logo Burngreave Messenger Issue 31 - May 2003

Euro-cash for Fir Vale and Firshill
by Ian Clifford

Firshill and Fir Vale will share in £800,000 of European ‘Objective One’ money in the next few years. While the whole of Burngreave will benefit, it will be targeted at areas outside New Deal; Firshill, Fir Vale, Whiteways, Wensley Estate and parts of Grimesthorpe and Shirecliffe.

Burngreave Community Action Forum (BCAF) and Fir Vale Forum (FVF) insisted a grass roots organisation manages the money rather than New Deal, a view which John Clark, Chief Executive of New Deal, now supports. Burngreave Community Action Trust will manage the money, working closely in partnership with New Deal.

A ‘Community Action Plan’ has been put together by a ground-breaking partnership of the two Community Forums; Area Panel and New Deal. Tammy Pear of FVF said the priority in Fir Vale is to employ development workers to involve local people and develop future plans.

People from the Firshill estate, where crime and poor transport are frequently raised as issues, also need to be involved in decisions about how the money is to be spent.

Timetables are tight and the initial plans will be circulated at the BCAF Quarterly Forum on Saturday 17th May, 11.00am onwards at Christ Church Hall, Nottingham Street.

BCAF and the FVF will be holding meetings about the plans later in the year, for details contact BCAF on 272 8008.


The old cinema at Fir Vale.

Houses on Firshill.
Streets in Fir Vale.
Houses on Firshill.