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Sheffield set to become World Class Extreme Sports Destination

29 Nov


Sheffield ski village and the surrounding area is a step closer to making a ramped up return to the city as part of a world-class sports, leisure and entertainment development bringing hundreds of jobs to the city.

Sheffield Council has appointed the EXTREME Destinations-led consortium to deliver a 48-acre long-term sustainable EXTREME branded sports, leisure and entertainment solution at Parkwood, Sheffield’s country park in the city, following a competitive bidding process.

An initial 100 new full-time jobs are expected to result from the £22.5million development, which should see the re-instatement of Sheffield’s much-loved ski slopes and MTB tracks in phase one of the project.

The agreement between Sheffield City Council and EXTREME Destinations, in partnership with leading UK facilities operator Continuum Attractions, will see the development, provision and operation of a world-class sports and leisure ‘experience’ complex with exciting and modern facilities for residents, tourists and action sports enthusiasts alike in the heart of Sheffield city.

EXTREME’s unique brand and destination experience will incorporate a combination of action and adventure sports facilities, including the possibility of an indoor sky diving facility, live music, E-Gaming and virtual-reality hub as well as a restaurants, bars, social spaces, retail and themed accommodation.

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An Important Message From British Transport Police

18 Jul

via Trespass on the Railway — South West Sheffield

Commissioner’s 2015/16 Community Grant Scheme Launched

12 May

The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings is launching his
2015/16 Community Grant Scheme.

He would like to encourage non-profit organisations to bid for funding up to £25,000 to help provide services and support to others in South Yorkshire. Organisations are required to complement the Commissioner’s strategic priorities as set out in his new Police and Crime Plan – Putting Safety First.

There is total funding of £250,000 available and organisations can bid for any amount up to the £25,000 limit.

Dr Billings said: “This grant funding is open to applications from any organisation that can demonstrate they address one of these key priorities. As I have visited people across South Yorkshire, the main priority for them is to feel safe. That is why I have set my three key strategic priorities as: protecting vulnerable people; tackling crime and antisocial behaviour; and enabling fair treatment.

“Since becoming Police and Crime Commissioner, I have had the privilege of seeing where previous grant funding has helped to turn round lives. Applications are sought from large or small organisations across Barnsley, Doncaster,
Rotherham and Sheffield.

He continued: “This is an excellent opportunity for organisations to bid for additional funding to help them expand, diversify or venture into pastures new to help the people of South Yorkshire. Many individuals across the county are vulnerable and I would like to support any group that wants to help them take back control of their lives.”

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 28 May at 2pm. Application forms and further information can be found on the Commissioner’s website at http://www.southyorkshire-

For more information please contact: Samantha Mawson, Communications Officer

Tel: 07833 483511 Email:


Fiona Topliss, Community Engagement & Communications Manager

Tel: 01226 772295 Mobile: 07468 472975




North Cabinet in the Community

6 Feb

The Sheffield City Council Cabinet comprises 9 City Councillors and takes decisions on the most significant issues facing the City Council. These include issues about the direction of the Council, its policies and strategies, as well as city-wide decisions and those which affect more than one of our services. Each year the Cabinet holds a public meeting in each of the seven Local Areas.

The Cabinet in the Community meeting is an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions of the cabinet on matters that are important to local people.

The Cabinet in the Community Meeting for the North area will be on:

Wednesday the 4th of March 2015

6.00 to 8.00pm

Lady Mabel Hall,

Ecclesfield Secondary School,

Chapeltown Road,

S35 9WD

You can submit questions on the evening or for a more informed response up to five working days in advance of the session by emailing The items for discussion will be put to the Cabinet by local people in an hour and a half session starting at 6:00pm. This will be followed by an opportunity to talk directly with individual members of the Cabinet. Refreshments will be available from 5:45pm. Please find the poster advertising the event attached – please display this poster locally if possible. Cabinet in the Community Poster 2015


26 Sep


· Special offers to thank customers for patience during rail replacement project

· Tram services resumed on schedule this month following 2014 works

· Project on track to ensure the integrity of the network for decades to come

Stagecoach Supertram has introduced a range of special offer tickets for passengers as a thank you for their patience during the rail replacement project taking place across the network.

The discounted tickets, which are available from Monday 29 September, have been introduced following the end of this year’s phase of work which was finished on time.

Existing megarider Xtra customers will receive emails this week informing them that their payments will be discounted by 25% for the next six weeks. Any new customers wanting to make the most of this offer will also pay the reduced rate of £31.50 per month until 9 November.

In addition, two new promotional tram only tickets are also being made available. The tram only dayrider ticket provides unlimited travel across the entire network on any chosen day of the week for only £3*. The tram only megarider provides seven days unlimited travel across the network for only £10.**

The company’s tram only Adult Single ticket for longer journeys has also been reduced to £1.70, a saving of 50p per journey, until 12 October.

Stagecoach Supertram Managing Director Margaret Kay said, “We’re offering these discounts to say thank you to passengers who have been patient with us during the recent rail replacements works. We understand that some of our customers will have been inconvenienced recently because of this crucial work and we appreciate their understanding during this time.”

The £32 million rail replacement project is funded by tram network owner South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and system operator Stagecoach Supertram. To date 9km of track has been replaced with a further 13km to be replaced over the next couple of years. The next stage of works will begin in Spring 2015. This is essential work which will help to protect the city’s tram network for the future for up to 30 years.

The early completion of this second phase of repair works follows the first phase of replacement work over summer last year on the section of track between Spring Lane and Park Grange Croft tram stops.

For the latest Supertram information follow @SCSupertram on twitter.

Open Farm Sunday – 8th June 2014

5 Jun

Sunday 8th June 2014 is Open Farm Sunday and Loxley Valley Community Farm on Rodney Hill, Loxley is opening their gates to visitors, for what promises to be both a fascinating and enjoyable day out for the whole family. Loxley Valley Community Farm, is delighted to be joining hundreds of other farms across the country in hosting events to celebrate British farming and food. Open Farm Sunday is an annual nationwide event, organised by LEAF, it’s a great chance to find out firsthand how our food is grown and produced sustainably and talk to the farmers responsible.

When: Sunday 8th June

– Where: Loxley Valley Community Farm, Rodney Hill, Loxley, Sheffield, S6 6TA

– Opening time: From 12 noon to 3pm

– Admission cost: Free Entry

  • –  Farm Tours
  • –  Meet the animals
  • –  Refreshments
  • –  Games
  • –  Find out about how to become a Loxley Valley farmer!

Wendy Burroughes from Loxley Valley Community Farm: “There is a lot to celebrate about British farming and food – so do come and join us on Open Farm Sunday and find out more! The team at Loxley Valley Community Farm are really looking forward to welcoming everyone and showing them around the project:

  • Loxley Valley Community Farm is a community growing project based in the north west of the city with the aim of allowing city dwellers to be their own food producers. We keep pigs, sheep, poultry and bees and well as grow vegetables. Visitors will be able to visit our smallholding, find out what we are growing currently and how they can get involved themselves.
  • We are a small scale farm and biodiversity is important to us. Visitors will be able to see how the forest garden and edible hedge, planted as part of Jubilee Woods project is coming along.
  • There will be lots to see and do including guided farm tours, a scavenger hunt as well as refreshments and sale of farm produce.

Annabel Shackleton, Open Farm Sunday manager said: “Open Farm Sunday is a great opportunity for everyone to get out into the countryside and visit a farm. It is vital that we support our farmers and understand more about the work they do,and find out for yourself how your food is produced and what it takes to look after the countryside. Hundreds of farms across the country will be opening their gates on the 8th June to celebrate British farming and food; each farm plans their own unique event and many will include a host of activities from nature walks to farm tours. So visitors will get a fascinating insight into aspects of the countryside that they wouldn’t normally see.”

This year’s event will be the ninth Open Farm Sunday. For up-to-date campaign information and to let us know about your time on the farm, follow us on Twitter – or find us on Facebook –

To find out more about LEAF and Open Farm Sunday call 02476 413911 or visit or

North Sheffield business wins at the Countryside Alliance Awards

7 May

North Sheffield based ice cream company Our Cow Molly has scooped up the prestigious Countryside Alliance Award which honours rural businesses.

They came first in the ‘Local Food’ category, beating other companies including butchers and cheese-makers. The award was presented by Secretary of State for Defra, Owen Paterson MP, at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on the 30 April.

Eddie Andrew, partner at Our Cow Molly, attributes the win to the farm’s commitment to the local community.

“We won not only because of the high quality of our products, but because of how we benefit the city and local community too,” he said. “We’re ecstatic to have won, we never thought we could be the best in the whole country!”

Our Cow Molly dairy ice cream was established in 2007, when Eddie and his family decided to diversify their products due to falling milk prices. By November 2007, they had won an award for producing one of the best quality dairy ice creams in the country.

The farm is situated in scenic Dugworth. For more information visit

Streets Ahead, Time to Talk Trees

19 Mar

The Streets Ahead team are inviting all Sheffield residents, businesses and community groups to come along and learn more about the tree process they follow when maintaining, removing and replacing the city’s highway trees.

Two identical meetings will be held on:

  • Monday 31March, 6pm – 7.15pm at the Town Hall
  • Thursday 3 April, 1.45pm – 3pm at the Town Hall

At these meetings the public can learn more about how the team:

  • Look after the city’s highway tree stock
  • How tree surveys are conducted to assess the condition of the trees
  • How the tree experts identify which trees will need to be replaced and which would benefit from a better maintenance regime

Cllr Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “The Time to Talk Trees meetings are a great opportunity for the residents of Sheffield to find out more about our processes and ask questions about how we manage the city’s highway trees.

“I know that any discussion about trees can evoke great passion in people and I welcome that passion. Sheffield is a green city and we want to do everything we can to support our reputation. These meetings are an opportunity for those who are interested to find out more about Sheffield’s trees, how we maintain them and how we protect the public.”

To register your interest in one of the Time to Talk Trees events email or call 0114 273 5981. Please let them know

  • Preferred meeting date
  • Number of attendees
  • Contact details

For more information on Streets Ahead works visit

Follow Streets Ahead on twitter @sccstreetsahead

‘Big Community Clean Up’ at Tongue Gutter; Hartley Brook; Ecclesfield Road Open Space ‘Urban Nature Project’ (UNP)

20 Feb

Just got this info from the Sheffield City Council Ranger Service

Tongue Gutter; Hartley Brook and Ecclesfield Road Open Space ‘Urban Nature Project’ (UNP)

We would kindly like to remind you that Tongue Gutter, Hartley Brook and Ecclesfield Road Open Space – which form an important linked green corridor running from Wordsworth Avenue to Ecclesfield Road – have collectively been chosen to be developed as one of Sheffield City Council’s Year 1 ‘Urban Nature Project’ (UNP) sites.

Following this allocation, the sites will move from traditional management under the Parks Service to a new management approach delivered by the Countryside & Environment Ranger Service. This presents an opportunity to re-address some of the key issues for the sites (for example; illegal motorcycling and fly-tipping) and to enhance their value for both wildlife and amenity.

There is a small capital budget available for making improvements across the three areas and to uplift them to the ‘Sheffield Standard’ designation, which is concerned with delivering ‘safer, cleaner, greener’ green spaces across the city. Proposed improvements include securing boundaries and access points against off-road vehicles; removing fly-tipping; clearing watercourses and thinning tree plantations.

A first step for the Ranger Service has been to look at priorities for making the sites safer and more welcoming for local people and with this in mind we are organising a ‘Big Community Clean Up’ (over the first two weeks of March) to address the fly-tipping and litter problems across the areas. As part of this clean-up we are bringing in a Community Payback Team (Probation Service) to help us with removing the rubbish and litter, and are hopeful that we can encourage local people, partners and other stakeholders to get involved. A small team of NEETS funded by the Environment Agency and led by the River Stewardship Company have already made a start on clearing some of the rubbish from the stream at the west end of Tongue Gutter.

We are very keen to raise the profile of the three sites as a UNP – and to publicise our initial ‘Big Clean Up’ – and would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word to relevant partners and stakeholders. We have tentatively given the sites the collective working title of North East Wildlife Corridor (NEWC)!

The Big Community Clean Up will start on Monday 3rd March at Tongue Gutter with the Ranger Service supported by the Community Payback Team.

We have then arranged for a couple of ‘all welcome’ community clean-up days as follows…

· Wednesday 12th March 10am to 2.00pm at Hartley Brook. Meeting at 10am at the access to the site adjacent to number 83 Godric Road.

· Sunday 16th March 10am to 12.30pm at Ecclesfield Road Open Space. Meeting at 10am at the residents parking area on Ecclesfield Road.

Please advise anybody interested in coming along to the clean-up sessions to give us a call on 0114 2403578 so that we can confirm numbers. We will provide all equipment (gloves, litter pickers, black sacks, tea! etc…) and a full risk assessment for work to be carried out.

Press Release: Sports funding injection for North Sheffield

12 Feb

Sheffield City Council Cabinet is set to approve a £3.5 million Council investment in the city’s sporting infrastructure, triggering an overall cash injection of up to £24 million for renewing and improving the city’s sports facilities.

This is the most significant leisure and sport capital investment programme in the city for decades and has the triple aims of improving facilities, improving health and reducing running costs. Councillor Isobel Bowler, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure said: “The Council investment is key to attracting external funds to secure these new facilities. For every pound the council invests, nearly seven pounds of external funds are secured. Not only that but the new centres at Graves and at High Green will require much less public subsidy than the facilities they replace.

“With the addition of the National Centre for Health and Exercise Medicine facilities to the two new centres these, together with the existing centre at Concorde, will focus on attracting new groups of people to become more physically active. Through NCSEM there will be a particular emphasis on supporting inactive people to become more active so that their physical and mental health will improve. By investing in higher quality facilities with lower ongoing maintenance costs we seek to widen participation in sport and exercise across our city.”

The council investment includes £2.5 million for a new swimming and health facility for the north of the city in High Green, and £1 million in a renewed and extended Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre on its existing site for the south of the city, which will see new swimming pools, indoor tennis courts, gymnastics and fitness. The new facility in the north will replace the swimming pools at Stocksbridge and Chapeltown. The existing Chapeltown pool will continue to operate until the new facility opens in 2015. The City Council faces its biggest ever challenge in terms of dramatically reducing budgets, including those for sports facilities. By contrast, there are significant new opportunities for external capital investment in facilities. The investment plan replaces facilities that are high cost, under-utilised or nearing the end of their life and invests in lower cost and higher qualities facilities which will increase participation and therefore improve health.

The strategy has been drawn up with two national partners, Sport England and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM); the latter having received Olympic Legacy capital funding from the Department of Health. The strategy is also supported within the city by Sheffield City Trust and Ecclesfield Parish Council. All of these partners are potential funders of the strategy, alongside further potential funding at Graves from national governing bodies of sport. In addition to the facilities at High Green and Graves, Woodbourn has also received a £300k investment and re-opened last October to provide first class track and field athletics facilities. A further £700k of Olympic Legacy funding will see the development of health consultation rooms at Concord Sports Centre – with patients offered integrated health and activity advice and programmes. Further Olympic Legacy funding will provide equipment, infrastructure and support costs in the above venues.