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Ecclesfield Parish Council is a local authority established under the Local Government Act of 1894. The Parish has been part of the City of Sheffield since 1974, although it is a completely independent authority in its policy and decision-making.

The Parish of Ecclesfield covers an area of about 22 square kilometres of north Sheffield and is one of the most highly populated Parishes in the North of England. It cnameomprises much of Ecclesfield and all of Chapeltown, High Green and Grenoside.

Two of the Parish boundaries are with Barnsley M.B.C. (A61 north of Thorncliffe and Westwood New Road) and Rotherham M.B.C. (M1 Motorway).

There are approximately 40,000 residents with over 14,000 households paying a precept for Parish Council purposes within their Council tax.

PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSE RE RUMOURS OF HOUSING IN MORTOMLEY PARK

In response to the public question at the last Parish Council meeting, where a resident came and asked regarding a rumour about houses being built on Mortomley Park. 
As part of the process the Council go through, they Call for Sites where houses could be located, in developing their work on Local Plans and it is the list put forward by the private sector, agencies and private individuals.  It ensures all possible sites are considered though clearly only a proportion of those sites will go forward. As Mazher Iqbal (the cabinet member at Sheffield City Council responsible for the local plan) notes, there is no agreement on which sites are going forward at this point.
Land at Mortomley Park was put forward to us during the 2014 Call for Sites, by Keir Property Services who at that time, as you will be aware, represented the Council’s land interests as a third party.  Consequently, along with all other sites put forward by landowners and agents through the Call for Sites, it was considered through the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), and is therefore referenced within the SHLAA  2015 appendixes. This property service has now been brought back in house.
The most recent SHLAA was published in November 2015, and Mortomley Park is included within Appendix 7 – Sites suggested to the Council through the 2014 Call for Sites – with reference S02517.  The text introducing the appendix is clear that the SHLAA does not allocate land for housing development and does not make policy decisions on which sites should be developed.  It goes on to state that any call for sites submissions considered ‘unsuitable’ (for example being in excluded areas or environmentally sensitive or constrained areas) have been categorised as ‘long term options’.  This is effectively because there is a policy or planning policy constraint that would prevent the land being suitable for housing, although it may be physically suitable to be developed for housing.
Mortomley Park (S02517) is shown in the appendix of the SHLAA to have been assessed as not suitable, not achievable and therefore a ‘long term option’ as described above, simply because technically it’s a flat site and could be developed  if there was no policy constraint- but there is.  
I have spoken with colleagues and the next version of the SHLAA will remove the theoretical long term option category for the avoidance of any doubt.   There is an estimated number of dwellings for the site in the SHLAA given as 162 homes, as the capacity of all land received through the Call for Sites process was calculated using a rule of thumb.  However, this does not in any way mean that we would wish to see new homes built here – it is clearly marked in that document as not suitable.
I have checked with current information and the site remains assessed as unsuitable, and it has not therefore been included in any of the options that have been discussed in Council meetings and it will not therefore be in the list of options for new housing development.
I hope this answers the resident who asked the question regarding the rumours that are being printed and distributed in the West Ecclesfield Ward.

Cllr Zoe Sykes - City Councillor for West Ecclesfield Ward

Ecclesfield Civil Parish Past & Present Archiving Project


Our Past & Present Archiving Project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the funding for this project ended in December 2016. The project is now being funded by Ecclesfield Parish Council. We have created an on-line easily accessible collection of material (a digital archive) about the history of the Civil Parish area and display the material on a new Ecclesfield District Archive website. This means that it will be easier for a wide range of people to find out about the local history of the area just by looking it up on their computer. The Project Co-ordinator, Christine Handley, is working with the local history groups across the area (Chapeltown, Ecclesfield, Grenoside and High Green) who are all helping to guide the project. The archive will be a resource for schools, other groups and individuals to both share information and learn more about local history. There will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved, you don’t have to be a history expert. Young or old, everyone has a story to tell and a photograph or memory to share.


For more details of events and training sessions, and to get involved, please contact, Christine, at the Council Offices, Mortomley Lane, High Green, Sheffield S35 3HS; telephone: 0114 2845095; or email: christine.handley@ecclesfield-pc.gov.uk

Please take a look at our Archiving website which is in development by following the link Ecclesfield District Archives or type in www.ecclesfield-district-archives.com on your search engine and take a look at the project blog or facebook page for updates on events.

 

100 years of Military Tanks and WW2 local connection

Military Tanks were developed during the First World War in response to the challenges of fighting trench warfare and needing to cross over difficult terrain. The original idea was to produce a vehicle that like a ship could ‘float’ over the land, this led to them first being called ‘landships’. The name ‘tank’ was coined because the vehicles looked like water-tanks and as a way of disguising their purpose from enemy spies. Prototypes were developed in 1915 and the British Mark 1 Tank first saw active service at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, a 100 years ago.

The main local connection to tank production came during WW2 with the Newton Chambers Company. As part of the war effort, one of their production lines for making excavators was converted to manufacture the Churchill tank. By September 1943, 500 tanks had been produced. In total over 1,100 tanks were manufactured at the site off Warren Lane. When Sir Claude Gibb, the Director-General of Tank Production, visited Newton Chambers to mark the production of the 1,000th tank, he said, “Newton Chambers had no right to expect that they could produce a tank as complicated as the Churchill, but they did it, and it was an amazing feat. Not only did they produce very fine tanks, but they were the chief producers of Churchill Tanks in Britain, and therefore the world.”

The pictures show here of the tanks and their production have been taken from the Thorncliffe collection which were digitised as part of the HLF funded Ecclesfield Parish Council Past & Present Archiving Project.

Picture 1 - the production line                                       Picture 2 - Sir Claude Gibb & 1000th tank

 

AGE BETTER IN SHEFFIELD

SOAR in Sheffield produce a monthly newsletter with various events and contact details for groups around the Parish and other areas such as Parson Cross and Southey Green. Please see newsletter below - as they are published they will be included on our website. Please click on the icon below to access the document.

Age Better Newsletter June 17

TRADING STANDARDS NOTICE

Please click on the link below for contact numbers if you have any concerns about rogue traders or scams

NOT BORN YESTERDAY - TAKE CONTROL

THE HIGH GREENER MAGAZINE

Please click on the link below to read the magazine - an informative magazine of events etc. which are happening in the High Green area.

HIGH GREENER MAGAZINE ISSUE 1

HIGH GREENER MAGAZINE ISSUE 2

HIGH GREENER MAGAZINE ISSUE 3

HIGH GREENER MAGAZINE ISSUE 4

THE HIGH GREENER OCTOBER EDITION

PACES INFORMATION

PACES - WAS FOUNDED BY PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY IN THE EARLY 1990's AND MOVED ON TO THE FORMER HIGH GREEN SECONDARY SCHOOL SITE IN 1997

Please see below some of the work that they carry out at the centre. Newsletters will appear on this website as they become available. There is also a link to their website on our links page which can be found at the top right hand side of this page.

PACES INFORMATION

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PARISH COMMUNITY ROOM

Do you need a meeting room for your community group? Perhaps you would like to start a book club, a discussion group or gardening group and are looking for somewhere to meet. The Parish Council has a community room situated to the rear of the Parish Offices. This room is available for hire by groups within the Parish at a charge of £10.00 per session (morning, afternoon, evening). If you are interested, please contact us either by telephone 0114 2845095, email, or call in to our offices to arrange to view the premises- we are open Monday to Friday 9 am to 12 noon.

HS2 AUTUMN UPDATE 2016

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR THE NEWS UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS

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Chairman's Coffee Morning February 2017

Chairman Cllr Kathleen Granger held her Coffee Morning on 10th February 2017 in the Alan Greaves Community Room. It was held in aid of The Children's Charity, JustGiving, for Children with blood cancer. There was baking, book stalls, tomobola and a bric a brac stall. In the council offices in the committee room there was a display by Heritage High Green, there was lots of old archive material of around High Green, this event along with the coffee morning was a big success. A total of £350 was raised from the coffee morning. This money was donated by Cllr Kathleen Granger to The Children's Hospital towards the Haematology/Oncology ward for the benefit of Children living with cancer.

On Thursday 6 April at the Parish Council meeting, Chairman Councillor Kathleen Granger handed over her cheque of £350 to Cheryl Davidson a representative from the Children's Hospital Charity. This money was raised by the Chairman from her Coffee Morning and selling of Christmas cards. Cheryl Davidson was extremely pleased with the amount raised and thanked Cllr Kathleen Granger and she understood that the money was to be donated to the Haematology/Oncology ward for the benefit of Children living with cancer.

WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENT

For the first time, the Parish Council has had a student from Ecclesfield School on work experience. Her name was Emma and she was with us for two weeks. During that time the staff explained the work that they carry out at the Parish Council and she assisted them. She met many of our councillors and went on field trips with some of them to view our notice boards and chairmens seats. She also attended one of our Council meetings and this gave her an insight in to what a Parish Council is all about. Emma said that she had enjoyed her time at the Parish Council and the staff enjoyed her visit immensely. Below are some photos of her time with us.

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HS2 TRAIN - PHASE ONE PROPERTY COMPENSATION

Please see the link for any queries about the proposed HS2 train. This can be found at the top right hand side of our home page - click on the links section and you can find information about the Phase one property compensation - this only relates to the London to Birmingham at the moment. Phase two details Birmingham to Leeds will be issued at a later date. Currently residents in Ecclesfield and the surrounding area are only eligible to apply for the Exceptional Hardship Scheme - details of this can be found on the link below.

HS2 Train property compensation

Please click on the link below to read the report by Sir David Higgins at the launch of his second report on HS2 Rebalancing Britain: From HS2 towards a national transport strategy.

REBALANCING BRITAIN HS2 REPORT

CHAPELTOWN IN BLOOM and HIGH GREEN IN BLOOM

We have several "In Bloom" groups in our Parish. These groups are all run by hard working volunteers and place many floral displays around the villages and help keep them tidy. Here are some photos from Chapeltown in Bloom showing the work they have done in the Millennium Garden and planters around Chapeltown.

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Here is a photograph of the spring flowers outside the Parish offices which were planted by High Green in Bloom.

CHRISTMAS GRANTS TO LOCAL SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS

Every year the Parish Council gives grants to primary schools within the Parish towards their Christmas festivities and grants to local community groups so that Christmas trees can be placed around the Parish.

 

THE THORNCLIFFE CONSERVATION GROUP

The Group was formed in the Spring of 2007 and have been working hard with the Sheffield Landscape Trust to protect and maintain the Thorncliffe Pond and surrounding area as a haven for wildlife and for the enjoyment of the local community.

Please click on the link below to view a copy of their latest newsletter

THE THORNCLIFFE CONSERVATION GROUP

 

Alan Greaves was a well loved and much respected member of our community and sadly, he lost his life in December 2012. In November 2013 the Parish Council re-named its Community Room in memory of Alan. A plaque was unveiled by Alan's widow Maureen at a service of dedication held at the Community Room and led by the vicar of St Saviours Church.

GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE - SUSSEX ROAD/ARUNDEL ROAD, CHAPELTOWN

Ecclesfield Parish Council Service of Remembrance is held on the nearest Saturday to the 11 November each year. Many improvements have been made to the Garden of Remembrance at the corner of Sussex Road and Arundel Road, Chapeltown (near the Asda) to give residents of the Parish an opportunity to remember all those who have lost their lives in wars and conflicts. If you would like to have the name of a relative, friend or loved one who lived in the Parish added to the Book of Remembrance, please call in at the office with the name and inscription you would like or e-mail the office on ecclesfieldPC@aol.com.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF RECENT MEMORIAL SERVICES

 
 
New Memorial Stone 2011  

 

Contacting Us

We welcome your comments and feedback on this site and on general Council business. Our e-mail address is ecclesfieldPC@aol.com for any comments or queries you wish to make.

By Post or By Email:

Write to:

Mr David Morton, Clerk to the Council, Ecclesfield Parish Council, Council Offices, Mortomley Lane, High Green, Sheffield, S35 3HS.

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Please click on the link above to have a look at photographs of events in the Parish.

Photographs of Chapeltown shown below courtesy of Bill Hearld (www.properpr.co.uk)

Busy market day in ChapeltownChapeltown LibraryChapeltown Stationmarket day
Chapeltown War Memorial in the ParkChapeltown ParkSpring flowers in Chapeltown ParkNewton Memorial Hall
Flower stall Chapeltown MarketNew toilets at Chapeltown ParkRoundabout in the centre of ChapeltownThorncliffe Estate in Chapeltown
Snooker Hall Winter quarters for the fairgroundChapeltown Methodist Church
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