View of Penistone and top of Viaduct

Penistone Town Council – Neighbourhood Development Plan progress

In June 2015 the Parish of Penistone was successfully designated as a ‘Neighbourhood Area’ following a request by Penistone Town Council. Following that designation, the Town Council then voted unanimously to proceed with a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).

The website for the Penistone Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) can be found at

Dates of Meetings - 2018-2019

Town Council meetings are all held on the 3rd Monday of the month except August when the Council does not meet. The meetings are convened in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Shrewsbury Road at 7.00pm Ten minutes' public participation is always set aside from 7.0 – 7.10pm prior to the meeting proper.
The dates for 2018-19 are as follows:

  • May 21st 2018
  • June 18th 2018
  • July 16th 2018
  • September 17th 2018
  • October 15th 2018
  • November 19th2018
  • December 17th 2018
  • January 21st 2019
  • February 18th 2019
  • March 18th 2019
  • April 15th 2019

Extracts from the minutes of the June 2018 meeting

The following are selected items taken from the minutes of the April meeting. In places, these are deliberately brief summaries - for the full 18th June 2018 document, please click here download the PDF version.
The minutes section also contains an archive of minutes published since October 2011.

Town Council meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm, in the Council Chamber (except August) at the Town Hall building on Shrewsbury Road. These meetings are open to the public and members of the electorate can address the council.

Minutes are always published following their approval at the subsequent meeting, i.e. one month after the original meeting.

Public Participation

Penistone Town Council wishes to encourage public participation during its meetings in order to use this as one means of consulting with the public. However, the Council recognises that rules must control the manner of participation in order that the Council Meeting may continue to operate effectively. For full information please read the Public Participation Document.

Prior to the meeting

The Town Mayor welcomed Elaine Equell and Fiona O’ Brian from Penistone Area Council who gave a presentation on the Principal Towns Initiative which is a £5 million investment project set up to improve local economies in the surrounding areas and help local high streets thrive. Penistone is included in the programme. Potential projects could include car parking improvements, new signage, shop front and public space improvements with a suggested minimum amount of funding per project proposed at £100,000 for principal towns and £50,000 for local centres. Public consultation events held earlier included the potential to re- design town landscape, to improve public areas. The potential to link Penistone history – scope to develop Penistone Experience. Review of Town Centre car parking and other areas for consideration to be determined and factored into the plan. These improvements will help encourage investment from the private sector and other funding streams to increase income generation across the Borough.


The Town Mayor then offered ten minutes public participation. Comments raised: Objections raised at the proposed car park at St. Johns School Flooding and excessive silting on Cat Hill Hoylandswaine. Cllr. Millner agreed to investigate this matter.

Reports from Elected Members of Barnsley M.B.C.

Cllr. Millner commented on Primary school funding shortfalls and proposed improvments to the culvert in Millhouse Green.

Cllr. Millner also commented on the recent anti-social behavior in the Market Barn and how Barnsley MBC was to re-assess the building to make it inaccessible out of hours.

There were no further reports.

Cllr. Unsworth was unanimously agreed by members present to be a representative of the Town Council on the Penistone Ward Alliance.


The following items of correspondence were NOTED

  1. Rural Services Network; 2. Love where you Live

Leisure and Amenities Report

In the absence of the Chair and Vice Chair the Town Clerk stated that several new doors were being replaced in the Paramount New shelves were being erected and the hand rail to the circle. The EPC Survey in the building was still ongoing The organ quad lighting box and hand dryers were being replaced. Film were steady at this present time A security company had been employed to collect cash now that the bank had closed. The Finance Officer explained why the website domain had been inaccessible.

Accounts and Finance

The following accounts had been previously circulated to Members and it was RESOLVED to approve the following:

  1. The General Account £20,234.84; 2. The Paramount Account £47,668.82

Community Centre

The Town Clerk stated that business generally was highly satisfactory. Refurbishment of the disabled toilets in the centre had now been completed.

Parade and Gala 2018

Cllr. Mrs. Millner commented that the event had been fantastic with an amazing parade, packed streets and wished to thank everyone involved.

Penistone Neighbourhood Development Plan

Cllr. Kimberley stated that it was intended to convene an extraordinary meeting to approve the document.

Penistone Town Council General Data Protection Record Management Policy

The document had been circulated to members prior to the meeting and it was RESOLVED to adopt the content and post on the Town Council website.