Photography by Peter Wolstenholme
Our thanks go to the Sheffield Youth Justice Service, East Youth Forum and Sheffield City Council Parks & Countryside who joined the Birley Ward Labour Councillors on the third Birley Blitz event on 31 October to clear litter from around the Hackenthorpe Skate Park. Birley Ward Councillor Karen McGowan said “although there wasn’t as much litter as we have found in the other areas it was a good effort by all who took part”. Thanks must also go to Rother Valley Church for joining us and also allowing us to use their premises for refreshments. Thanks also go Councillor Bryan Lodge for providing excellent homemade soup. Birley Ward Councillors undertook a walking surgery around the area after the litter pick and where joined by members of the East Youth Forum. Denise Fox said “we knocked on the doors of those houses that faced/backed onto the skate park. We had promised residents that we would consult with them six months after the skate park had been installed”. Councillor Bryan Lodge said “It was great to talk to residents as they were previously concerned that the skate park could attract anti-social behaviour. The residents were pleased with the park but raised concerns over litter.” Councillors are now responding to this by investigating if another bin and signs can be installed. For details of future events go to birleywardlabourparty.org.uk.