‘Time for action’ call on Sheffield masterplan

The Better City Centre display on show in the Winter Gardens, Sheffield. Our picture shows Sheffield City Council's head of City regeneration Simon Ogden(centre), with Richmond resident Paul Darrington (left) and Philip Deighton, from Greystones.
The Better City Centre display on show in the Winter Gardens, Sheffield. Our picture shows Sheffield City Council's head of City regeneration Simon Ogden(centre), with Richmond resident Paul Darrington (left) and Philip Deighton, from Greystones.
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Residents, shoppers and visitors gave their views on Sheffield city centre’s latest masterplan .

The masterplan - which has a ‘21st century high street’ at its core - went on display in the Winter Garden on Friday and Saturday.

It was the start of a six-week consultation on the plan, which includes a retail quarter boasting top fashion names, more shops, restaurants and a cinema on the Moor, extra city centre housing and a tram extension.

Michael Barker, from Intake, called in to the exhibition where residents were able to quiz council officers on the plans.

The 66-year-old said: “I just want them to get on with things - stop talking and get moving.

“Most people say they want some bigger shops but it needs to be so obstacles aren’t put in the way of stores wanting to move here.”

IT worker Andy Holmes, aged 33 and from Hillsborough, added: “A retail quarter would be nice if it gets sorted, I do think Sheffield city centre has a lot of potential.

“We could do with more restaurants and nightlife, I spend a lot of time in Kelham Island and Broomhill but there isn’t that much choice.

“You don’t want it to end up like Leeds and Manchester with tens of thousands of stag parties coming.

“With the Peak District nearby Sheffield is a lovely place to live, it’s just the city centre lets it down a bit.”

And retired David Woodhouse, 65, of High Green, praised the Winter Garden as a city centre attraction.

He added: “There are a few old buildings in Sheffield city centre which need pulling down, like the Salvation Army building.

“It does want something doing with it and it does want the Moor starting.”