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The general Barnsley news section covers some of the breaking stories from around the borough


Snow gates to be installed on Woodhead Pass

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Work to install snow gates and advance warning signs on the A628 Woodhead Pass between South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester begins this week in a bid to ensure the safety of drivers on the Trans-Pennine route. The gates, which will be operated manually by the police in conjunction with the Highways Agency, are to be… Read more »


Housing estate proposals refused by Council

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Proposals to build a housing estate on the site of the former Houghton Main Colliery has been refused by Barnsley Council. Harworth Estates wanted to develop the site on Middlecliffe Lane, Little Houghton into employment and residential use. Developers first asked for permission for the scheme in 2009 and have been negotiating ever since. Haworth… Read more »


Three men in hospital after Barnsley petrol store explosion

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An explosion in a Barnsley garage led to three men being taken to hospital on Saturday afternoon. Firefighters were called to Springfield Street, near Dodworth Road at around 2.30pm after an underground petrol store exploded. The fire crew put out the flames and also assisted ambulance crews in providing first aid to the injured men…. Read more »


Wortley Hall show their support for International Women's Day

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Wortley Hall will show their support for International Women’s Day this year by hosting a Guest Speaker Pie and Pea Supper on Thursday, March 8. They have invited speakers to come along and share their experiences on how things have changed for women over the years. The evening is £7 per person and there will… Read more »


Auditions at Academy Theatre

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The Academy Theatre, Birdwell are holding auditions on Thursday, February 23, for male parts (ages eight-18 only) in their forthcoming show Joseph & His Technicoloured Dreamcoat (modern version). The audition piece is Close Every Door or any song from the show. If anyone can’t attend because of work etc.. please contact the Academy Theatre to… Read more »


Super Sam keeps on skating!

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Barnsley’s Sam Nixon has again been voted through in ITV’s Dancing On Ice. Monk Bretton-born Sam turned in a terrific performance on Sunday despite badly twisting his knee in training. The former Pop Idol-turned-television presenter did not know if he would be able to skate until hours before he was due on the ice in… Read more »


Goughie does the 'mambo'

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Former England cricketer Darren Gough took part in ‘Let’s Dance for Sport Relief’ on BBC1 last night. The Monk Bretton-born star, who has starred in Strictly Come Dancing, performed the ‘mambo’ – coming up against ex-Great Britain javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread, Radio 1 disc jockey Scott Mills and pop star Olly Murs.


Bus drivers accept revised pay deal

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A new pay deal has been accepted by bus drivers who have been staging strikes since November. Stagecoach services in Barnsley, Rotherham and the Dearne Valley will fully return to normal after the deal was accepted by the Unite union. In Saturday’s ballot drivers voted to accept Stagecoach’s latest, revised pay offer, ruling out any… Read more »


Scargill takes NUM to court

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Former miners’ leader Arthur Scargill has taken the National Union of Mineworkers to court. Mr Scargill,74, is taking legal action against the NUM at Sheffield Crown Court, claiming he is owed more than £15,000 towards the cost of a car, as well as payment of other benefits including phone bills. The 74-year-old, who retired as… Read more »


Change in tax credit will hit Barnsley workers says MP

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Changes to the way tax credits are handed out could see more than 300 working couples in Barnsley lose up to £4,000 per year, local MP Dan Jarvis has warned. The changes will come into force from April 6, 2012 – and will affect couples who are in part-time work and have children. The government’s… Read more »