Reporting Anti-social behaviour
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Changes In Reporting Anti Social Behaviour in Sheffield

On Thursday 1 February, there will be important changes to the way Sheffield residents report antisocial behaviour issues.

From this date, you will need to report certain antisocial behaviour issues, such as noise nuisance, non-hate crime related graffiti and lost, stray or barking dogs, to Sheffield City Council, not to South Yorkshire Police. You can do this by calling 0114 2734567 or visiting sheffield.gov.uk/asb

A full breakdown of antisocial behaviour issues and whose responsibility these are can be found below:

South Yorkshire Police

 

Sheffield City Council

 

Begging

 

Abandoned vehicles / parking issues

 

Dealing/taking drugs & drinking alcohol in the street

 

Dead animals

 

Gangs and youths drinking in parks

 

Dog fouling

 

Harassment or intimidation

 

Fly posting

 

Fly-tipping (seen happening now)

 

Dumped, fly-tipped waste

(nobody present)

 

Hate Crime related graffiti (motivated by prejudice or intolerance towards an individual’s nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, identity, sexual orientation or disability)

 

Graffiti (General Not Hate Crime related)

 

Misuse of fireworks

 

Syringes or needles

 

Dangerous, out of control dogs

 

Lost, stray or barking dogs

 

Threatening or violent neighbour disputes

 

Noise disputes, nuisance or

DIY related noise

 

Prostitution and indecent behaviour

 

Syringes or needles

 

Vandalism

 

Littering

 

Suspicious vehicles

 

 

 

Hoax calls to emergency services

 

 

 

 

From 1 February, if you call the Council 0114 2734567 number out of standard office hours to report concerns for vulnerable adults and children, and matters relating to homeless people, you will be dealt with by a Sheffield City Council call-handler, not a Police call-handler.

For more information on reporting antisocial behaviour issues, and the responsibility of Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police from 1 February, please visit sheffield.gov.uk/asb or southyorks.police.uk/101

 

 


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With thanks to the Banner Cross Neighbourhood Group for the update

Brincliffe Tower

The application to develop the Brincliffe Tower site was put on hold for a short while. On inspection, it was found that there were shortcomings in the documentation; notably the included Heritage Statement was the one which was drawn up for the original application and was dated December 2013. It contained references to knocking down part of the old wall on Brincliffe Edge Road amongst other things which are no longer applicable so the owners were told to bring it up to date.

Once the HS is received, notices will go up on posts in the immediate surrounding area. This could be within the next couple of days. All documents relating to the application will then be reviewed and the owners will be notified of any concerns. They will be asked in particular for clarification on the access onto the site for construction vehicles and confirmation that the wall on Brincliffe Edge Road will not be breached (which is likely to be a condition). Once drawn up, new letters will be sent to neighbours (expected by the end of 2nd February) and a new 21 days consultation period will start from this date.

Once the application appears on the council’s website it will be open for comments and objections, if appropriate. Local residents are encouraged to look closely at what is proposed and to pay particular attention to issues that may form the basis of an objection at Planning Committee stage. These could include:

1.   The design and scale of the proposed three houses. They are large modern constructions, very different from the old mansion and to a scale which means that they overlook the mansion itself. Their roofline is higher than that of the mansion. Should they be of a design which is more sympathetic to the mansion’s architecture or does the juxtaposition of styles enhance the appearance of both?

2.   The access road onto the site is very narrow which gives rise to obvious health and safety concerns for pedestrians and vehicular traffic. Widening it would mean the loss of mature trees.

3.   The ecology of the housing site would clearly be disturbed with the removal of trees and other flora.  What landscaping should be undertaken to offer some remedy to this?

The mansion house itself is proposed to become a high-value single dwelling which is welcome. It returns in modern form to what it was in earlier days. However, there are concerns which need to be addressed.

The planning officer for this application is again Michael Johnson. You are welcome to contact him directly if you wish to find more information using the same details as above: email at michael.johnson@sheffield.gov.uk and phone number 0114 2039678.

A group of residents has already come together to examine the application. If you wish to contact them, whether to ask for information or to join the group, please contact Ruth Linden by email on: forestdean@sky.com

 

Baldwins Omega
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Baldwin’s Omega

The recent public meeting called by residents around the Baldwin’s site attracted a large turnout. A packed St. Andrew’s Community Hall heard contributions from people living across the area, all of them very worried about the planning application and the effect it would have on their lives.

Chief among their concerns were issues around the number of dwellings being proposed: 52 in 6 blocks against the original proposals which received outline planning permission for 38 houses. The visual impact on the surrounding area would be considerable but the effect on the flow of vehicles is particularly disturbing. The entrance/exit which is currently approached from Brincliffe Hill would become an emergency route only which would therefore direct all vehicular and pedestrian traffic through Chelsea Court. It is a narrow opening and easily becomes congested even now so it’s clear that the extra traffic flow from the developed site would present major difficulties. Other concerns were raised about the drainage of sewer waste from the site, the right of way path across the site and the stability of the old quarry site itself, amongst other things.

There was a unanimous view that the proposals had to be fought so a small committee was drawn up to follow through with the objections. They decided to hire a planning consultant and have since obtained the services of the same expert who helped to fight, successfully, the previous application to develop Brincliffe Tower.

The deadline date for lodging objections or, indeed, any comments on this application has now passed but the plans are unlikely to be brought before the council’s Planning Committee before 20 March and the officer overseeing the application has said that comments will be received right up to the day the application is heard in council.

If you wish to view the application, including the large number of comments already delivered, you can go onto the Council’s website and follow through the links under the Planning and Development heading using the reference number: 17/04961/REM. Alternatively, you can go into Howden House and ask to see them. Any questions about the application can be directed to the planning officer, Michael Johnson, on michael.johnson@sheffield.gov.uk or by phone 0114 2039678.

If you wish to contact the residents’ group which is fighting the application, please email Lynda Josse at: lyndajosse@yahoo.co.uk

 
Amey Feedback
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A new Website and Facebook page has been set up to enable us to keep Amey and StreetsAhead on their toes - and to complain about failures in any aspects of the street maintenance work being carried out. 

www.srha.site  Direct link to the Complaints Form below.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/408628229501743/ This has lots of examples of shoddy work being carried out by Amey or their sub-contractors.

WHY DO THEY WANT YOU TO COMPLAIN?
There are many positives resulting from the Streets Ahead contract that Sheffield Council have with Amey. £2.2 billion of investment over 25 years means that every road and pavement surface will be replaced and maintained, and all the street lights will be replaced with newer more efficient LED lights.

However there are also negatives, including the planned felling of 18% of Sheffield's (mainly healthy) street trees.

And the implementation of the good things has often not been up to the standard we all might expect. Sheffield Council have admitted that they aren't able to monitor Amey's activities to the full extent needed.
 Examples include: 
  • Issues with "temporary" Amey barriers;
  • Dangerous temporary footpaths;
  • Holes in pavements or verges;
  • Street lights not working or dark areas at night;
  • Shoddy resurfacing work on roads or pavements;
  • Old road or pavement surfaces in a particularly poor state of disrepair;
  • Issues with replacement trees;
  • Issues with road closure notifications;
We need to make Amey fully accountable with members of the public acting as the eyes and ears, making complaints on all occasions where there is bad practice.
 

Link to the Complaints Form  Amey have to get back to you directly when you make a complaint.

Access to Bannerdale School site
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Update courtesy the Banner Cross Neighbourhood Group:

 

Bannerdale School
We have been informed by BAM that as from Friday 2nd Feb, there will no longer be any public access from the temporary entrance on Carterknowle Road, around the back of their cabins and along the car park to the fields. They are going to fence off the area for the works commencing Monday 5th to install the new venting trench along the entire North side of the site parallel to Carter Knowle Rd.
 

The trench is due to take around 5 – 6 weeks to complete, working from the Eastern end [i.e. the lowest part] upwards to the Western end below the Brethren Church site. We will press them to open up such access as soon as possible. However it is also clear that there is still Japanese Knotweed in that area, which they may have to clear first - so there may be delays.

 

It is also clear that this trench is a response to the results of gas-monitoring, showing that gas is still being emitted along that boundary. And it is justification for the pressure we have been putting on them to toughen up the Remediation Strategy to protect local residents. We will continue to keep up that pressure as there are still questions about the safety of residents to the East on Fossdale Rd etc.

 

Once the trench is installed, they should then be clear to install the permanent new Footpath from the top of Glenorchy Rd around the pitches to allow full access to be granted again from the Western end of the site. We also intend to keep pressing for an entrance from that corner next to the Brethren Church with steps down to the footpath - this has the support of the Council's Rights of Way Unit.

 

We are also told that Barrett’s are due to start work soon on their temporary road for the housing on the Bannerdale Centre site. We intend to press Barratts, and the Council, to make sure that there is continued public access via the Public Footpath right the way through from Carter Knowle Rd past Spring Wood to Millhouses. Avant Homes are currently putting in the new footpath through the Open Space next to Abbeydale Rd from the corner of Hastings Rd which will link with that Public Footpath. That route should provide a safe and unpolluted route for children going from Millhouses to Carter Knowle and Holt House Schools.

Petition to keep Milhouses Park Public
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The Council are being pressed to lease a part of Millhouses Park to the Wagon & Horses Pub for them to build an outdoor drinking/eating area. Both Friends of Millhouses Park and the Banner Cross Group are opposed in principle to the loss of public open space for commercial purposes, and have made this clear to the Council.
 

A Petition has been set up on 38Degrees - see below. The Friends of Millhouses Park hope everyone who uses and treasures the Park will sign the petition and make it clear to the Council that local opinion is widely opposed to this move.

 
Dear Friends,
I just added the petition "KEEP MILLHOUSES PARK PUBLIC".
It would mean a lot to me if you took a moment to add your name because: 
Millhouses park is a destination park for the whole of Sheffield and beyond.  It is not the biggest park in Sheffield but it is a very popular park because people feel safe within its boundary.
It is a much needed green space which serves Carter Knowle, Nether Edge and the whole Abbeydale corridor,  the areas of Sheffield with the least provision of green and open space in the whole city, far less per head of population than Sheffield's declared aspirations.
Having recently been deprived of even more open space in this area, it is crucial that there is no erosion of any public open space in this park.
 
 
 
Public Meeting re: new Secondary school
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Public Meeting re the new secondary school on Bannerdale; taking place at Carter Knowle School 6pm tomorrow Wed 17th Jan. [This was postponed from December.]

History Group Update
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Nether Edge History Group : Open Meeting Notes January 3rd 2018. The Union Hotel.

Overview.

The first meeting of the New Year and an opportunity to reflect on the successes of 2017 and consider the priorities for 2018, an opportunity enthusiastically taken up by the 20 + people who were in attendance.

There were three main aspects to the meeting

                  Review of interests

                  Review of 2017

                  Priorities for 2018.

Review of interests

Each person was invited to outline their particular interests. What was encouraging was the range and commitment of virtually everyone present. People are working on a wide range and type of historical topic. Some generic ( architecture, landscape ), some focused ( production of a follow up to They Lived in Sharrow and Nether Edge, the development of the Cherry Tree Drive estate ), some specific ( Sheffield Parks, the Spring trade in Sheffield).

The review generated a discussion as to how we continue to develop the Group as a support resource for all the excellent work underway. This then fed into the discussion on 2018.

Review of 2017.

The general opinion was that 2017 had been an excellent year and one which continued the steady development of the Group as an active and flourishing enterprise.

Of particular note :

                  The series of walks which continued to attract people

                  The Festival / Heritage talks which have become a popular feature of the calendar.

The publication of ‘Aspects of Nether Edge’ which has sold well and which has elicited very favourable reviews.

The continuing exercise in collecting memories of those living in Nether Edge, with a reviews of 2017 contributions due out soon.

Ambitions for 2018.

It was agreed that we should be building on the rude health of the Group by continuing the successful activities of 2017 listed above, and considering possible new initiatives for the coming year.

A brainstorming session threw up a number of  ideas :

Organising a process whereby photographs are taken of threatened buildings in NE so that a historical record exists in the event of them disappearing.

The organisation of our fledgeling archives into a structured and categorised record which could then be developed further

A programme of talks either general, or specific.

A series of instructional sessions on ‘How to do Local History’

The placement of Historical Plaques in the area.

A project on ‘The Women of NE’ given the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK

Establishing contact with local historians in Sharrow.

The key question here of course is how to find people who are able to help with these .

The good news is that we already have some volunteers for these new projects :

                  Roy Pilkington has agreed to lead the Archives Project.

                  Richard Taylor the organisation of a Local History Symposium

                  Kay Phillips and John Austin Historical Plaques.

In addition Richard has volunteered to organise a session to further explore other Project ideas and identify people who might want to get involved. Arrangements will be circulated when decided.

Appeals

One of the functions of the Group is to put people in touch with others who might be able help with research interests.

We have 2 requests this time :

  • John Austin is looking for information on the Sheffield Spring trade
  • Nick Waite is looking for information on Mary Wally Tyzack, spinster, who lived at 7, Williamson Road before and after the war, and who was active in Girl Guides and St Andrews Church. Anyone remember her ?

Next Meeting

Thursday March 1st 6.00 The Union Hotel

                 

 

 

Psalter Lane Traffic meeting
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Psalter Lane Action Group for Safer Traffic  

Public Meeting in St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church, 15 Jan 7.30 pm

Are the issues common to other roads in the area ? All are welcome

 

 
 
Charity carol signing
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Congratulations to everyone who made it to the Community Carol Signing on 15 December. 

An enjoyable evening by all accounts, the carols were also being sung in aid of two charities. The singers raised £112 for the Rohingya crisis (and £40 for Weston Park hospital). Supplemented by £28 Gift Aid, that makes a grand total of £180 raised by the evening's activities. 

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