Brethren submit 3rd application to build on greenbelt.

A RELIGIOUS group hoping to build a church on green belt land have submitted plans for a third time.

Previous applications for a Plymouth Brethren Christian place of worship at Common Lane in North Anston were rejected in 2013 and 2015.

Rotherham Borough Council said the loss of the green belt could not be justified and planning board members raised road safety concerns. Now applicants Elsworth Acres have returned with another proposal – this time including a multi-million centre for Anston Rangers Junior Football Club.

A spokesman said: “The development proposed is submitted following a diligent search for a suitable site to serve the local community over many years. “This statement also supports the football club requirements, as they have outgrown their existing facilities with numbers of young people provided for continuing to increase. “The proposed development is a sensitive response to the site, constraints, locality and landscape. “Designs have been adjusted following detailed consultations with the public and local authority to deliver a sustainable, beneficial and safe development.”

Plans for the 18-acre site include a church and 211 parking spaces. Elsworth said the church had outgrown its previous premises in Sheffield and was now using another hall in Doncaster temporarily.

The football facilities, including six pitches, a clubhouse and a further 120 parking spaces, would be sited to the north of the site, next to Thornberry Animal Sanctuary.

One businesswoman, based at the nearby North Anston business centre, said: “My objection is purely on traffic and road safety. “An application with parking for over 300 vehicles, which will use the premises predominantly at weekends has got to adversely affect the road infrastructure and cause danger to residents and other road users.”

Previous versions of the plan included a Brethren school but the campus on Hellaby industrial estate has now been expanded instead.

Rangers said they approached Elsworth about the plan after seeing membership rise to 200 since the club’s formation in 2011.

Anston Parish Councillors objected to the application and at a site meeting in 2015 RMBC Councillors also objected to the plans to build on the greenbelt. Objections to the plans are nothing to do with the religious beliefs of the Brethren. The proposal to build on land fronted by a narrow road close to a crossroads is wrong for the reasons stated.

There is land available within 1/2 mile of Common Rd. which would be suitable for the Brethren’s plans. Perhaps the Brethren overlooked it?

Objections to the plans can be lodged online. Ref.No.RB2017/1192.  email


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Expensive Whitewash

The summaries of six investigations into the devastating failures of RMBC before,during and after the CSE scandal can be found here: Click the ‘Find out more’ button on each report.

£440,000 of our money has been wasted on these so called investigations which protects former employees of RMBC and brings further anguish and misery to the victims.

None of the ex councillors/employees mentioned below will suffer any consequences nor lose any part of their generous (local) taxpayer funded pensions.

Paul Lakin  Former Leader said in August 2014 ‘ he knew nothing of the sexual assault abuse that occurred over a period of more than 16 years, and said nobody at the council needed to resign’

Shaun Wright  Who was in charge of children’s services in Rotherham for five years during the period covered by the report, is now under investigation for perjury after giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee.

Iain St John was Mayor of Rotherham during the period in question and should have givent more time to challenging officials and the Police instead of riding around in a car playing Mayor. He always refused to confirm he was at the Council Seminar on Sexual Exploitation on 5th April 2005 but the evidence can be found here:

Roger Stone Former Leader chaired the meeting mentioned above. He resigned after the publication of the Jay report and he was also accused of being a ‘bully’ and ‘sexism’.

Judy Dalton was licensing supremo in Rotherham. Taxi drivers were lambasted by the Jay report for providing the means in many cases to ferry victims around Rotherham and further afield. She was also adviser to Children’s Services. The Casey report said the new draft taxi licensing policy that Coun. Dalton referred to when she resigned was to be welcomed but it still ‘falls short’ in a number of respects. Its implementation timetable is too long and not enough prominence is given to the need to protect the public. It said guidance suggested the council would only refuse licences if a driver had more than one conviction for indecency and inspectors found this ‘unacceptable.

Jo Burton was a member of a scrutiny committee who were tasked with oversight of child protection. She was vice chair of the committee for a couple of years and also served on the licensing board during the worst of the abuses. She was a senior adviser to Shaun Wright the disgraced Police Commissioner when he ran Children’s Services. She claimed she was ‘unaware’ of CSE then later said she ‘did not know the scale of the problem’.

Dominic Beck Resigned as a cabinet member, he also served on the licensing board. Beck was reappointed and has eight other roles within RMBC.

Joyce Thacker  Paid £130,00 pa as ‘Strategic Director of Children’s Services’ and was given £40,000 to bugger off after the Jay report.

Jacqui Collins Former Monitoring Officer and Labour stooge. Claimed no evidence of CSE ever crossed her desk nor came to her attention. Resigned to spend more time with her pension pot.

Gordon Watson Deputy Leader of RMBC claimed the report by Louise Casey was ‘not factual’ then admitted  he hadn’t read it (!)

Former council leaders Roger Stone and Paul Lakin both refused to give evidence to  Louise Casey.

South Yorks.Police could not and cannot solve the theft of 21 laptops containing vital and personal information  from Norfolk House in 2011 but manage to find evidence of ‘historic’ sex crimes.

Was £440,000 spent on a Cock up or a Conspiracy?

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Fracking Hell!

The barbarians have appeared on the horizon in the lovely village of Woodsetts in the shape of INEOS, the company who want to frack the hell out of South Yorkshire.


Gas drillers INEOS have followed up their appalling proposal for a test well in Harthill’s countryside with a second site for test drilling, just down the road from us in Woodsetts. This will only be the beginning as they look to embark on a 5 year rape of our countryside in both locations with a drilling rig the size of Big Ben.

Our local politicians have come running to our aid yet again with local Councillors doing what they always seem to so (f**k all frankly) and our MP Kevin Bas… I mean Barron still picking the splinters out of his arse from sitting on the fence.

The Harthill well has progressed to a full planning proposal whereas the Woodsetts site is still in the very preliminary stages.

The wells are not fracking as such, at least not yet. They are applying for a 5 year visit to drill a vertical shaft about 3000 metres into the earth to recover a core sample of the local geology. They will then use the well for a series of tests to further determine the viability of wholesale gas extraction via the controversial fracking technique.

What can locals expect from the 5 year stay?

  1. Lots of extra heavy traffic on the roads, up to 60 lorries per day at busy times.
  2. Noise from the 24 hour operation and diesel fumes from lorries and massive on site generators.
  3. The charming site of a 60m tall drilling rig, along with cranes.
  4. Possible long term ecological damage from an untested and experimental technique.

It’s quite hard to see an upside at the moment, we will be doing a series of articles on how to object to the planning application when it appears. In the meantime please tell your friends and urge your elected representatives to get behind local people for once and oppose this madness.

Both villages have active campaigns (links below) and I would encourage you all to give them every support you can.

Drill or Drop anti-fracking site

Woodsetts Anti Fracking Group

Harthill Against Fracking

The Bas… Sorry I mean INEOS

INEOS leaflet

INEOS on how they will run the site in Woodsetts

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I’m grateful to the compiler of this list which details the attendance record of councillors who attended APC council meetings between Sept.2016 and July 2017.

It does not include Charity and Finance meetings.


Cllr.Bentley                13/17  meetings = 76.47% Attendance

Cllr.Bowers                 9/17   meetings = 52.94% Attendance

Cllr.Ireland (Senior)  6/17   meetings = 35.29% Attendance

Cllr.Ireland (Junior) 12/17  meetings = 70.58%  Attendance

Cllr.Jepson                  15/17  meetings = 88.23%  Attendance

Cllr.Graham                15/17  meetings = 88.23%  Attendance

Cllr.Manship               10/17  meetings = 58.82%  Attendance

Cllr.Mathews               15/17  meetings = 88.23%  Attendance

Cllr.Sadler                    15/17  meetings = 88.23%  Attendance

Cllr.Smith                       5/17  meetings = 29.41%  Attendance

Cllr.Tarmey                    13/17 meetings = 76.47%  Attendance

Cllr. Tawn                        16/17 meetings = 94.11%  Attendance

Cllr.Thornton                 17/17 meetings = 100%     Attendance

Cllr.Vernon                     13/17 meetings = 76.47%  Attendance

Cllr.Wilkes                       6/17  meetings = 35.29%  Attendance

It is accepted some councillors have family commitments but equally councillors have a commitment to the Parish Council and residents when they accept the office of Parish Councillor.

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Woodsetts 2.

Would anyone care to write a concise post outlining the results of the meetings at Woodsetts on Monday 14th August.?

Just the facts please not personal opinions or ‘He said, She said’ debates.


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On Wednesday evening-9th August-a Charity and Finance meeting was scheduled for 7pm.

Cllrs.Graham,Jepson, Smith and Tarmey sent their apologies and I undestand Cllr.Sadler telephoned Cllr.Thornton earlier in the evening to offer her apologies for non attendance. It is also accepted that Cllr.Vernon works longer hours and cannot always attend.  Cllrs. Mathews,Tawn and Thornton turned up for the meeting. The quorum for council and charity meetings is 5 therefore  the agenda could not be discussed and parish business is deferred to another meeting. Again.

It is good manners and standard practice to inform the Clerk and/or the RFO you cannot attend a meeting. Where were the other councillors? Why didn’t they send their apologies?

This type of behaviour and ill manners is not good enough. Anston Parish Councillors are supposed to represent the residents of the parish and to make every effort to attend meetings. If you are an APC councillor and cannot be bothered to attend or send in your apologies then do us all a favour and vacate your seat.

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Anti Fracking Meetings.

A copy of a post received by APCW.

To all of my friends in South Anston, North Anston, Dinnington and Gildingwells. You may or may not be aware that Woodsetts Village is a proposed site for fracking. They (sic) are looking at the farmland on the right as you enter the village from Dinnington. The impact on our community is going to be immeasurable. The increase in traffic alone could potentially cause chaos if they decide to come via the Baulk We have now heard that a farmer in South Anston has done a deal with INEOS. This affects us all and I hope that you will take notice and help get together and do everything we can to stop this happening.

There are three meetings on Monday 14th August 10.30, 2.30 and 7pm to be held in the Village Hall in Woodsetts to explain the impact of Fracking. Please come and hear for yourself so you can make an informed decision.Please come and help.



Is any representative from INEOS going to be present so hard questions can be asked? Will councillors from Woodsetts PC be present? What are the views of Woodsetts Parish Council?

It is my own view you cannot oppose something because you think it will have adverse effects or because reports from a country with completely geological strata and safety standards show fracking causes environmental damage. All the evidence about fracking to date is anecdotal mainly from North America. British environmental controls are much stricter than in the US.

I have an open mind on this subject and believe we should have an honest and open debate about fracking without the falsehoods and hysteria and without opponents claiming the moral high ground.

All reasoned comments about fracking will be published. Comments which are off topic will be binned.



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