Community and heritage

Hillsborough Walled Garden, by Tom Walton.
Hillsborough Walled Garden, by Tom Walton.
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Some years ago in Hillsborough some locals were concerned about a cack-handed council plan to turn the former horicultural training area in Hillsborough Park into a car park for the Library. They formed the Hillsborough Community Development Trust.

Much good came out of that now defunct group- the Hillsborough Walled Garden, though neglected, still survives as a little oasis of calm in this mad world. Hillsborough Cottage, one of the older remaining buildings, was regenerated from dereliction into a desirable residence. The Trust also took an interest in the now burnt out Loxley Church and the slowly collapsing Old Coach House to Hillsborough Hall unfortunately to no avail but they did successfully create a community heritage trail to commemorate the Great Flood with core buildings situated in Hillsborough itself. With the only viable alternative to the failed Old Blue Ball pub being seen in the form of yet another block of apartments, leading to more traffic, part of this core seems destined for demolition. Its also saddening to see a boarded up window in the Shakie. What price the efforts of the community if this is going to be the end result?

Ron Clayton,

Display of motorcycles

I fully agree with Mel Roberts letter re: the lack of motorcycles on display at The Moor motor show. In previous years, our classic motorcycle club twas contacted to put on a display. I thought it strange this year when we weren’t contacted.

For anyone disappointed in not seeing any bikes on display, our club, the British Motorcycle Preservation Society will be holding their annual concours night at the Civil Sports Club, Green Lane, Ecclesfield, S35 9WY at 6-30pm, Monday, August 14, where it is expected around 100 bikes of all ages will turn up. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome. A raffle will be held on the night and all proceeds will be donated to local homes for children with learning difficulties.

Steve Whittaker

B.M.P.S chairman

Good option is available

I read your article dated August 2, titled ‘Mother launches fundraising campaign to hep Sheffield daughter undergo pioneering spinal treatment’. After reading this article I found myself frustrated. I too have the same Scoliosis spinal condition as this girl. I was diagnosed at 13 years old with the double curvature, Dr Ashley Cole from Sheffield Children’s hospital recommended to me the fusion operation, without which he predicted my curves to increase to 60o in two years.

I looked into alternative options because the thought of an operation is scary and obviously comes with risks. I quickly realised that no alternative option is suitable. Without the operation, I would remain in pain, be unable to carry my own children, eventually my ribs would break on each other and I would no longer be able to do my hobbies. I had the operation at 14 years old, my curve had increased to 55o top and 41o bottom with 16o rotation in my hips and ribs. I had my back fused from T3 to T11 and set a 25o thoracic curve. If I was fused to L5 like offered, I would be completely straight but would have no flexibility.

Dr Ashley Cole is highly thought of in this field and performed an average of two spinal corrections a week. I had every confidence in his skill. The operation went well thanks to the excellent team. Despite losing five pints of blood, my anaesthetist got me through without a blood transfusion. Recovery was quick, I spent a week in hospital learning to sit, stand and walk again. I got back to school, went to Spain after five weeks, started dancing again after eight weeks, riding after nine months.

I am now 23 years old and I never have any issues with my back. I have just passed my intermediate ballet exam with a distinction, I compete in riding competitions. I started pole dancing two years ago and manage back bends, tricks and flips and will be competing. My experience was hard and does have risks however I feel this article is massively exaggerated. It suggested this girl to have no future, she could become disabled, but it is very clear to me that this is not true. This operation saved me, I am stronger than ever and doing more now than I did before, it doesn’t limit me from anything I want to do and I am grateful to have had it.

I think this article is false advertising to raise money for an operation that isn’t needed when a perfectly good option is available to her already. I understand this girl is scared, I was too, but she should be presented with the fact that she will be just fine. It is disappointing that people aren’t hearing the positives, how it works on so many people, instead they hear negatives and how it is ok to ignore their professional surgeon’s advice. I also think that other scoliosis sufferers reading this will become scared of a false truth when they need reassurance of their options and a good future it can provide.

Lorna Nicholson

by email

Astonished by felling

Given the following facts I have just been reflecting on how astonishing it is that Sheffield City Council and Amey assume they can continue felling our city’s trees without eventually being held accountable for their actions.

They are responsible for destroying our city’s valuable assets, (the roadside trees), where in many cases the older trees that were planted in the Victorian era or early 1900s were paid for by wealthy industrialists of the past and Sheffield’s residents.

Removal of mature large-canopied trees is exposing residents to increased dangerous levels of pollution.

The council’s claim that they are ‘replacing’ them is incorrect as no mature trees felled such as those on Rustlings Road or due to be felled on Western Road or Rivelin Valley Road are being replaced with 100-year-old limes or plane trees, or with a similar type or size to the ones removed.

Money being used to carry out this environmental vandalism comes from public taxes so it is the citizens of this city who are paying for the loss of our trees without being consulted for our views, and where engineering solutions and expert arboricultural recommendations have been ignored.

The proposed felling of trees on Western Road, Crookes that were planted for local WW1 soldiers who never returned home would constitute desecration of a war memorial.

These trees were paid for by schoolchildren and residents and could live for another 200 years.

Like so many other beautiful trees they CANNOT be replaced by saplings.

It is really mind-boggling that this shocking situation has been allowed to happen and it’s no wonder that the rest of the country and indeed places across the world are looking on with disbelief at Sheffield and our council’s utter disregard for the distress of residents who are witnessing the destruction of our once lovely tree-lined roads.

Susan Richardson

Westminster Crescent, Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10