A determined teenager will try to set up a Friends group for his Sheffield park after plans were agreed to build a school on it.
Adil Mohammed, aged 13, spoke to councillors at Sheffield Council’s cabinet meeting yesterday to urge them to support Tinsley Youth Club and Tinsley Recreation Ground.
Plans to build a new school on the recreation ground to move pupils at existing schools away from the M1 were approved earlier this month - despite concerns from residents that they would lose green space.
Adil asked council chiefs to consider expanding Tinsley Youth Club by reducing planned car parking spaces for the school by two and help to set up a Friends group as he ‘would be interested in helping to improve my park.’
He also asked if a playground could be moved to a more suitable place instead of next to sports pitches.
Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said she was happy to work with the community.
But she said the council ‘no longer has money’ to pay for youth clubs as funding was prioritised for those most in need although it provided all that it could.
She said the new school would provide the community access to its sports facilities and she ‘wasn’t sure’ whether the youth centre pavilion building could be expanded but the matter could be looked into.
Adil, who lives in Tinsley but studies at Brinsworth School in Rotherham, was also told that somebody would be in touch with him about setting up a Friends’ group for the park.
He said after the meeting that he would work on the project over the summer holidays.