28 June 2021
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|The Council has invested nearly £500,000 more in new staff and equipment this year to smarten up our streets and roadside verges – but we can’t do it alone.
Despite the best efforts of our Streetpride teams and armies of brilliant volunteer litter-pickers in communities across Rotherham, everyone can do their bit, including:
- Take your litter home or use public waste bins – there are no excuses
- Join or start up a local community litter-picking group in your area – find out more about our Love Where You Live campaign.
- Report litter, grafitti, fly-tipping or dog fouling problems on our website
- If you’re paying someone to get rid of your waste, it’s your responsibility to check their credentials and ensure you only use a properly registered waste carrier and that they issue you with a Waste Transfer Notice.
|Our #GetRidReyt campaign is putting the spotlight on unscrupulous people who use our countryside, public spaces and local communities as their personal dumping ground for their waste.
We are regularly sharing videos and images of people caught in the act dumping their rubbish – we need your help to identify them and bring them to justice. The man in this video was caught dumping bags of waste in Kimberworth but we were unable to trace him by the registration plate on his car.
You can see all the fly tippers we’re currently looking for on the Get Rid Reyt website and look out for more appeals on our Twitter and Facebook pages by searching #GetRidReyt
The owner of this property in Fox Street was given a hefty fine for failing to clear this rubbish from his garden
The Council has recently secured court convictions against three people who have repeatedly ignored warnings to clear piles of rubbish from their properties.
Rubbish piled around homes is an eyesore, attracts pests and is unfair on the rest of the community. In all three of these council staff spoke to the residents, issued community protection notices and on-the-spot fines.
But when the eyesores were still not cleared, the Council was left with no other option than to take formal legal action.
At a hearing which was open to the public and press, Doncaster Magistrates Court ordered Mr Rasyte Kavaliauskai of View Road to pay £534.57, Mr Costel Orasanu of Fox Street to pay £537.85 and Miss Eva Tulejova of Grosvenor Road to pay £535.51. These amounts include penalties and costs. Payment will be enforced by the court – penalties for non-payment of court debts can include a prison sentence.
There are four household waste and recycling centres in the Borough, open seven days a week, and the Council offers a bulky waste collection service from just £30. There are also private waste removal businesses – but you must check they hold a waste carriers’ licence and ensure they give you a waste transfer note.
Details of Rotherham Council’s bin collections (including garden waste), bulky waste collections and household waste recycling centres can be found at www.rotherham.gov.uk/environment
Click the image to view the Forge Island video
In the first of a series of new videos about Rotherham’s exciting plans for the regeneration of our Town Centre, we take a look at the Forge Island development, which will breathe new life into an historic former industrial site, in a great river and canalside location.
The development will include a new hotel, food and drink outlets, set within an attractive public square with a new pedestrian bridge connecting the scheme to the wider town centre.
Watch the video and start to get excited about what is to come!
And find out more about these and other plans at the Rotherham Town Centre website.
Going to Town
There was more good news last week with the news that we have successfully secured £31.6m from the Towns Fund for improvement projects at Templeborough, Eastwood and sites in the town centre.
Rotherham was one of 101 areas invited to produce a Town Investment Plan for economic growth, in order to access up to £25m of government funding, with the possibility of additional funds for exceptional and particularly credible plans.
It is testament to the quality and vision of those plans that Rotherham’s bid has not only been successful, but secured a higher-level investment than many other places.
The Town Investment Plan focuses on a number of schemes deliverable within five years, including:
- creating a Riverside Residential Quarter and better access to enjoy the waterfront
- regenerating the Guest & Chrimes heritage site (see artists impression) to provide attractive public spaces and leisure facilities
- improved housing and local connectivity for Eastwood
- creating a new heart for the business community in Templeborough by making under-used sites productive again, improving travel connections and creating new spaces for hospitality and meetings.
- create attractive public spaces and transform derelict heritage buildings on High Street and Corporation Street – creating a gateway from the Minster Gardens across to the new Forge Island leisure development.
- Support development of a new mainline railway station for Rotherham.
More details on our website.
|Rotherham is taking part in Thank You Dayon 4 July – a UK-wide celebration of all the people whose actions, big or small, have made a difference to us.
And we hope you’ll join us in saying thank you to the people who have helped you and others through the last 18 months.
It could be your child’s teacher, a carer, the hospital, vaccination centre, refuse collector, milkman, shop assistant or a close relative – anyone who has made a difference to you, someone you know, or your community.
Thank You Day is calling on people to mark the day by getting together with their neighbours, friends and family and joining in a huge nationwide thank you; and is backed by household names including the Archbishop of Canterbury, actor Michael Sheen, astronaut Tim Peake, paralympian Ellie Simmonds, theatre artistic director Kwame Kei-Armah, adventurer Bear Grylls, presenter Gary Lineker and chef and Big Lunch ambassador Ainsley Harriott.
Look out for the Thank You Day videos on our Twitter and Facebook accounts on 4th July – and please share your own messages, using the hashtags #ThankYouRotherham and #ThankYouDay
|All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their families resident in the UK by 31 Dec 2020, must apply to the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme to continue to work, study and access healthcare after 30 June.
Support for anyone living in the Rotherham Borough to make an application is available from local voluntary organisations, Clifton Learning Partnership and Rotherham Citizens Advice.
Anyone who is waiting for their application to be determined will continue to be entitled to the same rights whilst they are awaiting a decision but may need to provide the email acknowledgement for their application to local service providers, landlords or employers when required.
Your opinion matters
Did you know the Council is regularly asking local residents and businesses for their views on a huge variety of topics?
From taxi licensing to cycling strategies and our annual budget to local plans, we would really like to hear your views on what’s happening locally, what you support, what you’re against – and why. Public opinion matters.
All our live consultations are available to view on our website, which is regularly updated.