Anybody that knows Sheffield knows the neighbourhood of Attercliffe - sometimes for the ‘wrong’ reasons. It’s fair to say that the once-vibrant area has a bit of an air of dilapidation these days, as it has for some time. But it remains one of the most fascinating — and productive — areas of the city. It’s home to a huge diversity of businesses of all types, including some significant national companies who call Attercliffe their headquarters. It’s got some world class sporting and leisure facilities, places to eat, good transportconnections … but is something missing?
There’s almost always this idea that ‘something needs to be done’ to the area. (Sheffield City Council have recently produced an action plan.) Much of the concerns focus on the High Street, its rather eclectic range of shops, massage parlours and fast-fooderies where the tag ‘independent retailer’ is a fact of life, not some kind of trendy tag of desire. Is salvation to be found in a Sainsbury’s, as some say? Or does Attercliffe’s ‘problems’ stem from the fact that very few people – residents – actually call it home? Are former ‘communities’ like Attercliffe something worth holding on to, or should changing market forces be making all the decisions?
Final year planning students from the Department of Town & Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield will be showcasing some of their ideas about Attercliffe, the challenges it has faced and will face, and what (if anything) might be done about them. Everybody is welcome — and the students have promised to feed and water anybody that comes to see what they’ve put together.
Their showcase will be in the Geography & Planning Building on Winter Street from noon until 3 pm on Thursday 15 December. It’s building 102 on the Uni’s campus map. (nearest tram: University. Buses: 51 52 95). Email me if you need any further details. All are welcome.