write with regard to the general state of the area.
Labour regained control of the council, the amount of street cleaning
in the area has drastically reduced. Gower Street, between Earsham
St and Carlisle St East, is never cleaned and Rock Street and Brunswick
Road are a mess. It seems that the council concentrates its meagre
efforts on the green at Ellesmere and totally ignores the rest.
There are a number of areas that appear to have been deliberately
planted with shrubs that add nothing aesthetically but trap litter,
which is never cleared. No wonder house prices are so low when the
place looks such a dump. I feel like I am being defrauded of my
said that, if people didn’t drop litter, the money spent on
street cleaning could be spent on other services (or a council tax
cut – I wish!). What I find most distressing is that a large
number of residents take no pride in their properties. It is a shame
to see the work of the enveloping schemes being undone by home owners
not maintaining their gardens and the failure of the council to
enforce it’s own tenancy agreements. A significant number
of council houses have disgraceful gardens. It won’t cost
the council any money to change this, they just need to have some
backbone. As far as owner occupiers are concerned, I don’t
expect everybody to be Alan Titchmarsh but it is in home-owners
own interest to keep their gardens tidy. It adds value to properties
and make the area a more pleasant place to live.
I cannot comprehend why, with a few exceptions, local businesses
insist on making their premises so unattractive to potential customers.
I have ignored shops because they were in such a state, I didn’t
realise that they are open for trading. It doesn’t take a
lot to maintain attractive shop windows, pick up litter and weed
frontages. The neglect all adds up to a lack of pride, in themselves,
their businesses and the area.
don’t need New Deal money to greatly improve Burngreave, we
just need the council to do what we already pay it to do, people
to accept some personal responsibility and a little bit of effort.
Sally A. Stracey
and wholeheartedly agreeing with Mr A. Dawson's letter in the March
issue, I feel that I must bring up the issue of the bowling greens
in Abbeyfield Park, which concerns the other end of the age range.
There were 2 greens
in the park up to a few years ago, when one was so badly vandalised
that it has had to be abandoned and is now just a muddy patch of
grass. This, obviously, leaves just one serviceable green which
has been used every season since, and has too been ruined during
the closed season by youths playing football on it.
This now means
that local bowlers from our own community now have no-where to bowl,
as other greens in the area have also succumbed to vandalism and
Having been resident
in the Pitsmoor area for over forty years I know many members of
the Abbeyfield bowling club who are very angry at being deprived
of their sport. Anyone who knows anything at all about bowling greens
knows that correct foot wear is essential when walking on these
greens so as to prevent damage, and it
is not hard to see what the consequences of playing football on
them would be.
All we ask is
that people young and old not to walk on the greens if and when
they are repaired and for parents to ask their children not to play
Maybe some of
the money being spent in the area could be used to fence off the
bowling green so that it is not destroyed again when it is left
this month's article Green with envy
for the latest developments regarding the Abbeyfield Park bowling
residents who stayed in to watch "The Guns of War" or
"Coronation Street" on the first Monday of Spring had
a tame evening compared to those who witnessed the drama and raw
passion on the silver screen at the Verdon Street Multiplex.
Brennan (South Yorkshire Police), a compulsive movie goer, said
he hadn't seen such a gripping and exciting film for years!
The panoramic visual effects were so vivid and realistic that the
actors appeared to be jumping right out of the screen onto the stage.
For an amateur film, with a cast of volunteers, it was pretty impressive
stuff! Members of the audience were sitting on the edge of their
seats as the tense drama unfolded. Some could not stand the tension
and had to walk out to grab a cup of coffee or visit the loo.
The referee, of
impressive physical stature, had trouble when the actors started
flinging verbal accusations and insults at each other and had to
call in his deputy, who wore a different hat.
The film was about
making Burngreave a better place and all the actors knew how to
do it - provided their plans weren't sabotaged by some of the other
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