Market step in right direction

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EIGHT hundred years of tradition and trading are bound to create firmly-held opinions about Sheffield’s market. So it is only to be expected that there will be reservations among traders and customers about moving Sheffield’s 800-year-old market to a new location on the Moor.

But we believe the fact that a firm date has been set for opening the new building, along with revelations of how it will look, will help rally support for the project.

Without a doubt this is an exciting time for Sheffield – and it couldn’t come at a better moment.

For there is a deep sense of doom hovering over the city centre’s trading heart with businesses struggling in the grim economic climate.

That is why news that a start is finally to be made on the £17.5 million scheme will raise aspirations and expectations.

The city centre desperately needs this kind of a boost and we should all look to the positive outcome of a brand new market.

One of the major reservations was about getting existing customers to the new complex but analysts have shown that, of 28 bus routes serving the present market complex, only a handful do not continue their journey to the Moor.

We appreciate that traders are concerned at the prospect of a sharp increase in rents but we hope Sheffield people will rally round the new market and make it the great success the city deserves.

We are looking forward to November next year when the new market opens. We know many more people will feel the same and hope traders see this as a step in the right direction.

Setting standard of co-operation

GOVERNMENT cuts to the nation’s arts funding strikes at the very soul of our society. That is why we are delighted that Sheffield Theatres has formed a partnership with a local law firm to ensure that city theatre-goers will continue to see original productions.

International commercial law firm Hill Dickinson has agreed a three-year partnership to fund a New Initiatives writing programme.

This will ensure that Sheffield Theatres can continue to commission new pieces and develop emerging artists.

We are seeing here a partnership which is setting the standard for future examples of fruitful co-operation between the private sector and the public sector.

Let us hope that other companies follow suit and realise that they can benefit by helping the society which, the rest of the time, fills its pockets.