Footpath lighting commitment from our neighbourhood budget

The footpath between Mark Grove Neighbourhood Centre and Elder Drive will be lit with new streetlights as one of the first projects to be funded from our new devolved neighbourhood budget.

The path, which sits behind houses on Larch Avenue and Willow Close, had been raised with us as a location where residents had been worried about anti-social behaviour on the past. We consulted with residents in the area who were overwhelmingly in favour of lighting the path. Hopefully once they’re in the place the new lights will help people to feel safer, especially on dark winter evenings.

We have also committed to support a new sign for the neighbourhood centre, and four seperate community skips which will take place in locations across the ward over the coming months.

We’ve already delivered thousands of our 2017 Big Surveys to make sure we’re hearing the priorities of local people, so if you’ve not yet returned yours please don’t forget – and if you’ve not received one yet it should be coming through your door very soon.

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Bramley litter pick this Tuesday

Continuing our litter picks supported by the the council’s Love Where You Live scheme, we’ll be in Bramley on Tuesday. Join us if you can!

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Reaction to today’s HS2 announcement 

Responding to today’s announcement from the government which confirms their intention to route HS2 through Rotherham along the M18, Cllr Chris Read, Leader of RMBC, said;

“The government and HS2 have made the wrong decision today. The idea of major transport improvements connecting South Yorkshire to other major centres of population is an important one with potentially valuable economic benefits, and clearly something that we would support – so this proposal is a kick in the teeth. 

“It is particularly disappointing that the government ignored the evidence we presented alongside Doncaster MBC which showed that this proposal involves spending an extra £1.7 billion over the lifetime of the project to deliver 70% cent fewer journey seats per hour, 25% slower journey times, and 30% fewer new jobs for our area when compared to a station at Meadowhall. It is a second class service for Rotherham. 

“Residents, especially those living on or close to the route, deserved much better than this from the government and we will continue to do all that we can to ensure that their voices are heard.”

You can read the government’s document covering our area today by clicking here (PDF).

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Rotherham and Doncaster again call on government to change HS2 plan

Rotherham Council leader, Cllr Chris Read, and Doncaster’s elected Mayor, Ros Jones, have written jointly to the government to reiterate their demand that the government reject the damaging ‘M18’ route proposal in favour of the ‘Meadowhall option’.

In their letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Transport, the two leaders say; “Our ambitions, for our people and our place, are much greater than those set out in the proposals for a Classic Compatible spur service to Sheffield, with no main line HS2 station. We hope that you have similar ambitions for our region, our businesses and our residents.”

You can read the letter in full by clicking here.

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Cheaper bus travel for 16 to 18 year olds

Changes to concessionary travel passes have been supported by Rotherham Council, meaning that residents aged between 16 and 18 can now continue to enjoy 80p fares – the same rate as under 16s.

To benefit, you will need a travel pass. To apply or to find out more, please click here.

In other bus news, we understand that a new trial service connecting our ward to Doncaster Sheffield Airport will commence later this year. The service is expected to provide a direct connection early in the morning and during the evening to the UK’s fastest growing airport. We’ll post more information when we have it.

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