Two new floral tubs confirmed for Manchester Road

The space outside Crosspool Tavern where two new planters will be located
The space outside Crosspool Tavern where two new planters will be located

Two new planters will be installed at the former entrance to Crosspool Tavern on Manchester Road.

The location will allow for continued pedestrian access to the pelican crossing, the pub entrance and the pavement in front of the pub.

The tubs will be delivered with soil and planting already prepared and Crosspool Forum will take on their future maintenance. An exact date for their arrival has not yet been confirmed.

This former entrance to the Tavern’s car park was earmarked for landscaping as part of the S10 corridor scheme in 2005, although this has not yet happened. The two new floral tubs are expected to make access to the pelican crossing safer.

In 2010 and 2011 Crosspool received Sheffield in Bloom awards for the quality of our floral displays in the precinct.

Crosspool won silver in the Sheffield in Bloom awards
Planters in Crosspool precinct

Sheffield in Bloom silver award goes to Crosspool

Crosspool won silver in the Sheffield in Bloom awards
Crosspool won silver in the Sheffield in Bloom awards

For the second year running, the plants in Crosspool precinct have won silver in the Sheffield in Bloom awards.

The prize was presented to Crosspool Forum chairman Ian Hague at the Town Hall last month.

We’ll be aiming for gold in 2012 and also have plans to feature flags and bunting in the precinct as part of the Olympics and the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.

The silver prize is presented to Crosspool Forum chairman Ian Hague by Lord Mayor Sylvia Dunkley at the Town Hall
The silver prize is presented to Crosspool Forum chairman Ian Hague by Lord Mayor Sylvia Dunkley at the Town Hall
Sheffield in Bloom awards at the Town Hall
Sheffield in Bloom awards at the Town Hall

Hanging baskets and planters installed in precinct

If you’ve passed Crosspool shops on Sandygate Road recently then you will have seen that new hanging baskets and planters have been installed around the precinct.

The new additions will support our Sheffield in Bloom competition entry for 2011.

A planter in Crosspool precinct
A planter in Crosspool precinct
Hanging baskets in Crosspool precinct
Hanging baskets in Crosspool precinct
Planters opposite Artisan restaurant in Crosspool precinct
Planters opposite Artisan restaurant in Crosspool precinct

Bullet points from Crosspool Forum Open Meeting, Monday 9 May 2011

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Matters arising & Chairman’s report

  1. More scrap dealers cruising the area – Pc Louise Atha to be informed.
  2. Crookes/Whitham Rd junction traffic problems? The severe pollution caused at this junction is a serious issue that wants immediate attention. Cllr Holmes is awaiting a response from Pam Horner (PTES) and the newly-re-organized Planning Board decision.
  3. Crosspool is entering ‘Sheffield in Bloom’ again – look out for the tubs & baskets! The Forum will need to acquire funding next year if it is to pay for a 2012 display – for the Diamond Jubilee!
  4. Internet computer course – this started on Fri 6th (St Columbas; 9.30-2pm.) Some places are still available.
  5. Car Boot Sale (profits to Weston Park Hospital) – 11th June. (the ‘Tavern’ car park as usual).
  6. Darwin House Open Day – 18th June
  7. Motorworld site planning permission (Turner Investments)  – this has been refused  by the Planning Inspectorate.
  8. Crosspool Centenary Walk – starting at the Tavern 12 noon on 30th July. Please cheer the 3 walkers on (or join them!)in their huge walk for Weston Park.
  9. Mayfield Valley lorries – a resident there is starting a campaign to prevent satnavs allowing inappropriately  huge vehicles from trying to squeeze down the lanes.

Police issues

As Pc Atha was on leave there was no report, but residents made the following points to be passed on to her – as well as point 1 above.

  1. Drug dealers using the ginnel at the top of Delph House Rd – this is to stopped.
  2. ‘20s plenty’ local speed campaign progress? After the local elections this is waiting until the Planning Boards have been re-organized.
  3. Wooden verge bollards – are more needed at the top of Stephen Hill? There is still some verge parking on that very dangerous road.
  4. Stephen Hill/Manchester Rd/Benty Lane junction – survey conclusions? This junction must be sorted out.

Councillors’ Report (Brian Holmes and Geoff Smith)

New Cllr Geoff Cox was welcomed, & said he was still in a ‘listening mode’, but hopes to get his contact details out to the public ASAP .

Residents being able to choose for themselves what to use their recycling bin BLUE BINS & BLUE BOXES for may start on 23rd May – watch this space!

The proposed hessian bag GREEN GARDEN WASTE SCHEME is not now happening – green bags are available once more from eg the libraries for green waste. At the moment the ‘winter’ scheme of residents ‘phoning to arrange collection is still in force – this may take 21 days. Cllrs agreed that re-opening the Botanical Gardens cafe was a high priority.

Treasurer’s Report

There is sufficient in  the ‘kitty’ to cover this year’s flowers, but (see above) grants will be needed for future projects

Crosspool Festival

Rev Frances Eccleston reported that  the Festival will open with Crosspool Open Gardens on Sat 2nd July, a Street Market on Sun 3rd, and 0 after a range of day & evening events – end with the Summer Fayre on Sat 9th & Picnic in the Park (Lydgate Green) on Sun 10th. More volunteers still warmly welcomed!

Digital Switchover report

Carrie McKenzie (Voluntary Action Sheffield) said that all old TVs & aerials should work fine with the new digital signal. People receiving TV through SKY dishes or by cable will not be affected at all when the analogue signal is switched off, but if TV comes via an aerial some form of ‘digibox’ for the new freeview 15 channels will be needed.  If residents get  their TV signals from the Crookes transmitter then BBC2 will disappear on 10th Aug (& the other channels two weeks later) – if from Emley Moor BBC2 will go on 7th Sep (& the others on 21st) and if from Belmont (not very likely in this area) 3rd August (& 17th).  Residents over 75 will have received a letter already asking them whether they need an installer to call & tune their sets in – if they biined this by accidents further letters will be sent!  Video recorders will still work to play old videos, but not record any longer..


  1. Cold callers – (Pat of Neighbourhood Watch) said the digital switchover might mean scams with callers pretending new aerials are needed. The real switchover installers will have contacted households ahead & made an appointment.
  2. Guests for next Open Meeting – Ian Hague will try to get a Magistrate to attend (having been at a very interesting meeting re sentencing etc).
  3. Old ‘Threshers’ shop? No-one had any information on this site.
  4. Local King Edwards schoolgirl Alicia Cannon has been named as winner of the Big Challenge for her fund-raising work for Weston Park.
  5. Crosspool litter pick (2nd April) – thank you to everyone who attended, and helped pick up 9 bags of rubbish! A special thank you to a Tapton girl & her Essex friend for their assistance!
  6. School involvement in the Open Meetings? The Forum would like to hear from anyone in Tapton or King Edwards who would like to speak at the Meetings – to give their points of view on their community.

Next Open Meeting will be on Thursday 28 July 2011, at St Columba’s, 7pm.

Crosspool wins Sheffield in Bloom award

The photos below, taken over the summer, show some of the dozen hanging baskets and four planters in the precinct at Crosspool.

Entering the Lord Mayor’s Sheffield in Bloom for the first time this year, Crosspool Forum’s impressive displays were successful in winning the Community Silver award.

Our thanks go to Norton Nurseries for making up such vibrant and spectacular displays, and Streetforce for maintaining them so admirably throughout the summer.

Funds allowing, and with the help and support of precinct businesses and shops, Crosspool Forum will be aiming for gold in 2011.

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