Hillsborough Forum folds due to lack of funding

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A GROUP which has spearheaded improvements to a Sheffield district centre has folded after a decade because funding has dried up.

Hillsborough Forum, was established in 2002 by residents and businesses and worked on projects ranging from creating a community garden to flood-prevention work, organising the area’s Yorkshire In Bloom entry and organising an initiative to promote local businesses.

A statement issued by the forum, managed by Wendy Wells and based at Proctor Place, Hillsborough, said: “The company has a liquidity crisis in spite of all attempts the trustees are unable to solve. We are proud of our past successes and thank everyone who has been a part of this project over time.”

The forum attempted to improve an area which has been hit by falling trade for several decades, due to competition from supermarkets, disruption when Supertram was built and continuing problems such as lack of parking.

Its projects included turning derelict land into the Holme Lane Community Garden, organising the suburb’s entry into Yorkshire in Bloom for the last three years, looking after a walled garden off Middlewood Road, and campaigning for clean up of debris from the weir at Hillsborough Corner after the 2007 floods of 2007.

Other work by the forum included a Christmas tree campaign for local businesses in 2008, providing 25 Christmas trees and leaving traders with permanent brackets for summer hanging baskets and Christmas trees in the following years.

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