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  1. Along with M&S at Meadowhall, John Lewis is the highest rates payer in Sheffield. Around £1.5m per annum last time I looked. If the council are taking over the building it makes sense in that in the short term it protects rates income and keeps a key anchor tenant in the city centre. Long term if JL are forced to close the store the council have control and can re-develop it in line with the overall plan for the centre. Personally I think it’s the perfect location for a good quality hotel, opposite the city hall, walking distance to the theatres and room for plenty of parking. It’s a very difficult time to be developing a city centre offer, the retail landscape will look very different over the next few years, even office developments are being re-thought due to the move to working from home. For once we may have benefitted from not having built the new retail quarter, as plans can be re-evaluated to take account of these changes. I work in Watford where they’ve recently opened a huge redeveloped shopping centre in the town inline with a town centre makeover, both anchor tenants (JL & Debenhams) have announced they will not be reopening so the whole thing looks like a waste of money less that 12 months after being built.
  2. Police dogs are often used when there is a risk of violence to officers, a suspect is fleeing and likely to escape, and they are also used very successfully as a deterrent - including in large scale disturbances. If people had more respect for the laws of the land and the Police didn’t face un-precedented levels of violence then maybe they and tasers wouldn’t have to be used as much. The statistics say there are around 50 incidents per year where Police dogs bite an innocent person, that’s across the 48 national forces so basically each force has one incident per year. whilst obviously distressing for the individuals it’s tiny numbers. Contrast that with the 30,000 assaults annually on the Police in England and Wales and you can see why they need protection.
  3. I think these protests are really important and are reaching more people than ever, they’ve certainly made me think about things in a different way. The violence and vandalism is disgusting but whenever there is a protest in London the usual Anarchist rent-a-mob attach themselves to it to have a go at the Police or Government, you could see some of them had the same masks on they wore at the Occupy protests. As a result it’s crucial to not let them obscure the main message that was delivered peacefully by the vast majority of protesters at all the national events. Hopefully things will start to change from here.
  4. I get that Wolves strategy worked ref promotion but that year their turnover was £26.4m and they registered a loss of over £57m! The players they signed were simply unaffordable for a Championship side but they gambled and won. Had they not gone up they would have been in a huge mess with the efl. Its basically what Chansiri tried to do but Wolves spent ****loads more, not really a viable strategy for Wednesday nor anyone else for that matter.
  5. There have been 2 insightful articles in the Athletic this week about the case. The efl seems intent on continuing the prosecution and want to do it quickly so the deduction is known before the end of the season. It also said the clubs legal strategy is to cause as much delay as possible, it’s the same QC that worked on the QPR case and that went on for 4 years. It also set out the punishments as they are pre-determined to an extent. For the £18m loss it’s 12 points, then upto another 9 points for ‘deceit’. I think it’s a dangerous thing to delay it, especially when a re-building job is required in the Summer. What decent players would sign on the back of a points deduction?
  6. Great idea I think. I travel a lot and have seen on the continent how train station development can kick-start regeneration, the Dutch did this as a response to the financial crisis and it worked really well. businesses and residents like to be close to major transport hubs so if this frees up more land for this it can only be a good thing. Also it will join the train station to the city centre and make a much nicer entrance to the city centre for visitors. i get the historical criticism of SCC but they have to look at maximising the potential benefits of HS2 and this shows they are serious about it.
  7. You can park in the carpark opposite the market for £2 I think if you have a cinema ticket. We live in south-west Sheffield so the Light is popular for us and our friends as it’s easier to get to and is better than any of the older cinemas out of town. Also love the Curzon. Footfall in town has moved massively to the Moor and will continue too, Fargate and the area around John Lewis is 50% down recently. The units on Fargate are simply too small for most retailers of note so the Moor will be the location of choice and over time will improve in terms of the retail offer. That’s why the likes of Next have now moved. Ive not seen what the councils plans are for Fargate but I think it’s a tough thing to solve. It’s well suited for boutique retailers and restaurants but Sheffield can’t sustain that level of spend. Maybe Fargate should be re-zoned as office space?
  8. For me this whole issue is the most disgraceful episode in our countries recent history. Hundreds if not thousands of innocent children first abused, and then ignored by the authorities who were then complicit in some cases of enabling further abuse. The issue is still further compounded by apologists who in their efforts to appear PC and ‘right on’ use the fact that all ethnicities are capable of CSE to defend or excuse these evil crimes. It’s the worst case of Two wrongs don’t make a right that I have ever seen and shows a total lack of compassion and intelligence. The facts are that 94% of grooming cases investigated in the last few years involve Pakistani men, and if you want to get really specific it’s Pakistani men from particular tribal regions. it’s obvious there is a cultural issue, these are areas where it’s acceptable to marry 12 year old girls and so on so what is seen as normal there is illegal and immoral here. It needs calling out to stop it, and the cover-up by the authorities and the media perpetuates the problem and creates more victims. Compare the media coverage to that of a similar scale disaster - Grenfell. It just doesn’t compare and I just don’t understand why this lack of coverage is continuing once the facts are known. I know people involved in these cases on both the prosecution and the victim-support side and this isn’t going away anytime soon, in fact it could be said that what we have seen so far is the tip of the iceberg. There must be a public enquiry backed by legal status or the authority figures simply won’t give evidence when asked (as most of Rotherham council did). Also otherwise decent people need to stop being apologists for the perpetrators in some misguided attempt to fight racism, this only makes you part of the problem rather than the solution.
  9. There will be issues with this policy no doubt, but hopefully the authorities will have the sense to be flexible where required when problems become apparent - especially around Social care. However, there is also a bigger longer-term economic change that this is part of. European migrant workers have given a lot to this country, but the opportunity to use this cheaper labour has been massively exploited by business. In the relevant sectors it has driven down wages, job security (zero hours contracts, gig economy etc) and necessitates tax and benefit support from the government for those struggling as a result. it (along with the financial crisis) has led to a collapse in training budgets and businesses investing in people for the long-term. It also drives down the productivity of our economy as it’s cheaper to throw labour at a problem rather than invest and develop long-term efficient solution through automation or new systems and processes. The more productive the economy is the higher wages and taxes will grow. The more automation in an economy the higher the level of skilled jobs and wages (Germany is the most highly automated economy in the world). If we want a higher wage, higher skilled economy with job security this process has to be gone through unfortunately. Sorry for the boring economics on this, I get all the concerns about xenophobia etc and I too have many Polish friends who are great people and hard workers but for the long-term benefit of the country we need to go through this (painful) process. If we take the Brexit issue away from this and just think about what type of economy we want in the future it makes sense, not just for people born here but also migrants who want to build their lives here and not struggle on low wages. Just a bit of real world context from a national business I used to work in that employed over 20,000 staff, many thousands of these not too far from here. 15 years ago a full time warehouse operative earned £22,000 plus benefits, overtime etc. That job now is only guaranteed 12 hours per week and even if they get full hours it’s just £18k per year. A huge decrease when you take into account inflation, the impact on the surrounding area has been dire as the business is a major employer. I used to sit in meetings with the logistics director about annual pay awards and their stance was always why do we need to increase wages when we can get more migrant workers in on less money? A terrible attitude to have with no concern for their people and the job they were doing but unfortunately one repeated across the country. Also just for further context I am not a union person or supporter and still have a Senior role in a major business today, I am pro-business but from an insider perspective people are being exploited and freedom of movement has been a huge part of this.
  10. I looked at buying electric for private use but need something that can do 300miles round trip (my commute twice a week). Nothing apart from the Tesla can do that comfortably. The issue I had was that the battery and therefore performance deteriorates overtime and the resale value will plummet. The cost for a new battery - an eye watering £16k! I get electric cars for popping around town for private users but for most commercial uses the technology just isn’t there yet. If the council really wanted to sort things out they should firstly ensure all their own vehicles are electric (hypocrisy if not), and secondly encourage those who can switch to electric as private drivers to do so. It seems really unfair to try to kill people trying to make a living who are already facing massive challenges through Uber etc. As for the City Centre it’s not a destination, many people tend to pop in for a specific shop or cafe etc You cant really go for a days shopping as there simply isn’t the choice. Taking this into account if the council decide to charge drivers say £10 it will kill footfall in the City Centre. £10 to park in mediocre Sheffield or £21 on the train to Manchester? I know where I would go. A difficult problem for the Council to solve but they need to show some creativity and common-sense on this.
  11. I think one the dangers of smart motorways is that people ignore the lane closure signs until the absolute last minute, in bad weather or at night this can lead to collisions. At least with a hard shoulder people know they should never drive in that lane. I also doubt the benefits of the smart system in terms of speeding up journeys. I commute from Sheffield to Watford, 6 years ago when I started pre-smart motorways it took 2.5-3 hours in the morning. Post-smart motorways it’s now 3.5-4 hours and the more stretches of the M1 they convert they longer it gets. A huge white elephant in my opinion.
  12. We would catch the bus from the bottom on Dore road along Abbeydale road. There’s meant to be one every 20 mins but quite often you can be waiting upto an hour - not really practical for anyone with any sort of responsibilities is it? Also you don’t calculate waiting time at the bus stop in your point above or getting from the nearest bus stop to her office so no need to doubt my claims it takes longer by bus because it does. As for pumping fumes she’s got a Tesla so that points not really relevant either is it . By the way it’s ‘those’ fumes not ‘them’. I’m all for a discussion about how to make things better but I usually find those preaching to others about what to do ref: transport into town are usually (but not always) the people for whom it is easy to do, either because of where they live, proximity to a transport network, lack of a job or have one with flexibility in working hours (usually public sector). Once you ask them to put themselves in others positions, i.e what if they had to move house, change jobs or spend more money they usually go quiet.
  13. He probably had to get water from a well too but not sure we want to regress like that😂
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