After the disappointment of Sheffield Council’s deal with developers Hammerson for the Sevenstone retail scheme falling through, TJ Hughes opening its doors in its new home on The Moor is a welcome shot in the arm for the city’s retail scene.
While bringing high-profile stores into a big new shopping centre seems some way off at present, the popular department store will attract people down to the revitalised Moor, taking its place alongside the new markets, Primark and the planned cinema complex. The fate of the rest of the city centre, and whether a Sevenstone-style development is now even needed almost a decade since it was announced, remains a vexed question - but, for now, The Moor’s resurgence, including TJ Hughes’ contribution, seems to be the best way forward.
Care checks are working
Just days ago, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals revealed it has taken on four extra consultants to bolster care on the accident and emergency ward overnight, following concerns over out-of-hours staffing levels on wards. Now the trust’s good results have been revealed as part of a pilot study for a new inspection regime, in which patients are encouraged to help check health facilities. Behind chief inspector of hospitals Prof Sir Mike Richard’s headline-grabbing appeal to recruit a ‘small army’ of volunteer patients, there is a laudable intent - the people who use services themselves are often best placed to pass judgement.
Celebrating island life
Autumn may be closing in, but there’s still time for another fun festival. Kelham Island is hosting bands, sporting activities and historical tours on Saturday and Sunday, and it sounds like a lot of fun is in store. It seems the perfect opportunity to celebrate a corner of Sheffield that has built on its industrial heritage to create a vibrant new life for itself.