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6 – Barnsley Independent, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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Duncan dancing his way to target A DETERMINED volunteer who set himself the task of raising enough money to fund a Macmillan nurse for a year is hoping to reach that target during his latest event. Duncan Owen-Elmer began fund-raising for Macmillan Cancer Support two-and-ahalf years ago. It costs £53,000 to fund a Macmillan nurse for a year. Initially, Duncan aimed to reach his target by the end of 2020. But he is only £1,900 short, and coud raise that amount through a dance-off to be held on Friday July 26 at The Grey Horse pub on Kensington Road from 8.30pm onwards. “I’ve never danced before

in my life,” explained 66-year-old Duncan. “But the landlord of the pub said if I came along and gave it a go, he’d donate some money. “That’s what I’m going to do, and I’m hoping there will be some people on the evening who’ll join in. “The idea has kind of snowballed from a small dance into a big Macmillan evening. “The main thing is for me to be dancing and just making an idiot of myself really. “On the night there’s going to be an auction and a raffle too. “We always add up the total as we collect and we’ll have an ongoing figure.

“So on the night, if we do reach the target, then we’ll be able to announce it there and then. “If I manage to get enough for one nurse, then I’ll keep going for nurse number two while the fund-raising is going well. “I’ve been fund-raising for nearly three years now, but it didn’t kick-off properly until last year. “We didn’t expect to reach our total until 2020, and I’m so happy I’m nearly there well ahead of time.” The Macmillan nurses supported Duncan and his two daughters after his first wife was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and he decided he wanted to give something back.

Operation Slowdown will have public help DANGER roads identified by the public will be targeted by police as part of an operation to reduce drivers’ speeds in Barnsley following a rise in complaints. The project – dubbed Operation Slowdown – will be led by an officer from South Yorkshire Police’s roads policing group and involve each of the town’s six neighbourhood hubs. Crime meetings held by the teams – based in Barnsley town centre, Cudworth, Goldthorpe, Kendray, Penistone and Royston – are now being used to gather locations of where speeding is said to be most prevalent. Roads identified at last month’s meetings include Huddersfield Road, Darton; Pontefract Road, Cudworth; Sandy Bridge Lane, Shafton; Burton Road, Monk Bretton; Common Road, Brierley; Harborough Hill Road, Barnsley and Copster Lane, Oxspring. Although police are increasing their anti-speeding operations as part of the scheme and getting residents involved by training them up on how to use a speed gun, they have said prosecutions will be a last resort in the project’s infancy and only be pursued if a driver’s speed is far in excess of the limit. A report said: “Each neighbourhood team now has a roads policing group officer as a single point of contact to enhance local problem-solving for local road safety priorities. “Operation Slowdown is the force’s initiative to address local

concerns of speeding vehicles at a neighbourhood level. The emphasis is on education, promoting road safety and changing attitudes to speeding for drivers as opposed to enforcement, where appropriate.” A perceived high crash rate on certain roads has predominately been down to driver error, the force says, and it’s hoped the educational aspect will be seen as a positive step forward. A total of 608 collisions were recorded across the town last year – down by 15 per cent on the previous year – while Barnsley has averaged six road deaths per year over the last three years. Residents have also been encouraged to report hotspots to the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership in the hope of securing better signage, including signs warning about speed cameras working in the area, which could be installed. However, complaints have been received by the police that not enough is being done to combat long-running speeding concerns, resulting in the force receiving criticism following several high-profile deaths in Barnsley last year. Dave North, chairman of Shafton Parish Council, identified Sandy Bridge Lane in the village as one of the worst-hit blackspots for speeding and subsequent crashes. “We’ve done all we can to secure anti-speeding measures over the years but we’re still wit-

nessing accidents,” he added. “We’ve had site meetings with highways bosses and we feel like the obvious danger has failed to be recognised. “All we can do is keep complaining about speed and its devastating impacts. Sandy Bridge Lane has always concerned us because drivers simply drive too fast but there are hundreds of hotspots right across Barnsley. “Speeding affects communities and all we want is for something to happen in order to deter motorists from doing so.” Confusion over on-the-border routes such as Wakefield Road, Staincross and Whams Road, Crow Edge are set to receive joint work from both South and West Yorkshire forces after both were identified as areas of concern. Sgt Dave Baines added: “Wakefield Road has been an issue for us because the speeding is taking place after the speed camera towards Newmillerdam. It’s where the boundary is and the Barnsley borough ends after the last house, which is a hundred or so yards past the camera, and then it’s taken over by West Yorkshire Police. It goes to a 50mph zone but we’re told some vehicles are exceeding that, but it’s something we can ask our colleagues over the border to look at. “It’s a relatively straight stretch on the part of the road so there’s plenty of space available, and two lay-bys for a camera van to sit.”

New town centre supermarket in the offing PLANS to build a new supermarket on the edge of the town centre resurfaced this week. Retailer Aldi received permission to build a store next to Wickes on Old Mill Lane – on the former National Grid site – more than two years ago.

A planning document is now seeking to alter the proposed building’s layout in order to create an improved pedestrian link to the site’s south-west corner. The development, which is expected to create 40 new jobs,

received overwhelming public support at the time it was announced, with 90 letters sent to the council by residents saying they were in favour. Comments can be made about the alteration on Barnsley Council’s website until today.

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