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Site name: Common Lane Recreation Ground

Zone: Countryside Zone

Land owner: SCC

Date of survey: 9-Mar-00

Current management: Mowed for recreational use.

Proposed management: Tree and shrub planting along some edges (tree & shrub planting).
Wildflower meadows (
wildflower meadows).
Dry stone wall restoration (
dry stone wall restoration).
Consider multi- recreational facilities for young people (
multi-recreation youth facilities).

SK28659700

Date of Visual Survey - Aug 2004

Click map to see details and location of photographs

The ideas and possibilities outlined below are designed to help members of the local community as they think about what could happen on this site. Nothing is fixed and alternative solutions may well emerge over the coming decade - it is for the local community to decide and enable it to happen.

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Visual Attributes - update 2004

This site, bounded to the north side by Common Lane, is surrounded by farmland.  Dry stone walls bound the site, some of which are derelict in places and Parsonage Farm is situated within the site’s perimeter on the north edge. The main access into the site is via a car park at the west side, off Common Lane. A rough track with two large boulders at the end leads from this to the playing fields, which consist of several football pitches. There is a wide margin of unmown rough grass and scrub around this large expanse of mown amenity grass, which has sparse tree planting to the east of the car park and along the southern edge of the site. A public footpath runs down the east edge of the site past the farm from Common Lane, which is also a public right of way.

Safety

This area feels quite safe to enter, as it is open and in a quiet area surrounded by fields.

Activities that the site supports at present

Bikers, walkers and horse riders use the public right of way along Common Lane. The recreation ground is regularly used for football games and large outdoor events, such as summer galas. It also hosts one of the largest bonfire night events in the valley.

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Activities that could be supported in the future

Some wildflower planting could be established in the margin of unmown grass and an area could be provided for walkers and football supporters to sit or picnic.


The charts below have a colour next the description if anything in the list, which was used to identify the whole range of possibilities for Stocksbridge, occurs on this site.

Ecology

HABITAT TYPES FOUND ON SITE

found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012

Amenity Grassland

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Mosses and Bryophytes

Amenity Shrubs

Heath Land

Amenity Tree Planting

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Wetlands

Amenity Flower Beds

Open Water

Amenity Hedges

Running Water

Rough Grassland

*

Cultivated/Disturbed Land

Acid Grassland

Bare Earth/Erosion

Marshy Grassland

*

Hedges

Trees Broadleaf

Walls

*

Trees Coniferous

Fences

*

Trees Mixed

Invasive Species

Scrub

Other (Please state)

Tall Herbs

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Low Herbs and Shrubs (Native)

Amenity Bulb Planting

 

 


People

CURRENT USES

found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012

FORMAL PROVISION

INFORMAL USES

Formal Pitches

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Cycling

Formal Play Area

Jogging

Car Park

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Walking

Seating

Shortcuts

Picnic Area

Desire Lines

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Art Work

Motor Cycling

Dog Walking Area

Car Driving

Pavement

Car Parking

Footpath Network

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Damaged Bollards/Fences

Steps

Vandalism

Cycle Paths

Graffiti

Trim Track

Litter (small)

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Litter Bins

Fly Tipping

Dog Waste Bins

Burnt Out Cars

Formal Off-road Area

Fires

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Bollards

Hanging Around

Lighting

Alcohol Drinking

Signs (one disused & damaged)

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Drug Taking

Interpretive Signs

Dog Mess

Hard Surfaces

Quiet Contemplation

Other (please state)

Sun Bathing

Informal Play (state)

Other Informal Uses (state)

Stocksbridge SRB5 Greenspace Audit undertaken by Jim Flanagan for Sheffield Wildlife Trust - see their Community Action Handbook - full of good ideas for your local site

Unsliven road

Stone Moor

Stone Moor Rugby Field

St Mary's Bolsterstone

Common Lane

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- latest update 16/06/08