Legal threat over Sheffield ski village mess

Fly-tipping blights the former Sheffield Ski Village. The owners are to be sent a letter by Sheffield Council asking them to tidy the site.

Fly-tipping blights the former Sheffield Ski Village. The owners are to be sent a letter by Sheffield Council asking them to tidy the site.

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It was once one of Sheffield’s top tourist attractions, bringing in visitors from miles around - but today the former Ski Village is a fly-tipping eyesore.

It was once one of Sheffield’s top tourist attractions, bringing in visitors from miles around - but today the former Ski Village is a fly-tipping eyesore.

Fly-tipping blights the former Sheffield Ski Village.

Fly-tipping blights the former Sheffield Ski Village.

The site lies derelict, strewn with mounting piles of rubbish, more than a year after the main building was destroyed by fire.

Sheffield Council has now held talks with the owners to persuade them to clear up the fly-tipping – and the authority has warned it may take legal action if they do not.

Sheffield Council could take legal action ordering the owners of the city’s former ski village to remove piles of fly tipping as the site turns into an eyesore.

The state of the former tourist attraction – which once attracted visitors from across the country – has been raised by council officials, who met with owner Kevin Pullan urging him to take action.

Fly-tipping blights the former Sheffield Ski Village. The owners are to be sent a letter by Sheffield Council asking them to tidy the site.

Fly-tipping blights the former Sheffield Ski Village. The owners are to be sent a letter by Sheffield Council asking them to tidy the site.

The council stresses it wants Mr Pullan to ensure the site, which is leased from the council, is cleared up and secured voluntarily – but that it will not rule out legal action if necessary.

Ben Corbey, a former instructor at the ski village, said: “The owner and council have allowed the ski village to get into a tragic condition.

“The fact that the site and access road have not been better secured has allowed the use of one of the most visible city locations to become an open air dumping site.

“The council and Mr Pullan have failed to take the very simple action of securing Vale Road to unauthorised vehicle access. It’s a disgrace.”

The ski village, launched in 1988 and costing £2.5 million to build, was hailed as a ‘vision of the future’ and in its heyday attracted 180,000 visitors a year.

But it closed after the main chalet-style building was destroyed in a massive blaze in April last year.

Subsequent small blazes and vandalism ruined what was left of the facility.

Although the dry ski slopes themselves still remain, the lower sections are also covered in rubbish.

Mr Pullan and fellow owners of the ski village, who include Gatecrasher nightclub boss Simon Raine, have been unavailable for comment about the fly-tipping.

The owners have not yet revealed their plans for the site – although the council has been in discussions with mountain biking champion Steve Peat, from Chapeltown, about using part of the land to create a new mountain bike riding base.

Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment Coun Jack Scott said: “It’s really sad to see the ski village site in this state, but as the land is subject to a long lease there are no immediate remedies available.

“We are working with the leaseholder and investigating options to ensure that the site is brought back into a sustainable use that fits in with the masterplan for the area.”

ALPINE SLOPES WERE VISION OF THE FUTURE

Sheffield Ski Village was hailed as a ‘vision of the future’ – scrubland once home to back-to-back terraces transformed into Alpine-style ski slopes.

Built at a cost of £2.5 million by city entrepreneur John Fleetham, and unveiled in 1988, in its heyday Sheffield Ski Village attracted 180,000 visitors a year.

The country’s top skiers would gravitate to the city just to use the state-of-the-art site. A national training centre was developed for the British Ski Federation, with a 30-degree ramp and a 60ft pool for skiers to practise twists, turns and somersaults into water.

Facilities grew to include a bowling alley and space for children’s birthday parties and even weddings.

The main chalet was destroyed in a fire in April 2012 but there have been several more subsequent arson attacks. Earlier this year, owners said Sheffield Ski Village would never reopen.

Two boys aged 15 and 16 were given community orders last month after admitting involvement in an arson attack in April this year, which ripped through two wooden outbuildings at the site, causing £5,000 worth of damage.

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