It’s an urban setting for a ‘village’ show

WITH a big student population, a bustling shopping centre and at the centre of a network of main roads, it’s not really a village.

But residents of Broomhill are proud of their neighbourhood and work hard to engender a community spirit, so why not have a village show?

They are planning to follow in the footsteps of Dore, but “ours will be a little more urban,” said Lee Kenny, secretary of Broomhill Action Neighbourhood Group (BANG).

“It will have things like home-grown vegetables and flowers, but we’ll also be having comedy vegetables, edible art... and there will be a wheelie bin painting competition. The idea is to appeal to a slightly wider set of people, to try to get all sections of the community involved.”

An organising committee is to be formed next month with a view to having the event in September, when the university students and schools are back.

Broomhill held its first food fair last June as part of the inaugural Sheffield Food Festival. It was judged a success but numbers of visitors were hit by competition from other food-related events and the absence of the students. Elements of the food fair will go into the show.

BANG is asking the council for permission to close the parking area in front of the Fulwood Road shops for the day and will also use a number of indoor venues.

The community group is pressing candidates in next week’s local elections to describe how they would maintain the distinctiveness of Broomhill, defend its conservation area, stimulate trade, build “an effective dialogue” with the University of Sheffield and ensure peace and quiet into the early hours.

It also wants to see some radical thinking in response to traffic management issues, suggesting investigation of not only a 20 mph zone, but also an experiment in which traffic lights are switched off and road signs are covered.

A scheme in Holland found drivers became much more cautious and the number of accidents dropped.

Council leader and Broomhill councillor Paul Scriven welcomed the group’s initiative, saying: “I think we should look at this and work with the community and the people who pass through Broomhill to see if it will work.

“Let’s see if it’s a starter or a non-starter. Can it help the motorist and the pedestrian and create more of a buzz in the district centre?”

BANG meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church in Fulwood Road.