Working with Sheffield City Council the Burton Street Foundation (BSF) now has a new crossing to aid clients and staff to move between their buildings with much more ease. Burton Street in Hillsborough has over the past few days had quieter roads – cars and lorries are slowing down to traverse the little hump in the road. Clients from BSF now have much more visibility when crossing from their main site to another newer site called Bamforth across the road. The clients, with a range of disabilities and accessibility needs are now able to gather in a large waiting zone, then make the short journey across to another safe zone. Traffic now has to slow as the road narrows to a one lane gap, indicating Burton Street is now a slower road.
The Burton Street Foundation has campaigned for a safer crossing since they acquired the Bamforth site – formerly a wood recycling plant – the building is one of Sheffield’s largest indoor community spaces. Recently complete, the road crossing works approved by Sheffield City Council and carried out by contractors such as Amey; were implemented quickly and efficiently. The council contractors were really friendly with staff and clients of BSF, often popping in their café to chat and grab a coffee. Line painting has recently gone down and now service users can sail between sites smoother than ever. On the construction of the crossing Manager Director at BSF Clare Mappin has said “we are really grateful for Sheffield City Council and everyone that has been involved in campaigning for the crossing to be realised. It will make our street much safer for all our users”. Some of the clients have also expressed their views on the newest feature on the street…AA said “It’s banging, the workers were sound and they did a reyt good job”. JS said it would “make Burton Street loads safer”. EP who was a big part of the campaigning – meeting councillors and city officials throughout – said “it’s really good now I can get across the road safely without being killed, I’ve done loads of work getting this crossing in”. We have to say a big thanks to Sheffield City Council for getting it done, and for everyone else who helped the project.