4 August 2015

Building work began yesterday (Monday 3 August) to improve a run-down green space in Burngreave.

Around £30,000, which has come from section 106 cash paid to Sheffield City Council by developers, is being spent on Catherine Street Open Space, which is bordered by Catherine Street and Somerset Road.

Representatives from organisations including Burngreave Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) and Arches Housing have been working together with ward councillors and Sheffield City Council to plan how to improve the site.

The plans are to transform Catherine Street Open Space, which currently suffers from antisocial behaviour and fly-tipping, into an area that the local community can enjoy.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “Section 106 money is paid to Sheffield City Council by developers, in order to improve community facilities such as playgrounds and green space across the city.

“It is good to see the money being spent in such a positive way, which will improve the local environment and give people living in the Burngreave area a new place to play in, relax in and enjoy.”

Prior to the works being carried out, Burngreave TARA carried out a consultation to ask for views on the redevelopment of the site, which received overwhelmingly positive support. Recent consultation on the proposals, carried out by the council’s parks department, has also received positive feedback.

The first phase of the planned improvements will include clearance of overgrown shrubs and vegetation; removal of rubbish; re-landscaping of the site to improve visibility and usability and installing boundary fencing.

Once phase one is complete, further consultation will be carried out locally to determine priorities for the remainder of the funding allocated, with a view to delivering a further phase of improvements early next year.

This news comes as Sheffield City Council is increasingly capitalising on the city’s reputation as The Outdoor City – the UK’s definitive destination for people seeking outdoor adventure, urban green space and rural escapes

Last year an independent study, carried out by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, found that outdoor recreation in Sheffield generates more than £53m in economic output a year, in addition to engaging people in outdoor activity and generating significant health benefits.

And, just last month, it was announced that Sheffield had won 14 Green Flag Awards for its outstanding parks – more than any other authority in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Coun Bowler added: “This year is a bumper year for Sheffield’s status as an Outdoor City, with nationally and internationally-renowned events such as the Climbing Works International Festival, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, the Steel City Downhill, the International Adventure Conference and the European Outdoor Summit.

“We are building on our reputation, growing Sheffield’s reputation as The Outdoor City, and using this unique offer to bring in more business and tourism.

“With two thirds of the city boundaries within the Peak District National Park, a greater spend per head on outdoor equipment than the rest of the UK, an above average participation rate in outdoor pursuits and more than 200 outdoor businesses, the outdoor economy has huge significance to our city – and with this in mind, it’s more important than ever that we keep our green spaces as special as they can be.”