Archive for March, 2014

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Full details will not be published until nearer the event but what council officials call a “robust traffic management plan” is being developed to ensure disruption to businesses and residents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

Andrew Millner

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


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