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  1. The neighbours are far from happy with the mess created in the last 3 years. It's only started deteriorating since the current owner bought it. He appears to have done zero maintenance, allows windows to stay open all year round and bits to accidentally fall off and he has builders' junk and vehicles strewn all over to make it look like a building site. The council served an enforcement order last month to make him tidy up the site and prevent its incremental change of use to a builders' yard. So far he's removed the portacabin and a couple of vehicles, but it's still a mess. Before that it was just a closed pub, it wasn't an eyesore. A couple of months ago all pubs were closed. Are we recommending a policy of allowing them all to fall down and be demolished? We need more housing so let's demolish 25% of all pubs and hey presto plenty of development land.
  2. The neighbours want to keep it. So do loads of other people. It's only an eyesore now because the bloke who bought it tried to change use to a builder's yard. Decision by the councillors today. Hopefully they will say no to demolition and yes to keeping Sheffield's heritage.
  3. I think he's still bemoaning the loss of the wonderful Castle Market and all its characters, the retail and cultural jewel in the crown of our city. All the 'Proper Sheffielders' used to go there until the council ruined their fun.
  4. Planning decision delayed by the virus. Enforcement action taken earlier this month to make him tidy up the site a bit (unauthorised change of use to builder's yard). So the portacabin and cars without reg plates have gone. It still looks a total mess though and the building continues to deteriorate.
  5. Any idea if a decision has been made on this? Maybe it has been delayed again. It has recently had graffiti sprayed on both the screens around the builders' junk, the parked cars and the stonework of the building itself. The words still visible on the building may have been done by kids judging by the language used. I wonder if it's all meant to make the building look more 'derelict' and therefore justify its demolition?
  6. That bit of pavement in Broomhill is very narrow. Due to the angle of the parking bays it's about 1m wide at its narrowest point. It's not wide enough in 'normal' times. I've often thought it would be better to get rid of the parking spaces, widen the pavement and maybe even build a better facade on the front of the shop units or give them some street space.
  7. Don’t forget real ale sometimes comes in bottles too. Proper Job Cornish IPA for example is maybe the most common one in supermarket fridges, costs about £1.70.
  8. I usually try and fold an old mattress and tie it up with wire or gaffer tape. Get your mate or wife to sit on it when you’ve folded it while you tie it or tape it up. Then you can lift it around easier and it fits in an average hatchback. If it’s living outside for a while cover it with plastic sheeting or binbags.
  9. Sheffield's 2 universities have 60,000 students. Not all of these live in Sheffield. The population of City of Sheffield is 575,000. So about 10% students, 90% not students. https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/content/dam/sheffield/docs/your-city-council/facts-figures/Sheffield Factsheet v1.pdf
  10. I hope these buildings are retained and improved like in HotC2. I'd love to see the pub sensitively restored. It's got a bit of history behind it as it's opposite the city hall stage door and performers often popped in for refreshment (Pete Townshend for example). It would be great if there was something like a 'proper pub' in this location rather than chains.
  11. That’s great news. Well done planners. What a blessing it was that 7Stone (bad name, bad idea) never happened. The developments in the centre that we’re getting now are exactly what we need.
  12. Why don't the supermarkets sell mutton? Is it a cultural thing? I enjoy making stuff with lamb but as a former veggie it does seem a bit unnecessary to be eating them. It would make more sense to eat the older animal instead.
  13. The current plan is for it to be flattened and a 'food court' kind of building to be built on the site. I'd rather it was retained and adapted for that kind of new use if that is what's happening there. Or worst case retain the facade as an entrance to the new space. But I think it could all change as things progress. So who knows it may reopen. We need some decent bars round that area.
  14. Public libraries are just one example of the most basic things in the UK that we are most proud of. A good quality public library service is an indicator of a civilised, free society. Libraries should be properly funded and staffed by properly trained and experienced staff. Libraries aren't just about printed books these days and haven't been for decades. Other examples of institutions many are proud of in the UK include the NHS, the BBC etc. What do they all have in common? Yes, they're under threat from the Cummings elite who run our country now.
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