What price heritage?

The former Village Green at Wadsley, Sheffield
The former Village Green at Wadsley, Sheffield
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My notification of the Civic Trusts meeting on Saturday, June 17 at the Upper Chapel in Norfolk Street, comes ironically too late because of a prior engagement – Wadsley Heritage Day at Wadsley Church.

The meeting involving Civic Trust and Council luminaries is entitled ‘What Price Sheffield’s Heritage’? and is surely self-explanatory.

At a time when Sheffield Heritage’s is as usual being steadily eroded and the pace of this process being seemingly accelerated – I’ve laboured the issue and pointed out umpteen case histories until I am blue in the face – such a debate is vital and crucial.

It’s vital and crucial to the future of the New Sheffield and its reputation, (remember we are now written about in the same context as Geneva and Lisbon), and the wellbeing of its inhabitants.

Later this year we will see the first large-scale Sheffield Heritage Fair for years followed by the launch of the Joined Up Sheffield Heritage Strategy – both responses to a crisis and both widely welcomed.

The issues, attitudes and problems are so deep-seated and the remedies so radical that it’s hard to be overly optimistic but we have to try. So here’s to an objective outcome.

In the meantime I will be recalling the destruction of Wadsley Village whose effects are still with us to this day.

Ron Clayton


Tuition fees biggest carrot

Having studied and gained my degree, like Adam Bradford I am also worried at the outcome of the General Election.

Yes, 72 per cent of the young people got out there to vote, but what for?

In my 70s I learned what the youth at university thought of going to vote and it wasn’t for the country.

There’s the old saying wave a carrot in front of the donkey and it will move mountains.

The biggest carrot was the tuition fee and who was going to be responsible for the £11 billion price tag.

Someone has to pay if the students don’t. Their parents will get higher taxes, everybody will have to pay their share

I worry that we cannot get rid of undesirables from these shores, I worry that open borders will encourage more violence.

I worry that a Labour leadership would throw in the towel to other countries.

I worry that the European union will think the UK is a fatted calf being led to the slaughter so they can live in comfort.

Adam says we need you to represent us and make us strong, stable, secure and prosperous.

Has he really been reading past records of Tony Blair and co?

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Thanks for your work

I am writing to express my sincerest admiration for the emergency services who attended a road traffic accident on Thursday, June 8 on the A614, near Driffield.

At around 10am last Thursday, staff at Dore Primary School in Sheffield received a phone call from a senior member of staff, who was with a party of our staff and children on a school trip to the coast.

The group of children and staff from Dore had been on their way to Filey when the coach was involved in a collision with another vehicle.

Aside from hearing that my own children were involved, as a head teacher, this has to be one of the most shocking phone calls you can receive.

Thankfully, due to the fast response, I was still on the phone when the first emergency services arrived on the scene.

They quickly assessed the situation and ensured that everyone was checked over and taken care of.

Not only this but they even arranged ordered fish and chips and a warm place to wait, until the children could be safely transported home to their waiting families.

Our sincerest thanks from the school and community to all concerned.

Lynnette Glossop

Dore Primary School.

How silly you are

I wonder if the rivalry among football fans is the same in other cities as it is in Sheffield?

I have noticed that the letters page is starting to be taken over with the “my dad is bigger than your dad” Wednesday and United fans of late. Football must be the only sport that can turn 50- and 60-year-old men into 15-year-old schoolboys.

I’m sure that they don’t realise how silly they come across.

Now play nice, boys and girls and UTO.

Ted Fowler

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Will Clegg fall on his sword?

“You live by the sword, you die by the sword”.

Will Clegg now fall on his sword? Particularly on the steps of the main entrance to Sheffield University.

I will be on the front row.

At least he can console himself with his 30 pieces of silver.

Grandad of a student who has just finished a hard-won degree and is now £50,000 in debt.

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Bullying doesn’t win

We were utterly appalled by the behaviour of Nick Clegg’s supporters in Sheffield Hallam during the election.

My wife and I were bombarded on a daily basis by largely negative Liberal Democrat literature, including letters addressed to us personally.

That was arguably a legitimate tactic, although to me it signalled desperation rather than conviction.

What was much worse was that on the day of the election we were pestered with emails, phone calls, and finally a visit from a hapless helper, all, pleading with us to vote LibDem.

We really objected to this degree of harassment, which we considered tantamount to bullying.

It was particularly unacceptable coming from a party that professes to be opposed to excessive state snooping and surveillance. I would question whether this behaviour was even permissible in law.

I have voted LibDem in the past, but after this unpleasant experience, never again.

I am delighted that Nick Clegg got his just deserts from the electorate.

Tony Clark

Park Rise, Sheffield, S17

People don’t forget

Eric Pickles says Theresa May will lead for another five years, she will be lucky to last five months.

Maybe now Nick Clegg is at a loose end he could go back to university in September, then again maybe not as he probably can’t afford the fees.

People don’t forget.

Jayne Grayson

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