Site name: Manchester Road (north side) industrial brownfield site no. 1

Zone: Industrial Zone

Land owner: Corus Engineering Steels

Date of survey: 25-Feb-00

Current management: Old willows pollarded - some formal planting on site in past, but now scrub.

Proposed management: Maintain pollarded willows; remove rubbish and litter; possible biofuel site.

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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.

1.

Visual Attributes - update 2004

It is difficult to see the extent of this site from the road. This is due to the large shrubs and trees which cover virtually all the ground (including privet, hawthorn, ash, laurel, sycamore and willow), and the steep drop down over the wall from the pavement next to Manchester road. A small stream runs through the site from the wall, down a slope covered in scrub to a flat area. The site appears neglected, as it is overgrown and contains piles of dumped waste, including tree cuttings, an old bed, tyres and a lot of litter.

 

Safety

The site is enclosed by the high wall which screens off the main road, but it has little surveillance and the dense tree planting could feel threatening. The proximity to the steelworks may also make the site unappealing to use.

Activities that the site supports at present

The site is currently unused apart from fly tipping. Willows to the north edge of the site have been pollarded.

 

Activities that could be supported in the future

Could the site be taken over by the Victory Club and used as an outdoor seating area, or children's play area?

Ideas for change

This site may be up for sale for redevelopment (July 2004).
Consult with the Victory Club which is housed adjacent to the site as to whether a secure play area is needed for children.


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 Evergreen (cherry, laurel and privet)

*

Fences

Trees Mixed

Invasive Species

Scrub

*

Other (Please state)

Tall Herbs

*

Pollarded willows - old

*

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 (small)

*

Litter Bins

Fly Tipping

*

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 RoadRoad brownfield 2

Little Don allotments

Little Don OS

Station Road OS

More Hall Tip

 

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- latest update 16/06/08