Towns stripped of assets

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AN MP has hit out against Government plans to deny South Yorkshire towns their assets from Yorkshire Forward.

Only Sheffield will receive its assets from the wound-down agency that owns 34 sites in South Yorkshire - 13 in Rotherham, eight in Sheffield, eight in Barnsley and six in Doncaster.

The assets in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham will now stay with the Housing and Communities Agency.

Barnsley east MP Michael Dugher and Barnsley Council have called for the buildings and land owned by the agency to remain in public hands in the county, particularly as some are key to regeneration projects.

Mr Dugher said: “This is a real betrayal of Barnsley. Sheffield will be able to keep the Yorkshire Forward assets, but other areas will not be given the same opportunities because they are not regarded as “core cities”.

“Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham should be entitled to the same help as other areas”.