Below is a bullet point summary of Thursday’s meeting.
Benty Lane junction still ongoing – information expected soon.
PC Louise Atha – team now part of “SWSNA” (rather than Broomhill Safer Neighbourhood Area); but still the same officers working the same area. Recent items of interest:
- Coop Travel armed robbery – ongoing CID enquiries;
- armed response op, Manchester Rd, one arrest.
- under-age alcohol purchases; of 17 premises tested 3 failed
- bogus callers – list available of phone numbers to check their identity
- burglaries & pedal-bike thefts – reminder to keep access locked!
- schoolchildren fighting in Crosspool – ongoing enquiries
- allotment break-ins; shed alarms now fitted & new gate; Operation Herbaceous in place. Anti-social behaviour down by 4% in this area!.
PCSO Garry Hizam – BlackBerry number 07584 617 200; he can call at residents’ homes with his Hermes unit to register possessions.
Insp. Deborah Pickering – new insp. For the team introduced herself.
Guest Speaker:- Andrew Peat
Andrew Peet (Neighbourhood Watch, Fulwood).
As it is better to deter burglars from targeting your house in the first place, once secure locks have been fitted the most sophisticated (& police backed) tool is a ‘glitter glue’ type liquid that can be used by householders to mark laptops, ceramic, jewellery, cameras, satnavs etc etc. People were asked to sign up with Andrew or Pat Wilkins – or later via Ian Hague – so a large order can be placed with the company SelectaDNA, for kits at £25 a time.
Each kit has a totally different ‘fingerprint’, and will mark up to 75 items permanently., with ‘readers’ able to then trace the item back to its owner of stolen. Large door/patio window stickers then advise potential criminals that a particular house is not worth breaking-into, and hopefully eventually insurance companies will take this into account when setting premiums.
Nick & Eleanor Rousseau, & Claire Gregory, spoke about their grow-you-own cooperative, run from on 7 allotments on Hagg Hill. The last year & a half have seen them learn by experience, how to keep the mice off, how to make use of weeds for fertilizer, & how to grow a ‘permaculture’ system that works in harmony with nature & is low maintenance. They have a rota of local members who go together to work the land, and teach school groups etc how to do this in a sustainable fashion.
Cllr. Geoff Smith said:
- Hadfield Reservoir – unlikely to be on the final list of proposed building sites – no plans to decommission it. Lydgate – awaiting response that Nick Clegg requested about this.
- Vernon Tce; sadly this is now a ‘dead issue’
- 20s plenty road campaign; one 2o zone will be put in place in the SWCA area – but not necessarily in Crosspool.
- Moor View (Gosney’s )farm; despite very worrying letters to the effect that demolition will take place on 30th April, Geoff was positive no application had even been received to do this, & Kate Mansell (planning) knows this is an important heritage site for Crosspool.
- Green garden waste; from 23rd April people can purchase clear sacks at £1.20 each & once filled can telephone for 5-10 to be collected by the Council. This is just for 2012, as in ’13 the Council hopes to introduce green bins. (Flytipping is recognized as a possible isse because of this).
- Recycling; once the black bin become a fortnightly collection people can choose which blue bin to use for which recycling – as long as they do not mix their waste.
Crosspool Festival; now in its 3rd year Sally Turnbull listed some of the events happening int he week 6th to 15th July – well dressing, open gardens, barn dance, organ recital, street market, cricket club open day, Tavern & Plough events, walks, harp recital, birds talk, gardeners’ question time, tea dance, harp recital etc! Residents will get a programme through their letterboxes in June.
Summer Fayre (14th July) – new events incl. Punch & Judy, American marching band & sumo wrestlers! Helpers please contact Ian Hague.
Car Boot Sale (16th June). – but not if its wet!
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – look out for flags & flowers in the precinct!
- Ian Hague was thanked for his organization of the recent Salford Quays trip; it is to be hoped they can be more!
- Paula Stacey is re-opening the Crosspool craft shop.
- A new Crosspool Women’s s Institute group has started – see Twitter (Or Paula)
- Computer course; names to Ian Hague please if you would like to join the new courses.
- Event for 21013; it is hoped to mark Sheffield’ first-ever bus route – being the 51 to Crosspool – early in 2013. Watch this space!
The next Open Meeting will be Thurs, 26th July 2012. 7pm, St Columba’s.