The Area Council received the minutes of the previous meeting held on 15th June 2017.
A discussion took place regarding affordable housing provision in the area (Minute No 4). It was acknowledged that traditionally Penistone has not done well in terms of provision of affordable housing. Members felt that there is a need to understand why developers are not willing to develop affordable housing schemes in the area, as this is an issue which concerns local residents. The lack of council land and the limited affordable sites on which to develop housing association/social housing schemes may well be a factor. Sarah Cartwright (Group Leader, Housing Growth) has been invited to attend the October meeting to update Members in this respect.
It was reported that the DIAL project (Minute No 6) has been extremely successful, with people often queuing outside the door and individual appointments lasting in excess of 30 minutes. The project will need to be carefully monitored to ensure the service is not overstretched as it is relies heavily on volunteers.
Both the Tour de Yorkshire and the Armed Forces Day had been very successful and well received by the community. Ambitious plans are in hand in respect of the latter for future years.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the Penistone Area Council meeting held on 15th June 2017 be approved as a true and correct record.