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SHEFFIELD City Council has cast itself in the role of a bully in its dealings with a community group which has been given its marching orders to quit an authority-owned building which it has used for 20 years.

In that time the Greenhill and Chancet Wood Tenants’ and Residents’ Association has developed a permanent bond with local residents and is responsible for much good work.

It is fair to say that our housing estates would be poorer places if it were not for many TARA organisations which provide a focus and activities for many people who would otherwise feel isolated and vulnerable.

It is outrageous that the council should be so dismissive and demand that the group move on from the Brierley Fields building, which the local authority wants to use for social workers.

We note that - but only after protests - the deadline of February 28 has been extended. However, the council ought to go further and ensure that an alternative is found before they steamroller through this proposal.

Give parking issue a higher priority

OFFICIALS insist that new rules at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, which force staff to pay for parking slots when working on the night shift, are to ensure there are sufficient places for patients and their families who need to leave their cars while at the hospital.

But readers will more likely think this is a money-raising method.

For there is every likelihood that visitors would still not be able to park if staff take up all the spaces available, having paid the due rate.

People will appreciate that parking at a hospital is a major priority for people. But it is also essential for staff who have no option but to use their cars to get to work, particularly those on night shifts.

The trust in charge, who are negotiating over more parking for the hospital, ought to bring this higher up their list of priorities before it becomes a major and damaging issue in staff relations.

Need for memorial

THE stain of the Holocaust remains as vivid today as it was in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War when the horrors of the death camps first surfaced.

So it is only right that vigils should be held to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and that these are attended by representatives of all communities.

It is encouraging to learn that those attending this year’s memorial day in Sheffield took time to remember the Islamic Schindlers, Muslims who helped Jews to escape Nazi manhunts. At a time when the schism between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East seems no closer to being healed, we see this as a small step towards a deeper understanding.

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