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.


Road Safety

Following the success of the Grand Depart and the keen interest shown in the recent Tour De France, the Penistone Area Council was determined to keep the wheels turning long after the competitors had raced into the distance. With some of our key priorities in mind such as the promotion of volunteering, road safety and health improvement, the Area Council decided facilitate and encourage increased cycling across the area.

Cycle Penistone, our local cycling charity with its new base on St. Mary’s Place alongside the Trans-Pennine Trail, offers a range of services to cyclists – cycle hire, maintenance and training etc. In return for financial support from the Area Council Cycle Penistone has agreed to provide a package of activities to Penistone schools; these will include safety instruction, basic bike maintenance and cycling games. They have undertaken to liaise with Penistone Grammar School, St. John’s Primary, Springvale J&I and Oxspring J&I to deliver these sessions in the next school year. They will even provide the loan of a cycle for any child who wishes to take part but does not have their own. All the sessions will be delivered by qualified and CRB checked staff or volunteers. Each school will receive publicity flyers offering the free sessions to those interested in taking part. In addition both the Area Council and Cycle Penistone will be promoting these sessions through the press as well as on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and their respective websites.

Safety Instruction sessions will include discussions on hazards on the road and basic signals for safe cycling as well as what you should take on a ride. Basic bike maintenance, although sounding obvious, is an important element which is often forgotten by many cyclists. The sessions covering this look very interesting and involve a number of games to maintain participant’s interest. Cycling Games Sessions aim to add a bit of fun. Whilst delivering instruction on how to handle a cycle at slow speed and tests your control and agility. This will not only help to promote good cycle safety for our young people, but will also give Cycle Penistone the opportunity to market its services and in time it is hoped to be able to offer similar sessions to other schools in the wider area.

Oxspring Neighbourhood Planning


oxspringFollowing BMBC approval of the Oxspring Neighbourhood Plan Area Status last November, Cllr Wilson, Barnard and Hand-Davis supporting the launch of Phase I consultation. This took place on


Cawthorne village hall was the venue for the Singing Farmer. An event organised on Valentines night to raise funds towards the Cawthorne village fete. to be held on the 28th June this year. Councillor Wilson said ‘This proved to be a fantastic evening bringing the community together serenaded by our very talented local farmer’singing farmer

SURGERY Silkstone Common

Surgery – Penistone East

Date:                            Saturday 22nd February 2014

Time:                            10:00am to 12:00 noon

Venue:                          Silkstone Common Methodist Church, South Yorkshire S75 4PA

Cllrs. Wilson and/or Barnard and/or Hand-Davis

Silkstone dry stone wall

This summer saw the start of a project to rebuild sections of the dry stone wall along Cone Lane Silkstone. In partnership with the Land owner, Barnsley College and Alan Devenport a local dry stone Waller.

heavy work

heavy work

A large section of wall has been  totally rebuilt along side the Millennium bench.

Your local Councillors have also worked on the wall, and are now set to continue the project involving Silkstone Parish Council and the local community.

On The Trail in Silkstone Common

The Trans Pennine Trail runs through the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley.  Councillor John Wilson is a volunteer ranger helping out a recent work day on the trail at Silkstone Common in Barnsley.  The work days are regular events where volunteers and supporters are encouraged to come along and help with a wide range of maintenance and activities on the trail.  Councillor Wilson said  “it is hard work but a good way to burn off the calories and very satisfying to look back on the stretch of trail you have just worked on, clearing overhanging branches”.



Neighbourhood Pride is one of our most visible and impacting council services. With reduced budgets and with a view to better understanding how the service is run, Councillor John Wilson decided to work with this small team for a day. John said “the only way to understand the job is to do the job and get your hands dirty!” Your Councillor Team will use this hands on experience in their planning for the future.

Charity event

Supporting local charities, John pictured here with the Mayoress of Penistone, Councillor Lynette Webber at the recent, very successful Mayoress at Home fundraising event at St John’s Church, Penistone. This was held to support Ward 19 at Barnsley Hospital and Woodhead Mountain Rescue. The two charities sponsored by this years Mayor of Penistone, Councillor Steve Webber.

Penistone Market

Councillor John Wilson attending the Saturday Penistone Farmer’s Market. The new oak market structure has undergone further works to improve its protection from the elements. In conjunction with Barnsley Council, it is hoped to increase the number of stallholders bringing in interesting new products to this popular market.

Save our bowling green

John with Terry member of the bowls club

Work has begun to ignite support for the bowling green in Pilley. Councillor John Wilson met with the new Committee, which is gathering support to establish a bigger membership base, They have had a number of successful fund raising events and hope to be able to take management control of the green. Your local Councillors are keen to make sure with community support this much loved pastime will continue in Pilley and start to appeal to more both young and old.

Cllr John M Wilson
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