Improvements for pedestrians on Lydgate Lane

Work has started on changes to the pavements and crossing areas at the top of Lydgate Lane.

The road is being narrowed outside Lydgate Infant School ready for the installation of a zebra crossing.

Improvements to the Lydgate Lane end of Marsh Lane and Headland Drive are also underway, with markings on the pavements that hint at the dropping of the curbstones with tapered pavements at crossing points.

Dropped Kerbs were recently installed on the Watt Lane end of Cardoness Road to make crossing easier for pedestrians.

Improvements for pedestrians on Lydgate Lane
Improvements for pedestrians on Lydgate Lane
Markings for dropped curbs on Headland Drive
Markings for dropped Kerbs on Headland Drive
Dropped curbs installed on Cardoness Road
Dropped Kerbs installed on Cardoness Road

Crosspool Open Gardens raises over £3,000 for charity

Twelve charities are to share the £3,300 raised from this year’s Crosspool Open Gardens on Saturday 3 July.

The annual event, which is co-ordinated by members of Stephen Hill Methodist Church, ran this year as part of the Crosspool Festival programme.

There were 15 gardens around the neighbourhood to explore, including allotments off Back Lane, two adjoining houses on Cairns Road and the Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway.

One Manchester Road garden also accommodated an art sale, plus a book signing by local historian and author Judith Hanson. Plentiful supplies of tea and cake were also available at most of the gardens.

Open Gardens started as a fundraising event for the church’s development appeal but has now been extended to support charities nominated by the owner of each of the showcased gardens.

Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway at Crosspool Open Gardens, July 2010
Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway at Crosspool Open Gardens, July 2010

New traffic-slowing measures on Manchester Road

Two vehicle-activated signs have been installed near the Broomhill end of Manchester Road to help slow traffic.

The radar speed signs are located on both sides of the road near Tapton House Road and Tapton Mount Close. The idea is that they will slow cars down by making drivers aware when they are driving at unsafe speeds.

As well as showing drivers how fast they are going, the signs also display a happy face for vehicles travelling under the speed limit and a sad face for those exceeding it. The speed limit for this stretch of road is 30mph.

Manchester Road has been affected by the roadworks in Broomhill and is currently only open for traffic coming out of town.

Vehicle-activated sign on Manchester Road, Sheffield
Vehicle-activated sign on Manchester Road, Sheffield

Vehicle-activated sign on Manchester Road, Sheffield
Vehicle-activated sign on Manchester Road, Sheffield

Volunteers required

There are currently plenty of opportunities to get involved with various community events and activities in Crosspool:

The Soup Wagon

The Soup Wagon runs by St Columba’s and Stephen Hill churches on Monday evenings between September and May at Eldon Street car park. It need more volunteers to distribute food to the homeless on a 4 to 6-week rota.

If you can spare an hour or so every once in a while please contact Eddie Sherwood on 266 0891 and eddie.sherwood@btinternet.com; or Bob Townrow on 230 1098 and towniesrm@talktalk.net.

Badminton Club

An enthusiastic helper/assistant leader wanted for Stephen Hill Junior Badminton club which meets from 6-7:30 pm on Thursdays at the church. The club is for 10-18 year olds. It would be lots of amusement for the right  person. If you are interested, contact Bob Townrow on 230 1098 and towniesrm@talktalk.net.

Luncheon club washing (with free lunch!)

Don’t say there’s no such thing as a free lunch! Volunteers are required to go on the washing up rota (6 weekly) at Crosspool Luncheon Club held at Stephen Hill church. A free lunch is provided! The club runs Wednesdays 12-2pm. If you can assist please contact Jean Smith on 2308250 or  jean.W.smith@btinternet.com.

Birds eye view of Crosspool

The current Bing and Google maps illustrate how the parade of shops on Sandygate Road looked before and after the alterations.

Before the alterations

Crosspool shops before the alterations
Bing map showing Crosspool shops before the alterations - click the map to view this on Bing maps

After the alterations