Campaign steps up to save iconic Sheffield building

The Old Town Hall at Wainegate Sheffield City Centre
The Old Town Hall at Wainegate Sheffield City Centre
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A petition to have an iconic Sheffield city centre building restored to its former glory has stepped up a notch.

Nearly 300 shoppers on The Moor took time out to sign a Save Sheffield’s Old Town Hall petition during a day of action.

Members of campaign group Friends of the Old Town Hall said they were pleased with the response of the public.

Brian Holmshaw, group joint secretary, said: “People sometimes don’t realise the Old Town Hall is privately owned and when they do they are appalled at the lack of respect for such an important building.

“Lots of people said the owners should put up or shut up; repair the building and get it back into productive use, or pass it to someone else who’ll do that.”

The property, on the corner of Waingate and Castle Street, is owned by G1 London Properties and the campaign group says the firm has ‘ignored all communications’ regarding the building.

Joy Bullivant, fellow group joint secretary, said: “We were pleased so many people stopped by to talk to us and sign the petition.

“They took the time out to visit us and we appreciate that.

“They’ve helped raise the total of signatures to more than 1,500 and we know there are more to come.”

The building has been empty since 1997 and was listed among the Victorian Society’s top 10 buildings most at risk in 2007.

The Friends of The Old Town Hall was set up in November 2014, to raise awareness of the neglected state of the building and campaign for its restoration and regeneration.

No-one from G1 London Properties was available to comment.