Emergency meeting over Doncaster boundaries row

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Revised plans to re-jig the political map of Doncaster have sparked another row over plans for villages to share councillors.

Community leaders in Barnby Dun have called an emergency meeting after the Boundary Commission for England’s amended plans for re-organising the borough’s council wards proposed merging their village with Stainforth.

Barnby Dun is currently lumped in with Edenthorpe and Kirk Sandall. Earlier plans to split up Edenthorpe into two wards were dropped after residents opposed the proposals.

Now Barnby Dun with Kirk Sandall Parish Council is holding a emergency meeting on Wednesday to decide what they can do about the latest scheme.

Coun Paul Bissett said: “People in Barnby Dun are up in arms about this. We think it will cause massive problems and we’re looking at having a public meeting.

“We are worried that, if this goes ahead, all the funding that comes to the area will go to Stainforth rather than Kirk Sandall.

“We would sooner they kept Edenthorpe, Barnby Dun and Kirk Sandall together, and just had fewer councillors here.”

The commission unveiled its latest proposals, which would see the total number of Doncaster councillors cut from 63 to 55, on Wednesday. Final recommendations are due in November.

Commission chairman Max Calling said they had listened to all the views put forward to them in the last consultation.