SHEFFIELD pub The Riverside is at the heart of a new scheme to regenerate the River Don close to the city centre.
The Mowbray Street bar and performance venue, owned by city arts organisation Point Blank, has joined up with Sheffield’s River Stewardship Company, working to clean up the Don, and the Environment Agency. The aim is to develop and maintain a new waterside area for visitors.
Jonathan Moxon, of the Environment Agency, said: “The Riverside will become part of Riverlution! - a River Friends Network designed to bring people together into a network of individuals, groups and organisations that can support each other and share ideas and resources to make rivers and waterways the best they can be across Sheffield.”
Pub manager Chris Pritchard said: “We will become a hub for the everyday protection and management of the waterside, bringing together all the interested parties in the area.
“We are delighted to have been asked to get involved at this level and really look forward to seeing our own waterside area transformed into a viable space rather than just a piece of inaccessible waste land.
“Visitors are already surprised at how clean the river is and that as you look out on to the water you can see kingfishers, herons, fish and all sorts of wildlife.
“People will be amazed how, even though we are so close to a busy main road, when you are down by the waterside there is no noise at all. It’s a really tranquil spot that we want everybody to be able to enjoy with us.”
Riverlution! will be launched at the Riverside Pub at 2pm on Thursday, October 20.