Site name: Spink Hall open space

Zone: Outer Zone

Land owner: SCC Leisure Services

Date of survey: 29-Feb-00

Current management: Amenity grass area mown. Includes a hard surface with playground facilities.

Proposed management: Possible community garden (community gardens) or pocket park (pocket parks). Landscape improvements (wildflower meadows, wildflower bulb planting and butterfly gardens, community orchards). Scope for multi-recreational sports facility (?)

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 large public space consists primarily of amenity grass, surrounded by housing. A large expanse of tarmac, damaged in places with weeds growing through it, is situated to the south of the site, with two sets of swings, monkey bars and a bench. The site appears uncared for by users with lots of litter, fly tipping, and broken glass. There is a patch of land that has been mown around which contains large stacks of tree cuttings, probably dumped there.


Visual Attributes
(cont)

Unintentionally, this small area provides a haven for insects and other wildlife. The margin of long unmown grass right round the edge of the site also supports a variety of wildlife. To the west side of the site, there is a large band of this unmown grass, which separates the amenity grass from roughly surfaced access tracks to several garages. Bushes and trees are dotted around the periphery of the site, as are some self-set garden plants.

Safety

Although the site is surrounded by houses, it has a foreboding atmosphere, as it is often deserted and appears uncared for by users.

 

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Activities that the site supports at present

There is evidence of dog walking (dog mess) and local children occasionally use the playground area.

 


Activities that could be supported in the future

The unimaginative play equipment could be supplemented with new and alternative play options. A community garden or wildlife area could be established. Football nets and equipment for other ball games could be set up on the large expanse of amenity 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 (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


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