Legal threat in council bid to tidy up old ski village site

Fly-tipping blights the former Sheffield Ski Village. The owners are to be sent a letter by Sheffield Council asking them to tidy the site.

Fly-tipping blights the former Sheffield Ski Village. The owners are to be sent a letter by Sheffield Council asking them to tidy the site.

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Legal action is being threatened by the council in an attempt to clean up the derelict site of Sheffield Ski Village.

Councillors will next week consider forcing the lessees of the land to remove unauthorised tipping material and to tidy up the area that has been blighted by theft, vandalism and fire since the ski operation closed a year ago.

But the company, Pullan Development, says the only material it has brought in is to ‘cap’ fire damaged areas as agreed with the Government’s Environment Agency. It points to wider problems of fly-tipping and an unofficial travellers’ site on nearby council land.

The council claims there has been a breach of planning control at the former ski village at Parkwood Springs.

Concerns are being raised about the tipping of waste material and the poor condition of the site because of arson, attacks, vandalism and “poor security”, which is affecting the value of the land and its long term viability.

In the long run, the authority is looking to turn the old ski village and the rest of the hillside into an urban park.

Community representatives also want to see the derelict - and prominent - site tidied up.

Councillors will be advised by their officers on Tuesday to take the appropriate action, including, if necessary, legal proceedings.

But Kevin Pullan, director of Pullan Developments, said it was not needed. “We are here to co-operate with the council without it taking the big stick. We have been a responsible landowner for many years.”

Flytippers could be deterred by the council agreeing to close Vale Road to traffic, said Mr Pullan.