Getting ideas and information about what can be done to
improve local open green spaces
FOR A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF WHAT IS FEASIBLE WITHIN EACH
Project Feasibility Information Sheets, which are
included here, were designed to allow local communities to
be systematic in their description and measurement of the
local potential for enhancing green spaces. These projects
are not intended to be the only ones that might be applied
to the Stocksbridge area; they have been selected because
they are considered appropriate and feasible in the local
context. The information used to draw up the information
sheets has been obtained from a number of local sources,
user survey/community consultation results.
school consultations (i.e. Upper Don Heritage
into open space projects in other SRB areas (for
instance, the Manor and Castle area of Sheffield) via
literature, site visits and other media.
drawn from the history and other features of the SRB5
information sheet is split into five sections:
section describes each project, highlighting key features
and issues. The Project Summary has five
project title, together with a project code that is used
as the reference code throughout the report.
project summary describing the project and its
requirements from initiation, operation and maintenance
to foreseeable long-term management
location information including a quick reference for
Green Audit (small sites) and Ecological Survey Sites
(large), using ticks and crosses. A planning permission
quick reference using Yes, No, or a "?", where more
research is required. The remaining box in this section
is used to give further details about the site location,
naming specific sites.
links is an invaluable cross-reference to other
feasibility ideas, organisations and open space
management systems. The aim is to highlight where
feasibility ideas interlink, and thus draw on and support
are four sub-sections:
- Set-up Costs, which describes the likely form of costs
incurred by implementing a project. Reference may be made
to possible sources of funding.
- Running Costs, outlines the expected day to day costs
incurred in managing and maintaining a project. Reference
to specific sources of funding may be given.
- gives an indication of the potential of a project to
create jobs for local people or contractors.
- states how it is hoped each project will attract and
encourage visitor to use open spaces in the
section describes how the local community will benefit and
be encouraged to become involved in open space management
Involvement - explains which parts and to what level the
local community could be involved in each
Involvement - outlines the potential for participation of
schools in a project.
Benefit - shows how users' leisure time experience will
section considers the environmental impact of each project,
from global to local and from human to wildlife
Agenda 21 - all organisations should be developing
systems that take into account the themes of LA21 to
ensure the planet retains the potential to support future
generations. This section outlines how these projects
will meet the aims of LA21.
- explains the potential impacts on wildlife habitats of
a project, whether positive or negative.
final section concentrates on the potential problems or
pitfalls associated with each project.
- focuses on those issues and problems that may prevent
or hinder the success of a project.
Quick reference estimate of the likely viability of each
project. The ease of implementation, management and
benefits accrued are compared with the constraints and
need for further research.
information given in each sheet is designed to raise the
major issues associated with that project. The information
is not exhaustive, however, and even projects given a
definite possibility will need further consideration before
research and encouragement of the local community to
participate in the project decision-making process will
provide new and better ideas for the future. Locally
developed ideas will be more likely to engender support,
ownership and respect if they originate from the local
to view some useful links to related information:
for public places
play in housing areas
here to email for help from Steel Valley Project staff
can write to the address at the bottom of this
Your involvement is important, no
matter how small,
as only local people can really change things for themselves
- ideas imposed from outside are often too general to be of
use at the local level.
SRB5 Greenspace Audit undertaken by Jim Flanagan for
- see their Community
- full of good ideas for your local site
sheets to enable the feasibility of the Stocksbridge
community undertaking local projects