On Thursday 7 October a seven-year-old tabby cat called Marco went missing from his home on Barholm Road. Have you seen him?
He’s got a red collar with a disc containing his name and phone number. The owners are asking whether local residents could check garages, basements, greenhouses and sheds in case he is trapped inside.
There has been a possible sighting of him up near the Sportsman pub on the other side on Manchester Road.
If you think you might have seen Marco, please ring the owner on 230 5162.
Due to limited space in the existing premises, the service station is currently forced to turn away customers when it is too busy. In good weather, work and repairs can be undertaken on the front forecourt, but the owner is looking for a permanent solution.
It is proposed to extend the premises to provide four additional vehicle work stations. The overall standard of facilities will be improved, with the MOT testing areas re-sited.
The existing workshop and office occupy a site fronting Manchester Road, with access for pedestrians and vehicles from the main road. There is off road parking for a dozen cars with space for three work stations within the workshop. It is proposed that the new extension will run through at the same level, with access remaining as present via the Manchester Road.
For visual and aesthetic reasons, the extension will be constructed with facing materials to match the existing. A pitched roof will incorporate lights to provide both light and ventilation.
The overgrown area to the rear of the workshop, at 16-20 Sandygate Road, is currently used for the disposal of unwanted goods. The property and freehold owners are willing to sell the land to the service station owner and have made no objections to the proposed extension works.
A right-of-way for both the current owners of the 16-20 Sandygate Road property and the service station will be retained as a landscaped and paved access.
Two new computing courses started last Friday at St Columba’s church hall on Manchester Road.
The 12-week IT National College Introduction to ICT course is for beginners with no knowledge or just a basic knowledge of computers. It starts at 9am each Friday and is followed by a more advanced course at 11:45am.
Students are asked to pay just £30 for a 12-week course, with concessions for those on benefits.
Advanced students wishing to gain experience using the internet are also given the option of attending a course at a Foxhill computer suite taking place on either Monday or Thursday mornings.
Anyone wishing to join a course should contact Ian Hague on 0114 335 1674.
We’ve been given a bit more information about the speed signs which were recently deployed – and removed – from Manchester Road.
The signs are known as Speed Indication Displays (SIDs) and form part of an ongoing speed awareness campaign.
In essence, a portable SID sign is able to detect the speed of oncoming vehicles with a set range and display an LED display back to the driver indicating the speed of that vehicle along with a happy or sad face depending on compliance with the prevailing speed limit.
In addition, the device can capture speed and vehicle flow data for future analysis.
The Road Safety Team at Sheffield City Council has developed a system of programmes and schedules for Speed Awareness Campaigns with some of the Community Assembly Areas whereby they provide the team with a list of sites where speeding has been a cause for concern either to residents or brought to the attention of officers by local Members.
The SID sign(s) are then rotated around these sites on an eight-weekly basis and data gathered to be assessed against ‘before’ data where available in order to assess their effectiveness.
The reason for this approach is that recent studies on the use of SIDs and Vehicle Activated Signs (VASs) have concluded that they are most effective when rotated around a number of sites as this reduces the likelihood of driver familiarity with a specific sign in a specific location.
A planning application has been submitted for the retail premises on Lydgate Lane, presently occupied by Motor World, to extend the building to three times its present size.
Planning application 10/02657/FUL indicates permission is being sought to change its use to a convenience store/market, possibly by one of the big supermarket chains. Work has already begun, with the removal of a number of trees from the site.
The application raises many questions, including how this might affect the viability of the present shops in the precinct, and crucially, what added pressure will this impact on road safety, at what is an already very busy Y-junction with Manchester Road.
The Central Area Community Assembly commissioned two sets of detectors from Sheffield Council’s road safety department. These were to be installed by Streetforce for an eight-week period at different locations highlighted by the local community as being prone to traffic speeding.
The first signs to be installed, on the Broomhill end of Manchester Road, are due to be removed today. At 8:30am this morning, only the the speed sign for vehicles coming up the hill was operational.
The analysed data gathered is likely to be used for improving road safety at the two locations. We’ll post more information as we hear about it.