Residents invited to plan for future

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People interested in the future development of communities in South Yorkshire are being offered free training sessions.

The South Yorkshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is running a course called planning and localism: how it can work for you’ at St John’s Community Centre, Penistone, on Saturday, March 17, between 11am and 4pm.

John King, of the charity, said: “The timing of this training couldn’t be better for people who really want to make a difference to their neighbourhood.

“The Government is bringing in new ways for people to get involved in planning, but the trouble is not a lot of people know about what this could mean for them and where they live.”

The training day will look at how people can develop new neighbourhood plans. It is suitable for town and parish councillors and people working with community groups.

Places are free, but must be booked by calling 0114 2665822.

n Meanwhile, Rotherfed, which represents tenants’ and residents’ associations in Rotherham, is holding a similar event on Monday, March 19, at Springwell Gardens Community Centre, from 5pm to 7pm. For details, call 01709 368515.