NEWS IN BRIEF: Gardeners dig deep for charities

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PLOT holders at a Sheffield allotment site have handed over hundreds of pounds to charity.

Beighton Allotment Association, based on Orchard Lane, has handed more than £800 out, including £150 each to St Luke’s Hospice in Whirlow, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Limes Centre in Beighton.

Kath Bower, association secretary, said: “This is way beyond what we expected to raise and is more than twice the amount we gave away last year.

“We have also managed to save £250 to finance next year’s show, so we are very pleased with our efforts.”

MP extension fears

A PLANS to increase the size of house extensions allowed without planning permission have been criticised by Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts.

The Labour politician has spoken out after ministers agreed to double the current limit of a 10ft extension for terraced properties and 13ft for detached homes to promote construction work.

Mr Betts said the change could encourage a ‘free for all’ and impact on neighbouring homes.

Children saddle up

PUPILS and parents at a South Yorkshire primary school will be biking to school for their breakfast

Children and parents at Anston Greenlands J&I who arrive by bike on Wednesday will be rewarded with a healthy bike breakfast, entry into a prize draw and their bikes will receive a free health check and service from Dr Bike, organised by charity Sustrans, which encourages healthy ways to travel.