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

Extracts from the minutes of the 17th July 2017 meeting

The following are selected items taken from the minutes of the April meeting. In places, these are deliberately brief summaries - for the full July 2017 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. Unsworth commented that the Clean and Tidy tender had been approved and would commence on August 14th. He also referred to the recent planning application on New Smithy Drive in Thurlstone which had been refused by officers. He also mentioned that pedestrian safety is being jeopardized in the Town Centre and a second pedestrian crossing ds required.

Cllr. Marsh commented that a crossing was to be installed outside Clark’s Chemist as part of the squareabout scheme but was stopped due to utility apparatus.

Cllr. Hand – Davis stated that he had confirmation from the Chair of Planning that the Traffic light scheme on Chapel Lane was to go ahead which may be subject to possible legal action by residents.

Cllr. Cutts asked for a progress update on the provision of street lights and gully cleansing in the vicinity of St. Johns School and general roadside maintenance. Cllr. Saunders referred to the traffic speeds on Huddersfield Road and the fact that despite monitoring no enforcement action had been taken.


The following items of correspondence were NOTED

  1. Internal Audit Report Final Visit for the financial year 2016/17
  2. Love where you Live
  3. Penistone Area Housing Management Team Steering Group
  4. South York’s Fire and Rescue member briefing
  5. Rural Services Network
  6. Penistone History Archive - permission approved to erect notice boards in the Lower Hall to display archive photographs
  7. Barnsley MBC Community Governance Review It was resolved that the Town Clerk replies that Penistone Town Council is satisfied with the Town Council’s existing boundaries and suggests they remain as they are without change. Penistone is a large parish and considers 15 members are adequate to serve the parish as quite often seats are not contested at elections.

Accounts and Finance

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

a) The General Account to the sum of £ 21,827.90
b) The Paramount Account to the sum of £ 41,621.44
c) The application for a Town Council and Paramount credit/debit card for internet purchases and wages license was approved.
d) The quotation for £1,660 + vat to decorate the I.T. Room and Lower Hall in the Community Centre was approved

Community Centre

The Town Clerk stated that the refurbishment of the ladies toilet had now been completed.

Neighbourhood Plan

Cllr. Saunders in the absence of Cllr. Kimberley commented that the draft plan approved at the last meeting had now been referred to the 3 agencies for comments and screening. Unfortunately Barnsley MBC is unable to provide support to the S.E.A. and a consultant will have to investigate this. This matter is being pursued.