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New park on site of former Wisewood School moving forward

23 Mar

 

Plans for a new park on the site of the former Wisewood Secondary School in north Sheffield are moving forward.

Sheffield City Council had previously agreed to the exchange of a parcel of land from the former school site, which closed in 2011, with part of Spider Park.

The proposal would see part of the former school site developed as a new playground, while part of the existing Spider Park, off Sevenfields Lane on the Wadsley-Wisewood border, be developed for housing.

Now the council has approved an extra sliver of land in the deal, around a third of an acre to ensure that the quality of housing and impact on the surrounding area is sympathetic.

The council can now progress the disposal of the land to the preferred bidder, who will be required to submit a planning application, with the monies raised from the sale funding the installation and maintenance of the new playground.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m thrilled that, after a considerable period of time, this land swap can take place and a new park created where it is much-needed.

“The council’s preferred developer has made a commitment to ensuring the park moves ahead whilst also bringing a high-quality housing scheme forward.

“The existing Spider Park is poorly used whilst the new site on the former Wisewood School is in a much better location for the communities of Wadsley, Wisewood and Sutton. I’m convinced it will be a big success.
“Meanwhile, the new housing overlooking the rest of Spider Park, which enjoys great views over Sheffield, will make it a safer environment for all.”

The new parcel of land will accommodate an extension to Sevenfields Lane and the provision of a pedestrian route through the site.

New houses to the north side of Spider Park would provide natural surveillance over the remaining parkland and make the path between Dial House Road and Sevenfields Lane safer to use.

The proposed new children’s play area on part of the school site would help to meet the shortage of children’s play facilities in the local area and complete a recreational hub to complement the Wisewood Sports Centre, run by Places 4 People, and floodlit artificial pitches.

Section 106 contributions from the developer at Spider Park would help to fund the play area and its ongoing maintenance, with some additional Section 106 funding covering the balance needed.

 

Margaret Young, Chair of the Wisewood, Wadsley and Loxley TARA, said: “We are very pleased that the project is moving forward and we are very much looking forward to seeing the playground completed as it is just what the Wisewood area needs. The residents of Wisewood have been waiting a long time for this.”

 

Councillor Josie Paszek, ward councillor, for Hillsborough added: “I regularly attend meetings in the area and am frequently asked about the progress of the playground. This is brilliant news for the Wisewood area and like a lot of local people I think it will be a major asset for local people. We are looking forward to consulting and working with local residents and children to ensure the playground is everything they wish for.”

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Castlegate Clear Up 22nd April 2017, all welcome to come along and join in

13 Mar

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Sheffield Green Spaces General Meeting 15th March 2017

7 Mar

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Come on board The Great British Spring Clean

9 Feb

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with one simple ambition. To bring together people from across the country to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

In 2015, one enthusiastic individual – Melissa Murdoch – had an idea to get people from all walks of life together in cleaning up the rubbish that surrounds us. Together, with Adrian Evans, Keep Britain Tidy, Country Life Magazine and a range of supporting partners the Clean for The Queen campaign inspired 250,000 people to get involved in local clean ups through March 2016. But we couldn’t leave it there…

Through March 2017, we want to inspire 500,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.

We’re calling on individuals, community groups, charities, sports clubs, business, local authorities and many more to sign up and take part.

You’ll join an ever growing band of people who have had enough of other people’s litter, are willing to donate their time to help clear it up and want to see an end to littering.

You can find out how to get involved here

Scrap Dragon (recycling)Grand opening 26th Jan 2017

17 Jan

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Consultation on the Sheaf and Upper Don flood protection schemes

20 Sep

Have your say on how to protect Sheffield from flooding

We are now consulting on the Sheaf and Upper Don flood protection schemes.

Sheffield City Council is working with the Environment Agency on an ambitious £83m investment programme to better protect Sheffield from flooding.

The city flooded in 1973, during the 90’s and more recently in June 2007 causing considerable damage and the tragic loss of life.

We need your views on how we can make sure Sheffield’s homes, communities and businesses are better protected from flooding. This will also help us to build new homes, encourage more businesses and jobs into the city and improve our beautiful rivers for more people to enjoy.

This consultation is open to everyone who would like to comment on the options to prevent flood waters damaging our homes and businesses. You can provide feedback at one of our consultation drop in events or complete our online questionnaire.

Regather Co-Op, Amey And The Friends Of Club Garden Put Down New Roots (5th Dec) In The Tree Council’s National Tree Week

3 Dec

Regather Co-Op, Amey and the Friends of Club Garden PUT DOWN NEW ROOTS IN

THE TREE COUNCIL’S NATIONAL TREE WEEK

The community of Lansdowne and Club Garden, with the help of Regather Charity and Amey will be making a deep-rooted change to the landscape and environment in their local area by planting 3 fruit trees donated by Amey on Salmon Street and Hobart Street and planting 5 fruit trees in the Club Garden community green space during The Tree Council’s 2015 National Tree Week (from 28th November to 6th December).

This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Tree Week, the UK’s biggest annual tree celebration, which was first held in 1975.

With the help of a grant from The Tree Council, the lead UK tree campaigning partnership, volunteers from Amey and Regather will be planting 5 fruit trees, including apple and pear and completing extensive work to improve the green space, including a new bench, a new raised bed, mulching, and litter and shrub removal.

There will also be a Community Celebration with the help of the Real Junk Food Project Sheffield on Saturday 5th December from 10am – 12pm at Regather Works, Club Garden Road. Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be available on a pay as you feel basis.