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English Heritage/Historic England were corncerned about the tall developments that are planned around the furnace.

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Good to see you’ll be doing in-depth reporting on local election constituencies. Why don’t you duck under the Tinsley Viaduct and visit Rotherham? We have 5 candidates - and not one of them’s a Tory! Now you might not find that surprising: Rotherham is hardly leafy suburbia, is it? (But what do you know? How many Sheffielders can name even ONE Rotherham suburb? OK, Millmoor. And?)

Anyroad, first there was no Conservative candidate, then there was one, then she was withdrawn at the last minute. So we have Reform, Labour (Sarah Champion MP), Lib Dem “for a fair deal", Green, Workers’ Party of Britain “for Gaza”, and an independent. Who’s a poor Tory to vote for? And will the “for Gaza” tag encourage the large Muslim population to vote for George Galloway’s party rather than for Labour?

(did I just hit Post?)

Cheers.

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And I forget to mention the Yorkshire Party, who are also standing in Rotherham. A full list of candidates can be found...you know where.

And I accidentally deleted the comments of someone (Sue?) who could name some Rotherham suburbs. Sorry Sue.

But my core question is - do you report on Rotherham issues, or does your world stop at Templeborough?

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Hi Stephen. We mainly cover Sheffield but do venture further out into South Yorkshire for the right story. We will be doing a story about Rotherham before the election.

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That’s good to know.

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Brinsworth, Whiston, Masbrough, Greasbrough, Maltby, Dinningron ......

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I'm in a really mean bad mood today. So here are my Comments:-

1. Public notices - Dan: don't push your luck!

2. Home of the week. It looks fine to me. Could Tribune readers please note that IMHO refurbishment is an environmental issue. All that stripping out of materials and replacing them with new stuff? Live with what you've got: it won't kill you.

3. I'm not sure about the "Home of the Week" feature anyway. Are Tribune readers supposed to be able to afford these des. rezzies? Should the Tribune be running such an aspirational feature anyway, when it's supposed to be egalitarian and interested in furthering the welfare of ordinary people?

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I work in public rights of way and have done for over 40 years (I no longer work for a Council).

When Councils make Orders to change the public rights of way network or to amend the legal records Councils keep about public rights of way, the legislation requires that public notices be published in a newspaper circulating in the local area. When I started work most sizable towns had more than one newspaper, so there was a competitive market - and pretty much every household got a local newspaper delivered. Now my colleagues who still work in local authorities struggle in some parts of the country to find any local print paper to publish notices in (some have considered using national newspapers - because the requirement is that the newspaper 'circulates' in the area, not that it is specifically a 'local' paper). Councils have been told that online publications do not meet the requirements of the legislation and a couple of Councils that tried publishing their own 'newspaper' to get round the lack of a local print paper or to publish notices at a lower cost were told that this wasn't legitimate.

We have lobbied for a change in the legislation - the current Government decided that this was not necessary and that the publication of public notices was still required. Sometimes it is possible for Councils to pass on the costs of the publication to private individuals or companies - but a lot have to be funded from the public purse. I think we should be questioning whether this is the best use of "our" money.

Interestingly though, during the pandemic the Government suspended the requirements to advertise traffic regulation orders - we are back to the normal regime now, but you can find the archived guidance here. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traffic-orders-advertising-during-coranavirus-covid-19/advertising-traffic-regulation-orders-during-coronavirus-covid-19

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That's really interesting Sue, thanks. I think e-mail newsletters should be acceptable because they have a delivery mechanism and a "circulation" - i.e. it's not just putting something on a website and hoping it gets noticed

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I agree. And, the public could also specifically sign up to receive emails direct from the Council about things they are interested in. (Much like I have signed up to get updates about the bin collections on email.) If that was encouraged that would be much more effective in making sure people saw information that they were interested in. You might not want to see every planning application that has to be advertised in the local paper (not all have to be advertised); but you might be particularly interested in applications that affect a particular locale, or listed building.

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I am amazed to learn Pat Duffy is still alive. I remember his face clearly from the election leaflets what seems like a lifetime ago. It would be lovely if our former MP got published at 103.

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