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Road works A628

Work has been rescheduled for the surfacing planned for Monday 12 October 2020 because Derbyshire County Council is closing the A57 for two weeks at the same time.


It is hoped to complete the surfacing starting Monday 2 November with overnight closures for four nights Monday to Thursday, again, depending on circumstances and weather conditions.



The surface of the existing carriageway which will be upgraded to improve skid resistance on the A57 between the Gun Inn and Mottram Moor junction is due to start on Monday 12 October and the drainage improvements at the bus stop near to the Gun Inn will follow straight after.



You can find out further details about the closure on Highways England’s website https://highwaysengland.co.uk/stp or by following @HighwaysYorks on Twitter using #A628.


Sheffield Plan Issues and Options 2020

Consultation pursuant to Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012


We are preparing a new local plan, which, when adopted, is expected to be called “the Sheffield Plan”.  The first stage of preparing the new Sheffield Plan is now ready for consultation. The ‘Issues and Options 2020’ document outlines the key opportunities and challenges for the City, and sets out some issues and options for consideration. 


We have already consulted on an issues and options document in 2015; this was called the ‘Citywide Options for Growth to 2034’.  But analysis of the responses to that consultation highlighted that many people were concerned about how much housing development was proposed on Green Belt land.  We have now completed further work to produce a new document.  Economic growth and the construction of new homes are significant issues that we need to address in order to plan for the future, and in particular we have looked at whether more homes could be built on brownfield land, especially within, or close to, the City Centre.

We intend to launch a statutory public consultation for a 6 week period from Tuesday 1 September to Tuesday 13October

From 1 September we will be launching a questionnaire that will be available on our consultation portal ‘Citizen Space’ and from that date we will welcome your comments.  

In the meantime you can read the Issues and Options 2020 document on our website.

We will also publish a number of other supporting documents that we will be seeking comments on, together with background documents and video guides that you may find helpful to refer to.  These will be added to the website as they are completed.  All the documents will be available by 1September.

The data you give us

 Data will be held by the Council for as long as is necessary for the Council to fulfil its statutory functions regarding the Sheffield Plan.

 Further information about how the Council collects and processes data can be found in our Privacy Notice..


How to contact us

 If you would have difficulty accessing this preview of the consultation documents via our website, or you need any further advice or information, please contact us at sheffieldplan@sheffield.gov.uk.



Longdendale is a beautiful area of countryside between Mottram and Thurlstone Moors, much of which lies in the Peak District National Park with Black Hill to the north and Bleaklow to the south. 

In 1981 the then Peak Park Joint Planning Board (now the National Park Authority) published its plans for Longdendale: the sailing facility on Torside, the Trans-Pennine Trail, and creation of new woodlands are a few of the outcomes.  

In order to inform our campaigns going forward, we need to know the views of people who value the countryside of Longdendale now and what, if any, changes they think should be made to make it even more special.

So, we've created a survey which is open to everyone until the end of September after which, we'll share the findings online. 

It's only 11 questions and takes about 5 minutes to complete.
Please CLICK HERE to complete the survey. 


A summary of the scheme  and its keys points from an applicants’ point of view can be found:



The official page, which provides more detail (eg. the full terms and conditions of the scheme) can be found here:




Public Rights of Way
How to check where the rights of way are
Landowners etc information on putting in temporary alternative route if possible 
Please email to publicrightsofway@barnsley.gov.uk for  advice. 
Attached poster for use as required:

Road closures and diversion routes - from Highways England
The overnight closures will start on Monday 25 May 2020 between 8pm and 6am until Friday 10 July 2020 and then again from Monday 7 September until Christmas, weather permitting. During lockdown work Monday to Friday, but the overnight closures will be reviewed following government guidelines once lockdown restrictions are lifted. The full weekend closures will take place on the following dates:

We’ll do our best to complete this part of the work over the two-weekend closures, but we’ve set aside contingency weekends in case of poor weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. The contingency dates for additional full weekend closures are again from 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday: Friday 12 June to Monday 16 June 2020, Friday 10 July to Monday 13 July 2020 and finally Friday 11 September 2020 to Monday 14 September. Diversions will be in place following the M1, M62 and M60 for traffic travelling towards Manchester and via the A57 for traffic travelling towards Sheffield. 


Highways England
(for issues with A616, A628)
All Enquiries & fault reporting 0300 123 5000




Information from Barnsley MBC


Important face covering update

The volunteers from our Barnsley Superstars group have created over 3,000 homemade face coverings for their communities. Every single ward in Barnsley has started to receive these face coverings and 500 have been sent to Barnsley Hospital for visitors to wear. Currently, 200 face coverings are being prepared for our partners at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Deliveries have also been made to six local schools as well as local businesses.

The volunteers are now well and truly getting into a great rhythm, we couldn't be more pleased with their work.

Creating and supporting a network of volunteers to create face coverings is part of the council's commitment to helping and encouraging people to help to control coronavirus by reducing the rate of infection.

Everybody can help to protect Barnsley by staying alert and adhering to the latest government guidance.

The people of Barnsley can care for the borough by:

  • wearing a face covering when in shops, on public transport and in closed, public environments
  • regular hand washing
  • keep your distance and stay apart - follow government guidelines
  • staying at home as much as possible
  • working from home if possible
  • self-isolating if anyone in the household has symptoms.

To make sure that people have access to face coverings, we're sharing simple videos on how to make a face covering using materials in the home and without sewing. Click here to see our tutorial to make a tie face covering here or a handy way to use hair ties in this tutorial here.

It's important to use face coverings properly and wash hands before putting them on and taking them off. For face coverings to be successful, people must use them safely, washing them frequently between uses.

Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of two or people who may find it difficult to take them off quickly.

Barnsley Hospital:

Teams at Barnsley Hospital are working hard to ensure they can safely increase appointments and visitor numbers, so from Tuesday 9 June, they ask all patients and visitors to the hospital to wear a face covering. All staff in the hospital will also have to do the same.

Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose and can be in the form of a mask, scarf or bandana. A homemade face covering is fine, just so long as it covers your mouth and nose.

Click here to find out more about what to do when coming to the hospital.

If you attend the hospital, you'll see useful information signs to guide you through the site. Some areas are one way, and in others, you should keep to the left to ensure your safety. Please remember that it is still vitally important for everyone to wash their hands regularly.

Travel South Yorkshire:

You must wear a face covering if you're travelling on public transport in South Yorkshire from Monday 15 June, you could be refused entry if you are not.

The message still remains, please do not use public transport unless you need to. Leave public transport free for key workers and people who rely on it as they have no alternative– do not use it unless you have to. If you need to travel, walk or cycle if you can.

If you do need to use public transport, keep a safe distance from others, wash or sanitise your hands frequently and use contactless payment or buy your ticket in advance. Please also be patient as due to social distancing, there will be limited space on transport services, and you may have to wait. Please be flexible about when you travel, avoid peak times and consider others.

Remember that anyone feeling unwell with symptoms of coronavirus - a new, continuous cough, loss of sense of taste or smell, or a high temperature – should not travel, to help to protect others from infection.


Shoppers advised to be smart, and stay apart to help keep Barnsley moving

Temporary safety measures will be in place on high streets across Barnsley from Monday (15 June) to help keep you safe and protect local businesses as non-essential retail starts to reopen.

If you’re visiting the town centre or local high streets, you’ll be asked to closely follow the temporary measures we have in place. Measures including guidance on social distancing – we’re asking you to be smart, and stay apart to help keep Barnsley moving.

Safety measures will be clearly advertised on signage across the borough. Measures will be regularly reviewed as more retailers open and further government advice becomes available.

While you’re encouraged to support local businesses and the local economy, you’re also advised to shop only if it’s essential.

Remember there are restrictions in place on public transport. If you’re travelling into the town centre, do so by walking, cycling or using your own private transport, like a car.

Meanwhile, we’re working with local businesses across the borough to help them reopen safely.

Working alongside Enterprising Barnsley, we’ve engaged with over 200 businesses across our Principal Town and Local Centres this week to help them prepare to reopen.

We’ve offered businesses legal guidance, recommendations and tools to open safely. We’ve created a web page packed full of information, training and free downloadable posters for businesses to use.

We’re also offering wrap-around support to help deliver a long-term legacy of building businesses together in our borough.

We’re looking forward to seeing our local economy thrive again. Remember to follow guidelines on social distancing, wash your hands and use face coverings where necessary.



Latest news and updates


Where to find the latest information and guidance




/langsett-pc/UserFiles/Files/BMBC Leaflet.pdf

Emergency contact centre update  

Our emergency contact centre is open seven days a week to provide supporn affected by COVID –19. Opening times:

  • Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday – 9am to 4pm.

If you know someone who requires emergency support, they can contact us in the following ways, or you can contact on their behalf. Please share this information with your  friends and family.

  • complete the online form 
  • call 01226 774444.

Find out more information about this support and volunteering as a community responder here.

 Bereavement support available 
BMBC in partnership with Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield councils, to commission Listening Ear to provide bereavement support for anyone suffering the loss of a loved one at this time. 

The service offers support to anyone who has been bereaved or needs additional support, for example, people working in caring roles. They’ll provide support, advice or guidance to anyone who needs it. Any bereavements during this unprecedented time, whether caused by Coronavirus or not, are more complicated and stressful than usual. With restrictions on seeing family members and limits to the number of people allowed at funerals, it’s likely to be a very challenging time for many people.  
Support will be available from Monday 20 April and will initially run for eight weeks and will continue depending on demand. Please see the flyer attached. 
For meaningful support, advice and guidance call 0800 048 5224 or visit www.listening-ear.co.uk/refer.  
If you have suffered a bereavement, please make use of this service and remember to talk to colleagues, friends and family to support you through this tough time. 

/langsett-pc/UserFiles/Files/COVID19 Bereavement support Flyer.pdf


Message from BMBC  :

Supporting our borough’s most vulnerable people

We set up the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Contact Centre, with our NHS, other public sector partners and our voluntary and community service partners.  


Over the last couple of months, we’ve supported 2496 people (as of 11 May 2020), who contacted us with urgent requests for food parcels, medications, volunteer support and problems from social isolation. 

We’ve had 1240 people (as of 11 May 2020) in Barnsley signed up to be Community Responders (Volunteers). Community Responders have already been deployed to help people without family or friends, and who may be shielded or self-isolating. 


We’ve also sent out approximately 67,000 letters to people, with information on how to get support if they need it. These went out to people who might need help because they have, for example, a disability, are older and living alone or have mobility issues. 


We’re working with organisations across Barnsley to understand how Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects local people and how best to support them to reduce and prevent the risk. A key part of this work is to identify those at greatest risk from Coronavirus (COVID-19). 


We’ll continue to work with our local health partners as they offer to test local frontline staff and with Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on the national testing arrangements. 


One of the ways we protect the public from infectious diseases like Coronavirus (COVID-19) is through contact tracing. It’s an important, tried and tested tool for outbreak control that’s used by public health professionals around the world.  If a person tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), we speak to them and identify anyone who had close contact with them during the time they were considered to be infectious. We then follow up those ‘contacts’ and give them the advice they need based on the information gathered. It’s an effective way of reducing further onward transmission of a virus.  



Help keep Barnsley’s children safe
We’re backing NSPCC advice to make sure that children are kept safe during this lockdown period and that any concerns about their welfare are reported.  Children and young people are usually seen by lots of different adults every day, like neighbours, grandparents and teachers. However, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), people are self-isolating, social distancing and spending much more time at home.
This means some families might need extra support with parenting, and if a child is experiencing abuse, there aren't as many opportunities for other adults to spot the signs and help.
If you’re worried that a child or young person's at risk of harm or abuse, it’s vital that you tell someone. We’re not asking you to make judgments or interfere unnecessarily in other people’s lives; we just want to make sure that the child or young person gets the help and protection they may need, and that families are also offered support during these difficult times.
If the child is in danger, call the police on 999 or 01142 202 020.
If the child is not in immediate danger, but you're still concerned about them, call our social care assessment service on 01226 772 423 (weekdays before 5pm). Call our emergency duty team on 01226 787 789 if you’re calling after 5pm, at weekends or on bank holidays.

Barnsley Families Information Service can offer local support on 0800 034 5340.
NSPCC the leading children's charity working to prevent child abuse, visit their website for advice and support or contact them on 0808 800 5000.
Family Lives offers online forums, information on a range of topics and a freephone helpline 0808 800 2222.

South Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Police have launched an online portal for people to report domestic abuse online if they are unable to access a telephone or fear of being overheard making a call while at home during the pandemic. The link to the new portal is https://www.reportingcrime.uk/SYPDA/.


Support for Barnsley carers

During this time, it's important to know what support is available for carers and those they look after. Barnsley Carers service are offering a range of support during COVID-19, from telephone chats to online workouts. 

You can take a look at our list of community groups and services that are providing support during COVID-19.


Coronavirus scams 

Here are just some of the scams we've been made aware of, but please note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online:
  • Emails saying that you can get a refund on taxes, utilities or similar are usually bogus and they're just after your personal and bank details.
  • There are lots of fake products available to buy online that say they can protect you or cure coronavirus. These will not help and are designed to take your money. 
  • There are new mobile phone applications that claim to give you updates on the virus but instead, they lock your phone and demand a ransom. 
  • Your bank or the police will never ask for your bank details over the phone. 
  • People offering to do your shopping or collecting medication and asking for money upfront and then disappearing. 
  • People offering miracle cures or vaccines for coronavirus – there is no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover. 
  • Home cleaning services.  People impersonating healthcare workers, claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for coronavirus. This is a scam and these kits are not currently available to buy.

Tips to avoid being scammed 

  • Be cautious and listen to your instincts. Don’t be afraid to hang up on a caller, bin a letter, delete an email or shut the door.
  • Take your time; don’t be rushed. 
  • If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone pressures you into accepting a service, they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of helps if you're unsure.
  • If you're online, be aware of fake news and always use trusted sources such as the GOV.UK or NHS.UK websites. Make sure you type the addresses in and don’t click on links in emails. 
  • Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information. 
  • Protect your financial information, especially from people you don’t know. Never give your bank card or PIN to a stranger.
  • Know who you’re dealing with; if you need help, talk to someone you know or call us on 01226 773300. 

Contact information 

If you think you’ve been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and if you need advice, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. 

If you're in immediate danger, contact the police on 999. 

Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed. 

To learn more about different types of scams and how to protect yourself and others, visit Friends Against Scams and complete the free online training. 


BMBC website remains a main source of information and is being updated regularly barnsley.gov.uk/covid19. 


Business, Economy and finance  

The government has announced a council tax hardship fund, as part of this £150, or the full outstanding balance (whichever is lower) will be awarded to all current claimants of local council tax support. More information can be found here.


Our information for businesses is also being updated following daily following government guidance. You can find this information here: enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk/covid-19-coronavirus/.


Public health 

Confidential NHS staff support line - Operated by the Samaritans and free to access from 7am – 11pm, seven days a week, call 0300 131 7000 or text FRONTLINE to 85258. More information here. 


NHS coronavirus status checker - To tackle coronavirus nationally, the NHS must understand people's experiences of COVID-19 across the population. To enable this, a new NHS Coronavirus Status Checker has been launched, and people with potential coronavirus symptoms are now being asked to complete this. Information collected by the NHS Coronavirus Status Checker will form part of a core national COVID-19 dataset, optimising modelling speed and accuracy.   

The information gathered will help the NHS to plan its response to the outbreak, indicating when and where more resources like oxygen, ventilators and staff might be needed. It will provide valuable insight into the development and progression of the virus across the country. 

Please promote the NHS Coronavirus Status Checker service across your networks, family and friends. 



There have recently been some changes to our registrars; parents can now claim child benefit or universal credit before registering a birth. Find out more information. 



What are Parish Councils?

 Parish Councils are the first tier of local government, consisting of parish residents who are volunteers, unpaid for the work they do, supporting their community.

Parish Councils provide a focus for local activity in their communities, encouraging local people to make their views known, particularly on issues about maintaining the character of the local area. A key role, then, of Parish Councils is to express those views to other public bodies, such as Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, particularly on planning applications and other environmental or quality of life concerns.

 Parish Council E-mail

Please help us to make sure you receive information from the Parish Council

 We would like to hear from you to help us to get parish information to you.

The easiest, quickest and most cost-effective way would be to send parish information and newsletters out via e-mail but we would need your express permission to do this.

If you are happy for general information and newsletters to be sent out to you on e-mail, could you supply your email address to the Parish Clerk with your address, at the address below with a note on your email to confirm that you are happy for us to contact you in relation to Parish updates.

Langsett Parish Council have a Data Protection Policy in place and assure you that we will NOT use your email address for any other reason than to contact you regarding Parish news.

If you would like to receive information by e-mail, please let us know by:

Sending your name/address/contact details to either:

E-mail :             clerk@langsettparishcouncil.org.uk

Text:                 07724 755236





Environmental Impact Assessment and Regulations

 ‘The National Park Authority in partnership with Natural England is seeking to increase awareness about the agricultural Environmental Impact Assessment regulations, both amongst landowners/land managers and the general public, and we would be grateful if you could use every opportunity available to publicise these regulations using the flier attached. The regulations are designed to protect features and landscapes of environmental importance from agricultural intensification but they are poorly understood and consequently priority wildlife habitats, historic landscapes and species of conservation significance are being lost.

 Advisory Note

If you would like further information or advice please contact the National Park Authority Farm Advisers at farming@peakdistrict.gov.uk or on 01629 816270’


 Dog Fouling around Langsett Reservoir

Dog fouling is a persistent problem in the Langsett area and a constant battle for the Peak District National Park Rangers and local volunteers that try to keep the area clean and tidy.

If you are out walking in this beautiful area please pick up after your dog and put it in one of the bins in the Langsett Barn car park or the bin in the Flouch Yorkshire Water car park.  Alternatively bag it and take it home with you if you do not find a bin.

One of the most unsightly things is when people hang their dog foul bags in trees or on gate posts!  

Barnsley Council dog wardens are currently patrolling the Langsett reservoir area that is within their remit and will issue fixed penalty fines to those found offending. They will also advise dog walkers of the legislation.

Better Broadband Campaign

Information on the national better broadband campaign and details of grants available.  Click here: Better Broadband

Penistone Social inclusion Project launched

Please see leaflets attached for information on this social inclusion project being run in conjunction with Age UK.
Age UK project poster
Age UK project - information for those that wish to be involved
Social Inclusion project - leaflet for older people

Barnsley Dial a Ride Service

Below is a link to the bus service provided by Dial a Ride. This is a flexible door to door bus and shopper service for the Penistone rural areas.

The only criteria is that you have to register for the service and pre book.

Barnsley Door to Door Information


Superfast Broadband


Superfast broadband is the next generation of broadband − providing a faster and more reliable service.

It uses fibre optic technology to deliver speeds which can top 80Mbps.

The Superfast South Yorkshire project is a joint project with South Yorkshire Local Authorities to bring superfast broadband to rural areas across the region. 

Engineers from BT Openreach are currently working hard to survey the area to ensure the most efficient roll out of superfast broadband across South Yorkshire.

A phased roll out will take place, with twelve phases that will be completed by the end of 2019.

To see the phase date for where you live please visit the superfastsouthyorkshire website.  The link is provided above. 

First moorland-themed apps launched – and they are free to download

Discovering more about the beautiful moorland landscape, its wildlife and vegetation is now much easier thanks to four new free smartphone apps.

The apps are the first moorland-themed identification guides that have been created to help visitors learn about the uniqueness, beauty and importance of the Peak District National Park and South Pennine moors.

The free apps provide a useful field guide looking at plants, moss, wildlife and some of the landscape features found on moorland.

Available to download on iOS and Android, on smartphones and tablets, or even as a printable pdf, the new apps have been created as part of the Moors for the Future
Partnership’s MoorLIFE project.

MoorMOSS, MoorPLANTS, MoorSIGHTS and MoorWILD have been designed with the Peak District and South Pennines in mind, but will be useful on moorlands across the UK.

MoorLIFE Project Manager Laura King said: “We produced the apps so that people can learn more about the wonderful landscapes that we have worked on to restore to their
former glory.
Thanks to the EU funding we’ve completed conservation works to protect 2,500 hectares of moorland, that will increase the numbers of plants, and sphagnum mosses that you’ll be able to spot out on the moors. And we hope that you’ll have more chances to see more wildlife as our works improve these vital habitats.”

These handy new apps, which will work without a phone signal, help you identify and learn about things you come across on the moors.

MoorMOSS - looks at Sphagnum mosses found in the Peak District and South Pennines. It focuses on the various species of moss, lichen and liverwort you are most likely to see.

MoorPLANTS – a guide to ferns, flowering herbs, shrubs, trees and grasses. The app provides text descriptions and photo galleries to help you identify the interesting plants which are found in the area.

MoorSIGHTS - gives you a feel for some of the types of landscape features you are likely to encounter on a walk across the moors. With text that covers key features and a photo gallery for each entry, some of the mysteries and gems of these moors will be explained.

MoorWILD - focuses on the birds, insects, mammals and reptiles found on the moors. With the text and photographs provided you will soon be putting names to the animals that make our moors unique.

To find out more or for links to download MoorAPPS go to http://www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk/moorapps