Effort to restore historic Wicker Arches

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A CAMPAIGN to clean up and revitalise the Wicker Arches is due to begin this month.

Business representatives in the east end of Sheffield are seeking public support to help secure investment and sponsorship.

David Slater, who chairs the Attercliffe Business Connection, hopes the restoration could include a sculpture of Harry Brearley, the inventor of stainless steel, which is in its centenary year.

He said: “There is a real affection for the arches and a desire to create a landmark at the entrance to the city centre.”

Support has come from the council, which says some of the arches could be used such as workshops and studios, cafés and bars - but plans are being held up by a lack of money and multiple ownerships.

Campaigners started the ball rolling last year, pressing for a clean-up and full illumination of the arches.

The council hopes the campaign ‘will encourage owners of the arches to talk to us about improvements’.