School Room Saved

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Simon Jacques reports on the forums that the Heeley Bank Community Centre home to the School Room boards has been saved after protests by community groups including climbers who started a petition and even abseiled down the building in protest.

As reported in the Sheffield Star by Polly Rippon on 28th July.

U-turn over plans to sell off community centre

Sheffield Council has made a U-turn over plans to sell a community centre in a listed building - after the scheme was opposed by people who said they hadn't been consulted. Following a protest the Grade II listed Heeley Bank Community Centre, home to artists' studios and an internationally-acclaimed rock-climbing training facility, has been taken off the market.

Campaigners against the closure put up a huge banner on the building and signed a petition to save the 130-year-old former school.

Climber Seb Grieve of the Save Heeley Bank Centre campaign said: “We have a meeting with council representatives next week so we will see what happens then. We are very pleased they have taken it off the market.”

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1 Aug, 2007
Nice to hear that the Council actually listen to people sometimes.
1 Aug, 2007
Yeah, unfortunately I don't think its quite as simple and sorted as we'd like it to be...but at least it isn't closing instantly.
1 Aug, 2007
At least another year isn't it? The fact that they are prepared to sit down and discuss it is a positive in itself I reckon. And surprising given the usual outcome of situations like this.
1 Aug, 2007
Well done to the campaigners I say - it does work to protest in Sheffield it seems. Fingers X'd that there can be a resolution after negotiations. Cheers Si
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