Public Questions – When are we going to get yellow lines around Green Road/Mortimer Road. The usual answer was that the wait was due to legal issues. Coun Cutts stated that these should have been put in place 3 years ago, before the sawmill was developed.
There is still no road name for the road leading up to Tesco. A member of the public suggested it should be named after Andrew Carnegie – Carnegie way. Apparently the council are still waiting for BMBC to formally adopt the road.
Elaine Downs from the Clean and Tidy team gave a presentation on the work they do and showed before and after pictures of their projects. Hedgecutting, dry stonewalling, tidying war memorials, putting up memorial benches and clearing alleyways are some of the projects they can do. They also want the public to get involved in their ‘Love where you live’ project to help keep public places maintained. They receive funding from the Penistone Area Council . Any projects for the team ring 01226 774365.
A member of the public stated that the use of the market barn for weddings was a ridiculous idea. A councillor stated this was not possible anyway due to public rights of way through the barn.
Drop in sessions have been held regarding transport cuts. The cuts have been scaled down but a final decision will be made in November.
Coun. Unsworth talked about the Boundary changes and that Hoylandswaine would be split from Penistone and we would be put into Colne Valley. Coun. Hinchliffe stated that Penistone must not lose its own identity.
Talks are being held to hold a bigger armed forces day next year and to get the council and more people involved. The event is to be held on June 24th 2017. An event was held at the British Legion this year but it is hoped that more ex servicemen will come on board .
Grants of £250 were awarded to Claire’s Sewcial Sewing Circle and Penistone Centre Stage Musicals.
It was reported that the Community Centre was very busy.
It was decided to revive an Honorary Freeman of the Town Award. The clerk had looked into this and PTC does have the authority to award . It was decided not to use this award every years but perhaps every 5 years or so.
The public toilet is to be plumbed and tiled this week so hopefully will be completed very shortly.
The Draft neighbourhood plan will be ready by the end of October on schedule.
Frack-free Penistone and Stocksbridge are wanting to present their case to the council. Although Penistone is not designated for Fracking, areas around it are, Councillors felt a public meeting would be more appropriate with representatives from both sides. This is to be arranged. Barnsley Council are in favour of Fracking as set out in their development plan.
A Casual Vacancy has arisen on the Town Council. Anyone wishing to apply must do so before the next meeting as the council has the power to co-opt.
Coun. Unsworth is to represent PTC on the Blackstone Edge wind farm project which includes Crowedge, Ingbirchworth, Penistone and Dunford Councils. The communities within 3km will benefit so Millhouse and Thurlstone will be part of this.
Next Meeting of the Council will be on 17th October at 7pm in the council chamber.