derbyshire laneWelcome to nortonlees.org.uk, a non-profit-making website designed to promote the interests of local residents and to promote the Norton Lees Residents Association (NoLRA). We aim to include information about all aspects of the estate, so please get in touch if you’ve got something to contribute. If you have bright ideas or (even better) some time and energy, please get in touch!

Watch out for rogue traders

As many as 170,000 incidents of doorstep crime occur nationally each year, with residents cold called with offers to carry out repairs that are poor quality, unnecessary and charged at extortionate prices. Victims often report being threatened and even driven to their bank to withdraw money.

Residents within our communities are scammed of thousands of pounds at the hands of these criminals as incidents go unreported or doorstep callers unchallenged. Quite often just a little help from a concerned relative or neighbour is enough to deter the fraudsters and reporting your suspicions means trading standards officers and the police can attend the incidents quickly to check on the traders.

Signs an unwanted doorstep caller is visiting a neighbour:

  •  Traders have been cold calling in the area
  • A builder’s van is parked nearby, particularly one that doesn’t include a company name or contact details
  • Building or maintenance work on your neighbour’s garden or house starts unexpectedly
  • Poor quality work is visible on the roof, driveway, or property
  • Your neighbour appears anxious or distressed
  • Your neighbour visits the bank, building society, or post office more frequently, particularly if they are accompanied by a trader

What can I do?

  • Ask your neighbour in private — in person or on the phone — if things are   OK
  • If they are displeased, suggest calling a relative or carer on their behalf
  • Note any vehicle registration numbers
  • Keep hold of any flyers you have received through your door
  • Ask if the trader has left any paperwork and put it in a clean food bag

If you suspect a crime, call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or your local trading standards office.

Sheffield Fair Trading Standards: www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/sheffield/fairtrading.htm

Apple Day

appleSunday 12 October 1 pm to 5pm
In the Walled Garden Meersbrook Park

  • Bring your apples for identification and put them through the apple press to drink your own apple juice!
  • Songs from Carfield Choir
  • Music from Winkie and Liz, accordion, ukelele and cello
  • Apple olympic games
  • Teas and apple pies!

Election results!

The results for the Graves Park Ward 2014 local election were as follows. I guess a 43% turnout was better than the national average.

Liberal Democrat: Steve Ayris Votes: 2014

Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts:  Keith Raymond Endean Votes: 101

UK Independence Party (UKIP): Will Gates Votes: 1040

Green Party: David Maurice Hayes Votes: 512

Labour Party: Bob Pemberton Votes: 1685

Conservative Party: Frank Woodger Votes: 355

Electorate: 13,404
Rejected votes: 21
Turn out: 43%

Get your toms here

tomato_plantGraham, who lives at the bottom of Hollythorpe Rise is selling flowers and tomatos again this year. He does this to raise spending money for his grandkids, so well worth supporting. Prices start at a mere 30p per plant, with several varieties on offer, plus as much advice as you want!

Look for the advert outside his house and knock on the door.

Norton Lees Residents Association meeting

Monday 7th April 7.00 @ Bishop’s House

nolra_logoResidents of the area are cordially invited to the next public meeting of NoLRA, to be held at Bishop’s House. Various topics of local interest will be discussed and we hope to have a guest speaker and some Councillors. Please feel free to raise any issues of interest to you.

NoLRA is here to fight on the residents behalf but also to try and bring the community closer.

In order to grow, NoLRA needs volunteer members, especially a treasurer. It doesn’t take much effort, please come and say hello at the meeting.

The Streets Ahead project

IMG_0799The Streets Ahead project is a £2billion, 25 year highway maintenance project that will bring up to standard the city’s roads, pavements and streetscene. It also involves maintaining the city’s 36,000 street trees. We would like to invite you to a meeting to learn more about the process we follow in managing the street trees and are holding two meetings on:

Monday 31 March, 6pm – 7.15pm
at the Town Hall, Pinstone St, Sheffield in Reception Room B

Thursday 3 April, 1.45pm – 3pm
at the Town Hall, Pinstone St, Sheffield in Reception Room B At these meetings we will tell you more about how we:

Look after the trees. Survey their condition and how often Identify that we need to replace a tree and what we consider when making decisions. We’d also like to talk about how we communicate with people about tree replacements and get your views about this.

We’re running the same meeting twice but at different times and days to enable as many people as possible to attend and understand our processes. We hope you can join us – please email kate.hughes@sheffield.gov.uk or call Kate or Anita Dell on 0114 273 5981 to confirm your attendance. Please let us know your Preferred meeting date, number of attendees & contact details – including an email address if possible. If we get more applications than places available we will hold additional events.

Please contact us at the above details if you would like further information about the meetings. If you would like further details about Streets Ahead please visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead or follow us on Twitter @sccstreetsahead.

Kate Hughes, On behalf of the Streets Ahead team

Post Office attacked!

Breaking news, the Thorpe House Post Office was attacked at gunpoint today at 5pm. The staff are unharmed,  although bruised and battered. 2 men have escaped and the story is that a third was taken down by Richard with a golf club!

We send our very best wishes to all at the PO and hope the police will track down these low-lifes quickly.

PACT Meetings

pact1Three years ago the government of the time introduced a Policing Pledge. Part of that pledge was to hold regular public meetings known as PACT meetings. PACT being an acronym for Partners and Communities together. These meetings were to provide an opportunity for the public to consult with both their local police team and partnership agencies about local issues. They were also to be a platform for the setting of local priorities. Unfortunately, despite significant marketing we failed to get any significant attendance and so the meetings moved to our current drop-in sessions in public spaces.

The new Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable have reviewed our community engagement strategy and decided to re-introduce PACT meetings across the county to improve community engagement. These new PACT meetings will where possible be chaired by the local councillor. They will be held bi-monthly and will provide an opportunity for you to meet us and discuss any issues you wish. I will try and attend the meetings wherever possible along with key partners. If I’m not able to attend I will ensure that one of the Sergeants is there. Please come along if you are able.

Tuesday 17th June 14 – Brindley Meeting Room, Brindley Crescent, Norton Lees – 2pm – 3pm

Ian Stubbs

Meersbrook Park Users Trust meeting

There will be a meeting of Meersbrook Park Users Trust on Wednesday 29th January at 7.00pm Meersbrook Park Pavilion The agenda will include: Report from Walled Garden 2014  event  Planning meeting Walled Garden Toilet funds Wall maintenance Fundraising for notts turf pitch (football pitch in dog free zone) Turner Prize 2014?? Work in park