Work set to boost open air theatre

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TWO further phases of work for Sheffield’s new Sheaf Valley Park are proposed over the next two years to complement the new open air amphitheatre and arboretum.

Sheffield Council contractors are currently adding finishing touches to the first part of the project, which also includes a new walkway from the station’s rear entrance to Shrewsbury Road.

Officers say further phases in the next two years could include:

■ a green link from South St Park to Monument Gardens via the Claywood Flats site.

■ enhancement of the Claywood site and improved green links to Norfolk Park.

■ a new cycle and wheelchair-accessible route from the station rear entrance up to Park Hill with new planting, sitting areas and lighting.

The council said it is seeking funding for the first two schemes and that Urban Splash, which is renovating Park Hill flats, will fund the third.

Longer-term ideas include providing a new cycle and wheelchair-accessible ramp and bridge link from Pond Hill to Park Hill.

They also include a new structure to replace the existing Turner Street bridge with one which is safe, inviting and accessible.

Creating a green link between Victoria Quays to South Street via the Park Square roundabout and tram bridges has also been suggested.