Wednesday, June 9, 2021

News: First look at latest Rotherham regen projects


The Rotherham Town Deal Board has released new cgi images of how some of the proposed multimillion projects could look.

Rothbiz reported this week that the borough had been selected by the Government to recieve £31.6m to revamp areas of Rotherham town centre as well as Templeborough and Eastwood.

The Town Investment Plan focuses on a number of schemes deliverable within five years. These include creating a Riverside Residential Quarter and better access to enjoy the waterfront; regenerating the Guest & Chrimes heritage site (cgi, top) to provide attractive public spaces and leisure facilities.

Proposals outlined last year stated that, building on current Rotherham Council residential developments in the area, "a number of other residential sites along Sheffield Road and also the Guest & Chrimes site across the river" could be brought forward.

It added: "The full development of this area will take many years but ideas at present formed through Town Deal include supporting the delivery of 350 new homes, community facilities which could also include local shopping and also a bridge over the River Don linking Sheffield Road to Guest & Chrimes."

This funding will also enable work to go ahead to create attractive public spaces and transform derelict heritage buildings on High Street and Corporation Street - creating a gateway from the Minster Gardens across to the new Forge Island leisure development (cgi below).

At Eastwood, potential interventions include new family housing on underused land on York Road, on the site of the closed Netherfield Court care home and on Erskine Road. Some existing residential properties in the area could be refurbished and transformed (cgi, below).

Other potential interventions around improving connectivity at Eastwood include replacing the two bridges over the rail line and canal to better connect Parkgate's retail centre, and tram-train stop, with Eastwood Village. At St Ann's, filling in the underpass is proposed with the creation of better, at grade, connections for pedestrians and cyclists.

Money is also set to help create a new heart for the business community in Templeborough by making under-used sites productive again, improving travel connections and creating new spaces for hospitality and meetings.

Through this investment the Council will also be able to support development of a new mainline station for Rotherham, which is expected to be in the Parkgate area.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: “A huge amount of hard work has gone in to securing this investment over the past 18 months and I’m really pleased to see that effort rewarded with funding which will complement other schemes already underway to regenerate our town and create jobs.

“It is testament to the quality and vision of those plans that Rotherham’s bid has not only been successful, but secured a higher-level investment than many other places.

“We’re excited to now begin working with our partners and stakeholders to deliver these projects, which form a central plank of our plans to build a better borough for all of Rotherham’s residents.”

Rotherham Council brought in consultants, ARUP and WYG, to work on the bid and Rotherham Town Deal Board, which is private sector chaired and brings together the public and private sectors, produced a "locally-owned" Town Investment Plan which was submitted at the end of January 2021 to the government to assess for investment from the £3.6bn fund.

Images: RMBC


Anonymous,  June 10, 2021 at 9:46 AM  

I think it's safe to say that none of those CGI images will ever become reality.

Unknown June 10, 2021 at 1:48 PM  

Rotherham is not our town any more. I think they should doing property for the old pre war bungalows could help for the elderly and disabled and I also believe that any new bungalows should be given the chance to move in to after yrs of living in the pre war propertys

Anonymous,  June 10, 2021 at 4:04 PM  

Start by housing our own before it turns into bradford

Anonymous,  June 10, 2021 at 6:26 PM  

Excellent news to regenerate the Town. Well done Rotherham council. At last getting back some of money taken from the North.

Anonymous,  June 10, 2021 at 6:53 PM  

Yet again another thinly veiled racist comment. Please remove this.

Anonymous,  June 10, 2021 at 7:53 PM  

When Rotherham gets this kind of money it usually gets wasted. I guess some councillors will get 'rewards'

Mr me June 10, 2021 at 9:25 PM  

Oh look, Anonymous who likes posts removing that they don't agree with,yet they call other people fascist,oh the irony!

Anonymous,  June 10, 2021 at 9:39 PM  

Surely that's not another public open space planned where G&C is,it's attractions town needs ,not open spaces for gutter scum to congregate!

Unknown June 11, 2021 at 6:26 AM  

Want to sort roads out first and start giving fines out for littering in Eastwood anymore money lost on parkgate what a waste

Anonymous,  June 11, 2021 at 8:25 AM  

True - littering is a huge problem in Eastwood. That should be addressed first.

Anonymous,  June 11, 2021 at 8:48 AM  

Only money I'd spend on Eastwood is to bring the bulldozers in n knock the place down

Unknown June 11, 2021 at 10:56 AM  

Throwing good after bad, yet again

Anonymous,  June 11, 2021 at 12:59 PM  

You genuinely make me sick you are racist and I suggest you keep your mouth shut you always have something stupid to say just shut up

Anonymous,  June 11, 2021 at 4:58 PM  

As this is a website for business news the comments should be in regards to Rotherham business. I find the small minded comments about specific areas, specific groups and the council tiresome and often offensive. Please consider more meaningful moderation of this site or the removal of the comments feature to ensure it remains relevant to its purpose.

Mr me June 11, 2021 at 7:07 PM  

And there we have it again, anonymous likes to shut people's mouths up cos they don't agree with em As Said You are the true Facist.Do I say posts should be removed or tell people to shut there mouths?No.And where exactly is the racist comment ,come on Anonymous,please enlighten­čśü

Anonymous,  June 12, 2021 at 3:46 PM  

I live in Eastwood, yes we do need the roads sorting there shocking, but we also need policing back in Eastwood. As we are just forgotten about. With muggings ect...we've witnessed this 1st hand, but Rotherham police said its 2 much paperwork we haven't got the Man power.

John Hensby June 12, 2021 at 7:53 PM  

Whilst I do have some sympathy with Anonymous' comments above, let's not go all "cancel culture" eh? If you do not like the comments (and the constant council and all things Rotherham bashing annoys me at times) then just scroll past them. As a society we've got to get away from this call to cancel or silence people who do not share our opinions.

Mark,  June 13, 2021 at 7:20 PM  

"start by housing our own before it turns into Bradford" how could anyone interpret this not to be a racist commment? It is shameful that in 2021 we have people such as MrMe defending a racist comment. There is no defense for racism.

Mr me June 14, 2021 at 11:27 AM  

It's also shameful in 2021 that we have people who like to report ban and silence anyone they don't agree with,if your so sure your view is correct then debate and convert ,instead of slur everyone with being racist ,when in reality the comments aren't actually racist ,they're simply views you don't agree with,Mark.

Anonymous,  June 14, 2021 at 4:53 PM  

Can you explain how the comment is not racist?

Mr me June 14, 2021 at 7:47 PM  

Can you explain how it is?

Paul,  June 14, 2021 at 11:01 PM  

The comment is clearly racist. 'start by housing our own'implies some people are not' our own'and therefore should be treated differently. 'before it turns into Bradford' implies there is something detrimental about people who live in Bradford. Definition of racism (as some on here seem to be struggling to grasp the concept) 'harmful or unfair things that people say, do, or think based on the belief that their own race makes them more intelligent, good, moral, etc. than people of other races'

Anonymous,  June 15, 2021 at 11:20 AM  

Could our own ,simply refer to people from Rotherham ,which could actually mean people if any racial group in waiting list,as for mention on Bradford,well I suggest you go look around the place and see state of some of neighbourhoods that are inhabited by all races ,not a place I'd aspire to Rotherham becoming.But of course the woke brigade see or hear something they don't like and heyhoo the alarm and flashing light goes off and it's,ban ban ban,remover remove remove,racist this,racist that racist other,as said previously,the true "Facists"!

Anonymous,  June 15, 2021 at 12:57 PM  

I cant believe people are defending clearly racist comments and accusing those calling it out as fascists. Is this how people think in Rotherham?

Anonymous,  June 15, 2021 at 1:37 PM  

Yes that's how we think,because that is the reality,certain people trying to close down debate they don't like ,by throwing the card ,even when it's totally irrelevant to what's been said.

Mick,  June 15, 2021 at 6:52 PM  

More nonsense from a keyboard warrior. Rest assured this is not the view of the majority in Rotherham.

Anonymous,  June 17, 2021 at 1:36 PM  

Agreed. The majority of the people in Rotherham and open minded, progressive and tollerant. As with most online and social media forums there is a vocal, but thankfully small minority who would like you to believe otherwise.

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