Former Master Brewer pub site update

We have received the following information from AEON Financial Services Ltd who now own the site in the middle of Bramley, confirming that demolition should start soon.

A spokesperson for the company said; “I totally understand the concerns about the development of the pub site, and many of your concerns about the site are probably reflective of our own.”

Demolition will begin week commencing 26th March 2018, and “the site development will continue at a pace once the demolition has taken place.”
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Changes to bus services from 28th April

We have been made aware of the following changes to buses affected Wickersley ward, which are expected to be introduced from the weekend of the 28th April. Until then services are unaffected.

  • Contracted evening and Sunday journeys on service 10 (these are the ones not operated by First) will be renumbered X10 and run via Wickersley Road instead of Moorgate Road – meaning that they will not serve Rotherham Hospital in the evening or on Sundays.
  • Service 19/19a/19b will be revised to provide a 15 minute service between Rotherham, Rotherham Hospital and Thurcroft. None of these routes will then travel via Wickersley Road. Changes between Thurcroft and Dinnington to maintain access for all passengers.  Evening and Sunday contracted journeys will be reduced to hourly (from half hourly).

At the same time, bus users should be aware that Rotherham bus station will be closed for about a year from the end of April for extensive refurbishment, with most services being transferred to a temporary bus station on Forge Island. The temporary site is just round the corner from the bus station to try to minimise disruption. More information will be available closer to the time.

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More cleaning up this week…

On Tuesday we are supporting a community skip on Gainsborough Close at Flanderwell from 10am until 12 noon (or until the skip is full). The skip has been funded by the Area Housing Panel, and the usual rules about what the be taken away apply.

And on Thursday we have one of our regular community clean up events with McDonalds in Bramley. If you can join us to pick litter around the village, please meet outside the entrance to McDonalds at 9.45am. Litter pockets and hi-vis will be provided.

Pictured above is our recent community skip on the Listerdale estate.

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Rotherham Council budget set

Councillors met this week to formally set the council’s budget for the coming financial year.

Since 2010, the council has had to reduce its annual budget by more than £160 million. 1,900 jobs have been lost.

Whilst Rotherham has been hit harder than many other parts of the country, our experience is sadly not unique. 800,000 fewer people now work in local government than when the Tories came to office. A recent survey suggested that 95% of councils will increase council tax this year, whilst more than 65% expect to have to use their reserves to fund services.

Labour have repeatedly called on the government to change course and properly fund council services before it is too late.

In the current climate, difficult decisions are unavoidable but Labour councillors have prioritised key areas of spend for 2018/19:

  • Putting social care first
  • Responding to the views of residents by using 1% of additional council tax to facilitate the kerbside collection of plastics
  • Continuing to invest in repairing Rotherham’s roads – we’ll spend more in the coming year than at any point in the last decade – and putting an additional £1 million into pavement repairs
  • Making available additional capital investment to improve street cleaning and public bins
  • Continuing to support delegated neighbourhood budgets for projects in every part of the borough, rather than paying the money to councillors

At the same time, our plans will deliver an additional 167 council houses over the next two years – making up as many as 1 in 20 of all the council properties to be built in the country. And we’ll continue to find our food for people in crisis scheme, and paying all directly employed council staff at least the JRF Living Wage.

To read the Leader’s speech opening the debate please click here. You can also watch the whole debate in the video above from 47 minutes and 55 seconds.

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Don’t suffer in silence…

The latest materials in our local campaign to help support people who may be considering suicide are being rolled out. Signs recently went up at the bridge over the motorway (pictured above) and new coasters will shortly be offered to local shops and cafes. The materials have been funded through our local delegated budget.

If you need help, or know someone who does, please click here.

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