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Leniency on parking

This is not the first time Sheffield Council has been accused of having over-zealous traffic wardens – and doubtless it will not be the last. But when grandad John Huntley parked his car at Millhouses Park for a day out with his family, he thought parking was free because of a faded sign advertising it. When he returned to the car, his and around 20 other vehicles had been issued with parking tickets. Remonstrating with the traffic warden failed to deliver a reprieve and the grandad, who is not from this area, went away from Sheffield with a sour taste in his mouth. The city council is now looking into the case to see whether the charge should stand. We hope it will see sense and rescind the charge. We are not so desperate for revenue that we can’t show lenience.

Challenging times ahead

Sheffield’s newest secondary school has not enjoyed the best of starts, first of all finding itself in special measures and now being told its plans to transform its fortunes are not up to standard. Forge Valley found itself in the spotlight from day one after a controversial and unpopular decision to merge Wisewood and Myers Groves schools two years ago. The spotlight has refused to go after it was placed in special measures in May, followed by disappointing GCSE results last year. Now a rescue plan is being put together which involves converting the school to an academy and placing it under the mentorship of Tapton School, which is already lending support to Chaucer School in Parson Cross. As Tapton headteacher David Bowes says, there is a huge challenge for everyone to face and we hope for the sake of the pupils and parents that improvements will come.

Number one

The phenomenon that is One Direction just gets bigger, with the release of their film. We wonder just where they will end up. Bigger than the Beatles?