logo Burngreave Messenger Issue 28 February 2003





Burngreave Area Panel

Stuart Bolton, Area Co-ordinator.After a successful 2002 your Area Panel is looking forward to what we can achieve in 2003.

Don’t forget you can contact the Area Panel and Burngreave Area Action Team: 12–14 Burngreave Road, Sheffield, S3 9DD; tel: 0114 276 9134 or s.bolton@unisonfree.net

Also, all minutes and agendas for past Area Panel meetings are available on the Internet at www.sheffield.gov.uk


Your Burngreave Area Panel’s Area Plan for this year is at its final stage and will soon be printed. You helped put together the Area Plan by coming along and having your say at the consultation events we had across Burngreave last year. Some of the things we plan to do this year include:

  • Improve how we work together with Burngreave and Fir Vale Community Forum’s and New Deal for Communities
  • Carry on working with local people to help regenerate Fir Vale
  • Help make Carwood estate a better place to live
  • Cleaning up Burngreave environment and improve Spital Hill
  • Work to make Burngreave Vestry Hall in to a community building
  • Help give people of all ages more chances to exercise and improve their health
  • Improve how we work with younger and older people

If you would like a copy of the plan then please contact us at the Burngreave Area Action Team office.


Fir Vale Youth Project, the Pakistani Community Association and Advice Centre and Fir Vale Forum are all local projects that your Area Panel has been able to help over the last year using money from Sheffield’s Neighbourhood Renewal Fund. I would just like to let you know how all the projects have got on in 2002.

Fir Vale Youth Project has been able to run regular sessions for the 35 local young people who meet at the Pavilion. Over the last year the young people spent two months designing and creating a mural which was unveiled by the Lord Mayor.

The Pakistani Community Association and Advice Centre has been able to take on Masarat Rahman as an Advocacy Worker and she started work in August. Masarat offers translation, home visits, advice and guidance to local people to help them use other services.

The Fir Vale Forum has been supported by Mustafa Ahmed, Fir Vale Development Worker and over the last 8 months he has worked with local people to develop the Forum and its working groups. The Fir Vale Forum has seen a lot of successes since setting up in July and these include the work done with the Council to plan the improvement of local houses and help clean up the area. On the 14th December the Forum had its first public meeting to let people know about what they have achieved and Bob Kerslake, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council was there to open the meeting.


At your last Area Panel meeting we talked about the issues on Carwood estate and what your hopes were for Carwood Community Centre when it reopens.

Rebuild, a Sheffield building firm that also trains local people and helps them get jobs, will be starting work soon and plans of the building were shown at the meeting. Workers from different groups put up displays and showed a video made by local young people to help people think about what Carwood Community Centre could be used for. People then talked in small groups about what needed to happen and wrote down their ideas.

We would like to thank all of you who came along to have your say and we hope that you will work with us over the next year to help get your community centre up and running.


The Burngreave Area Panel Community Chest has opened its second round and is offering grants of up to £200 to help local groups who are or want to do things that help make Burngreave a better place to live and work in.

You can get more information and an application form by contacting us at the office (see above). Also, the closing date for getting forms back to us has been extended to Friday 21st February 2003.


You can meet your local Area Panel Councillors (Ibrar Hussain, Allan Law, Jackie Field and Steve Jones) to talk about any problems you have and see what they can do to help by going to their regular surgeries at:

Burngreave Library, Spital Hill – Saturdays 11.00 to 12.00pm

Firshill TARA Office, 11a Firshill Glade – Saturday 15th February and 8th March 2003 12.15 to1.15pm


he dates for your next Area Panel meetings are:

Thursday 6th March 6.30pm to 8.30 p.m. at a venue to be arranged. We will be talking about Environmental Issues in Burngreave.


Jasmin Saeed from the Fir Vale Forum Committee discusses local issues at Fir Vale Forum’s first public meeting on 14th December 2002.