Sheffield Council Flood Prevention consultation
In 2007 the city and in particular North West Sheffield flooded, causing devastation to many homes and property.
What isn’t widely known is that the city nearly experienced a repeat in 2012.
As a result of these risks to homes and property, Sheffield Council working with the Environment Agency is investing in a flood prevention programme to protect property worth an estimated £83 million protecting around 6,000 homes and 1,760 businesses.
As part of this investment the council is holding a 3 month consultation on the plans.
Because some of the proposals being put forward by the council will have implications in our area, especially in the Upper Don, local MP Angela Smith is asking constituents to read the consultation, to visit the consultation events being held in the area and respond to the consultation.
Commenting Angela said;
“As a member of the House of Commons Environment Select Committee which presently doing an enquiry I have taken a great interest in how we protect property and land from flooding.
“The floods of 2007 left a lasting devastating impact in our area. It is good that the Council and the Environment Agency are now looking into ways into how to protect property and homes, however, it is important that we get the right solutions in place.
To do that your input is vital and therefore I ask you take part in this very important consultation.”
The consultation event for our area take place on Thursday 29 September, 11am – 6.30pm, Oughtibridge Chapel Hall, Church St, Oughtibridge, Sheffield S35.
Angela speaks out on Barnsley Local Plan
Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith has today expressed her views on the Barnsley Local Plan.
The Publication Version of the proposed plan is currently out for consultation, and once adopted will be a key planning document which will shape development and regeneration in Barnsley for years to come.
Commenting, Angela said; “I am pleased to submit my comments to the Council’s consultation, stressing the importance of maintaining the distinctiveness of our villages. They each have a unique character and, whilst it is of course necessary to build more houses for future generations, it is vital to retain the character of each village.” Previous drafts of the Plan have been criticised for proposing significant amounts of development in Penistone and villages in the west of the Borough. The latest version has scaled this back however, with reduced housing allocations and increased zones of safeguarded land in Penistone and the surrounding area.
Angela continued; “A number of the changes in this draft are to be welcomed, however I remain deeply concerned by the proposal to build on the large green spaces between Higham and Pogmoor, and also between the M1 and Water Royd. In addition Penistone should not be allowed to be brought to a standstill, as I believe that local infrastructure cannot cope with many more houses.”
“I thank the Council’s planning department for listening carefully to the concerns expressed so far by local people, as it is vital that as a town we get this right. It is absolutely essential that the Local Plan reflects the needs of local residents, and to that end I encourage anyone with a view to respond to the consultation.”
The consultation closes on 19th August 2016 and is available at https://www2.barnsley.gov.uk/services/environment-and-planning/planning/local-plans
Angela pushes for public transport in Penistone
Local Labour Member of Parliament for Penistone and Stocksbridge, Angela Smith, has called on the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive to develop a satisfactory and sustainable public transport solution for Penistone and the surrounding area. The SYPTE is currently consulting on the Barnsley Bus Partnership, which will see bus services changed across the Borough.
Commenting, Angela said; “I have deep concerns about the currently-proposed bus routes forming part of the Bus Partnership consultation. Whilst it is good to see that some improvements have been proposed, I am worried that the withdrawal of many services from the Penistone area will have a significant impact on many local people who rely on public transport.”
The bus changes now under consideration include slight extensions to Services 20 and 21. Many local people have however voiced their concerns about the proposed withdrawal of services 23A, 24, 25 and 300, amongst others. Angela continued; “The current Bus Partnership proposal is to withdraw a number of services in the west of the Borough and replace them with a local solution, though this has not been defined. I strongly believe however that local people are entitled to a regular, reliable, timetabled service on which they can rely.” The Barnsley Bus Partnership consultation closes on Sunday 31st July 2016 and can be found at http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/bbp/%20