Friday 16 October 2015

A new outdoor story-telling area and upgraded play facilities are in place outside a block of council flats in Sheffield after a local Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) secured funding for improvements.

The space around the Jericho Street flats in Netherthorpe now has an upgraded landscaped area and a refurbished play area with a new wendy-house, roundabout and a basket swing.

Local TARA, St Stephens, worked with Sheffield City Council to secure funding through a Biffa Award to upgrade the space. It won £10,000 for the new play area which is known as the Netherthorpe Play Hub.

Christine Naylor, member of St Stephens TARA, said: “We wanted to redevelop the area to give parents with young children the chance to play in a safe and cheerful environment.

“We also wanted an area that local school children can use. They now have this and can grow their own plants here, as well as using the story telling area and mini-amphitheatre as an outdoor classroom.

“This means a lot for this area – it’s somewhere where people can enjoy the outdoors in a nice place, and we think it will make a difference to people.”

Local residents, TARA members and children from Netherthorpe Primary School got together at an official opening event earlier this month, on Monday, 5 October. They were joined by Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain, who said: “The community has come together to make these improvements happen and I want to congratulate everyone involved.”

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing at Sheffield City Council, added: “The TARA and local residents have worked hard to improve their outdoor area. They’ve created a lovely space where people can get together and children can play safely and enjoy the outside.

“This will be a real asset for everyone living here. Well done to everyone involved.”