Extra cash for improvements around Sheffield’s Park Hill

Park Hill Flats, Sheffield Picture by Gerard Binks
Park Hill Flats, Sheffield Picture by Gerard Binks
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New cycle routes and public footpaths are set to be installed in the area surrounding Sheffield’s Park Hill estate following a budget boost.

The city council has given the go-ahead for an extra £45,000 to be spent on improvements to land around the complex and local neighbourhoods.

Walking routes and cycle tracks linking Norfolk Park, Clay Woods, the Cholera Monument, amphitheatre in South Street Park and Park Square will be laid down as part of the £381,000 Green Links scheme.

Work will also connect Park Square to Victoria Quays and the River Sheaf Walk and make routes to the city centre wheelchair and pram-friendly.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council cabinet member for homes, said:“The work will improve links to the station and city centre for existing residential areas and a number of housing sites.

“It also provides enhanced green open space for all city centre residents in the Sheaf Valley which is short of such facilities.”

But the opposition Liberal Democrats accused Labour councillors of ‘throwing public money’ at Park Hill after they voted to increase the budget for the three new phases of work.

It comes just two weeks after Labour refused a call from the Lib Dems to block further public spending on the development.

Around £40 million of Government money has been given towards the complex’s £160 million regeneration project led by Urban Splash.

But the council has stressed it has not spent a penny on the refurbishment of the flats, run by Urban Splash, and the work will cover a much wider area.

Coun Harpham said: “This is not part of the Park Hill development, it covers an area much wider to improve links between Norfolk Park all the way down to the Canal Basin.

“This is not a contribution to the Park Hill scheme, it is a separate initiative.

“Funding comes from the New Homes Bonus, designed to stimulate regeneration.”