Angela visits Fox Valley in Stocksbridge
Angela visits Fox Valley site in Stocksbridge to see how work is progressing
The steelwork on the first phase of the Fox Valley development in Stocksbridge north Sheffield is taking shape and Angela went along to see the progress of the scheme for herself.
The steel frame of the new Tata Speciality Steel warehouse is being constructed as part of the ambitious town centre development and is scheduled for completion by the end of the month ready for the next phase of work on the project.
Angela joined a site visit last week for a progress update on the ambitious development which is taking shape in her constituency.
Once the new warehouse is completed the steel stock yard currently located on the retail and office development site will be relocated to the new building – releasing that part of the site for the Fox Valley development.
As well as a new Tata Speciality Steel warehouse the £42 million development will bring:
- A 63,000sq ft. TESCO food store
- Further retail units ranging in size from 635 to 16,000 sq. ft.
- Café and restaurant units
- High quality office space from 600 - 10,000 sq. ft.
- New town centre car park of approx. 600 spaces
- Comprehensive landscaping, water feature and new pedestrian links
- A new housing development neighbouring the main retail scheme
Construction teams are currently working on all areas of the 28 acre site. Demolition work will start over the next few days on a disused warehouse and a former office building fronting Manchester Road in Stocksbridge.
Work has already started on the new roundabout which is being built on the A616 Stocksbridge bypass to upgrade the current access to the Tata steelworks and accommodate the Fox Valley development, that work will be completed in September.
Angela Smith said:
“It’s fantastic to see so much happening on site since work started just a few months ago. This development is going to bring a real and positive transformation to this part of North Sheffield.
“What’s particularly pleasing for me is that the development is not only bringing new jobs and regeneration but it’s also producing a real benefit for manufacturing and the steel industry."
Managing Director of Dransfield Properties, Mark Dransfield, said:
“This is a large and complex development which our company and wider professional team have spent several years bringing to this stage.
“To see the steelwork starting to go up on the warehouse site is a great milestone and one of many we will look forward to marking as the project progresses through to all the work being completed early in 2016.”
Dransfield Properties has received an investment of £8,111,040 from the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007- 2013, which is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government to bring forward the Fox Valley project.
ANGELA OFFERS HER SUPPORT TO THE KENNEL CLUB’S MICROCHIPPING CAMPAIGN
With the launch of the Campaign to raise awareness of microchipping becoming compulsory by law from April 2016 Angela Smith MP expressed support at National Microchipping Month event in Westminster
Each year over 8,000 dogs are euthanised because their owner cannot be found. These dogs could have been saved if these owners had had their pet’s microchiped.
Today [10 June] Angela Smith MP, the Kennel Club and Lord de Mauley, Minister for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), highlighted the issue of micro chipping at a special event hosted at Westminster.
The Kennel club, the UK’s largest dedicated to dog welfare, has said that by microchipping dogs and keeping personal details up to date, thousands of otherwise doomed dogs could be identified and reunited with their owners instead of facing possible destruction in the pound.
Angela highlighted the importance of microchipping and checking contact details are up to date as part of the Kennel Club’s National Microchipping Month during an event in Old Palace Yard, Westminster.
The event launched the new ‘Chip it, Check it’ education campaign intended to inform the public about the change in law from April 2016 and was supported by Members of Parliament and animal welfare organisations.
Regulations due to be laid shortly as secondary regulations under the Animal Welfare Act, will place a requirement on owners to have their dogs microchipped and registered on one of the databases available. Owners will also be expected to be responsible for ensuring the information is kept up to date in order to have the best chance of reuniting them with their pet.
Speaking about the event, the Penistone & Stocksbridge MP said
“In the countdown to compulsory microchipping, National Microchipping Month is an ideal reminder for local people to ‘Chip it, Check it’ – to get their dogs microchipped or if already chipped, check their contact details are up to date on the microchip database.”
The Kennel Club has always been dedicated to reuniting dogs and owner through its
reunification database Petlog, the UK's largest lost and found database for microchipped pets, and holds National Microchipping Month each June to educate those involved with dogs on the benefits of microchipping.
Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko commented
“The introduction of a requirement to permanently identify a dog through compulsory microchipping will go a long way towards improving the current situation surrounding stray dogs by reducing the need for unidentified lost dogs to be rehomed or sadly euthanised. The Kennel Club views regulation as a positive step forward for responsible dog ownership and thanks Angela for her support in promoting dog welfare”.
National Microchipping Month runs throughout June.
For more information go to www.nationalmicrochippingmonth.org.uk
Angela objects to the proposals to build motorway Services at Smithy Wood
Angela has today (14th May 2104) objected to the proposed plan to build a motorway service station on the 800 year old ancient woodland at Smithy Wood.
In her response she describes the proposal as not needed, that it won’t work for the betterment of the area and that it does not meet the exceptional conditions required to develop in the green belt.
In essence she argues the application is a commercial development which involves the destruction of a precious habitat which is becoming increasingly hard to find in the UK.
Further, she has questioned many of the assumptions the applicants have put forward in their application. For instance on the needs assessment she believes the area is already well served for motorway services at Wolley Head and Woodhall.
She has also said she is concerned that the proposed off-setting by planting new trees is both against policy and could be more than useless as the present route of HS2 would run straight through the middle of any new planting.
Commenting Angela, said;
“This application that is not wanted nor is it needed. It will add to congestion already present in the area and worse too it is in the green belt and will destroy an irreplaceable ancient woodland that was already 400 years old when Henry 8th was sitting on the thrown.
The area is also in the boundaries of an Air Quality Management Area, an area where because of the poor quality of the air it is proposed to reduce the speed limit on the M1. The extra traffic that would be drawn in by this development would add substantially to decreases in air quality and this I feel this is totally unacceptable.
While new jobs are always welcome and something I am keen to encourage. There are, however, many opportunities for employment in the area and especially at the business park next door, which now has enterprise status and is somewhere I am keen companies re-locate or establish themselves at and will give my full support to them doing so.”
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