Park Hill: Eye sore or an important part of Sheffield’s Heritage?
Once hailed as the most ambitious inner city development of their time back in 1961 the partly renovated Park Hill has lost a lot of its beauty over time. Originally consisting of almost 1,000 flats, a newsagent, a laundrette, four pubs, a primary school, a doctor’s surgery and even a dentists you can tell why this project has always been spoke about with such high regard.
But by the 1980’s there was an abundance of stories that tarnished Park Hill’s reputation. People throwing themselves off the top, muggings, stabbings, I even recall being told someone used a sniper rifle air gun to shoot children at the primary school from afar. Whether this is true or not I couldn’t tell you, but I grew up on an estate less than five minutes from Park Hill and rumours such as that have always been passed on.
Now, Britain’s largest Grade II* building sits partly renovated with the building that can be seen from the City Centre having new and colourful flats that are highly sought after. However the rest of Park Hill is dilapidated, boarded up and an area most wouldn’t walk through late at night. From personal experience walking through that part of Park Hill is not dangerous. But with the abundance of needles, graffiti, rubbish, and questionable things to see I can understand why people would rather walk around Park Hill.
More recently Park Hill has become known as a ‘’Homeless Village’’ in Sheffield due to the fact there is at least more than ten tents that seem to have settled there with no intent of moving on. Jennifer, 63, from a neighbouring estate in Sheffield said: ‘’It’s sad to see Park Hill go the way it has. I’ve lived here for more years than I can remember and it keeps on getting worse. Everyone around here has really fond memories of it and were proud of it too. We’re proud of what it was’’.
Darrell, 23, resident of the new Park Hill said ‘’These new places are amazing I love living here. But living next to the old place makes me feel so uncomfortable because of the people that congregate there’’.