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A BOLD investment needs a bold vision and quality of buildings and Sheffield University’s proposed £80m engineering block does not let us down.

Controversial though it is, with the university wanting to demolish the Edwardian wing of the Jessop Hospital - a listed building - the new artist’s impressions, exclusively published in this newspaper today, should go a long way towards making the case for the proposal to go ahead.

This is an £80m investment which will significantly improve the architectural look of the city.

We believe in preserving the old, historic buildings of this city, but it is hard to make a case for the Edwardian wing.

Instead, the university’s argument is a compelling one. This investment is essential to allow the university to grow and to maintain its place as one of the leading faculties in the country.

It will also facilitate the development of the old Mappin buildings with a further £56m investment.

With the quality of architecture and strength of case we are sure the city’s planners will be persuaded to allow the development to go ahead.

School meal deal shows good taste

WITH the cost of living rising at every turn, it is a relief to see the price of school dinners staying put.

The quality of these meals has improved so much in recent times, it has become a highlight of the school day for some pupils.

How reassuring for parents to know their children are guaranteed to get a nutritious, hot meal at least once a day.

The fact that Sheffield Council has agreed to cover an increase in cost without passing it onto the parents is laudible.

It will help parents during these tough times and encourage them to keep their children going for school meals.

A well-nourished pupil is surely more likely to succeed than a hungry one.

Parking fines farce

HAVING praised the council, we now suggest it needs to gets its act together on parking fines.

In the past 12 months, 157 appeals against bus lane and parking fines were successful because they were not contested by the council.

Not only is this a loss of revenue at a time when its needed most, it also makes you wonder why the council issued the fines in the first place.

Unless the authority practises what it preaches, it is in danger of being ignored.