Your Star letter from last Friday’s edition headlined Show Us You Are Doing Something refers to Love Where You Live along with a photo.
The photo you have used is from Barnsley MBC’s Love Where You Live campaign showing residents in Thurnscoe taking part in a campaign which is all about finding ways to make Barnsley a place we can all take pride in, by encouraging people to volunteer within their local community.
Love Where You Live was started by Barnsley Council in 2013 with great results.
It can take a number of forms, from one- off community work like a street clean-up, bulb-planting and event-planning to more regular things such as helping out older people on your street, or working in a charity shop, bringing communities together.
The content of the letter refers to the Love Where You Live campaign by Sheffield Council, an initiative organised as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Where You Live Litter pick aimed at keeping council estates clean.
Barnsley Council volunteering & engagement officer
Renaming OUR city
It seems as though the trendy newcomers to our city are now deciding that certain historical areas be renamed to reflect how important the high-flying residents have become in the reshaping of OUR City.
We already have the historical Canal Basin renamed Victoria Quays to blend in with the new type of boat owner and corporate office dweller that has replaced what was a living , breathing, noisy everyday working environment.
Now it seems that our local new trendy mob would like to do away with further historical named areas that have been part of Sheffields industrial heritage from times past.
The latest target of the yuppy mob is to rename Shalesmoor tram stop which they hope to change in orderto reflect their importance in the takeover of Kelham Island.
Some are also suggesting that Neepsend and Kelvin be renamed to reflect the new- found importance that these newbies are trying to enforce on our historically named areas.
Whatever next? Maybe Brookhill can be renamed University Boulevard or perhaps Octagon Square.
Sheffield’s history and industrial areas should not be wiped from the map just to appease the few.
Too little, too late
So here we are again, a new planning officer who is going to revitalise the city centre.
Personally I think he is on to a loser, if as he says he went to Sheffield Hallam University he would have noticed just how slowly things were progressing in and around the city.
The time has come to encourage major names to relocate to Sheffield, ie Zara, Harvey Nichols, and the like not pound shops but major players.
As previously mentioned, too little too late. Good luck to Rob Murfin you are going to need it.
Bus chaos in Waingate
With the proposed regeneration of the old Castle Market, it seems to me that this would be an opportune time to sort out the chaos in Waingate.
Buses coming from Castle Street can often not turn left into Waingate, heading for the Wicker, because of the queuing buses already in Waingate.
There are three buses designated to the first bus stop, and if a couple of them arrive at the same time, then they tail back to the junction with Castle Street and nothing can get around them.
Similarly, at the next two bus stops in Waingate, if more than one bus arrives, then one gets to the stop but the second one usually ends up with its front end behind the bus already there, and the rear end stuck out and blocking the rest of the road.
With the number of buses heading for Woodhouse, it’s not unusual to find three buses at the one stop, and everything just stuck.
Not only are the buses stuck, but they are all pumping out diesel fumes onto people in the bus queues and those shopping nearby.
It seems to me that if the pavement on the opposite side of the road, where the market used to be, was pushed back by about two yards or so, It might ease the problem.
It might mean the resituated pavement encroaching onto land where the market stood, but it would only be by a few feet.
The central reservation could then be repositioned into the centre of the new wider road, thus making it easier for buses travelling through Waingate into town, and the buses now coming off Castle Street on their way out of town would have an extra six feet or so to get around the back of buses currently blocking Waingate.
Kind words go a long way
I was listening to a debate about depression and was shocked by people saying what’s Ant from Ant and Dec in rehab for, all that money, the fame, what’s he got to be depressed about?
You only know about it from the bit you read in the papers but it sounds like things have built up and he’s finally decided to stop the act and get help.
I expect with all the money he has put by he can afford the best treatment, not an option open to most people who have to rely on the NHS.
When you admit you are struggling and need help it doesn’t happen straight away.
There’ no booking into the Priory for two months and as one doctor told me when I realised I couldn’t spin all the plates any more, he booked a fortnight in Goa, it always did the trick.
Shame that’s not prescribed on the NHS I said.
He didn’t laugh at this joke.
Just because someone says they have mental health problems and you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean that it’s not happening.
When I had a spell of not being right no one believed me as for months I held it all together.
I could have won an Oscar for my portrayal of a woman who was coping with it all until one day the mask slips and you need help.
Let’s never dismiss anyone who needs help, a few kind words go a long way.
Pubs close together
I fail to see the point about the Benjamin Huntsman and Lloyds No1 establishments being so close.
In Galashiels in the Scottish Borders there’s two on opposite sides of the street.
Frankly I had more fun in the Italian Scottish chip shop across the road.