Catcliffe suffered the effects of the pit closures and the loss of the nearby steelworks and engineering factories in the eighties. As with all similar communities this didn’t help the local commercial interests. The village has been left with just two public houses, the Red Lion and the Waverley. The Plough is now a mini supermarket and the Working Men’s Club, after a number of various enterprises, is now an Indian restaurant. At the time of writing, in addition there is a Post Office and general supermarket, a chemist, and a takeaway restaurant. In the arches of the viaduct there is a garage. The pottery is now closed.
The family run pottery had some celebrity status in that it is was run by Nick Banks. Nick was one time drummer of the band Pulp and he is also the nephew of the World Cup winning footballer Gordon Banks who was also a Catcliffe resident.
New housing developments were created at either end of the village and the original so called ‘pit houses’ of Frederick Street were demolished and replaced with sheltered accommodation for the elderly. The new development of the Waverley township will create more housing as well as more business opportunities and it remains to be seen whether the two communities will become as one. There are plans for new schools and community facilities along with new transport links including bus terminals and a railway station. Plans for the HS2 project may also have an effect on this. An hotel has been opened by the side of Sheffield Parkway.
The world famous Glass Cone still attracts interest and a local government grant has been approved to assist with its maintenance. As a listed building it resists the ambitions of some local folk to have it demolished.
Between the river and the road to Treeton is Catcliffe Flash, a Local Nature Reserve. (LNR). Basically an overspill from the river and formed with the help of subsidence from the old collieries and the raising of the road in the 1960’s. It offers the possibility of spotting varied species of wildfowl. A footpath goes around the whole pond although part of this includes the actual road. Another stretch of water, named on some maps as Lake Waverley, lies to the south east of the village and can be accessed via a new series of footpaths being planned as part of the Waverley development.
A stretch of the Rother has been designated an upgrade to a wildlife conservation area. This will add to the success of the local fishing enterprise. Fish in the Rother. A long way from the multi coloured, spitting, bubbling stench of the old days. And most welcome.
In Spring 2014 plans were made public for new housing off Blue Mans Way. (See plans here). A second one beside this development has also been proposed. These two sites will add around 150 dwellings to the village portfolio.