Archive | November, 2017

Sheffield set to become World Class Extreme Sports Destination

29 Nov

Sheffield ski village and the surrounding area is a step closer to making a ramped up return to the city as part of a world-class sports, leisure and entertainment development bringing hundreds of jobs to the city.

Sheffield Council has appointed the EXTREME Destinations-led consortium to deliver a 48-acre long-term sustainable EXTREME branded sports, leisure and entertainment solution at Parkwood, Sheffield’s country park in the city, following a competitive bidding process.

An initial 100 new full-time jobs are expected to result from the £22.5million development, which should see the re-instatement of Sheffield’s much-loved ski slopes and MTB tracks in phase one of the project.

The agreement between Sheffield City Council and EXTREME Destinations, in partnership with leading UK facilities operator Continuum Attractions, will see the development, provision and operation of a world-class sports and leisure ‘experience’ complex with exciting and modern facilities for residents, tourists and action sports enthusiasts alike in the heart of Sheffield city.

EXTREME’s unique brand and destination experience will incorporate a combination of action and adventure sports facilities, including the possibility of an indoor sky diving facility, live music, E-Gaming and virtual-reality hub as well as a restaurants, bars, social spaces, retail and themed accommodation.

Established in 1995, EXTREME is a global sports and lifestyle brand. From launching the ground breaking Extreme Sports TV channel in 68 countries to more recently, offering marketing services and branded global sports and leisure property development.

EXTREME’s brand reach will be harnessed to broaden Sheffield’ visitor base via Extremes Media Network, its 128 global sports and lifestyle ambassadors such as snowboarder Jamie Nicholls and skier Rowan Cheshire, and its presence at more than 80 events annually. These create a monthly reach in excess of 100 million people globally. All of which will continue to drive visitors and reinforce Sheffield’s reputation as The Outdoor City.

Continuum Attractions, the UK-wide operations company primarily positioned in the visitor experience industry, will be instrumental in the consortium group, with input into the planning and then operating the facilities developed under the globally renowned EXTREME brand.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield City Council, said: “Bringing Sheffield ski village and the surrounding area back into use as part of a truly global package of sports facilities, hotels and other leisure pursuits is a fantastic outcome for the team at Sheffield Council that has worked to secure a preferred developer with EXTREME’s experience in delivering leisure based schemed for many years.

“There’s still plenty of work to do but by appointing our preferred developer we are one step closer to bringing the much loved ski village back into use.

“This news will come as an early Christmas present to the thousands of winter sports enthusiasts who trained on the slopes at the ski village, many of whom who are associated with EXTREME as ambassadors for its sporting ambitions.

“An initial study in 2015 showed us the great potential for this type of attraction at Parkwood Springs, and the hard work by the Friends of Parkwood Springs and the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery to make the wider area a place to be proud of, is beginning to pay off.”

Alistair Gosling, CEO of EXTREME said: “This is a fantastic and unique opportunity to deliver an EXTREME Destination right in the heart of Sheffield and bring the much-missed ski facility bang up to date. We will be tapping into the world-wide phenomena of creating total active leisure destinations, where all the excitement of sport and leisure facilities come together – sports activities, accommodation, eating, drinking, shopping – in a totally immersive destination.”

“Continuum is delighted to be partnering with EXTREME on this exciting new direction for the Continuum group,” said Juliana Delaney, CEO of Continuum.

EXTREME’s aim is to start work on a new and improved ski village to open in 2019 before concentrating on its plans to develop residential and leisure facilities around and on the site, subject to planning permission.



Can You spare a Few Hours This Christmas?

29 Nov


Can you spare a few hours this Christmas to serve Christmas dinner to older people who would otherwise spend Christmas alone?


Keep Britain Tidy – Great British Spring Clean

28 Nov

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2 – 4 March 2018

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches.

On the weekend of 2 – 4 March 2018, we want to inspire 500,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us. Join our growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.

Together we can make a difference and clean up the environment on our doorstep.





Friends of Gillfield Wood – Talk on Sheffield’s Forests, Woodlands & Coutryside, Past and Future. Monday 4th December 2017

28 Nov

Monday 4th December

Welcome to a talk by Dave Aspinall the Countryside Manager for the Countryside and Environment section of Sheffield City Council. Dave will consider the rich history and current management of Sheffield City Council’s 1615 Hectares of Forests, Woodlands and Countryside, and share something of the emerging Trees and Woodlands Strategy.

Totley Library, Baslow Road, 7:30pm

Free to members, £3 contribution from non members

Note – this is not related to Street Trees


Dore Streets Ahead Info – Works on The Grove

24 Nov

Amey are returning to complete pavement resurfacing works on The Grove

Amey in Dore

Ecclesall School Expansion Plans Given Go Ahead

20 Nov

Sheffield City Council has given planning permission for the expansion of  buildings at Ecclesall Infant School which will bring Ecclesall Infants and Juniors together onto one site.

The expansion will see the existing site change from a 240-place infant primary school to a 630-place infant and junior school.

Balfour Beatty will carry out the work, and the new buildings will open in September 2018.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “I am delighted to see planning permission granted to expand Ecclesall Infant school.

“This expansion will ensure that all children  in the area will be able to attend their local primary school, and is part of our programme  to keep up with expanding birth rates in the North East and South West of the city.

“This is an opportunity to create a modern school with great facilities, including three libraries, a computer suite, new rooms for small group work and a separate school kitchen for food technology lesson.

“Working in partnership with Balfour Beatty and Ecclesall Infants and Juniors, we have a wonderful opportunity to build on the excellent reputation of  both these schools to create a beacon of excellence at the heart of this community which will make a real difference to the life chances of many children and their families.”

The planning consultation showed that whilst the majority of parents are in support of this expansion there are number of concerns from local residents about high levels of traffic and congestion around the school. The school have put together a travel plan for its students to address these concerns and are supporting pupils to walk to school, as well as creating a drop off point for walking buses. We will be working closely with High Storrs School to make sure enough parking is available in the area.

Have Your Say and Learn About Proposed Changes to Accessing Urgent Care -2017

20 Nov

NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group wants to make changes that make it simpler for people to get the care they need and guarantee everyone who needs it an urgent appointment within 24 hours. 

There are no changes to emergency or planned care in this consultation; this consultation is about providing urgent care in different ways so that we can improve access to urgent care services for people across the entire city. The proposals include:

  • Change the way people get urgent GP appointments
  • Change where people would go for minor illness and injuries
  • Change where people go for urgent eye care
  • Improve the way people access services
    For information on completing an online survey or attending a public meeting to find out more, please follow the link below.

urgent Care