Flanderwell play park opening

The redevelopment of the play area on the Markfield Drive estate has been one of our longer term projects over the last couple of years.

We wanted to ensure that residents and especially children had the chance to comment on the plans, and we’re really pleased that the park includes artwork produced by pupils from Flanderwell Primary, and will also include rules designed by Wickersley School and Sports College students. In response to concerns we heard from residents we have been able to secure CCTV on the site.

Recently students joined council staff and Cllr Hoddinott to plant wild flowers which will hopefully blossom later in the year.

Now that all the work is complete, on Wednesday 30th of May we’ll be officially opening the park and everyone is welcome to come along from 12 noon.

There’ll be a bouncy castle and entertainment for children, plus information from the council’s Early Help and Housing services, Barnardo’s and Know the Score drugs and substance advice.

We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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Do you have the heart to foster?

As part of this year’s Fostering Fortnight, we’re celebrating the foster carers in our community who provide incredible, safe and loving homes to children who need them.

The sad thing is, we don’t have enough local fostering families, meaning that children who need homes are sometimes placed a long way away from the borough. That can be really difficult for the children, for their friends and family locally, not to mention expensive to the council.

The video above has been specially produced by the council to highlight the amazing things families are already doing, and to ask: do you have the heart to foster? If you would like to find out more, or want to point someone else in the right direction, there’s more information at rotherham.gov.uk/fostering.

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Police join us at our advice surgery on Tuesday

As South Yorkshire Police continue to prioritise putting officers and PCSOs into local neighbourhood policing teams, we are pleased that our newest local police officer will be joining us at our advice surgery this Tuesday morning. If you have any particular concerns about crime or antisocial behaviour that have affected you directly, please come along for a private conversation.

We will be at Mark Grove Neighbourhood Centre in Flanderwell between 9.30am and 10.30am.

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Final skip of the season

Yesterday saw our fifth and final community skip for the time being – this time on the car park off Warren Road. We got a little bit damp…

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LED streetlight replacement programme

Over the course of April and May the council’s streetlight replacement programme is coming to Wickersley ward. The scheme, now in its final phase, will see old fashioned white and amber lights – like the ones pictured above – replaced with energy efficient LED units.

The LED bulbs are not only good for the environment, but because they use less energy and need replacing much less often, they also provide better value for the taxpayer and save the council money.

Some parts of our area and most of the rest of the borough already have the new lights installed.

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