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Icy roads bring upsurge in complaints

Icy conditions have led to a spike in complaints about newly resurfaced pavements which are proving to be especially slippery due to the tarmac used. A Streets Ahead spokesperson told Sheffield Live! “Although a rough surface can sometimes be advantageous during periods of snow and ice, we do have to maintain footways in order to ensure that, at any point in the year, they do not provide a trip hazard and they are compliant with national standards. The surfaces we apply are smoother than the old surfaces but they are standard materials which are used extensively across the country.” Baillor Jalloh reports.

Exhibition challenges infant loss taboo

An exhibition exploring the taboo of silence around stillbirth, miscarriage and sudden infant death syndrome is on display at The Art House Sheffield. Remembering Baby is inspired by academic research and highlights the hidden side of infant loss. It features memory boxes, notes from bereaved parents to their children and artwork illustrating their loss. The exhibition uses visual and audio art to explore how both parents and medical staff experience and encounter death “at the very beginning of life”.

Campaigners dispute £500k cost to save memorial trees

Tree campaigners have dismissed Sheffield Council’s claim that it will cost around half a million pounds to save the war memorial trees on Western Road. A Council report has assessed the financial impact of retaining the Western Road trees and making surrounding road and pavements safe, funds which the Council says would require it to re-prioritise spending on core services such as adult social care. However campaigners say the price is grossly inflated. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Film makers invited to support Sheffield Channel 4 bid

Sheffield Council have commissioned a video showcase to highlight the talent and diversity of the city in a bid to attract the Channel 4 broadcaster and are asking local filmmakers to contribute material. The Department for Culture Media and Sport is reviewing the submissions to a recent consultation on the relocation out of London of part or all the public service channel and Sheffield is among the cities pitching to host it. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to director and producer Phil Cheshire of While Away Productions.

20×20 exhibition highlights emerging artists

Hosted by Access Space, the 20×20 exhibition is into its twelfth year providing a platform to showcase work from beginners to established artists, the only requirement being that each piece must fit a 20 by 20 inch square. Sheffield Live! reporter Nick Coleman spoke to Jake Harris, director of art and innovation for Access Space.

Hotel plan shelved for Central Library

Plans to turn Sheffield’s listed Central Library into a five star hotel have been abandoned on grounds of cost with Sheffield Council now exploring the building’s renovation as a cultural hub. Plans to build a new library elsewhere in the city remain on the table and are expected to require around £20 million investment if they are to proceeed. Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure, said talks about other potential projects remain ongoing with Chinese investment partner, Sichuan Guodong Group. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Women’s quilt remembers victims of domestic violence

A patch-work quilt commemorating the lives of women killed by their partners or ex-partners between 2009 and 2015 has been on display in the Winter Gardens to raise awareness of domestic violence against women. Each patch includes the name of one of the 598 women killed in England and Wales over the six year period. The patches were sown by people from all over the world who heard about the quilt project on Facebook. It was first unveiled outside the Houses of Parliament on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Real Junk Food Project nominated for award

The Real Junk Food Project in Sheffield has been nominated as one of the four finalists for the Social Enterprise of the Year Award as one of the most promising micro-enterprises in the UK. The company, which takes unwanted food from supermarkets and shops and offers it to those in need on the basis of pay-as-you-feel, has grown tenfold in the last twelve months. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to René Meijer, director of the Real Junk Food Project.