First buses propose further changes

John Healey MP and Cllr Sue Ellis at one of our local bus stops

The bus company First is consulting on further changes to buses in our area. In summary these are:

  • Ceasing the 113 service which currently runs between town and Ravenfield Common via Wickersley
  • Running the X1 service on an “every 15 minutes” basis, with half of these buses running through to Sheffield via Meadowhall, and the other half terminating at Rotherham
  • Reducing the X10 to an “every half hour” basis, with all services connecting through to Doncaster from Maltby. Changes to the X1 and X10 will overall reduced planned frequency from eight or nine buses per hour in total, down to six.
  • Service 208, which currently runs between Sheffield and Dinnington hourly during the day being diverted “to cover Wickersley”. We are least clear about what this means.

The proposals echo a number of the changes made over recent years, and reflect what we understand to be an increasingly difficult business environment for the company.

Notably, the changes further weaken services around Markfield drive – which we have previously lobbied First about. Please be assured that we will continue to make the argument on behalf of residents with them.

Changes could come into effect from January.

You can respond dircetly to First’s proposals by clicking here. Please do let us know your views as well.

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Dale Road and Aireton Close resurfacing

Before and after recent works on Dale Road
Before and after works on Aireton Close

The latest investment from Labour’s 2020 Roads programme is demonstrated in our area above. As we write, works are ongoing on Green Lane.

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Changes proposed to local housing plans

Following comments from residents, the council has been reviewing proposals agreed last year to develop a number of sites within our area with homes that would be available to those on the council’s housing waiting list.

Tomorrow, the council’s cabinet will be asked to agree a revised proposal, which will mean that much needed bungalows are likely to be developed rather than the original mixture of houses and bungalows. The site at Willow Close is no longer proposed for development, instead replaced by two sites on Chestnut Close.

The sites are still expected to be developed by the Arches housing association, but are likely to be built using traditional building methods rather than the “modular” or “modern methods of construction” originally intended.

The council is also considering whether some of the properties could be specifically built for those with disabilities or other specialist needs.

In summary the changes outlined are:

Site Original proposal Current proposal
Hornbeam Road (adj. number 1) 3 houses 2 bungalows
Greenwood Crescent (adj. number 59) 2 houses 2 bungalows
Craig Walk (opposite numbers 2 and 4) 4 houses 2 bungalows
Chestnut Close (adj. flats 7 and 9) (Not included) 2 bungalows
Chestnut Close (opposite flats 30 and 32) (Not included) 2 bungalows
Willow Close 5 houses (Site unsuitable)
Total 14 houses 10 bungalows

Each of the proposals will still be subject to the usual planning application process before any building works are undertaken.

You can read the Cabinet report by clicking here.

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Further road resurfacing due

The next roads due for resurfacing locally

Dale Road, Green Lane and Aireton Close are all due to benefit from Labour’s 2020 Roads scheme over the coming month.

The £10 million programme has seen hundreds of roads across the borough improved over the last three years, reducing the number of potholes reported for repair by a third.

Bawtry Road outside Wickersley Comp has also recently been resurfaced.

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“Know the Line” campaign targets sexual harassment

A new campaign has been launched in the borough to raise awareness of the impact of sexual harassment, urging residents to “Know the Line”.

It comes as research shows that 64% of women have experienced unwanted sexual harassment in public places, rising to 85% of women aged between 18 and 25.

Launching the campaign, Cllr Emma Hoddinott said; “We need to do more to raise awareness, spread understanding of what sexual harassment is and the affect that it has on women and girls. And we need to galvanise agencies and communities to do more.  

“Sexual harassment is too common for women. We have got to move beyond the quiet words about so-and-so’s wandering hands, or warnings not to be alone with a certain person.  

“We will not accept the unacceptable.”

Posters and leaflets are available across the borough. You can find more information at knowtheline.org.

One of the electronic posters outside the town hall recently.
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