Government must change its HS2 plan

Council leader Chris Read has again written to the government urging them to change their plans for the HS2 phase 2b “eastern leg” after the National Infrastructure Commission recommended that regional rail routes be prioritised for investment over the controversial national scheme.

Emma Hoddinott, Chris Read and Sue Ellis supporting the Bramley Stop HS2 campaign

We’ve constantly advocated against the planned HS2 route which will cut through Bramley and other parts of the borough ever since HS2 ltd and then the government abandoned plans for a South Yorkshire stop at Meadowhall, leaving us with all the downsides and no benefits locally.

Now the NIC report confirms what many have suspected throughout, that the Tories would get a better economic return on the public investment, more people benefiting from improved services, more travel time saved, by improving connections between northern towns and cities.

In his letter to the Secretary of State, Cllr Read says; “For many people in our area, the report simply demonstrates what believe to be simply common sense; it’s no use building a train that no one can get on or off, if people can’t use it there is no economic benefit, and the investment would be better spent on improving existing routes where more people already travel and the infrastructure is already creaking.”

You can read his full letter below.

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Happy Christmas

Your local Labour team send you our best wishes for the Christmas season.

We’ve been hard at work over the last few weeks trying to do what we can to assist local residents through these difficult times. As well as our usual delivery of Christmas cards to thousands of local households, we helped to deck out the Mark Grove Neighbourhood Centre with some festive lights. Cllr Sue Ellis is pictured above in full ‘Mother Christmas’ gear helping Winthrop Gardens to deliver festive afternoon teas to people who attend the memory cafe there.

Meanwhile John Healey MP dropped in to Sunnyside Supplies as part of the big delivery of Christmas hampers to more than 50 households across our area and beyond who have needed an additional helping hand this Christmas.

Cllr Emma Hoddinott with the lights at Mark Grove

If you do happen to be on your own this Christmas Day, or you know someone who is, everyone is welcome to join the Sunnyside Supplies get together led by Cllr Emma Hoddinott from 11am for some singing, readings and just for a natter.

You can join online using Zoom by clicking here or by dialing in from any phone on 0131 460 1196 (standard call rate) and entering meeting ID: 830 3002 4625.

From 8pm on Christmas Eve until 8am on Monday 4th January, the council is closed for all but emergency and essential services. Contact numbers for those services and other information is available over on the RMBC website: please click here.

Of course we’re all hoping for a much better 2021 – and we’ve lots to be getting on with to continue serving our community – but for now, we wish you a very happy, and safe, Christmas.

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Labour’s “24 to 24” roads investment delivers

Cllr Chris Read on Larch Avenue, which is expected to be resurfaced this week

Back in February we announced major further investment in road resurfacing across the borough as one of our key commitments in the council’s budget, and over the last few weeks we’ve begun to see the benefits locally.

Cedar Avenue has been one of the first roads to be resurfaced as part of the new scheme.

Labour councillors have committed an additional £24 million of council funding to improve the condition of Rotherham’s roads up until 2024 – hence the name “24 to 24”.

Our previous investment programme saw the number of potholes reported in roads across the borough reduced by a third. Our intention is that this further four year programme will see that number cut by half again. It’s the biggest sustained investment in the state of our roads for decades.

Over the last few weeks, a number of local roads that have been in need of repair have benfitted as a result; Cedar Avenue, Rowan Drive, Myrtle Crescent and Rose Drive. Larch Avenue and Spruce Close are expected to be resurfaced before Christmas.

Please do bear with the crews whilst the works are on-going, we do understand that they can be inconvenient if you live nearby, but hopefully a little temporary disruption will be worthwhile both to motorists and in improving the appearance of our local area.

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£5 off your garden waste renewal

Garden waste bins

It’s that time of year again… garden waste subscription renewals are now being taken.

And whilst the price of new subscriptions for 2021/22 has been frozen at £40 for the first bin, anyone resubscribing to the council’s brown bin collections is entitled to a £5 discount per household for the coming year, bringing the price down to £35.

The discount is in recognition of the disruption to the service caused by Covid-19 earlier this year.

If you already pay by annual direct debit then the discount will automatically be applied when payment is taken in early February.

If you don’t already pay by direct debit, you’ll need to make a payment in order to keep getting your brown bin emptied through next year. You can do so now online by clicking here.

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Final consultation on reducing Moor Lane South speed limit

new automated speed sign on Brook Lane at Bramley
Automated signage reminds drivers to slow down as they come into Bramley

A long awaited reduction in the speed limit on the approach to the centre of Bramley could be on its way as the proposal reaches the final stage of public consultation.

Residents with properties adjacent to Brook Lane and Moor Lane South have long told us about the fears about the speed of traffic. Earlier this year the 40 mph limit was reduced to 30 mph at Ravenfield crossroads, and the council is now on the verge of extending the 30 mph zone further out of Bramley village – as far as they are allowed under the existing national guidelines.

We have long supported the change, and have funded the automated signage that marks the current boundary between the 30 and 40 mph limits.

plan showing proposed extension of the 30 mph zone
A plan showing the proposed extension of the current 30 mph speed limit

Anyone who wishes to comment on the proposed extension of the 30 mph limit should email legal-TRO@rotherham.gov.uk and quote reference number NF/65105 before December 24th.

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