Community news - Netherton

CHESS: The West Bretton team has started the Huddersfield Handicap League well as it registered its second win in two matches. In spite of defaulting one board and giving away a one point start on handicap it still won 4-2 (4-3 on handicap). Winners were Granville Boot, Chris Tinker, Dave Toulson and John Eagers.

NETHERTON SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB: There have been reports that Sitlington Parish Council was buying Netherton Sports and Social Club because it was in financial difficulties. These are not true. At a special general meeting of the club earlier in the year the members agreed to offer the land and buildings to the parish council to ensure they were retained for the benefit of the people of Netherton. Sitlington Parish Council, supported by the Yorkshire Association, has applied to the government for a loan of £90,000 to pay off any debts incurred by the club and convert the club to a community centre, with a permanent parish council office in the building, new kitchen and storage facilities for clubs and societies that may wish to use the facilities. It is anticipated that, by only opening the bar on profitable nights, or when hired for functions, the facility will break even, as the anticipated government loan will be at lower interest rates. Therefore, in return for its £90,000 the parish council will gain assets well over ten times that value. I am sure that if a similar situation ever arose in Middlestown the parish council would not be stupid enough to turn down such an advantageous offer.

POLICE REPORT: Monthly crime figures in September were slightly down on the August totals, with 11 offences recorded of which five were in Netherton. Police have assured the Parish Council that, through the SAFE scheme, there will be extra patrols in Sitlington on Halloween night, Mischief night and bonfire night. The police are specifically reminding people to lock their cars when leaving them.

BUS SERVICES: Bus services in the parish will be unaffected by the review of bus services. However, another review in a year’s time will be considering services that cross the Wakefield boundary. One possible suggestion is that people living in outlying villages like Netherton, Middlestown, Overton and Flockton may have to change at smaller towns like Horbury to get access to Wakefield. Unless transfer tickets were introduced this would considerably increase the cost of travel.

20 MPH SPEED LIMIT: The 20 mph speed limit from the mini-roundabout at the junction of Blacker Lane and Netherton Lane, extending up Netherton Lane past Netherton J&I School, has not been a success. Speed checks on the road showed only an average improvement of ½mph.