Category Archives: Environment

Conservation champion retires after 20 years

Roger Kite MBE has handed over control of the Rivelin Valley Conservation Group after almost 20 years at the helm.

When the group was formed in 1991 by local residents concerned about the decline of the valley, Roger agreed to chair this concerned group. From this seed of an idea grew RVCG, which by now must be one of the largest organisations of its kind in the city (with over 500 members).

Roger has overseen many improvements in the valley, being a keenly active member of the RVCG Task Team. He has represented the Group and its members at Public meetings and Forums for the majority of these 20 years. His wide range of contacts in the Council (both Councillors and officers) together with his close links with the many environment organisations and other bodies such as Yorkshire Water, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Ponds Conservation Trust and the Bridleways Forum have been invaluable. Continue reading


Parking mad!

Tenants and visitors to Fairbarn Place should have better parking facilities soon.

Currently, there are complaints that parking habits have ruined grassy areas. However, environmental money from the “Decent Homes Initiative” has been found to put towards making improvements.

One visitor to the city, who preferred not to be named, told NW Sheffield News, “People across the world refer to Yorkshire as one of the most beautiful spots anywhere, but Sheffield’s reputation as a green city is marred by such wanton thoughtlessness. I won’t be back!”

A local resident chipped in, “My thoughts and sympathies go out to both the young and the elderly whose footing may have slipped on this localised environmental disaster.”

A visibly-agitated Green Party supporter added, “This is verging on the ridiculous! We know where these people park – make no mistake! It’s becoming like a scene from ‘The Day after Tomorrow’ – and we know how that ended!”

View from Ron Clayton – Who supports Rangers?

Praise or Grumble for the Rangers of NW Sheffield?

I have been passing over some of my old photographs to Sheffield Archives recently and some of them depict the Wadsley Common that I loved with a passion [and may do again] in what was the nineteen eighties. It is incredible how much of the Common is now unrecognisable due to the spread of birch trees.

The Rangers of Sheffield City Council are carrying out a sensitive management scheme to get the Common [sorry, “Commons”, as they now are] back into ‘balance’. I cannot be more eloquent than that, but what they are doing is right and proper and they are supported by a wonderful bunch of locals. These are the Wadsley and Loxley Commoners, who may sound like a cricket team but they take a great pride in the area and are worth supporting. Continue reading

Discover Brightholmlee on 25th April!

The Steel Valley Project is leading a Heritage Trail Guided Walk on Sunday 25th April and all are welcome to join in.

Wander over the historic pack horse bridge, see wildflowers at Carr House Meadows and discover the ancient hamlet of Brightholmlee. We will be walking one of the Stone to Steel Heritage Trails, starting in Glen Howe Park, and visiting Carr House Meadows Local Nature Reserve and More Hall Reservoir. This walk is only about three and a half miles but has steep hills and rough paths! We will be leaving at Glen Howe Park car park at about 10:15 am. If you are coming by bus then catch the 9:30 57 from Sheffield Interchange or the 10:00 57 from Stocksbridge Co-op. Let me know if you are coming by bus and we will make sure we stay to meet you!

The walk starts 10:15am at Glen Howe Park, Wharncliffe Side. For more Stone to Steel events visit .

On the tiles

New flooring and other improvements are on the menu for the “big red flats” at Deer Park View, Stannington.

Thanks to savings in the Environmental budget from the Decent Homes initiative, carpet tiles will be replaced in the foyers of each block. Money has also been committed to improving garden areas around the towers and these funds were found from the Your Community Your Choice awarded during the last financial year (2009/10).

The standard of cleaning has also improved in the blocks and initiatives to remove litter continue. However, residents (or visitors) putting stickers on mirrors in the lifts is causing concern.

Conservation group AGM on April 13th

Rivelin Valley Conservation Group’s Annual General Meeting takes place this Tuesday in Stephen Hill Church and new members are always welcome.

This year’s event will incorporate a photographic competition. Entrants can submit up to three pictures, preferably taken in the Valley and best displayed on a stand. Take them along on the night. There will also be a look back over 20 years of RVCG and forward to the future.

RVCG makes a valuable difference to the Valley and is a group well worth supporting.

Find out more by emailing Keith Kendall at or phoning 230 7144.

View from Ron Clayton – Bogged down at Hillsborough Corner?

Yes its true. That bizarre looking khazi on Holme Lane has been taken out of commission.

This Atlantic Wall pill box structure has finally opened its door for the last time and awaits removal. Not fit for purpose it was originally going to be situated outside the even more short-lived housing offices on Bradfield Road before locals campaigned for it to be erected elsewhere.

I’ve used it a few times and on one occasion found myself open to public viewing, bit like Chatsworth, especially if you were on the top deck of the Stannington Bus. Continue reading