Concerns over safety of park planned for Sheffield landfill site

Residents, councillors and Viridor representatives at an exhibition about the closure of Parkwood Landfill Site.
Residents, councillors and Viridor representatives at an exhibition about the closure of Parkwood Landfill Site.
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Fears over the safety of a ‘country park’ plan on the site of Sheffield Ski Village have been raised by a community group.

Sheffield Council announced plans to redevelop the Parkwood Springs area into a leisure park.

The scheme will build on existing facilities at the site which include a two-kilometre mountain bike trail developed by World Mountain Bike champion Steve Peat, from Chapeltown.

The plan aims to build on the city’s reputation as the UK’s outdoor capital.

Part of the project involves the existing landfill site in the area being gradually restored by owners Viridor into a community area, with the landfill site fully closing in 2018, before its restoration is complete in 2020.

However, the Parkwood Landfill Site Liaison Group says it has concerns about the safety of the area once restored – and has raised a formal objection to the plans.

The group – set up by the community in association with Sheffield Council – said: “We are aware that in the past highly hazardous materials have been tipped on the site.

“We are concerned everything is done to make sure the site is and continues to be safe, for ever.

“We want to be assured responsibility for the safe management, monitoring and regulation of the site is clear and there is continuing accountability to the community for their safety and wellbeing.”

The group has also raised concerns on the depth and type of soils used to cover the waste.

It called on areas of the site not affected by waste to be open before 2020.