Williamson Hardware will move next door to make way for Sainsbury’s

Williamson Hardware in Broomhill
Williamson Hardware in Broomhill: will move next door to make way for Sainsbury’s

Broomhill institution Williamson Hardware will move into an adjacent unit to make way for a new Sainsbury’s supermarket.

The landlord of the unit gained planning permission to develop the site for a new occupier earlier this month and it has been confirmed that Sainsbury’s will take it on.

It is believed that Williamson will move into the smaller property next door which was until recently occupied by Blackwell’s bookshop.

A spokesperson from Sainsbury’s said: “The future of local traders is important to us, and we are pleased that Williamson, a long standing local trader, has agreed plans with their landlord to relocate to another adjacent unit on Fulwood Road.”

Williamson has been trading in Broomhill for 52 years.

Library services: Crosspool residents asked to give their views

Crosspool mobile library: the service is to be cut
Local library services could be cut further

Sheffield residents are being asked to give their opinion on local library services ahead of the council’s plan to make savings in this area.

Interim Director of Community Services Jan Fitzgerald has indicated that some services could change due to the amount of money that needs to be saved.

She said: “Some of the savings will have to come from our library services. Whilst trying to protect frontline services, we cannot guarantee that they will be untouched given the scale of the savings which will be required.”

You can give your views at www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraryreview or via a paper form which can be picked up at at any library or First Point. The consultation runs until 8 October.

Crosspool is currently served by two mobile library services and the nearest local lending library is in Broomhill.

Williamson Hardware in Broomhill under threat from closure

Williamson Hardware in Broomhill
Williamson Hardware in Broomhill: under threat from closure

Broomhill institution Williamson Hardware could be forced to move from its current location on Fulwood Road to make way for a Sainsbury’s supermarket.

The landlord of the building is attempting to conclude the tenancy and has applied for permission to modify the unit, including changing the use of the first floor from office to retail.

Williamson Hardware has been trading in Broomhill for 52 years. A Spar exists three doors down and a 24-hour Select and Save supermarket is located at the top of Glossop Road.

Crosspool residents can post their views on the proposals on the Sheffield City Council planning website. The application can be viewed online along with all the associated documents under planning reference 12/01352/FUL.

Planning application – 12/01352/FUL Williamson Hardware

Manchester Road roadworks could last until 13 June

Temporary traffic lights on Manchester Road
Temporary traffic lights on Manchester Road

Temporary traffic signals have gone up on Manchester Road, causing delays to commuter traffic.

The area affected is between the junction of Tapton Mount Close and Tapton House Road. The work by Yorkshire Water is scheduled to last until 13 June 2012.

A bus stop on the south side of Manchester Road has also been temporarily moved further up the street to accommodate the roadworks.

More information on the work from Balfour Beatty:

This work is being carried out as part of our ongoing schemes to renew water mains throughout Yorkshire in order to help prevent bursts and boost the drinking water quality.

This work consists of renewing a section of 4 inch cast iron water main at Manchester Road between Fulwood Road and Tapton House Road which will take approximately 8 weeks to complete.

We will be starting work 8 May 2012 at the Junction of Tapton House Road, progressing towards the junction of Sale Hill using 2 way traffic lights for safety. The work between Sale Hill and the junction of Fulwood Road will only be carried out on Sundays or during school holidays using 3 way traffic lights for safety.  Traffic lights will be manned at peak times to aid with traffic flow.

We understand the inconvenience these road works and traffic management cause to motorists but hope you appreciate this is in place for everyone’s safety while we carry out these essential water improvement works.

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Crosspool Characters: optometrist Alex Gage

Alex Gage, optometrist
Alex Gage, optometrist

You’ll notice that there has been a bit of activity in the old Thresher Wine Rack unit recently. As we revealed back in June, a new family optometrist will be opening there in September.

We caught up with Alex Gage, who is opening his new Crosspool practice in September, to find out a bit more about him and his business.

Tell us a bit about the optometrist practices you run in different locations.

We are moving from Broomhill where we had a smaller premises and parking was difficult. We also have branch at Woodseats where I started in 1996.

What are your impressions of Crosspool? Do you live locally?

Crosspool is a lovely place we used to live there when the King’s Head still served beer. We used to sit in there and say “In years to come we can look back and say I remember when all this was fields” but I think the school field is still there, just not the pub.

Why did you decide to open an optometrist in Crosspool?

As I say we lived in Crosspool in a terraced house before my eldest daughter Emma could walk, but wanted to find somewhere with a garden instead of a concrete yard for children to play in. It still has that community feel and with the schools around I think there are lots of families around which we hope to serve well for all there vision needs.

Sandygate Road empty off licence unit
The old off licence unit will open soon as Alex Gage Optometrist

What sort of services will you be offering residents?

We will offer the usual vision services: NHS & Private eye exam, spectacles, contact lenses including Overnight Vision Correction (OVC) where you wear lenses overnight and don’t need to wear them the next day. My wife Sarah started this about 18 months ago and hasn’t looked back.

We’ll sell good quality sunglasses for all the family: you wouldn’t dream of sending your kids out without suncream for their skin but how many make sure their kids protect their eyes from UV as well? We will be providing the choice to help parents and children alike.

We will also be offering Behavioural optometry which I am accredited and a member of BABO. This helps people especially children to understand the world we live and the information their eyes are giving them (more info at www.babo.co.uk).

We are also hoping to provide sports vision to help athletes improve their game, by maximising the efficiency of their vision. I have also been working with a Sheffield-based engineer with hid new putting programme called Break 30 which aims to help golfers get a round with less than 30 puts.

What approach do you have to optometry and what are your plans for the practice in the future?

I think the above gives a good idea of my plans and hope that by attracting families we can help all members of the family with their vision needs. It is easier if families come together, they only have to remember one appointment and they can get help and support with choosing spectacles as well as advice from us on what suits there needs best.

Crosspool’s new optometrist will be opening in early September.

Alex Gage optometrist

Consultation on Broomhill Crookes Road junction changes

Local residents are being consulted on two options to make it easier to cross the road in Broomhill at the Crookes Road/Fulwood Road/Nile Street/Whitham Road junction.

One proposal would see vehicles banned from turning left from Fulwood Road into Crookes Road and an extra crossing inserted on Fulwood Road between the benches outside Cream coffee shop and Help the Aged:

Broomhill Crookes Road junction proposals - option 1
Broomhill junction proposals option 1 - click to download PDF (983KB)

The other option includes a slip road from Fulwood Road up to Crookes Road and would result in the loss of two parking spaces from the adjacent shopping parade.

Broomhill Crookes Road junction proposals - option 2
Broomhill junction proposals option 2 - click to download PDF (983KB)

Any changes will be of interest to readers of this website as they could indirectly affect the flow of traffic on both Lydgate Lane and also Manchester Road, two of the key routes up to Crosspool.

A Sheffield Star article says that members of Broomhill Forum have indicated a preference for the second option but final judgement is being reserved until more views are known.

Read and comment on full details of both proposals

Crosspool Characters: local author Judith Hanson

Judith Hanson
Judith Hanson

We meet Judith Hanson, author of two local history books about Crosspool and secretary of Hallam Art Group.

Her first book, Images of England: Crosspool, contains photos and text exploring the suburb’s development over time.

Follow-up title Crosspool Through Time features many more contrasting images of Crosspool.

How long have you lived in Crosspool and what do you like about the suburb?

I have lived in Crosspool since 1979. I am originally from Hunters Bar but have also lived in Bingley, London, Cyprus and Sweden. I like Crosspool as it is so close to open countryside, it is a very friendly community and a very pleasant place to live.

Images of England: Crosspool by Judith HansonTell us about your 2003 book on Crosspool. What made you decide to write it?

My first book came about through my being a bit of an amateur artist; I am secretary of Hallam Art Group. I wanted to paint pictures of the pubs in Crosspool and it was about the time that the King’s Head was to be demolished.

I worked in the post office and asked several people if they had photos of the King’s Head in its prime – to paint from. I realised that we were losing our local History and it needed to be recorded.

I had bought the Tempus Publishing book on Ecclesall so I wrote to them and asked if a book on Crosspool was in the pipeline. They said “No, how about doing one”. So I did.

How did you go about researching the content for your books? Was it hard work?

Because I worked in the post office and knew so many people I managed to acquire a lot of info and photos. Sadly some of these original photos have already been lost on the deaths of their owners.

My first book took over my life for several months and apart from talking to people, visiting them and listening to their stories I did a lot of research in the Local Studies Library.

Crosspool Through Time by Judith HansonThe first book must have sold quite well, as you produced a follow-up book in 2010. How is the second book different?

For my second book, which I said I would never do, I also took a lot of photographs. The second book shows contrasting views of now and then.

A lot of my original contributors were no longer around so I had quite a difficult job finding new photos and of course I no longer had my contacts through the post office.

Do you have plans or material for any further books about Crosspool?

I have no plans for a future book but I am sure there is scope for someone else to take up the mantle. I wish there were some books on Fulwood and Broomhill too! 
I did do one more project. I was asked after my first book if I would do some guided walks which I declined.

However, I did do a guided walk booklet which was sold at GT News. The proceeds went towards a new bench in Lydgate Green at the bottom of Lydgate Hall Crescent.

If you’re struggling for a Christmas gift idea, then have you considered Judith’s books? They are available to buy from local shops, direct from the author or online:

1. From local shops: both books are available at GT News and Crosspool Through Time is also available at Craft Angels.

2. Direct from the author: signed copies can be purchased from Judith at 25 Lydgate Hall Crescent, Sheffield S10 5NE.

3. Online, from retailers such as Amazon:

Images of England: Crosspool (2003) by Judith Hanson on Amazon

Crosspool Through Time (2010) by Judith Hanson on Amazon

High winds cause traffic light damage in Crosspool

Last night’s wind and rain have damaged a set of traffic lights in Crosspool.

Gusts of upto 80mph left part of a traffic light casing hanging by a wire at the busy Manchester Road crossing near local schools.

Despite the damage, it appears that the lights are still operational and an engineer was on hand to begin repairs at around 8am this morning.

Did the bad weather cause any damage elsewhere in Crosspool? If you spot anything, comment below or let us know.

Damaged traffic lights on Manchester Road
Hanging by a thread: damaged traffic lights on Manchester Road