A decision for right reasons

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REGRETTABLE, but necessary. That appears to be a fair assessment behind the decision to allow Sheffield University to demolish a listed building to pave the way for an £80m engineering block.

This has been one of the most contentious decisions in recent times to allow the university to knock down the old Jessop Hospital Edwardian Wing.

There has been a well-argued case by those opposed to the plans to keep the Grade II listed building.

But the end of the day saw the university winning its argument that progress sometimes has to overrule planning concerns. The university’s argument was a compelling one. It demonstrated that it had explored all options but needed to move ahead with this plan if it was to maintain its position as a world-leading engineering faculty.

Sadly, that economic case will result in the loss of a listed building, but on this occasion, the right decision has been made.

Modest fire heroes deserve praise

IF you can’t help people and give something, you might as well give up.

So says Marilyn Muir, a typically modest Sheffield woman who just happened to help save an elderly neighbour from his smoke-filled home.

She and her neighbour Margaret Agnew risked their lives and have been rightly honoured for their bravery with a Certificate of Appreciation from the fire brigade.

Marilyn spotted flames and ran to the flat to help. She was unable to persuade the pensioner to leave his smoke-filled property so called on Margaret for help and together they managed to lead the man outside to safety.

Marilyn says she would do the same thing again because she believes helping people is the right thing to do.

She and Margaret are outstanding examples of what makes the people of South Yorkshire great – brave, caring and utterly humble.

Our talent is a gift

AGONISING over a Christmas present for that difficult-to-buy for person?

Why not turn to Sheffield’s homegrown artists and support the skills which have helped this city thrive?

Yorkshire Artspace, in the city centre, showcases the talents of dozens of artists. The space contains painters, print-makers, bookbinders, jewellers, silversmiths, ceramicists and sculptors.

It is this entrepreneurial spirit teamed with the craftman’s ability which put Sheffield on the road to fame and fortune and it’s great to see it still alive and kicking.