Sheffield’s historic cottage row

Cobnar Cottage, Cobnar Road, Sheffield
Cobnar Cottage, Cobnar Road, Sheffield
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Opposition councillors have criticised Sheffield Council for not offering any money to restore a historic park cottage after a u-turn on plans to sell the building.

Grade II listed Cobnar Cottage, next to Graves Park, was due to be sold but the decision was put on hold after protests from the Friends of Graves Park.

Meanwhile, the council is to set aside £187,500 to restore Abbeyfield House, Burngreave, which needs a new roof and other improvements, in a plan due to be approved at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

Coun Ian Auckland, Liberal Democrat councillor for Graves Park, said: “When Labour councillors tried to force through plans to sell off the cottage, they claimed money was not available to refurbish the historic cottage.

“However, this latest news demonstrates that it’s one rule for Labour’s favoured areas and quite another rule for everyone else.

“It’s been clear from the past two years our area has been neglected by the Labour council.

“Graves Park was gifted to the people of Sheffield to enjoy forever. Labour’s plan to sell-off the land sets a hugely damaging precedent.”

The funding for Abbeyfield House is in the council’s latest programme of capital investment.

A Sheffield Council spoksman said: “Abbeyfield House is a grade II listed building in deteriorating condition.

“The project works comprise renewal of the slate roof and replacement of felt. All the existing timber gutters are to be re-lined and down pipes to be replaced.”

Plans to sell Cobnar Cottage have been called in for a review at a council scrutiny board meeting due to take place at a later date.

The council told The Star that the plans were currently on hold.