Anston and Woodsetts Ward

Anston and Woodsetts ward plan


Providing vibrant, connected and safe neighbourhoods is a priority for Rotherham Council and communities are at the heart of everything we do. We were elected as your Anston and Woodsetts Ward Councillors to listen to your views and work with you to make a difference in the local community.

We know many of our residents are passionate about making their community a better place to live and we are here to work in partnership and make these improvements a reality. In order to develop this Ward plan we spoke to you to find out what matters the most. We did this through a number of events and just by speaking to you whilst out and about in the community.

The priorities laid out in this plan will contribute to three key outcomes which are set out in ‘Thriving Neighbourhoods’, our neighbourhood strategy for 2018- 2025:

  • Neighbourhoods are safe and welcoming with good community spirit
  • Residents are happy, healthy and love where they live
  • Residents use their skills and assets to contribute to the outcomes that matter to them.

We’re now looking forward to working together to make these priorities come to life. The Ward plan will be updated regularly and placed on the Council website so everyone can see what’s being achieved in Anston and Woodsetts. If you haven’t yet been involved but want to have your say, it’s not too late. Our contact details are included on our ward page.

The Ward today

The Anston and Woodsetts ward includes the localities of North and South Anston and Woodsetts.


  • Dwellings in 2016: 4,874 (4,773 in 2011)
  • Households in 2016: 4,759 (4,632 in 2011)
  • Estimated Tenure: 83% owner occupied, 9% social rented, 8% private rented

The number of dwellings in Anston and Woodsetts has increased by 101 (+2.1%) since 2011 and there are 127 more households (+2.8%).


Anston and Woodsetts had rates of poor health and disability below the Borough average in 2011 but higher than the national average in the case of disability, reflected also in DLA claims in 2015.


Deprivation in Anston and Woodsetts is well below the Borough average and in most of the ward is also well below the national average. There is one neighbourhood which is far more deprived than the ward average, in central North Anston (around Windmill Road and Woodland Drive) which is within the most deprived 10% of England. North Anston and Woodsetts are generally more deprived than South Anston, which is one of the least deprived areas in Rotherham.


  • Key Stage 2 Level 4 in Reading, Writing and Maths 2014: 83.5% (Rotherham 77%, England 78%)
  • 5+ GCSE inc English and Maths 2014: 65.1% (Rotherham 55%, England 53.4%)
  • Primary and secondary attainment in 2014 was above the Rotherham and national averages.
  • Highest Level of Qualification (2011 Census):
  • Degree or diploma 24.0% (Rotherham 17.4%, England 27.4%)
  • No Qualifications 23.1% (Rotherham 29.8%, England 22.5%)

Crime and anti-social Behaviour

Levels of recorded crime and anti-social behaviour in Anston and Woodsetts are less than half the Rotherham average.

Ward priorities

For the municipal year 2020/21 your ward councillors have taken a look at refreshing the local priorities to help meet the needs of the community. After consulting with partners, internal colleagues and, most importantly, the community, the following priorities have been agreed

  1. Support local voluntary and community organisations that provide activities and services for older people, young people and families, particularly those that have been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic
  2. To support initiatives that address that address the health and wellbeing of the ward.
    • Support activities that promote good mental health,
    • Promote initiatives that reduce social isolation
  3. To support activities that will improve the environment.