OPINION: City centre on way back?

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Good luck to the newly refurbished National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield city centre.

On January 1, the museum, formerly known as the Fire and Police Museum, celebrated its first anniversary as a national institution.

And thanks to a four-month refurbishment project, with a cash boost from the fire service, visitors can expect even more from the museum.

Museum director Matt Wakefield said visitor numbers have gone from 7,000 in 2011 to 45,000 in the last financial year.

This is good news for Sheffield city centre, which is beginning to show signs of life after years of gradual decay.

If you know where to look there is plenty to see and do in the city centre. There are good restaurants and cafes, a thriving theatre district, brilliant museums and a new cinema.

But there’s still the shopping issue – and in this we don’t include the many excellent independent stores.

A city centre and shopping are synonymous with each other. The sooner the retail quarter can break ground the better.

Lots of people are working very hard to reinvigorate the city centre. A new destination shopping area will provide invaluable support to them.