Town backing out of 'eco-vision' plan under green-sceptic mayor

PLANS to create an "eco-vision" for the Dearne Valley may have to continue without support from one of the three councils involved after doubt was cast on the project's long-term benefits.

Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster councils signed up to the eco-vision scheme in late 2007, and consultants were engaged to draw up blueprints for the former industrial and mining area.

Work is being overseen by the Dearne Valley Special Board – chaired by Wentworth MP and Housing Minister John Healey – and aims to make the valley a "pioneer" in low-carbon living.


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