News In Brief: Firework started garden hedge fire

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A STRAY firework is thought to have caused a 20ft-high hedge to catch light.

Firefighters from Doncaster Fire Station received a series of calls about the blaze in Hill Top Crescent, Wheatley Hills, which was visible from a long distance because of the height of the flames.

They turned two hose reels on the fire, which broke out at 12.30am yesterday.

The fire also damaged a shed but firefighters were able to stop it spreading to the house at the other end of the garden.

Playground worry

HATFIELD Town Council has received a complaint from the public over groups of youths gathering at night around children’s play equipment in Dunscroft.

A resident has raised concerns about the positioning of the multi-use games area on the fields at Station Road.

The complaint stated youths were congregating there late and night, claiming it was causing problems.

The resident also warned councillors meeting at the authority’s Cuckoo Lane offices that new play equipment at the site could cause further problems.

Heart charity cash

A CHARITY bike ride which started and finished at Tickhill Cricket Club has raised £1,400 for a young people’s heart charity.

The event was organised by Dinnington Racing Club and former Conisbrough GP Robert Hinchliffe, whose 33-year-old son also called Robert, was a talented cyclist who died suddenly while out training.

The money will be donated to the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Plans are now being made for a charity ride next year, on Sunday, November 4.

Appeal rejected

GOVERNMENT inspectors have rejected an appeal against a Doncaster Council planning decision to reject proposals for a house and garage in Grange Close, Bessacarr.

Inspector Chris Hoult said David Verity’s plan for a three-bedroom house on the land would create a building which would appear cramped, and would harm the character of the area and the street scene.

Restaurant plan

PLANS have been submitted to Doncaster Council for a restaurant or cafe in the town’s Frenchgate shopping centre.

The scheme, put forward by Jacqui Xue, requires planning permission because it involves setting up the business in a site which is currently classed as retail space.