Your say on Ikea’s store
Ikea is ramping up the pressure on the city council with its full planning application to build the store that will create hundreds of jobs on the edge of Sheffield. The company says it has received overwhelming support from the people of the city desperate to see the big blue and yellow-branded name arrive. The council is defiantly reticent about the idea, claiming highways issues would prevent it from winning approval. It is short-sighted madness. The council’s real concern is that if it lets this one go through then Next will be successful in its challenge and who after that? But when we have a retail offering so poor in the city, the council needs to be doing everything it can to bolster the shopping traffic. It is sending out all the wrong messages to potential investors and failing to help those retailers who are already here. So it is up to the people of Sheffield to continue to pile the pressure on the council by voicing their support for the development on the planning application website. Maybe then, they may find the solutions that are hindering this application.
Special lad deserves it
Jake Brady deserves every award coming to him for his efforts to help sick children - even having to make the sacrifice of donning his arch-rivals’ football team colours. But there is a serious side to his feat. Young Jake, just 10 years old, read about the plight of children with leukaemia and cancer in The Star and decided he wanted to do something. So he single-handedly decided to do the walk between Hillsborough and Bramall Lane for charity. He is set to smash his £460 fundraising target. Now he is in line for a Red Cross humanitarian award. The organisation is keen to recognise the achievements of youngsters such as Jack. As a spokesman for the organisation said: “The award celebrates the extraordinary things ordinary young people do.” Good luck Jack, you deserve it.