Cllr John M Wilson

23 Harden Close
South Yorkshire, S75 2JJ
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I was born in Keighley and have lived and worked in Barnsley for over 25 years. I am married to Julie and have two grown up children. I have represented the Penistone East Ward on Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council for over 6 years.


Tour De Yorkshire

Tour de Yorkshire new land art taking shape with the help of volunteers at Thurgoland Bank. In preparation for the big even on 30th April 2017. Councillor John Wilson joins the artist on the hillside site as the work takes shape. ‘It will be fantastic to see this on the day from the air’landa2

Thurgoland speed indicator


Following a recent Parish Council meeting, funds have been allocated to install two speed indicator devices on the busy Halifax Road which runs through the village. This money will form part of a larger grant from the Penistone Area Council to purchase these devices. Local Councillors and residents are convinced that these will reduce speeding traffic through the village.


Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Social Housing stock is maintained by an arms length organisation, Berneslai Homes. It has an excellent renowned national track record on performance, Customer Service, Tenants satisfaction and contributing to the wider needs of our borough. We are concerned that these new policies will reduce their capacity and ability to continue to maintain such a high standard.

Enforced sales of Higher Value Housing

In general, property values in Barnsley cannot be regarded as high. With the average sale price of a home being around £125,000. The council only own a very small number of properties at this value and it is likely that we will have to sell a number of properties with a value of a lot less than this. This will result in potentially the need to sell up to 500 properties a year to pay our levy on housing stock. This levy has to be paid regardless of our actual property sales. Our government’s manifesto commitment to the “Right to buy” will be adversely affected as our Housing Stock will very quickly diminish whilst we still have a great need and long waiting list for Social Housing.

Higher value properties will, in most cases be located in the west of the borough in the area that I represent where supply is already restricted. Furthermore, a large proportion of them are bungalows. Their enforced sale will over time severely hamper the ability to meet housing need in the west of our borough and have a direct effect on the length of time people will have to wait to be offered a suitable council home.

Fixed term tenancies

Berneslai Homes already operates a successful, flexible tenancy policy. This has been used successfully to assist more than 500 families to downsize to smaller properties. The imposition of fixed term tenancies will reduce our ability to determine local need.

Pay to Stay

The intention of the Act to seek to address high earning families not benefiting from Social Housing subsidies. The £31,000 threshold is too low for our local economy.
The policy will be both expensive to implement and operate. The cost of setting up and maintaining systems to means test 7000 tenants (who are not on Housing Benefit or Universal credit) and their partners cannot be underestimated.

In conclusion, we have genuine concerns that the new act will be very costly to administer and the money released by each property sale to support the right to buy extension will be relatively low. It will, in time have a detrimental and adverse effect on our Social Housing residents.

We would welcome support which presses for areas like Barnsley where the sale of properties will not pay for a replacement on the basis of one for one to be exempt along with older persons properties, newly built and newly acquired properties. We can only hope that you will consider some of our concerns and allow authorities in areas like ourselves to have some exemptions and more flexibility.


SilkstoneMCThe new Huskar Community centre in Silkstone
providing regular craft workshops for lonely and
isolated residents in the area. Funding has been
made available to get this project started. Councillor
Wilson meeting Chris the coordinator of the project.

Bowled over

£10,000 has been contributed by Barnsley Council to the development of an AstroTurf training area at Hoylandswaine Junior Cricket Club (HJCC).
HJCC currently runs a programme for three junior teams (under 9s, under 11s and under 13s) and has around forty local children attending training and playing for teams.
The new multi-functional facility will be a boost to the club, enabling teams to train in all weather and provide an appealing fit-for-purpose community sports facility that will inspire other local children and young people to become active new members.
The cricket club aims is to have a full junior set up, including a girl’s cricket team, entered into the Huddersfield Junior Cricket League at all five age groups. In the past HJCC has had a full junior set up but couldn’t sustain them all because the facilities were unsuitable to accommodate all of the teams.
The enhanced training ground will also enable the cricket club to offer activities for young people at risk of committing offences, by offering both an outlet through sport and an area to meet and socialise with peers and support workers.
As part of the proposed re-development work a meeting space has been included to enable the volunteers who run the clubs to get together to pursue future funding and development opportunities and help the organisation to grow in the future.
Cllr John Wilson said: “I am so pleased this will encourage our youngsters in the area to get involved with the sport.”
The £10,000 has been received from a S106 Legal Agreement relating to the development of the former Penistone Grammar School site. The spending condition specified was for the provision or enhancement of a public open space.

Public consultation event

Recent public consultation on the Barnsley Council Local Plan. Event was held at Penistone Town Hall and attracted a great deal of public interest. Residents were keen to see what may be planned in the Penistone area over the next 20 years. Councillors were open to all and any comments during this consultation period.

Litter pick Tankersley

New funding able to support local volunteers to do more litter picking in and around Tankersley. Local CouncillorsP1000859 happy to lend a hand.

Country Roads

Country Roads

A recent report released from the Department for Transport (DfT) has shown that you are eleven times more likely to die on country roads in England and Wales than on our motorways.
Figures show there is an average of three deaths on rural roads a day. According to the figures, there were 1,070 deaths on country roads last year compared with 100 deaths on motorways. In total, 1,713 died on the roads in England and Wales in 2013.
It is very easy to become complacent on roads we know well and not see the unforeseen hazards. ”Brake before the bend, not on it’’ is the slogan from the Governments new on-line ‘THINKS’ campaign. Highlighting 60% of all fatalities occur on country roads. These roads often have sharp bends, blind bends and unexpected hazards so brake before the bend to give yourself time to react and stay in control. The best drivers read the road ahead and anticipate potential hazards. Look out for upcoming bends, hidden dips, blind summits and concealed entrances. Overgrown verges, bushes and trees on country roads can block your view and potentially obscure an oncoming hazard. Always drive at a speed which will allow you to stop in the distance you can see to be clear (double that on a single track road). Allow more time to stop on wet or slippery surfaces. The speed limit is a limit not a target. The national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph, but there will be times you need to drive under that in order to drive correctly for the conditions. In fact most people do on these roads – the average free flow speed is 48mph. If you get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle be patient. Dips in roads, bends and other junctions joining your road often hide oncoming vehicles, so unless it’s absolutely essential, don’t overtake. If passing more vulnerable road users such as horse riders, cyclists and walkers, pass wide and slow. Even if you’re familiar with a country road, never take it for granted as the conditions can be different every time.
This all goes to support the need to keep campaigning to reduce the national speed limit on rural roads from 60mph to 50mph. Through our local villages in and around Penistone we are also working with residents, action groups and our Highways Department. Road safety near our local schools continues to be a cause for concern. But in some cases inconsiderate parking is often compounding the problem. We have all been in a rush and pushed for time. But those couple of extra minutes or extra thought does make all the difference and might just prevent an accident or even save someone’s life.

Surgery Tankersley

Saturday 21st March
Tankersley Welfare Hall
10:00am to 12:00 Noon

Cannon Hall Park grant secured

Cannon Hall Park and Gardens secures Lottery support

It was announced today that Cannon Hall Park and Gardens have been successful in securing earmarked funding of £2.8m, including a development grant of £138,000, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund for the targeted and sustainable conservation of its buildings and surrounding parkland.

The project, for which development funding has been provided, aims to restore and repair important features of the Georgian park and gardens including key features such as an ice-house, deer shelter and gardeners’ cottage, which will be turned into a volunteers’ hub.

Work will also be undertaken to dredge and restore the lakes of the Park, which are the subject of a long running local campaign, improving their appearance, restoring original vistas, improving water quality and supporting biodiversity.

There will also be wider community benefits to the project through apprenticeships and planned educational, learning, volunteering and skills development programmes.
Through the project the park will be restored to its former glory and also reveal the many secrets, currently hidden from visitors.

Cllr John Wilson, said: ‘We have been working hard towards this project and this is fantastic news that the support from the Heritage Lottery Fund will now make this possible.Many people have worked hard to get to this stage and in particular I’d like to thank the Friends of Cannon Hall who have worked very hard raising awareness of the need for this work and in fundraising to support the funding application.

The Parks for People programme uses Lottery funds to support the regeneration, conservation and increased enjoyment of public parks and cemeteries. In England the two Lottery Funds have been working in partnership from 2006 to deliver a multi-million pound investment in public parks of £150m.

Cllr John M Wilson
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