Jessop petition support surges

Jessop Hospital: the derelict Edwardian wing
Jessop Hospital: the derelict Edwardian wing
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ALMOST 500 people have now signed a petition objecting to Sheffield University’s planned demolition of the Edwardian section of the old Jessop Hospital.

Plans to pull down the building and replace it with an £80 million new engineering block were controversially approved by Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board last month.

Because the building is Grade II listed, the proposals are still awaiting final approval from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Opponents, including Sheffield Victorian Society and the Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society, are continuing to collect support on their petition calling for the building to be saved.

Now 481 people have signed and many have sent letters to Mr Pickles.

Howard Greaves, of Hallamshire Historic Building Society, said: “The number who have signed the petition is excellent.

“We are continuing to urge the public to support our campaign, also through writing to Mr Pickles, and I am aware a lot of letters have been sent.”

Visit to sign the petition.