Call for Christmas designs on Sheffield's concrete blocks
Have you got a festive design for Sheffield's concrete blocks? Sheffield City Council are encouraging people to get creative and come up with designs for the anti-terrorÂ blocks outside the Town Hall and Pinstone Street.
TheÂ plan isÂ to jazz up the grey bricks to help keep the festive theme around the city centre.
They are asking the public to have their sayÂ andÂ submit landscape designs.
Councillor Jim Steinke, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety, said the blocks will be up until the second week ofÂ JanuaryÂ and the designs willÂ beÂ reused in the future.
He added: 'It's a sad state of affairs that we need to have them but if we have to then we may as well jazz them up a bit.'
The blocks are 2.5 metres longÂ and 0.5 metres high. Five designs will be chosen and printed onto covers which will be placed on the blocks.
The council have loaned them so cannot paint directly on them.
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Richard Eyre, head of city centre and major events, said they estimate the total cost of printing the covers to be around Â£2,800.
It is the first year they have had the larger blocks, which has prompted discussion around making them more festive.
Coun Steinke said: 'We had some last year but they were more discrete, this year the recommendation was that we made them bigger, whichÂ is not a response to any increase in threat, it's just that the government have cracked down on good practise which they should've done in previous years.'
To submit a design, send a copy to email@example.com or post to The Star, The Balance, 2 Pinfold Street, Sheffield. S1 2GU.
Submission for ideas close at midnight onÂ Tuesday, December 4.Â