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THE exciting scope of a theme park planned between Sheffield and Rotherham is matched only by the ambitious timescale within which it could be built.

For council bosses expect the planning process to be completed within a matter of months and reckon it could be up and running in just 18 months.

It is easy to be sceptical about this project, having seen numerous similar proposals come and disappear over the years. But it cannot be denied that our region needs the jobs this could bring and the creation of a theme park on our doorstep would be welcome.

However, we hope that the natural environment which has grown up on this former opencast coal site will be treasured and that local people who enjoy this rare stretch of common land in our midst will be allowed to continue to make the most of the area.

Help bring fly-tip vandals to book

READERS will be outraged at the latest incident of fly-tipping blighting our city after a rogue builder dumped tonnes of rubble, including asbestos, at a cemetery which is the final resting place for some of the city’s finest citizens.

Hundreds of victims of the Sheffield flood of 1864 as well as victims of both world wars have been laid to rest at Wardsend Cemetery and it is a credit to a local Friends group that it was beginnign to look less abandoned after they volunteered to clean up the area.

But some of that has been undermined through fly-tipping. The work of the Friends group deserves to be respected. The cemetery deserves to be respected. Most of all, the memories of those buried in Wardsend Cemetery deserve to be respected.

In order to gain this respect the culprits must be brought to book and we appeal to readers who can help to get in touch with the council.

Forging our future

SHEFFIELD Forgemasters is a tremendous ambassador for our city, winning yet another accolade shortly after being named one of the top 10 UK businesses to watch. Now it has been praised in the Large Employer of the Year category of the Apprenticeship Awards. The business holds close to traditional values when training employees and their time-tested policy is certainly paying dividends. The future of our engineering industry relies on the next generation learning not only new techniques which are constantly being added to the craftsman’s armoury but also the old methods which have helped our heavy industries continue to command such respect throughout the world. It is great to see Forgemasters continue this tradition and we urge other city employers to take a leaf from their book and lay down the foundations today for tomorrow’s success.