Politics of deception 2 : Which Rotherham are we to be proud of?

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“Life can be good here if like Sarah you are a day visitor, or if you live in one of the nicer suburbs, have resources and transport to shop in Sheffield and visit the Peak District. Maybe take advantage of … Continue reading

Rotherham & the politics of deception: Herringthorpe Playing Fields

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“Get out your banners and oppose Labour if you want to save Herringthorpe Playing Fields.  An electoral kicking is the only thing that will stop them agreeing to major development. The Tiser ( 11th April) reports that the proposal for … Continue reading

Herringthorpe Community Group – Debate Welcomed

Herringthorpe Community group note that in the current advertiser letters Mark O’neill presumably on behalf of Rotherham rugby club limited has challenged us to a public debate “over the fence” ( would be funny if not for the serious nature ) and leasing of land. The answer is Yes Yes Yes. We welcome the chance to have a fully informed public meeting. We are contacting the council and Rotherham Rugby Club ltd to verify whether they are serious about this meeting. We have tried in the past to bring the Rugby Club out of the changing rooms and into open play to no avail during the statutory consultation period which ended on the 22nd of March.

We do note with interest Mark’s comments that the community group may have been suggesting that they were intending to build a “12,000 seat stadium etc”. We can safely say that this is not the case, and perhaps if Rotherham Rugby Club Ltd had carried out a full and informative consultation we would not be playing silly games of Chinese Whispers.

We look forward to agreeing the meeting. Although It has not gone unnoticed that the consultation period is now long gone and this public meeting is unable to influence the officers report to the full cabinet meeting.

For further information please check our website http://herringthorpe.com

Extra Time Called on Herringthorpe Plans

Rotherham Politics has learned that extra time has been ordered on the consultation about the current proposals before the Council concerning Herringthorpe.

Why? The Council failed to put an advert in the Advertiser for the second time and this infraction has caused this extension to the consultation period.

In light of this the Council have undertaken to comply with the following; Fresh advertisements will be placed in this weeks Advertiser, followed by another the following week, followed by one week for responses to be made.

We can also report that a petition opposing, signed by 4500 residents, has been handed in already and the petition has now also been re-opened, please sign if asked.

Herringthorpe Playing Fields Community Group

Last chance for comments over Herringthorpe Playing Fields

Interesting this letter only made it as far as the Advertisers online letters:

Published on 13 February 2013, by J Morgan of the Herringthorpe Playing Fields Community Group

LOCAL residents have asked me to draw reader’s attention to the Public Notice in the back of the newspaper advertising the “Disposal of Open Public Space” on Herringthorpe Playing Fields. This will enable Rotherham Rugby Club Ltd to lease and fence part of the field. It’s entitled “Local Government Act 1972”.

Please take this final opportunity to send your comments to RMBC by February 22. The club’s current home on Clifton Lane isn’t big enough to meet its current ambitions. The proposed development will fulfil its rugby needs and provide obvious benefits for amateur rugby in Rotherham, but to justify this with additional claims that it will meets the wider community and schools needs are misleading.

There is already a purpose-built stadium on the same site which the community can and do use now. It is also available for schools to use. It’s got everything needed by community sport, secure fencing, toilets, changing rooms, ample parking, floodlights and none of the flooding problems of the field. Does the “community” need two developments on the same field, one with ideal facilities and the other without? Read on……

J Morgan

See also: Herringthorpe Playingfields Developments Map and to sign a petition, Herringthorpe Playing Fields Lease Petition