Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Next Meeting

Sharrow Action Group on Tuesday 19th May at 6.30pm.
That is today!
please come along!

Masterplan for Lloyds Corner

This is a plan of action for Sheffield City Council produced by Distinctive Sharrow Action Group to help them make decision on how to improve Lloyd’s Corner for the benefit of local people, ensuring it is placed in context with other local community buildings.

(please click on images to enlarge)

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Empty Shop Fronts: minutes May 2009

The minutes of this meeting have now been removed. Please contact the action group at sharrow_action@hotmail.com if you would like a copy of these minutes

Thriving Centres

This summer Sheffield City Council are starting research for the ‘Thriving Centres’ initiative where they will look at district and local centres throughout the city. The project will consider how social, economic and physical factors contribute to the creation of vibrant and distinctive places for people to live work and play in.

In Sharrow's case, this will include London Road and an area 400m surrounding this.

Community consultation events will be run during the summer, so if you would like to be involved or know more, please contact Julia Udall at julia@sharrowcf.org.uk

Maps show area to be considered by Thriving Centres in the Sharrow neighbourhood. Please click to enlarge.

Lloyds Corner Brief

‘Lloyds Corner’ is a highly visible small urban space, which currently doesn’t have a strong identity or design. However, local people have identified that it has potential to contribute to the quality of the public realm and the community life.

The Action Group has currently commissioned two projects, the first being Community design flags for sites along London Road, the district centre. The second project is a ‘Welcome to Sharrow’ signpost, the project launch for which was celebrated with giant lanterns as part of the annual lantern festival.

Project aims and objectives:
• Regenerate this key public open space in London Road
• Contribute to making visible the identity of Sharrow
• Engage local people with their urban environment.
For a full copy of brief, plese contact Julia Udall on julia@sharrowcf.org.uk .

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Empty Shops Information: Arts Council

The Town Centre’s Initiative was announced by Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government and Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Culture, on 14 April. It is a government initiative to help reinvigorate ailing town centre’s by enabling vacant retail space to be put to alternative uses.

Hundreds of arts organisations across the country are already doing a lot of this, for example the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Shops Upfront in Liverpool and Bedford Creative Arts, and we hope this new fund will enable many more such schemes to happen. It’s good for the artists and it’s good for the towns.

The Arts Council has set aside £500,000 of our lottery income as a fund to which artists will be able to apply for grants of £1,000 to £10,000 to help them carry out artistic activities in empty shops made available to them through the scheme.

To qualify for an Arts Council town centre’s grant, the activity must be art based. The precise criteria are still being finalised but it is likely they will be very similar to those for Grants for the arts. It’s important that the Arts Council can ensure that the art funded is of the highest standard. Any artist or arts organisation can apply. It is more likely to be individual artists due to the smaller size of the grants available through the scheme.We are now talking to the various government departments involved to determine the best way for the scheme to be administered, and so that we ensure the quality of the art that is funded.

We will post more information on our web site as soon as details are available. Go to www.artscouncil.org.uk/actiononrecession to check for updates on the application process.I Hope you will find this information helpful

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Vacant Shops: governement support

1. Standard 'interim-use' leases - landlords need to be assured that there is a proper legal basis for any temporary uses and that they will be able to take the empty premises back as soon commercially viable. To help minimise the cost of setting up such arrangements, Government will create specimen legal documents that landlords can use for temporary occupiers.

2. Temporary leasing of shops to councils - Not all landlords will want to lease to temporary occupiers. In these cases local Councils can step in as an intermediary and agree new temporary, or "meanwhile", leases that enables the Council use the property by granting an interim licence to a local group for community uses.

There has also been some funding secured for this initaive- around £500,000 from the arts council