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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Suicide prevention training event – Tuesday 25th July

Please see below details of a forthcoming event to be held in Wickersley as part of our work to raise awareness about suicide prevention. All are welcome but to attend you do need to register by telephoning 01709 334717 or emailing kathryn.royston@rotherham.gov.uk.

 

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We’ve cut councillors’ allowances to invest the money in your priorities

Last month, Labour councillors agreed a new approach to how we engage with local communities. Following a review of the existing Area Assembly structures, we agreed that rather than paying seven councillors to Chair meetings, we would instead spend that money on local priorities in every ward in Rotherham.

Not unsually, UKIP councillors split three ways: some voting in favour, some against, and some abstaining on the proposal.

Locally we know that by spending small amounts of money where they are needed, we can deliver small practical improvements in the way that major council schemes cannot. In the last year, for example, we funded the “slow down” scheme pictured above on Church Lane in Bramley in response to the concerns of local residents. Previously, under the centrally run council scheme, a similar sign could only be kept in place for a relatively short period of time. We were also able to fund the repainting and maintenance of the railings at Bramley crossroads. The new money will add to our Community Leadership Fund which, for example, in the last year paid for new tables at Sunnyside Community Centre, and a much needed trip to the seaside for families from Flanderwell.

You can read the report to the council in full by clicking here.

It isn’t a huge amount of money, but it is a reflection on our changing priorities at a time when the council’s budget continues to be cut again and again year on year.

We will be seeking views from residents about how we should spend the money locally, but if in the mean time you have ideas or questions, as ever do get in touch.

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