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I hear the PO is closing due to the manager retiring , can we hope someone will take it over?
I’ve had an email from the council about the proposed extensions to the Uni playing fields:
Re-development of sports ground to provide an artificial (3G) sports pitch, 3m high boundary fencing, provision of car parking area, coach parking area, 8 x 15m flood lights, spectator accommodation, provision of acoustic screen and bund, access drive and alterations to means of access to Warminster Road
saying “I am writing to inform you that the applicant has withdrawn the application.”
No further details, but a great result! We should keep an eye open for a revised application….
No news on the planned development of the Warminster road playing fields. Wonder why the delay?
With the first dusting of snow today, this might be of interest.
The Streets Ahead team are closely monitoring the weather forecasting systems across the city so they can be ready if wintry weather arrives. Their fleet of 19 gritters are on standby, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, through to May and are ready to respond to whatever the weather might bring.
For regular updates about the gritting service please follow them on Twitter – @sccstreetsahead
Word on the street is that the developers plan to use the Cowmouth Farm area as the main entrance. See this post about the importance of the farm.
See also planning applications for the farm
A deal is being struck between the University and a developer to build (so we hear) around 140 houses on the playing fields bordered by Warminster road, Mountview road and Derbyshire Lane. Reps from the University have already told residents of the two houses they own (next to the Mount Pleasant pub) that they have to vacate the buildings, with no recompense for the 1000s of pounds of work they have put in, in the next few months. This will allow them to knock down the houses and create an access road to facilitate the development.
The university have clearly intended to cash in on this land for decades, what a tragedy that they couldn’t find a more imaginative, creative solution that might have brought residents onside and actually benefited the community. There was a plan some years ago to sell off the entire playing fields above Mountview road to build houses on, but this fell through because it was felt the estate couldn’t deal with the amount of extra traffic. Surely this is the case with this new plan?
Aside from the personal hardships for the residents of the two houses, this will clearly have a major impact upon everyone backing onto the field, with falling property values, plus an unimaginable amount of noise and disruption. You can also imagine the safety issues of 140 odd cars trying to enter & exit through one narrow road, meeting Derbyshire lane at right angles. This new road will clearly be sloping, in winter this could be a death trap.
There appears to be no planning application submitted yet, they may be waiting to clear the two houses before the deal is done. So, we need to publicise this far and wide before it is too late.
There’s a petition in the newsagents…
Our facebook page is here – please leave your thoughts…
Homelessness charity Depaul UK is looking for volunteer hosts in Sheffield for an emergency accommodation service for young people that it is setting up in the city. Nightstop Sheffield will provide overnight accommodation in the homes of trained and vetted volunteers in the area. The new service, which is funded by a £200,000 grant from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, is aiming to recruit 45 volunteer hosts in its first year. Amy Smith, the new service’s manager, said: “It is a shocking statistic that, on average, people who are homeless can expect to die at the age of just 47.
“The Nightstop service is designed to stop young people, aged from 16 to 25, entering the cycle of homelessness and unemployment that can lead to this devastating outcome. Homelessness is rising as a result of the current economic conditions and the new Nightstop Sheffield needs to meet this demand. We want to encourage people to come forward to help us make a lasting difference to young people in Sheffield this year.”
Amy, based at Depaul’s Sheffield office, at Cumberland House in Eyre Street, said: “From our current work in the city, we know how serious the homelessness problem is in Sheffield. There could not be a better time to launch a Nightstop service here.
“And after we have established the service in Sheffield, we plan to expand it to cover South Yorkshire.”
The Sheffield service will be the 34th member of Depaul UK’s Nightstop network which covers much of the UK. At each service, volunteer hosts provide a room, evening meal and listening ear to a young homeless person for a night at a time in their own home.
Nightstop teams work with homeless young people, in partnership with local agencies, to help them address the issues that caused them to become homeless, providing family mediation and securing long-term settled accommodation.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering for Nightstop Sheffield, please call 07918 904661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The University is planning major work on the playing fields off Warminster road, including 78 parking spaces (more traffic), seating for 150 plus 8 x15m high floodlights. If you wish to read more (or complain!) here’s the planning page