‘Last chance’ to have say on Smithy Woods service station plan

17 April 2014...Protestors gather at Smithy Wood off Junc 35 of the M1 near Sheffield to show their opposition to a proposed motorway service area at the site. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1002/87c
17 April 2014...Protestors gather at Smithy Wood off Junc 35 of the M1 near Sheffield to show their opposition to a proposed motorway service area at the site. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1002/87c
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Campaigners fighting to stop a motorway service station from being built at ancient Sheffield woodland are urging residents to take their ‘last chance’ to object.

Plans for the Extra station at Junction 32 of the M1, close to Smithy Woods in Chapeltown, are due to be decided in January.

They have proved controversial, sparking hundreds of objections from residents.

Now The Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust is advising residents that their last day to make a representation is this Friday, November 13.

Chief executive Liz Ballard said: “This application takes away a much loved recreational area for local people, not to mention the destruction of woodland habitat and over 800 years of history.”

She said the plan was an ‘alarming threat’ to Sheffield’s natural environment and there was ‘no need’ for the station.

Bosses at applicant Extra have always insisted there is a clear need for the station to serve drivers and it will create 300 jobs.

To make a representation about the application, visit www.sheffield.gov.uk or The Star’s website.