Petition demanding new roof at Sheffield community hub

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CALLS have been made for Sheffield Council to find £150,000 to repair the roof of a Grade II listed park building - or residents fear it will have to close.

The Friends of Abbeyfield Park, Pitsmoor, attended yesterday’s full council meeting to urge the council not to allow the facility to shut and fall into disrepair.

The building is used by community groups, the Green Estates environment organisation and the Burngreave Messenger community newsletter.

Tim Neal, chairman of the Friends of Abbeyfield Park, said: “We believe without major repairs to the roof the house will close this winter - but the building is highly valued as a community asset.

“If the house was boarded up and left empty, the scenario can all too easily be imagined of it falling into dilapidation like other buildings in the area.

“Public safety would be heavily compromised.

“Closure of the park house would have considerable financial and social costs.”

Coun Bryan Lodge, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for finance, said repairs to the roof would cost around £150,000 and the council does not have much spare money. He said patching the roof would not be sufficient to preserve it for the future.

Coun Lodge said: “Councillors and officials will be meeting next week to discuss options for the park house building. We have not decided to close it.”

He added the council is considering options including offering the groups based there alternative accommodation and looking at ‘new uses’ for the building.