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What complete and utter tosh.

 

It is not tosh, he puts me off going on Chapel Walk.

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Travelling around the country like I do and seeing cities like Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool , Manchester and Nottingham offering vibrant, people friendly centres I really do despair for Sheffield.

 

Not only are is the centre boring but the infrastructure is a disgrace. Meadowhall, whatever the criticism is the largets shopping centre around, but looks at the roads serving it. Compare that to the other cities and in due course people will get fed up of sitting in traffic and look elsewhere turning Meadowhall into a version of the town centre.

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I'd like a material shop.

No one seems to sew now.

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Chapel walk is perfect for small, interesting, independent shops and should be buzzing with colour and good vibes.

 

or, better still, even more perfect for an Amsterdam style red light district. We'd be cool like London's Soho then.

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or, better still, even more perfect for an Amsterdam style red light district. We'd be cool like London's Soho then.

 

That would be a fruitful business, I'll start a coffeshop to go with it.

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Sorry but no. Our council's stubborn failure to respond to Meadowhall is the main reason for the city centre's demise.

 

So.....if Meadowhall didn't exist, no response to it would have been required....therefore.....

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I walked through there yesterday and nearly half the shops are closed.

 

The rents down there are ridiclulous. With Division Street more commercial now they should use Chapel Walk for independent retailers.

 

Are the shops all owned by one company?

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That would be a fruitful business, I'll start a coffeshop to go with it.

 

Sheffield does need to move with the times. I'm not a "coffee drinker" myself, but I'm sure your coffee shops would only enhance little Amsterdam. Imagine the increased trade at the Crucible and Lyceum because who wouldn't like a coffee, peep show and theatre.

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Sorry but no. Our council's stubborn failure to respond to Meadowhall is the main reason for the city centre's demise. Indeed, their response is to increase and extend parking charges and make getting to, from and around the city centre akin to a Krypton Factor challenge.

 

I took a walk around the lower end of 'town' (more apt name) the other day. We have few buildings of architectural (and historical) note. Those which are lucky enough to remain are laying there in a sad state of neglect and abandon. The old Town Hall on Waingate is a beautiful building; in ANY other city this would be jewel in the crown, an arcade, a hotel, a restaurant, prime business and conference facilities.

 

The old Post Office in Fitzalan Square shares similar treatment, left to decay amongst pigeon droppings. The square likewise is a dump and what an opportunity for a civic building and square, where the public could convene for outdoor events!

 

The former Number One Buffet on Commercial Street. Take a look at the building; it's lovely. It's also one of the first commercial buildings a visitor sees when (trying his best upon) entering the city centre.

 

The opportunities are there, staring me in my face but sadly not the faces of those responsible for the DESTRUCTION of our city centre. "Ah, but these are private buildings and we're powerless to do anything about them," we are likely to be told. I don't think it's a question at to who owns the buildings; I seriously believe it's the attitude of a council which simply cannot be bothered and which would sooner blame the likes of Meadowhall and of course, previous governments for their lack of funding in Labour-strong Sheffield.

 

Chapel Walk is another lost opportunity. A little bit of York which should be buzzing with small, private, specialist businesses, lit up with interesting lighting and clean.

 

But no. I see that big signs have gone up all over stating that traffic enforcement starts in the next couple of days, so woe betide you motorists if you err by jumping red lights, parking where you shouldn't, overstaying your welcome or going through a bus- or tram gate.

 

That's our council's way of saying: WELCOME TO SHEFFIELD.

 

Agree with every word.

 

anyone remember visiting the craft shop on Chapel Walk, think it was Whiteheads and going down the winding stairs to the basement? I used to be scared stiff.

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Agree with every word.

 

anyone remember visiting the craft shop on Chapel Walk, think it was Whiteheads and going down the winding stairs to the basement? I used to be scared stiff.

 

I remember having to go into Parker Franks with my mum and nan.

I was scared to death of anyone from school seeing me in there!:hihi:

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...anyone remember visiting the craft shop on Chapel Walk, think it was Whiteheads and going down the winding stairs to the basement? I used to be scared stiff.

Used to go in there with my mum in the late 70s to buy bags of felt and leather offcuts for collages and for making clothes for my Sindy dolls. Plaster of Paris and moulds too to make ornaments to paint.

 

Was trying to remember the shops on there in the 80s, the last time I remember walking down there regularly: Richards clothes shop, and the bag shop on the opposite corner; the fruit and veg shop, the bakery, Thorntons, the back end of M&S; the Methodist Bookshop, where I used to buy most of my books from, along with Schofields; the old lady shoe shop on the corner opposite the Crucible, the jewellery shop; and the hairdressers, who gave me a Madonna perm in 1985. Must have been others, but those are the ones I remember clearly.

 

ETA: And a GT News too.

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Hecate - there was a fantastic newsagent down there. I bought the first issue of Q magazine from there in 1986. I also bought Rolling Stone and Rhythm (drumming) magazines from there.

 

They also sold newspapers from around the world.

 

 

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