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THE grand designs to upgrade Woodburn Road athletics track and build a £15m stadium for Sheffield Eagles are as bold as they are ambitious.

While the debate over Don Valley stadium continues, this new plan could steal its thunder as it would form the largest Olympic legacy plan outside of London.

Public consultation and a feasibility study is to be launched today. The aim is to provide a state-of-the-art home for athletics, rugby and numerous other sports.

So where will the money come from? Former MP Richard Caborn, who is championing the scheme, wants the city’s two universities to get involved. He also hopes Lord Coe, who is backing the plan, will bring in some government money while other cash could come from sports bodies.

It’s a good model to work to, but Mr Caborn and his associates will need to get guarantees of this money to satisfy the doubters who still claim Don Valley should never be demolished.

We applaud the vision for a new stadium and would be happy for it to replace Don Valley, which we believe would cost too much to repair and is a venue of limited use.

Let us hope the money can be found for the new scheme, which can only help Sheffield keep its reputation as a city of sport.

Targets detract from good work

THE Fire Brigade is reviewing its performance targets after failing to meet them for the last six years.

Should we be concerned? At first glance, this seems worrying, but further consideration leads us to suggest we should not panic.

A target of attending 80 per cent of ‘life-threatening’ incidents in six minutes is clearly unrealistic.

And as the number of deaths and injuries in fires have fallen from 158 in 2006 to 50 in 2012 it is perhaps time to get rid of these targets altogether.

Pedigree perfection

CONGRATULATIONS to schoolgirl Mea Jarvis, who scooped a prize with her pedigree pooch at Crufts.

Rene, a three-year-old Löwchen, claimed the prestigious Best of Breed award at the NEC in Birmingham. No wonder 14-year-old Mea, who attends Ecclesfield Comprehensive School, was left beaming with pride.

It’s a terrific honour for one so young and is no doubt just reward for hours of dedication. Good for you Mea, you are giving teenagers a good name.