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Here you will find out all about us and how to get involved in your own area.

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Smithy Wood Summer Picnic Photos – Update 24/07/14

Some images from our wonderful Smithy Wood Summer Picnic.  Still time to help us fight for Smithy Wood by lending your voice – object to the planning application here: http://ow.ly/zo1sB

Thank you to all that came down and supported the event.

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Smithy Wood Action – Summer Picnic, 20th July 14, from 12.30pm

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Smithy Wood Action – ‘Update 22nd April 2014’ – Objection Letters needed


Smithy Wood near Chapeltown, on the outskirts of Sheffield has appeared on maps for hundreds of years.  Smithy Wood is in Sheffield’s Green belt. It is an Ancient Woodland and contains rare and vulnerable species. It has survived for hundreds of years despite threats from M1 construction, mining, electricity cables and fire.

Now it needs our help to protect it from the developers of a motorway service area (MSA)  More OBJECTION details here

Please write to the planning officer. Your letter could make all the difference.

It’s critical that you make your objection based on planning grounds.

Choose any of the objections above or visit: www.wildsheffield.com for more information.

For more local information or advice visit www.cowleyrag.com

Send your objection to:

Eleanor Ridge, Planning Officer, Howden House, 1 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2SH

Planning number 14/01079/OUT



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Hesley Wood Action *Update* 20th Oct 2012

Thank you!

Thank you to all the people that signed the petition on Friday, we had over 300 people who wished to register their strong objection to the aforementioned planning application on the following grounds:-

  • Environmental Impact –Noise, Air pollution, Timescale, Flood Risk
  • Ecological impact– Animals and birds, Woodland & Flora and Fauna, Traffic
  • Contribution to National Energy Policy and Economy –3 years extraction for less than 1% used annually by power generators
  • Poor landscaping – no soil. What are we losing? What are we gaining?
  • Long term future – 5 years management – what then?

There is still time to sign the petition and register your support.

The petitions are available at

  • Chapeltown swimming baths,
  • Crawshaws butchers,
  • Cafe Revolution,
  • Lo Chemist,
  • Pets are pals and St. Lukes charity shop

Alternatively you could help and download the petition from here and collect a few signatures too. You can then either email us on info@cowleyrag.com or call  and we would be more than happy to collect the sheet of signatures when it was completed.

CRAG petition

CRAG petition signatures continuation sheet


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Hesley Wood Action *Update* 18th Oct 2012

We wanted to update you as to the situation about the Spoil Heap Removal.  There are over 200 letters from residents objecting to the plans on the website. Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to write.

At the moment we are trying to raise 5,000 signatures to enable us to take the residents objections to be debated by a full council meeting in November. We are collecting signatures in Chapeltown this Friday 19th Oct 12 and are hoping to put petitions in the swimming baths and various shops in Chapeltown.  The locations will be posted on the website as soon as possible.

We now think that the planning submission is going to be heard at the beginning of December. There is still time to write letters to Kate Mansell.

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Hesley Wood Action

Cowley Residents Action Group (CRAG) has been set up as a response to an application from RecyCoal to extract 395,000 tonnes from the site over a 4.5 year period. The site is a former slag heap from a nearby coking plant. The last waste was dumped there in 1972.

CRAG are asking concerned people to write to Sheffield Council Planning Department asking them to reject the application for a coal washing plant on the Hesley Wood Tip Site. The planning application is expected to be heard at the beginning of October the sooner letters are received the better. ……. Its still NOT too late to send in your objections!

Cowley Residents Action Group’s main objections are on the basis of:

  • Health
  • Flood risks
  • Environmental damage
  • Transport
  • What will be left

The proximity to residential addresses may be as little as 50m.

Please write letters to Kate Mansell (Principle Planning Officer)

Howden house,
1 Union street,
S1 2SH
Planning reference 12/01946/FUL

Local people’s problems with the proposal

Damage to local people’s health

The extraction will release damaging small particles which increase incidence of asthma, cancers, diabetes, COPD, low birth weights, ADHD, heart attacks and clinical depression. The area is adjacent to the M1. Local people are already living in an area which is in breach of the EU air quality action plan. The small particles can travel up to 3 miles and there are a number of schools within a three mile radius of the site as well as thousands of people’s homes.

Removal of the 40 year old tress will increase the flood potential in Chapeltown. Chapeltown last flooded in 2007. Trees absorb water and hold together the land.

There is concern for the wildlife in the woods which includes bats, foxes, adders, small mammals, butterflies, other insects and a wide range of bird life. The ecological reports into the site are all out of date and show less wildlife than reports done for a previous application in 2007.

Machinery on the site will increase the problems of air quality and RecyCoal want to restrict parking on the road they would use for access. This is an area where there is already insufficient parking during cricket ground events. The site is immediately adjacent to the M1 which already has tailbacks during peak hours.

RecyCoal would manage the land for 5 years after the end of the coaling period. Residents are concerned that other ‘restored’ sites by the same company are barren wastelands. They have visited the site at Grimethorpe and spoken to people living near that site who are upset with what remains.

You can find more information here


If you need help with writing your letter please contact us and we will be happy to support you. Email us on  info@cowleyrag.com

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