West Road Project

16 09 2011

A packed house at the Travellers’ Rest on Thursday 15th September, 2011 discussed improvements that could be made in the short-term to improve the living environment around West Road.  The discussion was led by the West Road area residents but the local MP, Dan Jarvis, and the three ward councillors, Anita Cherryholme, Bill Gaunt and Penny Lofts, were also present to offer support to the West Road project.

The list of potential improvements identified at the meeting is as follows:

  1. Clear up the graffiti on the walls of the businesses
  2. Sweep up the debris on West Road
  3. Reduce the problems caused by hospital workers and others parking in this area
  4. Some of the yellow lines are not continuous – these need painting
  5. The driving centre has landscaped outside of the front of their land.  It would good if the other landowners could to do the same.
  6. The metal fence by Royston Lead needs landscaping
  7. West Road attracts young drinkers at unsocial hours.  This might be due to the proximity of the garage selling late-night alcohol. These drinkers should be encouraged to move on.
  8. Some drivers and motor cyclists speed down Pogmoor Road into West Road.  Measures should be taken to dissuade them from pursuing this activity.
  9. The south side of West Road would look more pleasant if the landowners erected some screening at the front of their industrial sites or painted their walls.
  10. There is fly tipping in the alley at the rear of Cresswell Street.  This needs removing and taking action to reduce the likelihood of it happening again.
  11. There is a rat population at the back of the allotments.  This needs investigating.
  12.  The open land adjoining West Road could be look more appealing if some trees and flowers were planted.

Each of these requirements has its own page on this site.  Please click on the link to view the discussion of this issue and to see the action that has been taken to date.  Current actions include:

  • the councillors are investigating how the council can hep with some of these issues
  • potential external funding is being searched for
  • fund raising events are being considered – more news on this shortly

The progress made on some of these items was discussed with residents at a meeting on Thursday 13th October, 2011.

Our proposal to convert the field adjoining West Road and Cresswell Street into a park, which will address some of the points raised above, was presented and discused at a public meeting in the Traveller’s Rest on Thursday 23rd February 2012.


West Road Site – meeting with Dan Jarvis

8 07 2011

 The public meeting to discuss the future of West Road, organised by Dan Jarvis, took place on Wednesday 20th July, 2011 in Barnsley Central library.

The meeting was well-attended, with approx 40-50 people present.  This included many local residents, landowners and all the Old Town councillors.  Dan Jarvis was accompanied by his constituency manager and a planning officer from the council.  A wide variety of views were aired and all who wanted to speak had the opportunity.

Dan Jarvis summed up his thoughts of the meeting on Twitter as follows:

“Very pleased with West Rd, Pogmoor Public Meeting. Really great so many people came & joined in good, constructive discussion. Thanks all.”

Local residents might hold a range of opinions as to what they would like to happen to the south side of West Road.  But surely few would disagree that we need to join with the people who live in West Road and Cresswell Street in their quest to improve their local environment.