As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle (see below), The South Yorkshire Times, the Yorkshire Post andWeAreBarnsley.com, the Government announced yesterday that Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham will not get their Yorkshire Forward assets, but Sheffield will. The assets in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham will now lie with the Housing and Communities Agency.
Yorkshire Forward, which is being wound down, owns 34 sites in South Yorkshire - 13 in Rotherham, eight in Sheffield, eight in Barnsley and six in Doncaster.
Michael Dugher and Barnsley Council have been calling for the buildings and land owned by the agency to remain in public hands in the county, particularly as some are key to regeneration projects.
Commenting, Michael Dugher, said:
“This is a real betrayal of Barnsley. Sheffield will be able to keep the Yorkshire Forward assets, but other areas will not be given the same opportunities because they are not regarded as “core cities” by this out-of-touch Government. Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham should be entitled to the same help as other areas. We are not asking for a hand-out here, we are just asking for the Government to unlock these assets which could give us huge potential to boost local private and public sector jobs.”