Update from Trading Standards on Fireworks around Frecheville Pond


The Birley Ward councillors raised concerns with Sheffield Trading Standards regarding the Anti-Social Behaviour with fireworks around Frecheville Park and Pond. We were concerned as to how and where the young people obtained the fireworks from. Trading Standards have responded outlining the following action being undertaken as follows: “Each year, Trading Standards work in partnership with South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to tackle the issues around firework safety and anti-social behaviour arising from the unlawful supply of fireworks from both retail and domestic premises. This multi-agency approach is required as each agency has its own responsibilities under the applicable legislation.

This year, due to Sheffield’s Tier 3 status and associated Covid-19 risks to our young volunteer, we have been unable to carry out our usual programme of test purchasing for fireworks. We have instead agreed with South Yorkshire Police, for one of our enforcement officers and a police officer to carry out advisory visits to retail premises to remind sellers of their responsibilities and legal obligations. All fireworks retailers will receive a letter to reinforce the message and informing retailers of the effects of fireworks misuse on local residents as well as the legal requirements.

Both officers are aware of the particular issues raised in your locality and will be visiting all premises selling fireworks in the vicinity over the next two days to give a strong message to retailers in the area.”

Anti-Social behaviour around Frecheville Pond

Over the past few days The Birley Ward Councillors have been contacted by residents regarding the issues of Anti-Social behaviour including fireworks around Frecheville Park and Pond. Councillors have report the issues through to the police and council officers. The police have responded to say they will be going into Birley Academy to try to identify anyone involved. If they do identify the people causing this anti-social behaviour they will then deal with them with their parents. They have also said they will increase the patrols around the area.

Please do keep reporting incidents through 101. This will ensure the area is on the police hot spot list and can allocate resources accordingly.

Reporting continued incidents of fly tipping

Thank you to residents for continuing to report incidents of fly tipping across the Birley Ward. The latest incident on Newstead Grove outside the sub-station off Newstead Road has been reported by Councillors to be removed. As we have previously said we encourage anyone seeing fly tipping please do report it (this can be done anonymously). Any evidence you can provide would also be considered such as a vehicle registration number. If you see any fly tipping you can call the Council on 0114 2734567, email through to Streetsahead@sheffield.gov.uk or just get in touch with one of your local councillors – Bryan Lodge, Karen McGowan or Denise Fox.

Public asked not to walk through Norton Aerodrome land

Birley Ward Councillors understand that the Norton Aerodrome area has been used for many years by people walking their dogs and the general public who are just out to enjoy the open space. The main reason for the Council installing a security guard on site is in response to the many reports from members of the public. The security guard and his dog is to stop any fly tipping and anti-social behaviour, as well as to keep people away from the structures on the site until they are demolished.

There will be a notice handed out to people accessing the site, informing them that they are trespassing and that the site is private property and has its own dangers, such as uneven surfaces, unsafe buildings and environmental conditions.

It will also inform them there is a security guard on the site with dog support, we ask members of the public to be aware of this and consider the implications.

The notice below will be displayed at all the access locations on site next week.

Good News Frecheville Community Centre get £10,000 funding

Birley Ward Councillors are delighted to announce that Frecheville Community Centre has successfully been awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund. The funding is to support the community and beyond to combat isolation and provide outdoor spaces during the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic. The community will benefit from access to outdoor spaces being developed around Frecheville Community Centre including Remember When Outdoor Cafe, Volunteering Opportunities and Hugi Hub Family Centre outside space. The Community Centre and Birley Ward Councillors would like to thank Tracy Rodgers at Hugi Hub who has worked hard in successfully securing the funding.

Norton Aerodrome Update

Further update from the Birley Ward Councillors on Norton Aerodrome. A security guard with a dog will be on site from today until the end of December. This will ensure it remains secure and there are no further incidents of fly tipping. The current fly tipping removal will be completed by the end of the week.

Supporting Cotleigh Residential Care Home

Whilst people were taking part in clapping for carers early in the Covid19 crisis, someone took advantage and stole the garden furniture used by staff and residents at Cotleigh Residential Care Home in Hackenthorpe. When this came to the attention of Councillor Bryan Lodge he raised the issue with the Birley Ward Labour Party. Members were keen to support this by providing funds to replace the garden furniture and a letter of thanks has been received showing the positive impact this has had.

New Hope Food Bank Thank You

Birley Ward Labour Party made a donation to New Hope Food Bank. This food bank has been one of the organisations that has supported S12 residents throughout the Covid19 crisis. The letter of thanks below has been received. Councillor Bryan Lodge said “we are pleased to be able to support them in the work they do inlight of the Covid crisis where more people than ever have required their help”.

Thanks to Emma for bringing to the attention of the Birley Ward Councillors the need for a bin at the Hayfield Crescent entrance of Birley Primary school. Emma who is a Frecheville resident and regularly litter picks in the area contacted Councillors to see if there was a possibility of a bin, due to the amount of litter dropped in the area and especially on the route by the side of the school fence through to Hollinsend Cricket grounds. Whilst we can’t guarantee success on every request or suggestion, we are committed to supporting all our residents. Councillors looked into this and are now pleased to see it in place. Please help us keep our community clearer of litter.

Update on Norton Aerodrome Issues of Fly Tipping

Local residents have been reporting issues of fly tipping on the Norton Aerodrome site as the locks on the gates have been broken. The Birley Ward Councillor have contact officers and can report that over the coming weeks access will be denied by placing large boulders in front of the main gates. That way even if the locks are removed by the fly tippers they won’t get vehicles onto the site to fly tip.

Requests have been made for CCTV on the site, but due to the size of the area involved the citing and cost of installing CCTV would not be practicable. However, the council are instructing mobile security to monitor the site and do site inspections on a regular basis. The council will review the impact of this over the coming weeks.

The council are also looking to speed up the demolition process for the buildings on the site, and they are currently doing the service checks to make sure utility supplies are fully isolated before the buildings get removed.

Hopefully the above action will stop the issues residents have been reporting.

Councillor attends Birley Spa Bath House Heritage Day

Councillor Karen McGowan joined members of the public on a Heritage Day visit around Birley Spa Bath House. The visit started with Fiona outlining the history of the bath house. We then went inside the building which was amazing.

Finally we took a walk around the pond and through the woodland area. Councillor Karen McGowan said “I’ve lived in the area all my life and walked through the grounds but I’ve never been inside. It was fascinating to hear the history and I know how passionate the Friends of Birley Spa Bath House are. Thank you to Fiona and Victoria for today I really enjoyed it”.