As a user of Abeyfield Park I feel the need to write to you in the
hope that by airing concern over the park you can facilitate change.
Timeline of Neglect follows.
Future of Abbeyfield Park" (issue 18 December
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." No action
or change taken.
to the Messenger "Playgrounds
and facilities for children in Burngreave" (Issue
29, March 2003)
recieved a telephone call from James Barnes, a council bureaucrat
with some responsibility for the Parks, who passes on a tale of
funding woe and good intentions. He invites me to participate in
an environment theme group, and promises a phone call from the person
with responsbility for Abbeyfield Park. The call never materialises,
and I fail to see why I should invest my personal time making sure
that paid officials perform correctly, I already invest a number
of hours in community projects and have little spare time as it
is. Again no action or changes result.
3. 21st June
2003, Abbeyfield Park. Further decay of the playpark and its equipment.
The coat of paint that was promised in Spring 2002 still has not
arrived. There is damage to the equipment with a metal fixing being
completely broken off leaving a sharp stump which could injure a
Council going to do anything about this, inside 5 years? This is
the way that the Andover street play area went with deterioration
over a number of years until eventually the site was removed.
latest information on the painting of the play equipment is that
a group of volunteers, working with Green City Action, are considering
taking on the job in conjunction with Burngreave Rangers, although
we’re still waiting on the official update from Sheffield
The Friends of Abbeyfield Park group meets monthly, call Corrine
Muir, Burngreave Ranger, on 257 8840, to find out the date for the
next meeting. [Ed]
of Firshill Road are very sorry but for the next few months your
view of idyllic Firshill Road will be spoiled. There will be men,
machines and mud not to mention the noise. So it maybe far safer
to take your children on another route to school or the bus stop.
Firshill Road is to receive a facelift. This was promised to residents
in 2001 but never happened. Two years of individually corresponding
with the Council and getting nowhere, we came together to form the
Firshill Road Community Association, and to hold the Council to
it’s promise of our inclusion in the facelift scheme. It took
us three months, and some fantastic letter writing, and we got results.
Community Association would like to thank everyone who has supported
them in getting the facelift scheme implemented, especially Cllrs
Jackie Field and Ibrar Hussain.
Firshill Road Community Association
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