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A628 upgrade and TransPennine Tunnel
On Friday 22nd May the A628 upgrade/TransPennine Tunnel is on PDNPA agenda (see below if you wish to join the meeting)
Public Rights of Way
How to check where the rights of way are
Landowners etc information on putting in temporary alternative route if possible
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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:
From 8pm on Friday 5 June to 6am on Monday 8 June 2020 and again
from 8pm on Friday 3 July to 6am on Monday 6 July 2020.
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.
(for issues with A616, A628)
All Enquiries & fault reporting 0300 123 5000
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION UPDATE
Information from Barnsley MBC
Please see attached flyer
Emergency contact centre update
Our emergency contact centre is open seven days a week to provide support such as essential food, medication and phone calls to vulnerable people and families who have been 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.
Public health Children’s emergency surgery
Emergency children’s surgery in South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield is being brought together at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, as all hospital trusts work together in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The move will impact children up to the age of 16 who would currently receive emergency surgery at Barnsley, Doncaster, Chesterfield and Rotherham hospitals. The exception is children who have very time-critical conditions, who will still be taken to their nearest hospital if it is safe to do so.
This does not alter A&E arrangements. Please continue to take your child to the nearest A&E if they need urgent treatment.
In order to protect the quality of services for children within South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield, NHS England Bronze Command has directed the Trusts, as an emergency measure, to move emergency children’s surgery and some high dependency children’s care into Sheffield Children’s hospital for the duration of the pandemic. Like all other UK hospitals Sheffield Children’s has undertaken extensive preparation work for the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak. Sheffield Children’s is able to assist its neighbouring trusts, as the illness tends to be less severe in children.
Around 20 emergency surgery cases per week would need to transfer to Sheffield Children’s Hospital from across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield. This could impact children needing emergency surgery for conditions like appendicitis, fractures, severe injuries and burns.
This plan has been developed with input and support from paediatricians, surgeons, managers, nurses from all Trusts, and NHS transport services. Cycling help for key workers
UK Charity Sustrans has launched a campaign called Cycles for Key Workers, which aims to make cycling easier for key workers as they travel to and from work during COVID-19. The website will help you find cycle-related offers, locate bike stores that are open in your area, and get links to cycling and walking tips.
Their interactive map displays four different types of pins for each kind of offer, including access to a bike; repairs and maintenance; equipment and gear; and for bike stores that remain open across the UK. The map has a function to view and search offers and schemes by a location name and postcode areas.
Online learning offer from schools
Since the announcement that schools would close on 20 March, we’ve been working with our school and academy leaders through the Barnsley Schools Alliance to ensure that children and young people can continue to progress their learning. We’ve agreed that wherever possible, schools would remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable children to be supported in the setting that is familiar to them. For the majority of pupils who are not in school, schools and academy trusts have worked together to provide a range of home learning opportunities. Paper-based resources are also sent to pupils who don’t have access to online resources.
However, the Alliance recognises that some families don’t have appropriate study spaces or access to online learning materials. Schools are reviewing their offer to allow these pupils to access facilities within school, where appropriate. In addition to this, some schools and trusts have already distributed devices and internet access facilities to vulnerable families.
An offer received from a local business to donate devices to access learning materials, so we’re working across the partnership to identify which pupils would benefit from this very generous offer.
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.
Business, economy and finance
As you may already know, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Government has required many businesses to close. There are also some businesses which can continue to operate, and they must do so safely, following the Government guidance.
Enforcement responsibility for health and safety at work is split between BMBC and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). We cover premises such as warehousing, distribution, retail and leisure, and the HSE cover places such as manufacturers and construction sites.
Regulatory Services would still like all issues to be reported through firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a Barnsley business approaches Regulatory Services for advice, even if the enforcement falls to the HSE, as part of our business support function, they will continue to provide advice and support to the business, again referring onto the HSE if required.#BeatTheBoredom
A new Facebook event featuring online activities from Barnsley Museums, Barnsley Libraries and the town centre events team has been launched #BeatTheBoredom
The event features online family-friendly activities, with new content posted daily between 9am-8pm.
Activities include art and dance workshops, story times, Lego club, online jigsaws, films and much, much more. Business, economy and finance
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/. Support to residents around domestic abuse
Being in a lockdown situation is immensely difficult for us all but can be particularly worrying for those who isolated with abusive people whose behaviour may escalate due to increasing uncertainty, pressure on finances and cramped conditions.
Our partner IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) is providing support in several ways, including:
- online video support sessions
- WhatsApp messaging
- telephone calls
- online live chat on our website
If you are worried about a friend, family member, neighbour, or colleague, this advice could help to provide a lifeline:
- check in with them regularly, if it is safe to do so
- is there anything that you can look out for that might indicate they need help
- set up a code word to indicate that help is needed
- call the police if you hear or see anything that could indicate a potential risk
- look at the safety planning advice on the IDAS website.
For more information email IDAS on email@example.com or visit our dedicated #SpeakUp webpage.
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.
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/.
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.
There are a number of functions that Highways and Engineering is continuing to deliver to ensure that we meet our legal obligations under the Highways Act 1980. These are safety-related and include:
- highway safety inspections
- highways safety repairs
- winter service provision (gritting)
- gully emptying
- road sweeping.
Also, highway drainage repairs are still being undertaken. In terms of highway works, the only real function that has been switched off is carriageway and footway resurfacing schemes. This is due to reduced resources through self-isolation, social distancing and prioritisation of functions.
In a recent communication on 27 March 2020 from the Department for Transport relating to the current COVID-19 situation the Department advocates bringing forward highway maintenance schemes basedon the reduced volume of traffic on the network at this time. Potential schemes are being assessed but are unlikely to commence until May.
Museums go digital
While our museums and galleries are closed, you can join in the fun online:
Key sources of 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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
If you would like further information or advice please contact the National Park Authority Farm Advisers at email@example.com 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 dog 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 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