I enjoyed Richard Blackledge’s interview with the Rev Brian Cranwell.
I got to know Brian well in the 1980s when he was instrumental in setting up a small non-ferrous foundry called Workshop 6 off the Wicker, employing young people who, for various reasons, were dismissed as unemployable. The foundry later moved to the Wardonia site off Bramall Lane.
They were taught by skilled Sheffield foundrymen and made a fine range of polished castings in brass and aluminium which Brian asked me to sell in my shop.
They sold very well, especially brass or painted aluminium plaques featuring football clubs and house numbers and names and addresses.
A nephew supporting Brighton FC still has his, “The Seagulls” painted blue and white, on his bedroom door and there are house plaques all around Sheffield and beyond.
It was annoying and shortsighted, to say the least, when the government of the day cut off their funding and the foundry had to close.
Many of the youths were taken on by small Sheffield firms which couldn’t afford to train youngsters to the high levels of skills Brian and his team fostered at Workshop 6.
And for the young people, it gave them, as well as employable skills, the discipline and banter of the workplace and a purpose in life.
Take action on pollution
Tinsley and Brinsworth residents must be nervous about the health impacts of big developments close to their doorsteps.
The M1 has been widened to four lanes. Ikea and the Olympic Legacy Park are on the way.
A service station for M1 junction 33 has just been proposed, only two weeks before the Smithy Wood decision was due at junction 35.
The Meadowhall extension decision, still in the works, is delayed while congestion issues around Junction 34 receive “full and proper assessment”.
After wading through the Meadowhall application, it appears that it will increase car journeys by about 8 per cent. Four out of five people will continue to arrive by car and nearly two thirds of those journeys will be via the M1.
Meadowhall have already maximised the use of cleaner transport options for customers and staff.
The tram train to Rotherham will help a little bit from around 2019 when cleaner Northern and Trans Pennine Express trains are also due.
These are significant changes with serious implications for air pollution in this part of Sheffield. They merit a genuine public discussion.
The State of Sheffield report was clear: “Air quality in Sheffield has not improved and remains a significant issue that impacts on citizens’ health and wellbeing.” But there is conspicuous silence, despite the known impacts on communities living near the M1.
We know 500 premature deaths a year in Sheffield can be attributed to poor air quality. Tinsley is in the Darnall council ward which has very high levels of asthma, respiratory and circulatory disorders and cancer linked to high levels of poverty. It has the highest A&E attendance rate for young people under 20.
A Public Health Strategy approved at Cabinet on March 15 states: “We will adopt a principle of health in all policies and systematically consider health and wellbeing outcomes, and inequalities across all of the decisions.”
So are we now going to insist that major developments are air pollution neutral? Or will we keep turning a blind eye to the lifelong health impacts? It’s time to stop merely talking about tackling air pollution, and take action.
Sheffield Green Party
Junction is dangerous
Unlike A Sheldon who obviously only looks both ways once, Mrs Thompson looks repeatedly to both left and right.
Also as a mother and an Advanced Motorist I am more aware of dangers than the average person.
I look to my right and see traffic approaching the crossroads too fast to stop if a child runs out or an elderly person, as they often do, misjudge the speed the traffic is travelling at. I face oncoming traffic and notice that they can not easily see a pedestrian to their right-hand side.
No, Mr Sheldon the bridge junction is dangerous and fortunately, unlike yourself, those regularly using it also know and are trying to make it safer.
Where are you now?
I would like to contact friends from Woodthorpe School from 1949 to 1960.
My name is Wendy Wells and I left Sheffield when I was 17.
I would like to contact Christine Wilson, Nancy Smith, Margaret Jones, Diane Turner Gillian Beaty, Jean Beech, Maureen Frost and anyone who remembers me.
Obviously these are their maiden names and I don’t remember the guys’ surnames.
If anyone has school photos, could I have a copy. I will willingly pay for printing and postage. I now live in Bournemouth and I hope to visit Sheffield this summer.
They can e mail me at email@example.com
Amey’s insane work policy
Once again it’s time for a grumble. Yes it’s about trees, yes it’s about pavements but it’s more do to with the inept idiocy of Amey, Streets Ahead and the council.
Walking up Cookswood Road and Shirecliffe Road it’s not hard to notice the lovely new pavements, freshly laid and smooth with new kerb stones and edging but then to see that after this work has just been completed that Amey and its insane policy have put tree notices on a few trees that they are to be destroyed, which surely means more work in replacing newly replaced pavements and edging.
Mr annoyed and grumble John Moore
Don’t vote Labour
I am fed up reading letters complaining about Sheffield City Council. There is one solution, don’t vote Labour in the next election.