Triffids invade city

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Is it just me or do the triffid-looking lampposts outside the beautiful old Sheffield Water Works Company building, (now Wetherspoons), on Division Street look totally out of place, (photograph on page 9, August 30)?

We don’t have many old heritage buildings left in Sheffield and I had been going to write in about the inappropriateness of the same lamppost design along Sheaf Street near the railway station.

Have we lost all sense of aesthetics in Sheffield? Which old building will the ‘triffids’ threaten next? Paradise Square? Please don’t send answers on a postcard to Sheffield City Council.

Janet Wilcockson


Please explain further

I cannot quite work out June Cutts’ reasoning, (Letters, August 26), behind her claims that historical societies have destroyed the heart of our city. Over the past 45 years our Society, (Hallamshire Historic Buildings), has been responsible, not for destroying the very heart of the city but for saving much of it.

Probably the most prominent one is the Lyceum, (which the late Edward Vickers fought for at the Public Enquiry), and more recently the Central Library for which we obtained listed building status together with several other important buildings which would otherwise have been demolished. The Library is now under a new threat from a ludicrous and inappropriate conversion plan emanating from wealthy Chinese investors.

I also find June’s assertions about planning officers quite amusing as I have met many over the years but have yet to meet one I would describe as ‘vulnerable’ and one who could be ‘badgered’ as she mysteriously puts it.

With regards to the markets, I would suggest that had our Society existed during the 1960s ‘let’s sweep it all away’ era then we might still have the wonderful 1851 Norfolk Market Hall and magnificent 1881 Corn Exchange both of which would undoubtedly have enhanced our trading areas and become listed buildings.

The same could never have been said of the recently demolished and very tired concrete Castle Markets.

I’m intrigued by June’s train of thought. Perhaps she could explain further.

Howard Greaves

Chairman, Hallamshire Historic Buildings

How to get noticed

R Jenkinson bemoans the total lack of official interest in his comprehensive attempts to report fly-tipping taking place before his eyes at Club Mill Road, (Star, August 28, 2017).

Might I suggest that in order to witness the awesome might of the council’s environmental enforcement team snapping smartly into gear one needs only to allow a fag end to fall inadvertently from one’s fingers on to the street.

Gary Crosby

by email

Changes to the NHS

I’m deeply concerned that since the 2017 General Election there has been little discussion about the disastrous changes to the NHS being forced through by the local Sustainability and Transformation Plans, now called Partnerships. These plans have been made in a secretive manner with very little public information and are nothing more than plans to slash, trash and privatise our NHS.

But most worrying is what Professor Stephen Hawking highlighted in a recent public statement to the press. The move to an American-style model of healthcare management called the Accountable Care Organisation/System.

This system with low fixed budgets that will not meet the public need, will turn the NHS into a two-tier health system where the rich will pay and the rest of us will be left with a very poor minimal NHS like the American Medicare system. I would urge all readers to contact their MPs and let them know that the public will not stand for the destruction of the NHS and all MPs must reject the STPs and a move to Accountable Care Organisatons. These new models of care will end the NHS as a comprehensive service that provides the full range of care to all who need it, free at the point of need. Readers can find their MPs on the website

Chris Robinson


Jazz at Cubana

It was an amazing evening recently at Cubana (Leopold Square) for the debut of Bazooka Joe, the jazz funk-style combo led by former Simply Red bassist Shaun Ward.

It was an outstanding performance, not just for his bass playing, but for the band, which includes Steve Black (guitar), with super saxophone accompaniment, (soprano, alto, tenor), first- class drumming, and last, but by no means least, the vocals of Aaron Stewart, the former singer from Kansas City who is now resident in Sheffield.

Cubana was filled to capacity for the Thursday evening event and I for one am awaiting more gigs from this brilliant ensemble.

Steven Davis


The chime of a clock

John Douglas, in his letter regarding Big Ben, was sure no one of Abrahamic states would object to loudspeakers proclaiming the adhan.

I have to say that I’m sure I and many others would object. The chime of Big Ben is not a church bell but the chime of a clock, an iconic one at that and nothing to do with religion.

It is a famous tourist attraction and to replace it with said loudspeakers would not demonstrate our commitment to a multicultural society but would be very confusing.

Please leave something of our own culture intact and not be forever trying to integrate it with other cultures.

The French would not contemplate having loudspeakers from the Eiffel Tower, nor would the Italians have them from The Leaning Tower of Pisa. They have respect for their famous attractions and John Douglas should celebrate ours.

Christine Langham


Pub with real history

Syd Bullen, (Star, August 29), asks about the rights of way behind Hillsborough Corner, Bradfield Road, left hand side. Yes Syd, a lot of Hillsborough folk along with myself remember the above. I believe it was under a rights of way act, (1961?) but the right of way and door went years ago.

It’s a cramped little area behind there now Syd as I discovered when I went to photograph the Ball recently.

Mick Drewry, author of the latest and most comprehensive account of the Great Flood, Inundation, and a good read, points out that the Ball dated from at least 1828 and the landlord was Ben Barker.

A pub with real history lost unfortunately.

The Ball was apparently haunted by Flat Capped Jack (well there’s always spirits in pubs), usually behind the bar. He sounded a friendly type, I recollect.

There was a little old lady in Subway recently who hoped he wouldn’t change tenancy into The Shakie.

Ron Clayton