Welcome 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!
The Meersbrook Park friends Santa Dash will be held on Sunday 8 December, meet at the old tennis courts at 10.30 for festive fun, don’t forget your Santa suit on Friday 6 December we will be making winter garlands in the Walled Garden, 9.30-12.30 See www.meersbrookpark.org.uk
Monday 03 February 7.00
Residents 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. We hope to hold a musical evening during the summer, to present some local talent – if you’d like to do a 20 minute slot, please contact the group via their website.
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.
Every year the Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Sheffield City Council work very closely together and with partners to ensure that the Halloween and Bonfire Night period passes without incident. Operation Dark Nights is a joint initiative attracting additional resources to the key communities. This year Gleadless Valley and Abbeydale have been identified as two of these key communities.During this period you will see additional patrols on foot in both communities. Local providers will be putting on additional youth provision and diversionary activities some of which is being funded by South Yorkshire Police.
It is important that we all work together to ensure that you call all enjoy Bonfire Night safely. If you intend to buy fireworks please let them off safely and follow the firework code. Also, be aware of your legal responsibilities . Better still go to an organised display.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the law regarding the use and possession of fireworks. Everyone should take safety very seriously, however I would like to point out the following;
It is an offence for someone under 18 years old to be in possession of fireworks in a public place.
It is an offence for ANYONE to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am (except on specified dates like November 5 when the time is extended until midnight).
It is an offence for ANYONE to set off a firework in the street.
It is an offence for ANYONE to possess a Category 4 firework. (These are the larger ones produced and used in public displays.)
Officers from your local safer neighbourhood team will be conducting a number of operations throughout the next few weeks and we will actively prosecute anyone found committing any of the above offences.It is your responsibility to ensure that the fireworks you buy are used properly and that they are not intended for anyone under 18-years-old.
There was a wonderful turnout for the consultation meeting at St Paul’s today with over 30 people waiting at 11am for the opening and undoubtedly many more across the afternoon. Reps from First did their best to answer the barrage of questions put to them and we were invited to put our thoughts on a survey form. Their man explained that since the service was effectively losing money, changes had to be made, but were insistent that they wanted to do this with input from the local residents.
We let them know that notification of the meeting was not given early enough or spread widely enough – posting in the Star isn’t enough these days. Despite this, they must have had a sense of how strongly Norton Lees residents feel about any reduction to levels of local transport.
First buses are holding a consultation at St Paul’s Church on Wednesday 28th October, between 11 ans 2pm – do turn up and let them have your opinions!
The entries for the Meersbrook Turner Prize will be exhibited at the Bishops House Museum on Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 October, 12 till 4pm. Come and see this lovely collection of views of Sheffield from the top of Meersbrook Park, by local artists, and add your ‘views’ to the publics
choice. The prizewinner will be announced on Sunday in the Walled Garden at 3.30pm. Celebrate with a drink of apple juice!
A public show of opposition to the proposed bus route changes (see recent posts) took place today. Around 70 local residents came to explain why they really needed this service to travel up Scarsdale road. Councillor Ian Auckland gave his support, as did Richard May from the Post Office and NoLRA committee members John Brown and Nick Robinson.
Apparently, passenger numbers are behind the changes, but public transport should never be just about profit, it’s a vital service for the whole neighbourhood.
Here’s a related news feature in the Morning Telegraph
Interesting article about the Sportsman’s plans to expand.
Here is the July Newsletter for the South Safer Neighbourhood Area (SNA) covering the council wards of Nether Edge, Gleadless Valley, Graves Park and Beauchief and Greenhill.
Norton Lees is somewhere in the middle of those!
Following our emergency General Meeting last night (held at the wonderful Bishop’s House) we explained that the group has slipped into a mild hibernation, begged forgiveness and asked if we can reinvigorate the group.
Following speeches by local councillors Cate McDonald, Denise Reaney and Ian Auckland, the motion was carried and Chair John Brown, Secretary Nick Robinson and treasurer Pat Bradshaw were asked to continue. A couple of volunteers stepped forward to help, but we need more – please get in touch.