Summer activities for children and young people

One of the issues highlighted with us by residents in our Big Survey last year was a desire to see more activities to keep children and young people occupied in a safe environment. We know that over the summer many families will be looking for affordable activities locally.

That’s why we are using our delegated ward budget alongside the council’s Early Help service this year to support free local activities, open to all:

  • This Wednesday, 25th July, there will be parachute games, ball games and more for younger Outdoor Active Kids on Flanderwell Park (behind the Brush and Easel pub) between 1pm and 3pm. There’s no need to book a place, but children must be supervised by an adult.
  • Then from Wednesday 1st August and every Wednesday through the school holidays, there will be activities and sports for  children aged between 10 and 17 years of age, from 6.30pm to 9pm, also on Flanderwell Park. For further information contact Shaz on 07969977294.
  • And on Wednesday 15th August, again for younger children on Flanderwell Park, there will be a Teddy Bears’ Picnic between 1pm and 3pm. Bring along a picnic, blanket and Teddy. Come and join in some fun & games!

On Friday nights through the summer there will also be mobile youth workers in our area to support and engage our young people.

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More affordable homes for those waiting for council properties

Over the next couple of weeks the council’s Cabinet are set to agree in principle the building of a number of new homes in our area. The homes would be built largely off-site and assembled on location, a process referred to as “modern methods of construction”.

They will be built on small areas of vacant land in the council’s ownership, which are proposed to be transferred to the Arches Housing Association. The properties will be owned and maintained by the housing association, but rented to people through the council housing application process, meaning that they will provide affordable options to people who would otherwise be stuck waiting for a council property.

The proposal would see 14 new homes built in our area:

  • One site at Hornbeam Close, Flanderwell – to accommodate 3 two bedroom houses
  • The former garage site on Greenwood Crescent – to accommodate 2 two bedroom houses
  • One site at Willow Close – to accommodate 5 two bedroom houses
  • One site at Craig Walk, Bramley – to deliver 4 two bedroom houses (opposite the existing houses)

Once the proposals have been agreed in principle, each specific development will be subject to the planning process in the usual way, ensuring that people in the local area can have their say on the designs, layouts and any implications.

These proposals are the latest in a major set of investments in council and other affordable housing in Rotherham. Labour councillors will ensure hundreds of new council homes are built over the next couple of years – the biggest council building programme in Rotherham for decades.

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Tanyard update

Over the last few months, local residents have continued to raise concerns with us about the impact of the Tanyard nightlife on local residential properties. Recently there have been a couple of issues under consideration related to this.

Firstly, there was an application for late night sale of jacket potatoes outside the Three Horse Shoes pub, which we objected to. Unfortunately the Licensing Committee rejected our objection and granted the licence. They did however restrict the opening hours of the retailer as follows:

  • Friday / Saturday open until 01.00 hours
  • Sunday / Bank Holiday open until 00.30 hours.

Secondly there was a planning application for a new bar in The Courtyard (click here for the full application). Again we raised concerns about the implications of this further development, so we were pleased that under the terms of the council’s new Local Plan, it was determined that the application would be harmful to the local retail offer and so was rejected.

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Slow down outside our schools

New signs have been installed outside Bramley Sunnyside Infant and Junior Schools on Flanderwell Lane over the last few weeks, reminding drivers to drive with particular care. The lights are activated at the begining and end of the school day when children are likely to be around the road. The 20 mph limit is advisory, but we are aware that speeding is a particular concern for residents and would urge all drivers to take responsibility for their actions.

Similar signs were installed last year on Northfield Lane as part of the council’s borough-wide roll out.

Cllr Hoddinott will be joining pupils from the school for a community speedwatch event this week.

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Moor Lane South resurfacing

Moor Lane South between Bramley and Ravenfield Common will be closed to traffic between Monday and Friday, 9.30am to 3.30pm, over the next two weeks for essential road resurfacing works. The works had been planned for last year but had to be delayed due to utilities works. The poor state of the road has made it one of our top local road concerns.

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