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Community cohesion on the cards at Netherthorpe Play Hub thanks to funding
03 March 2015

St Stevens Tenants and Residents Association in Sheffield has secured a £10,000 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. 


The site on Jericho Street is a designated play space in a densely populated part of Sheffield but it has been sadly neglected over recent years.  There is little plant life on site apart from some well established trees and shrubs and the play equipment has deteriorated and does not spark kids' imaginations. 


The Netherthorpe Play Hub project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Recreation theme, will revitalise a tired unwelcoming area of green space, for the benefit of local residents and children alike.  Project works will include the rejuvenation of existing play equipment and the design and installation of a seating area which also encourages its use as an informal play feature, with boulders to step and jump between and range of a sensory planting.  The seating will form an amphitheatre area that will be used as an outdoor classroom by a group from Netherthorpe Primary School.   


The inclusive nature of the design will draw the entire community together and encourage social cohesion, in an area that has historically suffered from anti-social behaviour, partly brought about by the rundown nature of the previous play provision. 


Christine Naylor, Committee Member, St Stephen's Tenants and Residents Association, said:


"The area has been in need of some form of development and the Biffa Award grant will bring it to fruition.  Although it is only a small play area, hopefully parents with small children will have a safer environment to enjoy the facilities provided.  The children from the local school are planting and maintaining some raised flower beds on site."


Karen from the local school, said:


The Netherthorpe Play Hub will promote exercise and engagement in the local area for the children.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“We’re pleased to support this recreation project by St Stevens Tenants and Residents Association.  It is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”


Image: Councillors Neale Gibson and Olivia Blake joined local children to celebrate the funding from Biffa Award