City estate celebrates becoming a better place

Cllrs. Chris Rosling-Josephs and Isobel Bowler and some of the young people who were involved in the 'I come from&' consultation at Chaucer District Centre with one of the pieces of public art.  'The photo shows (from left to right): Cllrs Chris Rosling- Josephs and Isobel Bowler with Peter Hurley (rear) and Casey Young, Megan Young, Mireille Murekatete, Shauna Dalton, Nathanial Oladejo, Curtis Holland, Louisa Broadhead, Stacey Sampson and Rebecca Compson.
Cllrs. Chris Rosling-Josephs and Isobel Bowler and some of the young people who were involved in the 'I come from&' consultation at Chaucer District Centre with one of the pieces of public art. 'The photo shows (from left to right): Cllrs Chris Rosling- Josephs and Isobel Bowler with Peter Hurley (rear) and Casey Young, Megan Young, Mireille Murekatete, Shauna Dalton, Nathanial Oladejo, Curtis Holland, Louisa Broadhead, Stacey Sampson and Rebecca Compson.
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Residents of a Sheffield suburb are celebrating the completion of work to improve the look of their community.

Pieces of public art have been erected, paving has been improved, landscaping work has been carried out, parking has been provided and new banners have been erected in the ‘Chaucer District Centre’ on the Parson Cross estate.

The improvements follow on from the development of the Library Learning Zone and new public square, which both opened in 2011.

They were funded through cash generated on the back of Asda opening a supermarket in Parson Cross the same year.

Future plans include the development of 142 new houses on the estate, and the opening of a youth club.

Steve Ryan, Asda’s general manager in Parson Cross, said: “What is great about this project is that it brings together the local independent shops, library, school and other community facilities.

“All of these elements are important for a community to flourish both socially and economically.

“Asda is very proud to be part of Parson Cross and the new Chaucer District Centre.

“People come from a wide area to visit our store and we hope they will also come and use the local shops and visit the wonderful library and square.”

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for skills, business and development, added: “This is the sort of comprehensive scheme that has worked so successfully in Sheffield city centre - changing attitudes, helping to give people a sense of pride in the area, and bringing investment and development.

“The council is keen to see this positive development continue and is pushing ahead with building 142 new homes in the area through the Sheffield Housing Company.”

Coun Isobel Bowler, the council’s cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, added: “It is thrilling to see that so many local people have contributed to the place where they live.

“Youth groups got involved with designing the banners and local people’s words have become part of the beautiful stone markers.”