Keep It Green 2014
Newsletter 22# – 12 March 2015
Local Plan Programme
As you know, the Draft Local Plan Consultation ended on 16 January 2015. The next stage,
the “Publication” version, is still scheduled to appear in July/August of this year and details
will be circulated as and when we get them.
In the meantime, comments made by email/letter are still being added to the Comments
page on the Consultation web page:
There are at least 2300 entries to date. We’ve previously advised how you could look for
your own comments, to see if they’ve been added and in full. If you need a reminder, please
let us know.
BMBC say they will advise us when all comments, including the contents of the 549-
signature petition, have been added.
You will have seen the message criticising the leaflet produced by the Dodworth
Independent Councillors, who made a lot of claims but didn’t mention the Green Belt or
Local Plan at all.
We have since been advised by them that this particular leaflet was aimed at introducing
their new candidate (to replace Cllr Perrin, who’s retiring), “so the newsletter was not in
essence a piece of election literature, however one is being prepared at the moment which
hopefully will maybe answer some of your comments”.
We’ll look forward with interest to the appearance of this leaflet and those of other
candidates in Dodworth and in Darton W Ward.
There wasn’t much of direct concern to our cause in last week’s Chronicle, so we’ll give you
On 12 April we’ll be holding our first footpath walk and pie&peas event of the year, to
coincide with CoVoP’s Day of Action (http://covop.org/), a national event.
Please try to make it on the walk, or even just to the post-walk tuck in as we’d like to be able
to show maximum support for CoVoP as well as our own cause. If you do wish to join us,
please let us know ASAP, as pie orders will have to be placed early due to a parallel event
affecting the baker.
Tour de Yorkshire
You’ll be aware that the Tour will be passing the northern edge of the site.
The riders will travel along Barugh Green Road and on to Cawthorne. We’re hoping to be
able to get some free publicity at this event, not least from TV camera footage. Do you fancy
waving a poster as the bikes/cameras pass? Please contact us for further details if you want
We’re thinking about how we can use this event to get the message over. Watch this space.
This is what Penistone have in mind:
June social event
On 14 June we’ll be hosting an American folk duo:
This is their own website: http://www.jeniandbilly.com/index/
As Michael says on Facebook: An event not to be missed!!
We have secured the services of Jeni and Billy for just one afternoon in June. The venue
will be announced once we have ascertained likely numbers interested in attending so we do
need to know if you are going to come along so please do let us know in plenty of time.
Ice tubs will be provided to keep your chosen drink cold so bring your favourite tipple and
enjoy while listening to the music.
We’ve now met with representatives of three other groups – Penistone, Hoyland Common
and Mount Vernon – and are in contact with Hemingfield. We made presentations at
Penistone and Hoyland Common public meetings and are scheduled to make another at
Mount Vernon’s public meeting on 23 April 2015. We intend to maintain contact with these
new groups, to share experiences and expertise. Here are their web/Facebook pages:
And finally …
The pressure’s now on to prepare for the next stage of consultation, so we aim to
concentrate more on this than on general communication. We meet at least monthly as a
steering group and any important issues arising will be relayed to you. In the meantime,
we’re always available to hear about your concerns or questions and you know the email
address to contact us on. In any case, our Facebook page is always current and ha details
of the events mentioned above.