||With New Deal projects and capital investment
getting underway, new businesses thriving and environmental
improvements in the pipeline, the future looks bright
for Spital Hill.
The Lord Mayor, excited
enough to crush a can, with Nicola Freeman and
Recycling Matters Director Saleema Iman.
greeted the Lord Mayor, Councillor Diane Leek, as she
officially opened this new centre on Spital Hill, dedicated
to developing recycling, re-use and repair.
Nicola Freeman, Information Development Worker, explained
how they had renovated the premises, which had been
boarded up ever since it was built, using only recycled
and reused materials.
The result is a light, welcoming space that will be
open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am–4pm,
providing information and advice. They will be touring
schools and community groups and setting up recycling
sites around the area, so why not drop in to this newest
addition to Spital Hill, or call them on 275 8985.
life for old DSS building
New Deal have bought Sorby House from its private
owner for £660,000 and hope to bring in millions
of pounds of external funding to fix it up. They’ve
been gathering views on how it should be used, and about
what else is needed to make Spital Hill the thriving
centre many want to see.
Richards, Housing and Environment theme manager, explained
it would provide both business and community premises
and pay for itself, becoming a permanent asset for the
community. Rose Ardron, community rep, told the Messenger
that demand for space was already high.
At a recent event people
voted on, or put forward their own ideas, for Spital
Hill. A gym and sports hall came out top, but others,
like the advice lounge, meeting rooms, children’s
facilities and radio station were also popular. People
stressed the need for a supermarket and bank, or at
least a cash machine and for improvements to be carried
out in an environmentally friendly way.
Have your say
The new Advancing Together agreement with the Council
includes plans for the Vestry Hall to become a learning
centre and New Deal projects on Spital Hill are getting
underway. But plans are not yet finalised. If you’d
like to make suggestions or talk to the New Deal about
what should happen, contact Carol Anderson from the
Engagement Team on 292 0460.
If you’d like advice about setting up or running
a business why not contact the New Deal Business Support
Champion, Saghir Ahmed on 292 0463.