Master Brewer site

We are aware of concerns about the site looking an eyesore and the fact it has now been empty for some time. AEON Financial Services Ltd (who are currently based at the end of Green Lane, Wickersley) submitted planning permission to demolish the Master Brewer pub and build shops and offices in it’s place. This original planning permission was granted in June 2016.

AEON then submitted another planning permission in October 2017 to change the plans. This was largely the same but relocated the ground floor reception for the offices at first floor level to the centre of the building, with two shops either side.

This planning permission was granted on 5th December 2017. As your local ward Councillors, we have written to AEON to find out what their plans are for the building and when work is likely to start.

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Listerdale estate community skip

The next community skip funded from our delegated ward budget will be on Melciss Road from 10.30am on Tuesday 20th February. More details are included in the graphic below.

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Objection to planning application at The Courtyard

The council has received a planning application to extend the existing bar / restaurant at The Courtyard in Wickersley. Over the last few years we’ve received increasing numbers of complaints from local residents with concerns about late night noise nuisance, parking issues and anti-social behaviour relating to the night time economy and we are concerned that this current application would make the situation worse. Our objection is reproduced below:

Over the past 10 years Wickersley has developed a busy night-time activity especially on the North Side of Bawtry Road.

Within approximately 200 yards there is, the 3 Horseshoes pub, the Courtyard Wine Bar, the Olive lounge and Masons pub.  Also in this 200 yards is 450 Above, the Burger Bar, Urban (Sloanes) and Zaiems these 4 restaurants also serve alcohol.   5 of the mentioned establishments have outdoor areas.

This means that the residents who live in the neighbouring cottages, in the flats above the commercial properties and the people who live at the bottom of The Grove and Green Lane have to bear the problems associated with the late night/early morning economy.

Complaints have steadily increased both to us as ward councillors and the parish council, the residents have also complained to the Police and Environmental Health in the past but as they experience problems with contacting the Police on the 101 phone number it is highly likely that the figures will not show the true record but can they can be summarised under the following headings:-

–        Noise Nuisance – this is a problem not just at weekends and was certainly exacerbated when two outdoor bars where granted, thus meaning that a large amount of people are drinks outside which is even noisier.  This outside drinking has been encouraged by the proprietors who now provide heaters and blankets.

Most of the establishments mentioned above also apply for several temporary licences throughout the year, these extend the opening hours and include music entertainment thus adding to the cacophony of noise.

Residents also have to put up with customers returning to their cars late at night and early morning – shouting and slamming car doors.

This application and the change of use must add to the noise nuisance, because as customer get more inebriated they get louder causing even more disturbance.

–        Parking – Wickersley suffers from lack of parking availability at the best of times.  However, at weekends and at night residents sometimes find it impossible to park anywhere near their homes.  This is also a problem for the staff at the pubs and restaurants and the clientele visiting these establishments.  To alleviate this the Masons have introduced a three hour only parking limit, however, the effect has been negligible.

Parking problems also extend to taxis with a vast number of taxis parking and queuing on pavements, yellow lines and in the bus lanes.  There is even a Council’s proposal for a pilot that allowed taxis to queue in the bus lane from 10pm to 2am. surely proof of the severity of this problem.

This application for change of use does not mention any additional parking for staff and customers.

–        Anti-Social Behaviour – as these drinking venues are in a small area, glasses and bottles often get taken from one to the other, however, a lot are left on walls, on the pavement, thrown into gardens and hedges.  This means that often on a Saturday and Sunday morning there is broken glass on the pavements of Wickersley.

With an increasing amount of alcohol being consumed it inevitably leads to an increase in swearing and shouting.

There has been an increase in violent crimes in the area as altercations and fights break out.

The Police have acknowledge this by having a Police presence on a Friday and Saturday evening, this frequently takes the form of a Police van parked up for long periods of time.

As we have seen the decline of Rotherham Town Centre Wickersley appears to have become the destination of choice for evening entertainment for a wide area of Rotherham, however, if Wickersley is to keep its successful residential and community feeling it needs to keep a mixed retail offer and not just become the drinking hub for the whole of Rotherham.  After all Wickersley is just a village that cannot and should not have to put up with all these problems.

You can see the application and make comments by clicking here.

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Bramley, start the New Year with a clean up!


Your local councillors at a previous community skip

The second of our community skips funded through our local delegated budget will take place on Howard Road in Bramley this coming Saturday, 6th January, from 9.30am (til 11.30am or the skip is full, whichever is first).

Any residents living in the local area are welcome to use the skip to dispose of larger items that are cluttering up your homes or gardens. We’ll also be trying to tidy up some of the public space in the area and you’d be very welcome to join us to pick some litter.

There are restrictions on what can be placed in the skip – please don’t try to use it to dispose of trade or business waste, paint or aerosols. If you’ve a car load of stuff, you need to take it to the household waste site on Lidget Lane! There will be a member of staff on hand to prevent any inappropriate items being disposed of.

If you’re nearby and starting the new year with a clean out, we’ll see you on Saturday.

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Tories impose yet more cuts to council budget

The council has this week commenced consultation on some proposed changes to services as Rotherham faces tens of millions of pounds worth of further cuts imposed by the Conservative government. Rotherham remains amongst the worst hit parts of the country by austerity.

In an open letter copied below, council leader Chris Read sets out how Labour councillors are responding:

This week we publish details of how the council plans to meet budget cuts imposed by the Tories in Westminster for the coming year. Already more than 1,800 jobs have been lost at the council, and within two years the total cuts to our budget will have reached the £200 million mark.

Councils of all political colours right across the country are reaching a tipping point. Last year, three quarters of all councils overspent on their Children’s Services budgets. Most are overspending on Adult Social Care too. For a council like Rotherham, where two thirds of our budget is spent on Adult and Children’s social care, and only half of our budget is covered by council tax, the consequences are especially severe.

In 2020, the government will scrap the main grant that Rotherham receives altogether. The independent Local Government Association estimates that by then councils will face a jaw-dropping funding shortfall of nearly £6 billion.

Locally, we will continue to invest in the jobs and homes that Rotherham people need, because it’s the right thing to do, and because it helps to reduce costs and supports the council’s income – it’s one of the reasons I continue to argue the case for devolution now, not at some distant point in the future. We’re looking again at our customer services and online services, to ensure they become more efficient and easier to use. We’ve committed small budgets to our neighbourhoods, to meet local demands without needing major projects. We continue to need to reduce the number of buildings that the council owns and runs, because we can’t afford to prioritise buildings over the services that people need.

And yes, we’ve already cut councillors’ allowances again this year, matching the reduction in salaries that our staff agreed to help contribute to the budget. We’ll continue to invest in services for the most vulnerable children and families, not make the mistakes of the past. And whilst I’m writing, we’re not paying for that bridge either.

You will find our budget proposals in more detail on the council’s website and can submit your comments before we set the final proposals in March. This has been the most difficult budget most of us have ever known. We are well beyond the easy answers. But we will continue to focus on making the right decisions for the long term.

The formal consultation on Rotherham Council’s 2018/19 budget can be accessed online here.

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