What is going on with the state of the
playgrounds and facilities for children in the area? If the people
of Burngreave needed any other sign of the Council's neglect of
public spaces surely no more is needed than their neglect of our
children. The lack of any decent spaces for children to play in
an unsupervised but safe way is nothing short of criminal.
As a Burngreave Road resident, the nearest
swings and slide to me are 1/2 mile away at Abbeyfield Park. There
was once a small play area behind Andover Street, but it has never
been maintained or repaired by the council while I've been living
in Burngreave. About 18 months ago they took the remains away, leaving
only four solitary swings, no little slide, no roundabout, no climbing
frame, only raw tarmac. Why was it not replaced? What purpose is
there in depriving children under 5 of fun? There is still a most
wonderful large slide there, arguably the best in the city and certainly
the best in Burngreave. It's set in the side of the hill and has
an extreme twist in the middle that shakes your heart when you go
through it. Of course thats if you can stomach watching your children
playing around needles, glass shards, and burnt automobile parts.
Abbeyfield Park's play area is another
that's only been minimally maintained over the last few years. Indeed
the Burngreave Messenger of December 2001 in an article entitled
'The Future of Abbeyfield Park' reads 'After a site
meeting with Ian Mitchell from the Sheffield City Council, he was
shocked by the state that the playground had fallen into. He said
that broken pieces of equipment will be repaired and that there
will be a general clear up of the area. All the equipment will be
given a coat of paint in the spring.' Well I'm still waiting!
What other decent children's play parks
are there in the area? I sometimes wish that the plague of regeneration
professionals currently infesting Burngreave, would either:
1. Do some work instead of just talking
about it in endless theme groups, hiding decisions behind the hidden
agendas of Government Office.
2. Go away and leave their salaries behind
so they can be spent on something useful.
Maybe that's a bit strong but it's easy
to understand how feelings like that arise when faced with the long-term
neglect we deal with every day.
I am writing to express my serious concern
regarding a number of road safety issues in my local area:
Firstly, the pedestrian crossing at the
junction of Pitsmoor, Burngreave and Barnsley Roads (in front of
the post office), is being abused by road users. Drivers are failing
to comply, not only with the traffic and road signals, but also
with the 'Lollipop lady', which is clearly endangering life.
Secondly, traffic using Pitsmoor Road
towards its junction with Minna Road frequently impinges on the
pavement as a result of the roads narrow lanes. More recently there
have been daily occurrences where traffic has mounted the kerbs
as children have walked to school. This stretch of pavement from
the top of Minna Road to the car park of the Toll Gate public house
is no longer safe for pedestrians and particularly the many unaccompanied
children walking to school. It would seem that in the absence of
either Pitsmoor Road reverting back to its original two lanes, or
road widening, that the erection of a permanent barrier is required
in order to protect people on the pavement.
Thirdly, I would like to draw the Council's
attention to the absence of a crossing at the junction of Minna
Road and Pitsmoor Road. This is particularly surprising for many
multi-factorial reasons, which include; a corridor for children
walking to numerous schools and play schemes in the area; local
health clinics; churches; as well as the many different vulnerable
adults who either live directly around the junction or use statutory
day care facilities near by, who struggle with this junction on
a daily basis.
Finally I would like to congratulate
the council for acting quickly to put temporary steel blocks along
Pitsmoor Road, as a temporary measure, in an attempt to stop vehicles
mounting the kerb.