Responding to the government’s review of HS2

The government has announced it is launching an independent review into the HS2 rail project. The review will examine the costs and benefits of HS2 with a decision on whether or not to carry on with the high-speed rail link to be made by the end of the year.

Cllr Chris Read, on behalf of Rotherham Labour councillors, welcomed the Government’s announcement of their review to examine the costs and benefits of HS2, saying;

“If ministers would like to speak to residents in Bramley, Aston, Wales or beyond they will hear loud and clear that the M18 route would only bring years of inconvenience, no local benefits, and at a huge cost. People are quite rightly angry and upset.

“We already know that the government has downgraded the proposal through South Yorkshire, thinking they can make savings by giving us a second class service.

“Now they have the opportunity to reconsider; either join us up to the network properly by moving the proposal back to Meadowhall, or save us all the trouble and the huge bill by cancelling the phase 2b leg altogether.”

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Flanderwell Lane resurfacing

Resurfacing works are due to take place on Flanderwell Lane over the next few weeks, as part of Labour’s 2020 Roads programme and in response to the concerns of local residents. The areas highlighted above in red are likely to see works taking place – these are predominantly between the junction with The Crescent West and Central Avenue, and outside Sunnyside Junior and Infants Schools where the surface is most damaged.

Flanderwell Lane pictured recently showing where works are required.
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Community skip on Listerdale estate

The weather was glorious on Dale Road this afternoon for our latest community skip, funded from our devolved ward budget. Emma took the opportunity to give the latest bit of Love Where You Live kit – an electic path sweeper – a run out!

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Sunnyside community centre advice surgery

The advice surgery that was scheduled for this evening will instead take place next Monday, 29th July, at 6pm. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Three Horse Shoes planning application

Today we spoke against the application by the Three Horse Shoes Pub in Wickersley to put in an outside bar and covered area. These have recently been installed but needed permission to be there.

We are aware of concerns of local residents of the last few years about noise and parking and put these points across at the planning meeting. Though the bar was allowed to remain we were able to get some conditions that will minimise the noise on residents who live around the pub. The outside bar opening hours were reduced from midnight to 10pm, and a condition was put on that the pub will not play live or amplified music outside at all.

This is welcome news given previous problems with loud music at weekends. The pub said they had put in a new landlord since which will hopefully improve the situation as well.

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