Site name: Wilson Road open space

Zone: Inner Zone

Land owner: SCC Housing

Date of survey: 1-Mar-00

Current management: Amenity grass cut, flowerbeds maintained, paths kept clear.

Proposed management: Some fruit tree planting/herb garden, wall plants/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 2004

This is a residential site for the elderly, with 5 blocks of flats that step down the hillside, separated by wide sloping strips of mown amenity grass. Some raised flower beds have been created along the front of some of the flats and a few trees dot the site.  Railings run the length of the site next to the pavement on Wilson Road and down steps and a path (which cuts through an area of unkempt scrub) to meet Manchester Road. A row of garages are situated at the top of the hill facing down over the flats.  The views from the site across the valley to Wharncliffe Crags are outstanding.   

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Safety

The site feels safe as it is a quiet area, open with good sightlines through it and is overlooked by the flats.  

Activities that the site supports at present

The areas of grass appear to be unused. A couple of benches on site enjoy the good view. One area next to the lowest flat contains washing lines. 

Activities that could be supported in the future

Some of the amenity grass could be supplemented with flowering meadow species (e.g. poppies, oxeye daisies), replaced with low maintenance plants and shrubs, or possibly communal vegetable plots. More seating could be provided and possibly a communal outdoor eating area. 



Ideas for change

It is suggested that there is potential for exploring with the residents (tenants and owners) how their own space in front of the gardens might be enhanced.

The footpath has been upgraded to urban specifications.


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

Mosses and Bryophytes

Amenity Shrubs

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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

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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

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Alcohol Drinking

Signs

Drug Taking

Interpretive Signs

Dog Mess

Hard Surfaces

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Quiet Contemplation

Other (please state)

Sun Bathing

Grit bin

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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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