Opinion: A concrete nightmare

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It sits there as a celebration of concrete, serving a purpose which is a mystery to many. So what was in the minds of those people at English Heritage when they made the electricty sub station on Moore Street a listed building? Apparently, it has a dramatic, sculptural feel. It’s also described as a bold building which helped revitalise the city after being bombed. We don’t doubt the building has its place, but did it really need listing? The sub station is hardly likely to be demolished unless a better way of generating electricity is discovered. So why pick on this building when there are others more worthy. What about the Winter Garden or Glossop Road Baths? It’s time English Heritage preserved what we want, not what it sees fit.

Worthy and practical

Sheffield is rightly famous for innovation so it is fitting that the city is ready to offer a new centre dedicated to helping disabled people live fuller lives. Adults with a range of special needs will learn how to get on in the world of work while gaining essential life skills at the Riva project in Wisewood. Basic training designed to suit a variety of jobs will be offered, while giving people the chance to apply it to real life in the on-site cafe and charity shop. The intention is to help disabled people be more independent, a cause which a caring society should embrace. This worthy aim is backed with practical measures and should give Sheffield yet another pioneering project which benefits so many.

A feast of good food

The Sheffield Food Festival never fails to tickle the tastebuds and this year’s event is no different. As you admire the culinary delights, it’s clear there’s so much local talent which deserves this showcase. And as autumn draws in, the colour and vibrancy brought to the city by the festival is most welcome.