Delight as 'blot on the landscape' is finally removed from Sheffield park

The storage container has been unused for some time

The storage container has been unused for some time

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A 'blot on the landscape' is finally being removed from the Sheffield park where it has stood for around two decades.

An 'ugly' green storage container has long blocked panoramic views from Concord Park, in Shiregreen, despite repeated pleas for its removal.

Workers set about demolishing the storage unit

Workers set about demolishing the storage unit

It is finally being sent to the scrapheap, and park users this week spoke of their delight as a wrecking crew set about demolishing the unloved structure.

Chris Beresford said he was thrilled to see the back of the 'eyesore'.

"This box - unused for years - will finally no longer mar the lovely scenery of the north Sheffield park, which is a favourite with dog walkers and joggers alike," he told The Star.

The Friends of Concord Park and Woolley Wood group is also happy to see the back of it.

Treasurer Maureen Shipley said: "It's been a blot on the landscape for years and we've had all sorts of excuses as to why it couldn't be removed so we're delighted it's finally being demolished.

"Finally, after years of nagging by the friends group, we get to enjoy the beautiful views without this horrible container in the way."

Ms Shipley said the metal storage container had been placed in the park around 20 years ago to hold goalposts and other sporting equipment, after a number of wooden huts used by football teams were burned down.

But she said fewer football teams use the park these days than in its sporting heyday, and it is understood the storage unit has been unused for some time.

A spokesman for Sheffield Council said the disused unit was being removed because it was an 'eyesore' which attracts vandalism. He added that it was being scrapped as it was not fit for any other purpose.

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