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How one council is beating Britain's housing crisis

I n 2015, England’s local authorities built fewer than 3,000 new homes, just a tiny fraction of the estimated 250,000 new homes needed every year to meet demand. But one council has begun building again in volume, in what some see as a model for tackling the housing crisis.

On the ...

2017-03-25 08:55 open_in_new
Sheffield tree protesters to take legal action against police

Fourteen campaigners arrested in a dispute over tree-felling in Sheffield are to take legal action against South Yorkshire police.

The protesters, who include a Green party councillor and university academics, were detained under trade union legislation for preventing council contractors ...

2017-03-22 12:31 open_in_new
Tributes for teenage kickboxing champion who died after title fight

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who collapsed and died during a national kickboxing competition.

Scott Marsden, 14, who won a 50kg gold title at the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) finals in Spain in 2015, needed urgent medical attention during an English title fight in near ...

2017-03-14 16:07 open_in_new
Bishops need to heed the teachings of Christ

The decision of Philip North, bishop of Burnley, not to accept the invitation to be the next bishop of Sheffield is to be welcomed by all who wish to end the embedded discrimination against women in the Church of England. Bishop North, archbishop Sentamu and virtually the whole hierarchy ...

2017-03-10 20:47 open_in_new
Bishop turns down promotion after protests over stance on women

A bishop recently promoted to the diocese of Sheffield has announced he will not take up the post following mounting protests over his opposition to female priests and bishops.

Philip North, the bishop of Burnley, said in a statement on Thursday that it was clear “my leadership would not ...

2017-03-09 21:41 open_in_new
Miners' strike files suggest 'hints of political direction' of police

There are “hints of political direction of the police” in the 1984-85 miners’ strike that need to be examined in the latest release of secret Home Office files, the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner has said.

Dr Alan Billings said he was deeply shocked by some of the ...

2017-03-09 18:23 open_in_new
Charges dropped against nine Sheffield tree protesters

Charges have been dropped against a Green party councillor and eight others who were arrested during protests against tree-felling in Sheffield.

Alison Teal was among four women and three men detained on suspicion of preventing workmen from chopping down a tree in Chippinghouse Road, ...

2017-03-02 21:07 open_in_new
Sheffield’s new bishop is a slap in the face for the women of steel

L ast June, a bronze public sculpture was unveiled in Sheffield city centre to honour those women who kept the munitions factories going during two world wars. Dubbed “women of steel”, over 100 of them turned up for a civic lunch held in their honour. And for National Poetry Day, the BBC ...

2017-03-02 20:01 open_in_new
Call to investigate arrest of protesters in Sheffield tree-felling battle

South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner has been urged to investigate the “repressive” arrests of campaigners in the battle against tree-felling in Sheffield.

The call came after prosecutors dropped charges against two protesters who were arrested while trying to save a ...

2017-02-26 15:29 open_in_new
Opponent of female priests urged to decline bishop of Sheffield post

A senior Church of England theologian has called on the newly appointed bishop of Sheffield to stand aside ahead of his consecration, saying his opposition to female priests will “cause significant pastoral and public damage to the church”.

Martyn Percy, the dean of Christ Church, ...

2017-02-24 11:41 open_in_new
John Ramsden obituary

My father, John Ramsden, who has died aged 89, was a Sheffield-based director of the insurance broker Willis. He was an expert on Sheffield industry and also a keen gardener. He and his wife, Cynthia, became the first holders of the National Gardens Scheme’s exceptional service ...

2017-02-15 15:55 open_in_new
McLaren to create 200 jobs in Sheffield with new £50m plant

McLaren Automotive is to open a £50m manufacturing plant in Sheffield that will create more than 200 jobs.

The McLaren composites technology centre will build carbon-fibre chassis for future McLaren sports cars. Full production will begin at the site by 2020.

The carmaker, whose ...

2017-02-08 22:25 open_in_new
Green party councillor arrested at Sheffield tree protest

A Green party councillor was among seven people arrested after a standoff with police during the latest protest against tree-felling in Sheffield.

Alison Teal and six others were detained on suspicion of preventing workmen from chopping down a tree in Chippinghouse Road, Nether Edge, at ...

2017-02-06 16:27 open_in_new
Former Sheffield council worker jailed for sexual assault

A council has apologised after a man was jailed for sexually assaulting a number of victims while working for the authority more than 20 years ago.

Roger Dodds, 81, was jailed for 16 years at Sheffield crown court on Friday after admitting indecently assaulting five people in the city ...

2017-02-03 20:07 open_in_new
Colin George obituary

When Colin George announced in 1967 that the new theatre planned for Sheffield would have a thrust stage with the audience on three sides, one city councillor said he was not “going to pay to see Hamlet’s backside” and Sir Bernard Miles, then running the Mermaid in London, but with a ...

2017-02-02 05:35 open_in_new
Opponent of women's ordination appointed as bishop of Sheffield

The Church of England has appointed as the new bishop of Sheffield a clergyman who opposes the ordination of women.

Philip North, from the traditionalist Anglo-Catholic wing of the C of E, is being promoted from his position as bishop of Burnley, where he has championed people who are ...

2017-01-31 16:03 open_in_new
Case against Sheffield tree protesters is dropped

Two pensioners who were arrested after a standoff with police over the controversial chopping down of trees in Sheffield have said they feel “relief, grief and anger” after prosecutors dropped the case against them.

Jenny Hockey, a 70-year-old retired university professor, and Freda ...

2017-01-26 13:31 open_in_new
Message to the council tree fellers: even famous people need to breathe

I n 1985, Neil Kinnock made his most famous speech, attacking “the grotesque chaos of a Labour council – a Labour council – hiring taxis to scuttle round a city handing out redundancy notices to its own workers”.

He was talking about Liverpool but last Friday I visited Sheffield ...

2017-01-23 20:25 open_in_new
60mph speed limit for M1 under consideration to combat air pollution

A proposal to impose Britain’s first pollution-linked speed limits in order to help ease smog over Sheffield is being considered by Highways England.

A 60mph speed limit at rush-hour when vehicle numbers are highest where the M1 runs close to schools and homes in the city could help ...

2017-01-22 15:27 open_in_new
The day I met Picasso at Sheffield railway station

I t was more than 65 years ago that I met Pablo Picasso off the train at Sheffield railway station, and it’s funny the details that stay in your mind when others fade away.

The clearest thing I remember from that day is walking there – just three of us in this welcoming party – and ...

2017-01-22 08:49 open_in_new
Woman died after paramedic told her to take paracetamol for chest pains

An ambulance service has apologised for the death of a woman after a paramedic told her to take paracetamol for chest pains.

Carol Wilson’s husband, Peter, called 111 on New Year’s Day in 2015 after she had been suffering from chest pains for a few days, as well as severe throat and ...

2017-01-21 05:01 open_in_new