Five of the most controversial Sheffield Council decisions

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The council’s announcement that shops on Devonshire Street will be demolished has sparked outrage across the city with campaigners vowing that the fight to save them was ’not over’.

This is not the first controversial decision made by Sheffield City Council over the years.

We’ve decided to take a look back at some of the most controversial council decisions. But we’d like to hear your thoughts. What do you think is the most controversial decision the council has made? Comment below, tweet us @sheffieldstar or comment on our Facebook page


In 1991 Sheffield played host to the World Student games. It saw athletes descend on the city from around the globe and led to facilities such as Ponds Forge, Sheffield Arena and the ill fated Don Valley Stadium being built.

Many questioned the decision saying Sheffield just couldn’t afford to stage the games.

25 years on the Sheffield tax payer is still fronting the bill with the debt not expected to be cleared until around 2024.

HOW WE REPORTED IT: Sheffield’s plan to cut £30m from games debt


In 2013 the Don Valley Stadium was demolished after months of deliberation.

The iconic venue disappeared from the city’s skyline despite last minute moves to delay the £29 million stadium’s closure.

The council said if they did not demolish the stadium they would have had to close a number of other leisure facilities across the city.

A new £50 million state-of-the-art sports, research and education facility for the site were unveiled by former sports minister Richard Caborn in 2014.

HOW WE REPORTED IT: Iconic Sheffield’s Don Valley will be demolished


In August last year the Sheffield Council relinquished control of 15 libraries to save £650,000 a year. The decision was met by lengthy protests from residents.

The libraries were taken over by community groups, most at the end of September or in early October 2014.

HOW WE REPORTED IT: Minister ‘not minded’ to order inquiry into Sheffield library takeover


Plans to demolish Devonshire Street shops including book and music store Rare and Racy were approved by Sheffield Council on Tuesday, March 24 despite massive objections and a petition with 18,000 signatures against it.

Planning officers said the buildings were in ‘disrepair’ and problems had the ‘potential to become a significant safety risk.’

Proposals for traders on Devonshire Street, would see apartments, a restaurant and a shop built in their place.

HOW WE REPORTED IT: Devonshire Street scheme approved by Sheffield Council despite massive objections


Weekly wheelie bin collections became a thing of the past in Sheffield in 2012.

Fortnightly bin collections were introduced in a bid to save £3.9 million a year.

The move proved highly controversial with critics fearing households would end up with overflowing bins and predict a rise in fly-tipping - but those in favour said the change wouldn’t be a problem as long as people recycled more.

HOW WE REPORTED IT: Date set for Sheffield fortnightly bin collections to begin