Sad demise of brave dream

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WHEN the Ski Village opened in 1988 anything seemed possible.

It was Europe’s largest artificial ski resort, right here in Sheffield.

Unfortunately, time has not been kind to the site and today we report that it is unlikely ever to reopen.

It’s the sad demise of a great dream, that the skiers of the future would be schooled in Sheffield.

What is important now is to make sure the site does not go to rack and ruin.

Arson attacks, vandalism and theft have helped lead to its demise.

Now what it needs is investment, someone prepared to take a risk.

It is doubtful whether this will be for a leisure facility, but we would welcome the site being reborn with an industrial use.

Let us hope someone steps forward to give this site a purpose so that it does not become a forgotten area.

Why we should just keep giving

BLUEBELL Wood Children’s Hospice holds a special place in our hearts.

And you clearly share our view as the hospice has thanked its friends and supporters for making 2012 a golden year.

Such an organisation cannot exist without backers and hospice bosses know this.

Which is why they are right to thank the legion of people who have chipped in.

Whether it’s baking cakes, jumping out of planes, running marathons, holding raffles writing songs or shaving your heads.

You name it, you did it and without such generosity the hospice would not be here because it costs £3 million a year to run and receives no statutory government funding.

Keep up the good work, Bluebell Wood needs you.

Time for progress

ANOTHER year, another pledge on Sevenstone, the city’s retail scheme.

Could it be ‘kick-started’ by talks between council chiefs and developer Hammerson?

Council chief executive John Mothersole will meet very senior representatives of the company and hopes to get answers so that construction work to start in 2014.

We wish him the very best of luck.

If these talks give us a start date, we have good reason for optimism about the city’s prospects.

And if none is forthcoming, it is time to get tough and start looking for iother partners who are willing to help our city centre make progress.