Christmas bin collections and other info

Households that would normally get their pink lid (general waste) bin collected today will instead get it collected tomorrow (Saturday 28th December). Black bins (plastics, tins and glass recycling) that would usuaully be collected next Friday will instead be emptied the following day, Saturday 4th January.

You can lookup your bin collections by clicking here.

Many council services are now closed until January 2nd, but you can find more information including emergency contact information by clicking here.

Bus and other public transport information can be found on the travelsouthyorkshire.com site.

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Phone boxes to remain after councillors’ representations

The phone boxes on Flanderwell Lane and Sycamore Avenue that had been threatened by the BT review

We are pleased to be able to confirm that the two local telephone boxes that had been threatened with closure by BT will remain in use after your local councillors made representations on the issue.

BT’s own figures showed that the boxes were used more than 200 times last year, making them amongst the more used of the 33 phone boxes threatened with closure across the borough.

By law, the council must undertake consultation on any closures and can veto proposals where these are not seen to be in the interests of the local community. Following the representations that we made earlier this year, council officers agreed with our view that the boxes on Flanderwell Lane and Sycamore Avenue were still of value to the community and so should remain in use.

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Wickersley licensing restrictions move a step closer

Earlier this year the council undertook a first round of consultation into the development of a new licensing policy, to cover licensed premises such as pubs and late night takeaway.

We arranged a specific drop in session and dozens of local people turned up to share their views and frustrations about the impact of having a concentration of local nightlife right on their doorsteps.

Today, the council moved a step closer to introducing a “cumulative impact zone” when the council’s Cabinet adopted recommendations arising from the first report. Reflecting the views of local residents, the report notes; “residents in Wickersley had a significant number of concerns related to licensed premises; specifically bars, pubs and restaurants, and the associated impacts of these including noise, anti-social behaviour and crime.” (You can read the documents in full here, and watch the webcast of the item here including the comments of Cllr Hoddinott and Cllr Ellis.)

The Cabinet decision today allows the council to undertake a cumulative impact assessment, and to consider what further measures might be appropriate. Potentially this means that when making licensing decisions in the Wickersley area, those decisions would also take into account wider local factors, and not just the specifics of the applicant and premises. Further consultation with local people will be required to draw up those proposals, and we will endeavour to keep you informed and ensure that your voice can be heard.

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Petition presented to First buses over Markfield Drive services

We presented our petition to the MD of First South Yorkshire alongside local resident and bus user Joan Homer.

On Thursday we invited representative of First buses to join us and receive our petition calling for services to be restored around Markfield Drive.

As we reported previously First are looking to make more changes to services from the end of January following declining bus use. Residents have told us that the lack of buses around Markfield Drive and in the vacinity of Mark Grove has left them more isolated and reliant on expensive taxis.

Details of the new proposals will be announced early in the new year.

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Don’t miss a discount on garden waste collections


Until December 20th you can sign up to the council’s garden waste collection service for another year at the discount rate of £37. That’s £2 cheaper than the current annual subscription.

After December 20th the price will increase to £40.

The next subscription covers the 13 month period from February 2020 to February 2021 inclusive, with collections fortnightly in summer months and every four weeks during the winter.

For the first time you can now choose to pay by annual direct debit. If you opt to pay by direct debit, your payment will be processed at the beginning of February.

If you currently subscribe to the service and choose not to continue, you will receive your final collection in January and the council will then take your brown bin away for you.

To resubscribe please click here.

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