N.D.C. A New Deal for Burngreave. Issue 30, April 2003Issue 31 - May 2003
   

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Making a difference

There can be no doubting BNDfC Community Engagement Manager Levi Ferguson’s determination to help bring improvements to Burngreave – having lived most of his life here, he’s well aware of the need for change.

Actively involved with BNDfC since it was established - as one of the first five elected Community Representatives - Levi is confident that all the work which has gone on behind the scenes is now beginning to make a real difference to local people. But he does understand people’s frustrations that things haven’t happened more quickly:

“It has been difficult at times over the last couple of years, as things have moved much more slowly than we would have liked, but I believe that years of hard work will soon pay off and we’ll see some major improvements taking place.”

One of Levi’s top priorities is to ensure that local people really benefit from the money being spent in the area. Grants should soon be available to help businesses improve their properties, and Levi has been actively engaged in discussions to ensure that local building companies get to do the work and take on local trainees to help them do so.

“We are currently working with JobMatch and Sheffield Employment Service on the possibility of setting up a community construction business – there’s obviously going to be a lot of building work around, and it would be great to see local firms not only doing that work, but also taking on local young people as trainees to enable them to develop the skills for which there is currently a growing demand.”

Another important task for the Community Engagement Team is to ensure that developing provision meets local needs.

“Burngreave is a culturally diverse area and it is important that we develop flexible provision to meet a range of different needs. By meeting people face to face, we can find out exactly what people want and then feed that into the decision-making processes to ensure that local needs are properly met.

“As a local resident myself, I am determined to help make a difference to Burngreave. It is a great place and I’m looking forward to helping bring about real improvements.”

 

Keith Hobson, a local butcher whose Spital Hill business has been up and running since 1972, shares his concerns with Levi.
Keith Hobson, a local butcher whose Spital Hill business has been up and running since 1972, shares his concerns with Levi. When Keith first started his business, Spital Hill was booming – with a range of businesses, including a supermarket, dress shop and shoe shop. Over recent years, he has lost many of his customers as they have moved out of the area.

Levi talks to Saiya at the internet café.
The internet café on Spital Hill is one of many relatively new businesses in the area. They were keen to find out more about grants which may be available to help them improve and develop their premises.

   
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