View of Penistone and top of Viaduct

Penistone Neighbourhood Development Published

Barnsley Council have now published the Penistone Neighbourhood Plan. It can be seen on the Barnsley MBC website here:

For more information about the Penistone Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) and it's background please go to

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 October 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 15th October 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.

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

Cllr. Millner The Area Council had recently met with the Safer Neighbourhood Police Team in attendance. The S.N.T. is working closer with the Rural Police Team and was monitoring the anti – social behavior in the Market Barn. Section 106 monies from Planning Applications also meant Traffic Regulation Orders could now be funded through these means.
The Ward Alliance had been successful in providing funding for many Community Groups.
Cllr. Hand – Davis reiterated comments regarding the Area Council meeting with the Police Constable in attendance and reminded him of the vulnerability of isolated farmsteads and the rise in rural crime. Cllr. Hand-Davis agreed to action with Yorkshire Water a burst pipe which was causing flooding on South Lane. He also stated that action was to be carried out in the near future on the long standing problem of flooding on Sheffield Road in the vicinity of the old Britannia P.H.
Cllr. Unsworth asked if a sewage issue on Chapel Lane could be investigated.
Cllr. Marsh
asked when Chapel Lane was to be resurfaced following the housing development by Persimmon Homes (at its expense). Cllr. Millner commented that it was in the top 3 of priorities with Hartcliffe Road to be carried out.
Cllr. Cutts raised the issue of road markings needing reinstating on the Green There were no further reports.


The following items of correspondence were NOTED

  1. Rural Services Network
  2. Penistone Area Housing Management Team Steering Group Minutes.
  3. Parish Online
  4. Barnsley MBC temporary speed restriction on Hornthwaite Hill Road Thurlstone and temporary closure of Chapel Lane / Hartcliff Road for tree felling / pruning on overhead powelines
  5. Fairtrade in Penistone

Leisure and Amenities Report

Cllr. Cutts reported on the following:

Staffing - Fully staffed at this present time however staff requirements will be reviewed over the summer with a view to the resources needed to proceed with the new business plan. Emily Sidebottom is now Assistant Manager a task she was undertaking prior to this title.

Programme - Film attendance has been mixed however going forward there are several “Penistone” films to hopefully boost attendances. Live events are for the autumn season is the biggest ever with bookings as expected or better.

Marketing – The next booklet is in production to cover January to May Social media marketing has been increased with regular, boosted and paid for ads on Facebook.

Lease – Still awaiting from Barnsley MBC however progress is being made.

Building - Exterior doors have been replaced in the Paramount Room, Cellar Door and Office Door as all were life expired. Decorating ids to be carried out on November 5th Front steps – Obtaining quotes is on-going with current invites for tender not responding A quote from awaiting. All guttering and downpipes are free from leaves to ensure there is no water ingress The scanning system for ticket entry is now working well both on the door and at the Kiosk. There is now the option for contactless card payment on all the terminals Cllr. Cutts was thanked for his report.

Accounts and Finance

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

  1. The General Account £10,055.64
  2. The Paramount Account £54,313.75

Community Centre

The Town Clerk stated that business generally was highly satisfactory. Refurbishment and painting of the Top Hall and Office was to be carried out during the school holidays. New flooring had been laid in the entrance to the bottom Hall and small kitchen.

Penistone Neighbourhood Development Plan

In the absence of Cllr. Kimberley the Town Clerk reported that the plan is progressing satisfactorily and Regulation 16 (consultation document) will commence on September 28th

Parish Council Charter

The Town Clerk reported that subject to contacting all Parish and Town Councils for their comments, Barnsley MBC agreed that responsiveness of some services could be improved, in recognition of Parish and Town Council position as democratic institutions in their own right. It also agreed that the reinstatement of the Parish Council Charter should be implemented which was set up in 2008 and then sought to update in 2011. For some reason this didn’t progress. Following a brief discussion it was agreed that the Town Clerk contacts Barnsley MBC with its views on reinstating the Charter to work in partnership with all Parish Councils in its area to promote sustainable social, economic and environmental development for the benefit of local communities.

Boundary Changes

The Town Clerk reminded members of the proposed changes by the Boundary Commission / Government for the benefit of proportional representation. The Penistone and Stocksbridge Constituency would be abolished and replaced by a new Colne Valley and Penistone Constituency this would include the current Penistone West Constituency including the Town Centre and would include Holmfirth.

Penistone East would join Oxspring, Hoylandswaine, Thurgoland Stocksbridge and Dodworth in a new Barnsley West and Stocksbridge Constituency.
He also commented that he had forwarded the Town Councils earlier objections to the proposed change to the Boundary Commission. At this present time there had been no further information regarding this matter.