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 March2018 meeting

The following are selected items taken from the minutes of the April meeting. In places, these are deliberately brief summaries - for the full 19th March 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 Steve Webber on being co-opted back to the Town Council.

He then introduced Rob Cawthraw and Paula Lindley from Barnsley MBC Market Department to discuss problems being encountered in the Market Barn. Much discussion ensued regarding litter, graffiti, damage to the stone pillars, roof, electric sockets and youths congregating. Cllr. Millner stated that the Council was fully aware of the situation and he and his Ward colleagues had been discussing ways of security. Costs were being sought at this present time by the Market Department and subject to the estimate funding would be applied for.

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

Cllr. Millner commented on the potholes around the area and Barnsley MBC had a service now available on line “Report a pothole”. He also confirmed that he had reported the many blocked gullies around the Town.
Cllr. Unsworth commented that the election period was to soon commence. Anti - Social behavior was a topic at the recent P.A.C.T. meeting.


The following items of correspondence were NOTED

  1. Rural Services Network b) Neighbourhood Police Teams c) Peak and Northern Footpaths Society

Leisure and Amenities Report

Cllr. Cutts gave a full and concise report of activities at the Paramount.
Staffing: A defibrillator is on order subject to delivery
Film Attendance Attendances have been very good and continued through Easter.
Live Events: Most are booking well, future bookings are now being advertised on the website.

Marketing: The next booklet is currently at the printers covering late spring and summer.

Lease: The document will be presented to Barnsley MBC Cabinet in the very near future.

Building: The two outer doors to the car park and yard have both been replaced a wheelchair ramp has been ordered for the yard door due to the threshold being higher than the old one. The new CCTV is now in operation. A replacement quad has been ordered (the one used by the Organ Trust) also the faulty flood light on the front of the building will be replaced. The water heaters in the ladies toilets and bar have been fitted. Parts of the rotting bar floor are to be replaced. Cllr. Hand – Davis asked if consideration could be given into the amount of time queuing in the foyer. The Town Clerk agreed to discuss the matter with the Cinema Manager.

Accounts and Finance

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

  1. The General Account
  2. The Paramount Account
  3. Requests for financial assistance from Penistone Round table - £5,000.00 Hoylandswaine Village Hall rates £216.92 St. John the Baptist Church RAF 100 YEAR Centenary £250.00 were approved.

Community Centre

The Town Clerk stated that business generally was highly satisfactory. Refurbishment of the disabled toilets in the centre were to be carried out during the Spring along with painting of the Top Hall and office, new fencing in the yard, and the planting of 3 semi mature Oaks trees

Parade and Gala 2018

Cllr. Mrs. Millner commented that plans were ongoing bands were booked, businesses were supporting the event and the theme was to be musicals throughout the ages.

Penistone Neighbourhood Development Plan

Cllr. Kimberley tabled her report that the plan was heading toward completion and a meeting with the relevant officer from Barnsley MBC was to be held on May 9th The document provided to members for their perusal prior to the meeting was approved. This would form part of the process undertaken by the inspector.

Closure of NatWest Bank Penistone Branch

Cllr. Hand – Davis commented that the bank was to close despite information provided by political parties in their electioneering leaflets proclaiming otherwise. The decision had been made. Angela Smith MP had even presented the petition to keep the bank open in Parliament which had fallen. The Town Clerk stated that he had written to both the Coop and Tesco asking if they would consider opening banking facilities to date he had not received a reply.

Tour de Yorkshire:

Cllr. Saunders commented that preparations were underway, entertainment was being arranged in the Market Barn and additional funding had been granted from the Ward Alliance. Both Cllrs. Marsh and Hand – Davis requested extensive litter picks on the main routes and surrounding area prior to the event.

General Data Protection Regulations Officer

The Town Clerk The Town Clerk confirmed that this legislation came into effect on May 25th 2018 and he had recently attended a course provided by Y.L.C.A. He also referred to correspondence provided by Barnsley MBC Governance and Member Support offering the services of its D.P.O. designate to undertake the role on behalf of the Town Council. Following a brief discussion it was RESOLVED to appoint the officer in that capacity by May 25th.