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South Yorkshire Police Motorcycle Team – Tackling Off-Roaders

20 Dec

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The Great British Spring Clean 2018 is coming….!!

28 Nov

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Heroes assemble. On the weekend of the 2-4 March 2018, we want you to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.

Join our growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.

Register today for the Great British Spring Clean 2018 and together we can make a difference.

Register now: http://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean

Sheffield Green Spaces Forum General Meeting 20th Sept 2017 – All welcome

14 Sep

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The next forum is Wednesday, 20th September at 7pm in the University of Sheffield Arts Tower, Floor 13 Rm 13:17. The full address is below along with parking information; only those with permits can park in the Arts Tower car park now.

Agenda Items

Volunteer recruitment and retention – Roo Mahmid from Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) will be the main speaker with Sue Pearson from VAS also speaking later in the meeting about her project.

If you have any questions for Roo please could you send them to s.hardy@sgsf.org.uk prior to the meeting 

If anyone has any good news from their group or events to promote and share, please let us know and we will allocate a time slot for you in the meeting (usually about 3 minutes)

There will also be an update on the Parks Insurance Scheme.

Venue

University of Sheffield
Arts Tower
Rm 13:17 Floor 13

Bolsover Street
S3 7NA

Refreshments provided

PLEASE NOTE – parking is no longer available in the Arts Tower car park and fines will be issued for those parking without permits.

Blue badge holders can park in the Geography and Planning building car park which is on Winter Street, S3 7ND. Make sure that the blue badge is on display. 

For non-blue badge holders, there are two options.

1 – Parking is available in the Durham Street car park which is behind the Students’ Union building, S10 2JA. It is a Q-car park so is expensive and would be a good 5 minute walk to the Arts Tower.

2 – A cheaper option is on-road parking. Park on Bolsover Street, S3 7NA. This is the road that the Arts Tower is on. At 6.30pm, the bus lane is no longer ‘active’ and so you can park there without any problem. Or you can have a check around the residential area for parking (e.g.on Mushroom Lane (S3 7NZ) when you arrive.

We hope to see you there

Sarah

Secretary

SGSF

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Colley Park Improvements Consultation

24 Aug

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Interested in history or ancestry ? this Sheffield cemetery event may be just for you – Wardsend Cemetery 160th Anniversay Event 25th June 2017

24 May

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Sunday 25th June 2017, 2pm – 5pm

Brass band

Raffle

Tombola

Arts and crafts

Stalls – including Wardsend Cemetery information stall

Sheffield Wildlife Trust

And much much more…………

More details will be posted here as the event nears…  https://www.facebook.com/groups/wardsendcemeteryproject/

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Sheffield Green Spaces Annual General Meeting 17th May 2017 – Groups Welcome

15 May

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Protecting Sheffield from Flooding Scheme move’s forward

20 Apr

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Schemes to protect city from flooding take a step forward

It’s one of the largest flood defence programmes in any UK city.

Last year we consulted the public on options being considered for the Upper Don and Sheaf catchments, as part of the Protecting Sheffield from Flooding programme.

And now, following public feedback and further technical analysis, some of the options can be ruled out, while others are being progressed for further consideration.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment, said:  “We all remember the 2007 floods that caused such devastation to the city and, tragically, the loss of two lives.

“Ten years on, we as a council are driving forward these plans to ensure we are doing all we can to ensure that property flooding on this scale never happens again in our city.

“In progressing this vital work, we are listening to the views of communities and organisations, who are helping to shape our approach and the direction of the programme as it develops.

“This is potentially one of the largest investment programmes in the country when it comes to flood protection, and we need to get it right. We are therefore moving forward with working up more detailed proposals that are appropriate for Sheffield’s unique landscape and that will also protect the city from flooding for generations to come.”

Last year, Sheffield City Council’s flood protection team ran a consultation on a large number of potential measures aimed at protecting residents and businesses in the Upper Don, Porter and Sheaf valleys from flooding.  This consulation was advertised on the North Sheffield blog for the North area:  North Sheffield flood defence consultation

Sheffield’s approach to managing floodwater will begin with slowing the flow of water upstream, before it enters the city. This involves natural flood management, exploring the use of existing reservoirs, and creating flood storage areas in existing open spaces within floodplains. These flood storage areas would temporarily store flood water and release it slowly after a severe storm. For the majority of the time they would be dry, and used for recreation or as wildlife habitats.

The next stage of the council’s approach involves containing floodwater that does enter the city, by removing pinch points and building flood defences along rivers. Rather than just walls, these defences can involve environmental enhancements, such as pocket park that was recently built on the River Don at Nursery Street.

Further flood resilience measures are also being considered. These include securing improved river maintenance in the long term and improved flood emergency responses, to reduce disruption and allow people to get back to normal more quickly after a flood.

Following feedback given during the public consultation, as well further technical analysis and design, the programme team are now no longer considering options for flood storage areas at Wharncliffe Side downstream, Oughtibridge, Beeley Wood, Loxley Malin Bridge, Loxley Rowell Bridge, Rivelin Wolf Wheel, Totley Brook and Whiteley Woods.

In the Sheaf catchment areas, options that remain under consideration include rural land management and natural flood management; flood storage areas at Abbey Brook, Endcliffe Park, Mayfield and Millhouses Park and flood defences along the river around Abbeydale Road, Little London Road, Broadfield Road and Queens Road. Removal of pinch points is also under consideration, such as the one caused by the bridge at Saxon Road.

In the Upper Don meanwhile, options include looking at the use of existing reservoirs, rural land management and natural flood management, flood storage in areas including the Roscoe site in the Rivelin valley, the Wisewood site in the Loxley valley and upstream at Wharncliffe Side; defences along the river at Stocksbridge, Oughtibridge, Winn Gardens, Hillsborough, Loxley and Kelham Island, and catchment-wide measures to improve overall resilience to flooding. Consideration is also being given to channel re-grading and weir removal, downstream of Penistone Road Bridge on the River Loxley.

Consideration of the above options will be informed by the comments, questions and concerns raised by members of the public during the consultation.

In the coming months, a preferred option will be selected for each of the Sheaf and Upper Don catchment areas. These options will include a range of flood protection measures and will be the ones best suited to protecting the city from extreme flood events, while also taking into account the consultation responses, Government cost-benefit rules and any potential environmental impact.

The outline business case will be submitted to central Government later in the year. If approved for government funding, a process of detailed design will get underway during 2018.

This will involve further public consultation with affected parties, key organisations, the planning authority and communities to ensure that the final designs are the best they can be.

The overall programme involves six separate flood alleviation schemes, to protect homes and businesses in different parts of the city. In addition to the Upper Don flood alleviation scheme and the Sheaf and Porter Brook flood alleviation scheme, the following schemes also form part of this programme:

  • A Lower Don Valley programme, which is already nearing completion;
  • a culvert renewal programme;
  • an environmental scheme to manage flooding and surface water from planned developments on the Manor and Arbourthorne estates; and
  • a flood alleviation scheme on the upper Blackburn Brook, to benefit homes and businesses in Chapeltown and Ecclesfield.

The economic benefits of the programme, should the council achieve its objectives, include the potential for 15,000 new jobs, 27,000 new homes, 40 new businesses and £150million economic growth for Sheffield per year.

Coun Lodge added: “Over the next 50 years, around 6,000 households and 2,000 businesses in our city will be at risk of flooding due to climate change, so we have no choice but to do all we can now to prevent this.

“This flooding could come at an economic cost of £1bn to Sheffield, as well as proving catastrophic for residents and businesses.

“That’s why I’m so pleased we are pressing ahead with these schemes. We will do, and are doing, our very best to protect Sheffield from flooding, now and into the future.”

You can read the public consultation interim report here:  http://www.floodprotectionsheffield.com/pages/consultation

Great News for much loved pavilion in Stocksbridge

7 Mar

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Much-loved pavilion destined for new lease of life 

Steps to help save a much-loved community building, and protect it for years to come, have been taken by Sheffield City Council and the local community.

The Inman Pavilion, overlooking Oxley Park in Stocksbridge, has hosted local groups and clubs since the 1950’s but is in need of significant upgrade and improvement.

Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet, acting as the Trustees of the Oxley Park charitable trust, is set to agree a new 25-year lease to the Garden Village Community Association at a nominal rent.

The Community Association, which is also a charity, originally built the pavilion in the 1950’s on land owned by the Oxley Park Trust and has successfully operated and repaired it since then.

It has now asked for a much longer lease to enable bids to be made for external funding to support a number of improvements, including a re-wire, re-cladding of the building and preservation of the parquet floor, and energy efficiency works.

The renewal of the lease helps to guarantee the future of activities such as the out-of-school science club, line dancing classes and children’s choir which currently run from the pavilion.

Beryl Sharp, chairman of the Garden Village Community Association, said: “We are delighted that the lease has been extended as this gives us much more scope to bid for much-needed funding to retrofit the building, so the hard work starts here!

“It’s a bit like stepping into the Tardis – it looks small on the outside but it’s so spacious inside. The five trustees of the Association have worked so hard with the Council to get us to this point. We have an ambition to make the building more sustainable and secure its place in the community for years to come.”

Local councillor Richard Crowther added: “The pavilion and all the groups that use it are important to our community and we will continue working hard to help keep it going long into the future. If you live in Stocksbridge but don’t currently use the pavilion, I’d encourage you to pop up and see what’s going on.”

Councillor Ben Curran, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources at Sheffield City Council, said: “The council will always do what it can to help strengthen our communities and having social groups like this is a big thing. I’m very pleased to support the efforts to sustain and boost this much loved pavilion.

“The community association has worked incredibly hard to manage it for the benefit of local people in Stocksbridge and I want to congratulate them on their efforts.”

Visit the Inman Pavilion’s Facebook page to find out more about the pavilion and groups running there: www.facebook.com/groups/341879422649268/

Find out more about Sheffield City Council’s decision to grant the long term lease by reading its March Cabinet paper at www.sheffield.gov.uk

The five trustees of the Garden Village Community Association are Beryl Sharp, Gillian Woolf, James O’ Neill, Mark Wrigley and Brian Grundill. Mahroof Mohammed MRICS of Mark Jenkinson & Co is acting for the Garden Village Community Association on the lease renewal.

 

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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