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Home library service set to help more older people

Kathleen May and Library Information Officer Christine Hill

15 November 2016 Do you know someone who’s not able to get out much and likes to read or watch films? Sheffield City Council delivers library books, films and other items to people free of charge who are not able to get to their local library. It is looking to boost the number of people using the home library service ...

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HS2 announcement – statement from Sheffield City Council

Sheffield Railway Station

A Sheffield City Council spokesperson said: “The Secretary of State has endorsed the recommendation that a city centre HS2 link is the best solution for the Sheffield City Region but we appreciate that he now needs to consult on these plans. “Numerous studies demonstrate that stations located in city centres drive more jobs and growth, as the Government’s own figures ...

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Fireworks of the right kind in Abbeydale last week

Lantern Parade in Abbeydale

11 November 2016 Local agencies have reported a 60 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour in the week leading up to bonfire night in Abbeydale, with no significant incidents of disorder in the area over the bonfire weekend. Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police have been working closely with the community and other partners after significant problems the previous ...

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A last glimpse at Grosvenor as Sheffield Retail Quarter beckons

Deputy leader Councillor Leigh Bramall and  executive director of place Simon Green on the site of the Grosvenor House Hotel.

The Grosvenor Hotel, which housed the stars in the 1960s when they visited Sheffield, has opened its doors for the last time. We have been on a short tour of the building as it is demolished to make way for the Sheffield Retail Quarter. The 1960s-built former five-star hotel is being demolished to make way for the first phase of ...

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Extra funding to encourage thousands of new homes

Sheffield city skyline, photo by Martin Bouchier

11 November 2016 Sheffield City Council has won an extra £675,000 Government funding to encourage more house building and regeneration. The council is topping up funding to create a £1.3 million scheme which will make brownfield land, previously used for industry or commerce, more attractive to developers. It aims to attract more private investment and public funds to encourage more ...

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Trees and Woodlands Strategy: Woodland adventures on Wincobank Hill

Catherine Nuttgent, Acces to Nature Officer stands in a coppiced oak tree on Wincobank Hill

Thursday 10 November 2016 Climbing to the top of Wincobank Hill in Sheffield it’s impossible not to gasp at the breathtaking views over the city. The site, which is home to ancient woodland and a whole load of history, dominates the skyline of the Lower Don Valley. We paid a visit with Access to Nature Officer, Catherine Nuttgens to look at this historic site ...

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Road improvements at Charter Square

Map of Charter Square

Thursday 10 November 2016 Following public consultation, Sheffield City Council is making major changes at Charter Square to improve crossing, access and personal safety for pedestrians and cyclists. The work, which should finish next summer, will remove the 1960s roundabout, underpass and subway to create a beautiful new public square. The changes form part of the preparation for the opening ...

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Meet the man behind the pram: Local hero at Moor Market book signing

Sheffield's Man With the Pram, John Burkhill

Thursday 10 November 2016 John Burkhill, Sheffield’s famous ‘mad man with the pram’, has penned his long-awaited autobiography telling his fascinating tale of a truly unique life, and this Saturday 12 November lucky Sheffielders have the chance to get their copy signed by the local legend himself. ‘Distance No Object: Sheffield’s Man with the Pram’ is full of moving memories, ...

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Prosecution result in council’s biggest landlord case


10 November 2016 A landlord has been ordered to pay £29,220 in fines and costs after being prosecuted for 56 offences in what is Sheffield City Council’s biggest case against a rogue landlord. John Mark Cashin, age 47 of Over Lane in Baslow, was found guilty at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 8 November. Cashin had already been prosecuted by the council ...

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Trees & Woodlands Strategy: Here we go round the mulberry bush

Handsworth's veteran mulberry tree

Friday 4 November Could this black mulberry tree in Handsworth be the oldest of its kind in the north? It measures at around 450 years old – yes, that’s 450 years old. Imagine just how many people have skipped around this mulberry bush! Imagine how many jars of jam have been made from the fruit this tree has produced! This veteran ...

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Sheffield’s Streets Ahead team ready for snow


Sheffield’s Streets Ahead gritting team is on standby 24 hours a day, in preparation for the risk of snow and ice. The team is sent out when ice is predicted on road surfaces, as well as to plough and spread grit when snow falls. Sheffield’s two salt barns are also already full, holding 17 tonnes of salt, in preparation for ...

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Sheffield to mark national day of remembrance


Sheffield will mark the National Day of Remembrance with a special service on Sunday, 13 November, at the city’s war memorial in Barker’s Pool. The service caps a year where the people of Sheffield have remembered the events of the First World War, which claimed the lives of 4,898 members of Sheffield City Battalion, and the 100th anniversary of the ...

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Sheffield set to sparkle as Christmas countdown is on

Friendly snowman at Santa's Grotto in Sheffield City Centre

Friday 4 November 2016 Music, lights and festive sparkle are set to take over Sheffield city centre on Sunday 20 November for the annual Christmas lights switch-on. A full programme of entertainment will begin from 2pm, before the big switch itself is flicked at 5.30pm in the Peace Gardens by a soon-to-be-revealed famous face. Musicians, choirs, street entertainers, children’s characters ...

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Graves Health and Sports Centre is new home for Olympian

Olympic medallist Bryony Page with coach Paul Greaves, Janet Crowther and Lucy Horan, at Graves Health and Sports Centre

Friday 4 November 2016 There’s a spring in the step at Sheffield’s newly developed Graves Health and Sports Centre as they welcome Olympic Trampoline Silver Medallist, Bryony Page to her new training home. Page, who took the trampolining silver medal for Team GB in Rio this June, made the move to Graves following the opening of a brand new gymnastics ...

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Local charity shortlisted for national prize

Disability Sheffield has been providing services for more than 30 years

4 November 2016 A Sheffield charity that supports disabled people has been shortlisted for a national prize and is the only one in Yorkshire to make the list. Disability Sheffield is one of just 30 charities on The Guardian Charity Awards’ shortlist and was selected from almost 800 applicants. The charity, based on Rockingham Lane in the city centre, has ...

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