Hanging baskets help suburb to bloom

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BRIGHT hanging baskets and a weight limit on lorries are among measures proposed to improve a Sheffield suburb.

Business people have agreed to hang up floral displays in Attercliffe over the coming months and a restriction on HGVs is planned from June, following a display of the Attercliffe Action Plan, organised by Sheffield Council and held in the Winter Garden.

It is hoped old buildings can also be brought back into use and private sector investors can be tempted to put money into the area.

Attercliffe property owner David Slater said small improvements, including more street cleaning, are also proposed.

He said: “We are urging businesses to support a hanging basket campaign to have Attercliffe in bloom by May or June.

“An HGV restriction is scheduled for June and expressions of interest have been made by house builders and commercial and residential developers.”

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council cabinet member for communities, said the exhibition highlighted an ‘interest in Attercliffe which extends beyond the centre itself’.

He said: “Many people across the city grew up there or have memories of days out at the shops and the theatres in the past.”

Coun Harpham said the council and business groups are ‘determined to see Attercliffe returned to the vibrant and attractive place it once used to be’.