Site name: Ridal Close 'dead' space

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: SCC Housing

Date of survey: 7-Mar-00

Current management: Areas of amenity grass are mown

Proposed management: Extend area of grass & re-sow with a wildflower mix. Move parking spaces forward to create a bed in front of wall for wall climbers.

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.

 

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Visual Attributes - update 200


This site feels enclosed and sheltered, surrounded by housing. A tall concrete retaining wall to the south edge creates a blank, unfriendly screen, below which lies a row of concrete pads (possibly old foundations for garages?). The space is of considerable size and is mainly surfaced in tarmac, which has grass and weeds growing through it in places. Left over corners of the site are filled in with mown grass. Graffiti covers part of the concrete wall. Although the place feels dead and neglected, used only for extra parking and as a turn-around spot, its great views and sheltered position give it a lot of potential.


Activities that the site supports at present

The site is currently used for overspill parking and a vehicle turning area.

Safety

The site is overlooked by houses, but is unused and appears neglected, giving it a slightly hostile air.

 

Activities that could be supported in the future

The majority of residents living in and around the site are elderly and the site should accommodate their needs. A local resident stated a wish for garages, which could be built here on the existing foundations.  More interesting planting could replace the areas of dull mown grass, or these spaces could be taken over by adjacent private gardens.

Ideas for change

It is suggested that the potential for using the south facing concrete was for something should be explored; at the least ivy or a similar cover plant could be grown to hide the wall. The site needs a general clear up.
Discuss with the Council the possibilities for future development.


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

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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

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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

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