Site name: Manchester Road (north side) open space

Zone: Industrial Zone

Land owner: Corus Engineering Steels

Date of survey: 25-Feb-00

Current management: Amenity grass mown short and hedge trimmed.

Proposed management: Extend hedge along whole north part of the site and sow wildflower mix to create a field margin effect along the length of the hedge.

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Date of Visual Survey - Aug 2004

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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.

 

1.

Visual Attributes - update 2004

A strip of mown grass runs along the north side of Manchester Road, segregated from the pavement by a crash barrier and stone wall. A steep drop to the Little Don River (which cannot be seen from passing vehicles) is covered in brambles, bracken, rose bay willow herb and ash saplings. These plants are quite untidy in appearance, but are far more visually interesting than the mundane expanse of mown grass. A row of trees and shrubs, including hawthorn, ash and elder, is situated at the top of the river bank, screening off the steelworks from the road. A sparse hawthorn hedge attempts to hide a wide yellow gas pipe to the east of the site, which passes over the river into the works.

Safety

The regular passing of traffic and pedestrians would provide some surveillance of the site, although the busy road would be a hazard for children. 

 

Activities that the site supports at present

Pedestrian occasionally walk along the grass instead of the pavement and children are sometimes seen balancing along the crash barrier and wall.

Activities that could be supported in the future

The proximity of the main road and the steelworks discourages use of the site, but a more visually interesting (and economical) planting scheme could be devised to replace the existing mown grass.


Habitat types and current uses of the site are marked in the tables below with an asterisk.

Ecology

HABITAT TYPES FOUND ON SITE

found 2002

aim by 2012

found 2002

aim by 2012

Amenity Grassland

*

Mosses and Bryophytes

Amenity Shrubs

Heath Land

Amenity Tree Planting

*

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

*

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

Cycling

Formal Play Area

Jogging

Car Park

Walking

Seating

Shortcuts

Picnic Area

Desire Lines

Art Work

Motor Cycling

Dog Walking Area

Car Driving

Pavement

Car Parking

Footpath Network

Damaged Bollards/Fences

Steps

Vandalism

Cycle Paths

Graffiti

Trim Track

Litter

Litter Bins

Fly Tipping (small)

Dog Waste Bins

Burnt Out Cars

Formal Off-road Area

Fires

Bollards

Hanging Around

Lighting

Alcohol Drinking

Signs

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

Manchester Road OS

Manchester Road brownfield 1

Manchester Road brownfield 2

Little Don allotments

Little Don OS

Station Road OS

More Hall Tip

 

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- latest update 16/06/08