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Fulwood Times Sunday 25 January, 2009

‘Disgraceful’ bid to ban children from playground By Kate Irwin Local children could be banned from using a playground - to the disgust of people living nearby and in breach of promises made by developers. The playground on the former Lodge Moor hospital site is run by Lodge Moor Open Space Management Company which now wants Sheffield city council to remove public access to the site. The change would mean that the play area and football pitch could be used only by residents on the neighbouring estate. The management company says it is only seeking what estate residents have asked. But Liz Craghill, 31, who lives nearby on Tom Lane, Fulwood, said, “It’s disgraceful that someone wants to deprive children of a safe place to play. “The playground and facilities at Lodge Moor should stay open to all the neighbourhood who want to use them. There are few enough open play areas in this part of Sheffield.” People living on Lodge Moor hospital estate pay a service charge of up to £170 per household. The fee includes upkeep of the playground and Astroturf football pitch.

Controversial - Lodge Moor playground

Some residents have complained about paying for other people’s children to use the facilities for free, the management company said. However opinion on the estate seems to be divided. “I am a resident of the Lodge Moor development and no-one has asked my opinion on this matter,”

Funeral set for couple killed crossing the road

By Kate Irwin The funeral for tragic couple Sally and David Firth will take place later this month. The husband and wife were killed before Christmas after being struck by two cars while crossing the road. Spiritualist medium Sally, 41 and husband David, 43, were killed instantly in the accident as they crossed Whitham Road, Broomhill, on 19 December. They were to spend the evening with friends at Broomhill Spiritualist Church – just yards from the scene of the accident. The couple had just parked and got out of their car when a darkcoloured Toyota Yaris car struck them, a South Yorkshire police spokesman said. They were flung into the path of another car travelling in the opposite direction. Both died at the scene from multiple injuries. Sally, who was disabled, and David were both heavily involved with fundraising for a Blackpool charity, Donna’s Dream House, that arranges holidays for seriously ill children. David was also a former television extra, working on series

Tragic couple David and Sally Firth

including “The Bill” and “Coronation Street”. In an internet tribute, Tina Parfitt, founder of the Merseyside Pathways Spiritual Centre, said she was shocked to hear of the accident. “Both David and Sally were wonderful people, selfless and caring, helping a number of charities. They will be truly missed by all who knew them,” she said. “David and Sally were very dry-witted people - David was always full of ideas to help push our church forward into the public forum, Sally, a wonderful medium, who served our church.” The funeral will be held on 13 January at Huddersfield Spiritualist Church in the couple’s hometown. “They were a wonderful couple,” Len Curtis, chairman of Donna’s Dream House charity, said. He worked with the Firths for years on fundraising projects. “They worked tirelessly to make life better for those around them. “We can never thank them for all their dedication and will never forget all the work they did for Donna’s Dream House. They lit up the lives of everyone around them and will be sorely missed.”

said John Levers, 48, of Kensington Drive. “I pay my fees fully aware that the open space facilities are open to the public - I have no problems with the facilities being open for everyone. “I do object to someone else claiming to represent me as a resi-

dent without any consultation.” More than 50 complaints about the application to curb access have been made to the council by members of the public. “The incorporation of a public sports facility was a condition of the development of this area into housing,” said Alan Thompson, 52,

of Moorside. “As such it would be wrong to remove public access to this facility now. It is important that youngsters have easy access to open space and places to play. “As the area was always intended to be public use it should remain so.” The Rev John Stride of nearby St Luke’s Church agreed. “We’ve already lost the proposed sports hall to three new houses being built,” Mr Stride said. “It’s not a very neighbourly move now to try and ban people living nearby using their local playground.” Local Lib Dem councillor Janice Sidebottom said the application will be carefully considered by the council before a decision is made. “This is one of the most contentious issues in this area at the moment. Residents are angry and the council want to ensure the right decision is made for everyone living nearby,” she said. The Lodge Moor Open Space Management Company, which is acting on behalf of the estate’s residents’ association, declined to comment. A decision on the application will be made by the Sheffield city council planning board at a future meeting.

Clegg visits green school By Kate Irwin One of Sheffield’s greenest schools had a guest of honour at their recycled fashion show - Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. Sixth form students at Notre Dame High School in Fulwood spent two months preparing for the show, which used only recycled clothing. The fashion parade came at the end of a week of events for the school’s Live Simply campaign. The campaign is designed to make students think about living in harmony with the environment and helping the poor. Music blared across the packed hall as pupils and some of the braver teachers strutted their stuff on the catwalk. Each of the colourful creations was met with cheers from the crowd. The event was MC’ed by sixth former Rachel Booth, 17. “It’s been really fun,” she said. “We’ve been throwing it out to the kids to get them to take part and they’ve all been really supportive. “It’s been hard work, trying to

fit it all in around my coursework, but worth it... Our school promotes Live Simply, this is a creative way to get involved and we all really love it.” Adam South, 11, showed off his disco moves, body popping and moonwalking his way along the catwalk. “I’ve been dancing for less than a year and this was the first time properly in public,” he said. “I was a bit scared, but it was great.” “The Live Simply week sends a good message, everybody’s got behind it. I think it’s really important that we remember people less fortunate than us, especially at Christmas.” All the funds raised during the week will go to charity the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, which works to alleviate poverty and suffering in developing countries. In his speech at the end of the show Nick Clegg told the audience, “I think what you’re doing today, having a bit of fun at the end of term, but also promoting a very important message is absolutely

brilliant. “Living sustainably and showing compassion to others, looking out not just for our own future but also for that of people living in poverty overseas, can only be a good thing.” A spokeswoman for the school said, “We were delighted to have Mr Clegg come and visit our school and see all the hard work our students have put in for this fashion show. “The pupils have been preparing for months and it’s always nice to see that hard work pay off. The whole Live Simply week has been a great success and raise a lot of money for our chosen charity.” Notre Dame High School is celebrating a good end to the term. It is one of only two schools in Sheffield to be awarded a full EcoSchools Green Flag for excellent environmental awareness. The school also received a glowing OfSTED report, where it was graded outstanding in all areas - and recently won the Sheffield Telegraph Environment award.

Low crime in Fulwood By Kate Irwin

Fulwood is one of the safest areas in Sheffield, according to crime maps available for the first time for residents to consult. Crime and disorder mapping lets people log on to the South Yorkshire police website and find out where crimes are happening across the county. The data on the webpage is taken directly from the police crime figures. The site also includes a more detailed crime report for each area, showing the types of crime and the progress being made by police to reduce it. “This is a major step forward in providing our communities with in-

formation about crime and disorder in their neighbourhood,” said deputy chief constable, Bob Dyson. “It allows the public to see what is happening in their area, and importantly link back to their Safer Neighbourhood Team site to see what we are doing about it.” The most common type of crime in the Broomhill and Crookes district, in which Fulwood is included, is anti-social behaviour. This ranges from graffiti and vandalism to noise and drinking in public. There are very few violent attacks in Broomhill/Crookes and just three robberies in the last month. “It’s good to know that I’ve moved to one of the safest parts of

one of the safest cities in the UK,” said Mathy Selvakumaran a Sheffield University student who moved to Fulwood in September. “The city itself has a reputation for being a safe place to live and I’ve always felt safe walking home at night. I don’t know anyone that has had any problems since they came here.” This part of Sheffield has a monthly average of 145 crimes committed. The worst area for criminal behaviour is the city centre, with nearly 600 crimes over a one-month period. To view crime maps visit:

www.southyorks.police.uk

License plate thefts Dozens of car license plates are being stolen in Fulwood and used to steal petrol from garages. Thieves are removing license plates from cars parked on the street. They stick the plates onto other vehicles and drive to a petrol station. There they fill the tank with petrol and speed away without paying. “In Fulwood and Ranmoor in particular we suffer from theft of number plates,” said local PC Chris Hiles. “The reason is, if you know the Ranmoor area it is a very leafy suburb. They’re very select detached houses that are 30, 40 yards away from the road. “People park on the road, it’s tree lined, not particularly well lit, and the thieves can operate without being seen.”

High-risk sex offender on the run

Wanted - Edmund Osmond

A violent sex offender is on the run and could be in Sheffield. Edmund Osmond, 73, from Sheffield, was serving a life sentence for violent and sexual crimes when he was released from prison under strict conditions. He is a high risk to the public, especially vulnerable adults, South Yorkshire police have warned. Osmond is wanted by police for breaking the conditions of his life license following his release from prison. He has not been seen at his home address in Sheffield since 17 September and is known to regularly visit Leeds and Nottingham. The police and the Probation Service are appealing for any information about his whereabouts. Osmond is white with a reddish skin tone and blue eyes. He is 5 foot 10 inches tall with a stocky build and has short grey hair which is receding and is bald on top. He wears reading glasses and has been seen wearing a short strawberry blond wig.

Pupils open new-look store Local school children were the stars of the show at the opening of a newly refurbished Sheffield store. Six pupils from Nether Green Infant School cut the ribbon on the new-look Co-op grocery store on Brooklands Avenue, Fulwood. Jade Beachell, Tom Edwards, Isabelle Hodgson, Oliver Green, Eleanore Lake and Isaac Hudson, all 7, helped store manager Nick Lumb declare the revamped Co-op officially open. This is the latest of our 16 Sheffield stores to be refurbished,” said a Co-operative spokeswoman. “Plans are already underway to improve more of our stores across the city and in the South Yorkshire area.” “We want to provide our customers with the best possible shopping experience.” Other Co-ops that have been refurbished in the Sheffield area include the Manor Park store and the Co-Operative food store in Stocksbridge.


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