staff have been contacted with information to help them take appropriate precautions and to arrange for testing. They will be kept updated on when the school will re-open.

    "We know this will have caused difficulties for some parents and carers and we would like to thank them for their understanding of the situation," she added.

  7. Council bans virtual meetings over porn hacking fears

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Fears that hackers showing pornographic material could invade virtual meetings has prevented Barnsley Council re-starting its full calendar of meetings.

    Barnsley Council

    Councillors have questioned its chief executive Sarah Norman on how the authority has handled full council meetings.

    Ms Norman said the platform Zoom had seen "very unpleasant pornographic invasions".

    Opposition councillors are calling for the virtual meetings to be reinstated.

    Independent councillor Jake Lodge and Liberal Democrat group leader, Hannah Kitching, wrote to Ms Norman requesting the return of meetings of the whole council saying the "democratic process should continue in full".

    Ms Norman responded and said Zoom was unsuitable to hold full council meetings.

    Mr Lodge described the response as "astounding".

    Zoom has been used to hold meetings and debates in Parliament during the lockdown.

    There have been a number of reports of so called "Zoombombings" where meetings are attacked by uninvited guests who join and share pornography.

  8. South Yorkshire political leaders agree devolution deal

    Political leaders have agreed to move forward with a South Yorkshire devolution deal more than four years after the deal was initially announced.

    Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham

    In a statement the leaders of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield councils together with Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis, announced the deal had been agreed and would be put to public consultation later this year.

    Under the original deal struck in October 2015 the Sheffield City Region deal would grant a directly elected mayor power over transport, strategic planning and skills, as well as £900m over 30 years.

    Efforts to secure an agreement have been dogged by a rival plan for a pan-Yorkshire agreement, but, today's announcement suggests the South Yorkshire deal will now come to fruition, almost two years after Mr Jarvis was elected mayor.

    Mr Jarvis and the four council leaders said: "This represents a significant step forward in securing additional powers and resources for our region.”

  9. Winter is coming: Extra time for Barnsley gritter teams

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cold weather teams will remain on standby for an extra two weeks in 2020, Barnsley Council has confirmed.

    A gritter

    Long-range weather forecasts mean the council is planning a longer timetable to help keep roads gritted and traffic moving in the event of bad weather.

    The authority started the season with 12,000 tonnes of grit salt stockpiled in its silos at Smithies and Penistone.

    So far, it has spread only 225 tonnes, leaving 98% of the stockpile available.

    Last year’s winter was mild and the council’s gritters used only 3,400 tonnes, meaning the council has a large contingency built into its stockpile to cope with a hard winter.

  10. 'Diesel spillage' warning on Barnsley roads

    Motorists are being asked to avoid a number of roads in Barnsley following a "large diesel spillage".

    Cudworth Parkway

    About eight miles of roads are affected, according to the council, including:

    • Industry Road
    • Cudworth Parkway
    • Pontefract Road Lundwood to Cundy Cross
    • Grange Lane to Stairfoot Roundabout
    • Hunningley Lane, Ardsley Road
    • Thickett Lane
    • West Street
    • Park Road, Worsbrough
    • Sheffield Road, Birdwell

    Drivers are being asked to stay away from the area and to "travel with caution".

  11. Campaigners to hold vigil over park gyratory plan

    An all-night vigil is due to be held outside Barnsley Council later by campaigners angry at plans to build a road through the middle of a park.

    Penny Pie Park plans

    There are plans for a gyratory road system to be built over part of Penny Pie Park, near junction 37 of the M1

    Campaigners are unhappy about the loss of a public space and what they say is the council's refusal to listen to their concerns.

    The vigil is ahead of a council meeting being held tomorrow.

    Barnsley Council said in a statement they understand the concerns raised but that doing nothing is not an option.

    They say that they are engaging with residents to make the most of what green space will remain.

  12. Library fines to be scrapped to encourage more borrowers

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Fines for overdue library books look set to be scrapped in Barnsley as the council wrestles with a plunge in the number of borrowers in the last six years.

    Barnsley's new library

    Books loaned from the town’s network of libraries are down by almost a third since 2012-13 and it is believed scrapping the fines could help to encourage more people back to the service.

    Although fines are only 10p per day, up to a maximum of £5.20, it is believed some people find themselves in a position where they fail to return books because they cannot afford the fine.

    Fines have not been increased for many years, due to a recognition from the council that "an increase in the fine rate will undoubtedly have a further negative impact on the use of our libraries".

  13. Labour still in driving seat in Barnsley, but lose seats

    Labour remain in control in Barnsley this morning following Thursday's local elections, with a total of 49 seats.


    A third of the council's seats were up for grabs.

    Labour lost seven of the 19 they had held, three to independents. two to Democrats and Veterans, two to the Liberal Democrats.

    Meanwhile, there was one Conservative loss to the Lib Dems.