Work will start shortly on A628 Thurlstone road repairs from Huntsman to River Don!

I’m delighted that BMBC have completed works on their recent road repair of the A628 from the Hoylandswaine roundabout to the railway bridge.

Now they will be starting work on much needed repair of the A628 from Thurlstone Church, then past the Huntsman Inn down to the River Don bridge.

I’m sure there will be many residents looking forward to the improved road surface.

I also escalated a repair needed on Manchester Road this week in Millhouse Green caused by a collapsed manhole cover.

With planned footpath repairs too being carried out soon in Penistone town centre, we should finally be seeing improved tarmac surfaces which have been crying out for repair!

Looks like Northern Powergrid have restarted their work to build a new substation in Penistone!

Well, after several false starts it does now look like Northern Powergrid will finally complete work on providing a new substation by the doctor’s surgery in Penistone.

I hope it is completed soon, as it will provide a much better stable supply in Penistone.

Delighted to see the official opening of Penistone 1 – New Gateway development!

I attended the opening of the new Penistone 1 development in Penistone today, 2nd April.

It was great to see all the effort and campaigning for something to be built to encourage more business to move into our town. Dransfields have provided a great new facility in our redeveloped town centre, which will bring more jobs to Penistone.

Jack Briggs has some good pictures on Pen Pictorial. Take a look here –

Take a look at This is Penistone –


Looks like BMBC are reconsidering the number of new houses for Penistone!

My thanks to This is Penistone for highlighting a possible change in attitude from BMBC regarding the long term planning for additional housing in Penistone Wards. I hope that our campaigning will lead to reduced housing long term plans. Any development must be sustainable and take into account our local infrastructure.

Take a look at the article reported by This is Penistone. –

After successful prioritisation, BMBC are carrying out essential road repairs!

At last we will be seeing some much needed road resurfacing carried out on two sections of the A628 road through the Penistone area.

Currently planned to be carried out during April and May (to ensure the roads are completed prior to Le Grand Depart, the work will be done between the Hoylandswaine roundabout and the railway arch east of Penistone and somewhere between the sports centre and the Huntsman pub in Thurlstone.

A temporary 30mph speed limit will be imposed throughout the works.

In addition, the road between Hoylandswaine and Huddersfield Road will be closed for two days during the work, with diversions via Halifax Road and Huddersfield Road.

The Thurlstone section will mean separate two-day closures of the junctions with Towngate, High Bank and Hedge Hill Road, with the Towngate closure on a Sundays only.

Exact dates for the work are still to be decided.

Meanwhile closures are announced on the Trans-Pennine Trail to allow resurfacing between Dunford Bridge and Bullhouse. Work is likely to take three months.

Make sure you are prepared for Le Grand Depart!

Roads around Langsett on the Tour de France route will be closed for almost 24 hours ready for when Le Grand Depart visits near our area.

The principal route, via Woodhead Pass from the Holmfirth road, to the Flouch roundabout, through Langsett to Mortimer Road at Midhopestones, will close from midnight on July 5 until late evening on July 6.

Mortimer Road, Gilbert Hill and Windle Edge will also be closed and on-street parking will be banned other roads.

Full details will not be published until nearer the event but what council officials call a “robust traffic management plan” is being developed to ensure disruption to businesses and residents is minimised wherever possible.

Estimates from 50k to 100k of visitors are expected in the week up to this big weekend of 5/6th July. People should ensure they arrive early so that they are at a good vantage point on the roadside for up to six hours.

The race is expected through the Langsett area between just after 3pm and 3.45pm depending on speed. A parade of 180 sponsors’ floats caravan will drive through some 90 minutes earlier, distributing souvenirs.

A map showing the route, parking, accommodation and other arrangements in the area is available on the council’s Tour web site.

Le Grand Depart


Penistone Toilets to be refurbished into new modern facility!

Whilst many Public toilets across Barnsley are to close from April 1 to allow Barnsley Council to save £40k in response to spending cutbacks required by the government.

Penistone Town Council have decided that having a public toilet is vital to provide a facility for tourists and walkers. So Penistone’s toilets have been transferred to the Town Council and in the next year they will be converted to a single pay-on-entry Unisex toilet. Should funds allow, then there could be the potential for a second toilet, should there be a need.

The toilets will be properly maintained, with nearby CCTV to prevent vandalism. It should enhance our tourism offering.

Penistone Town Toilets

New business development “Penistone 1” opens in Penistone!

Penistone 1; a new office and commercial development project on St Marys Street is now completed. There is an open day is planned for April 3, following a formal opening ceremony on April 2nd.

Dransfield Properties started work on the St Mary’s Street development around May 2013.

Penistone 1 is the final phase of a £15m town centre regeneration scheme which also includes Tesco, new town centre car park as well as an award winning iconic oak built market hall. The town’s fire and ambulance stations were also relocated in 2009 to brand new purpose built premises at Springvale in Penistone.

I am delighted that this work is now finished and I look forward to the increase in jobs and new business which will migrate to Penistone.New Penistone 1 development

It is important that Penistone is able to develop its local economy to accommodate the needs of our community.

Penistone Town renews Fairtrade status

Fairtrade supporters in Penistone are celebrating a renewal of the town’s Fairtrade Town by going bananas.

The theme of Fairtrade Fortnight later this year will be “Make Bananas Fair”, with competitions, cooking, quizzes and tasters.

They are also planning their annual chocolate give-away.

Look on the High Street on the mornings of Thursday February 27 and March 6, with chocolate given by Co-op.

The town was granted Fair Trade status in 2007 but has to reapply every four years.

Fairtrade is important to our community!


Progress again on Northern Powergrid power improvements!

The £1.4m plan to upgrade Penistone’s electricity supply, on hold since last summer, will resume shortly, once working terms are agreed with Barnsley Council.

Northern Powergrid have already installed a high voltage cable from the primary substation on Green Road to Sycamore Road, stopping short of the private road at the side of the doctors surgery where a new substation is to be built.

All the cable ducting is in place on Talbot Road down to Thurlstone Road and cables will be installed this month.

They will also be carrying out works on Back Lane shortly, in conjunction with the Gateway development there.

Town centre works will take six to eight weeks to complete, including building and commissioning the new substation, once the go ahead is received.

This should provide Penistone with a sustainable power supply to support further growth in the town.


Andrew Millner

Barnsley MBC,
Yorkshire House,
Shambles Street,
Barnsley S70 2SW


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