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.”
This month, on the anniversary of The Great Sheffield Flood of 1864, Hugh Waterhouse will be leading the first of this year’s Wardsend Cemetery tours.
Hugh will recount how the wall of water that raced down the Loxley Valley, ripping up everything in its path, was responsible for the massisve destruction of property and the loss of hundreds of lives. The inundation had a devastating impact on the communities that lay just across the river from Wardsend, crashing against the hillside on which the cemetery stands and continuing on its deadly journey towards Sheffiled and beyond.
You will hear too the stories of some of the victims buried in the cemetery, the experiences of some of the survivors who were laid to rest there later and how the poor and the wealthy were treated by the flood commissioners.
This tour won’t be repeated again this year so be sure not to miss it.
The tour starts at 10.30 am and finishes at 12.00 pm.
Suggested donation £2.00 to help conserve Wardsend Cemetery. The Friends group are all volunteers.
There is a small car park just below the cemetery on Club Mill Road as well as some on street parking before the bridge on Livesey Street.
We would like to know what people living in Sheffield feel should be the priorities for the wards they live in.
Each year every ward in Sheffield produces a list of three or four Ward Priorities; this is your opportunity as a local resident to have your say about what they should be for your neighbourhood. The ward priorities contribute to discussions with partners on local activity so you can see from them what local councillors and partners are working towards in your area. Councillors also use the ward priorities to help them decide how they allocate ward pot money to local groups and services in the ward.
Please follow the link below to fill in the short online questionnaire; although it shouldn’t take more than about five minutes there is space to add additional comments if you want to spend more time giving a detailed response.
Click this link to see the current Ward Priorities for the Central area.