Mapping out a brighter future in rundown area

Exhibition: Attercliffe resident Jules Jones chats to the council's Steve Birch.       PICTURE: BARRY RICHARDSON.
Exhibition: Attercliffe resident Jules Jones chats to the council's Steve Birch. PICTURE: BARRY RICHARDSON.
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PLANS to revamp one of Sheffield’s most rundown suburbs have been praised for attempting to ‘put the heart back’ into the area.

Attercliffe has been in decline since the closure of many steelworks and it is blighted by derelict buildings, empty shops and heavy traffic.

Sheffield Council has worked with business groups in the area, Attercliffe Business Connection and Attercliffe Asian Business Connection, to put together plans to revamp the neighbourhood.

The proposals went on show in the Winter Garden, alongside similar ideas from Sheffield University Town Planning students.

Dozens of people stopped to look at the displays, which included maps pinpointing specific areas for improvement such as the old Adelphi cinema, the Memorial Gardens and canalside.

Proposals also included new housing, diversion of lorries away from the suburb, plus revamped pavements to make it more attractive for shoppers.

There was a favourable reaction in comments left by members of the public.

One person said regeneration would ‘put the heart back into Attercliffe’ while others called for historic buildings such as the old Banners department store and Adelphi to be preserved.

Sheffield Council development officer Steve Birch said: “The plan is for improvements over 10 years.

“Proposals include 400 new homes, which will cost millions of pounds and some of which will be built by private developers, also public realm improvements, such as repaving, will cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“There is no money in the bank and raising the funds for the improvements will be difficult at this time but we are in the process of applying.”

Among students displaying their work alongside the council’s plans was Leo Cunningham-Baily, aged 22, a masters student in town planning at the University of Sheffield.

He said: “The main catalyst to improve the area would be improving the main Attercliffe Road and reducing the volume of HGVs to make the area more attractive and remove its bad perception.”