A Sheffield taxi drivers association have welcomed the engagement of police and local authorities to address issues affecting the trade. Hundreds gathered at the annual general meeting of Sheffield Eagle Taxi Association to hear from Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police chief Stuart Walne and members of the Sheffield Council’s licensing committee. Issues discussed included driver safety, private hire regulation and clean air zone plans. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Dozens staged a protest on Monday outside the Home Office South Yorkshire immigration centre at Vulcan House over the deportation of Zimbabwean asylum seekers. Protestors claim that representatives of the Zimbabwean government were invited to be involved in questioning asylum seekers in the UK as part of a plan to return 2500 failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe. A Home Office spokesperson said: “Routine re-documentation interviews take place regularly at Home Office sites across the UK”. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Completion of the first phase of a £20m student accommodation scheme in Sheffield’s St. Vincent’s Quarter has been announced by developer Future Generation. The topping off ceremony follows years of planning for the Hollis Croft site with accommodation for 350 students and a roof top common room. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Andrew Sutton, chair of Future Generation.
The Crucible Theatre hosted a gathering of human rights campaigners to mark 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Speakers at the event, which was organised by local human rights activists, included Lord Alf Dubs who spoke about the rights of child refugees and his own experience of coming to the UK from Czechoslovakia as part of the Kindertransport rescue effort before the Second World War. The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948 and is the cornerstone of modern human rights. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
As part of a community consultation S1 Artspace hosted a weekend exhibition at its gallery in Park Hill with development plans for the site due to be submitted for planning approval later this month. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Rotherham Councillor Emma Hodinott, cabinet member for community safety, told Sheffield Live! she found deeply upsetting the local authority’s involvement in offering a convicted rapist parental access to the victim’s child. Rape victim Sammy Woodhouse, who waived her anonymity to speak out on the issue, said she was “extremely distressed” when she found out Arshid Hussain, who groomed, raped and impregnated her when she was a teenager, was offered a chance to be involved in her son’s future. The authority was criticised for their approach but say they acted within the law. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A Grade II listed building in Hillsborough Park is to be brought back into public use as a dementia friendly community centre and cafe, following confirmation of Heritage Lottery funding. The abandoned old coach house situated behind the Hillsborough Library was last used as a munitions store during the Second World War. The conversion proposal led by Age UK has been approved by Sheffield Council with the building set to re-open in 2020. Sheffield Live ! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Steve Chu, chief executive for Age UK.
Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park has been announced as the winning entry in the Landscape Architecture of the Year category at the 2018 AJ Architecture Awards held at The Roundhouse, London. It beat off competition from projects including Sky TV’s Campus, the City of Glasgow College’s Landscape and Public Realm and the Canal Corridor at Kings Cross. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Olympic Legacy Park project director David Hobson.
Former IBF welterweight title holder, Kell Brook, is to take on Australian Michael Zerafa at the Sheffield Arena in what Brook says could be his last fight in the city. The 32 year old Sheffield boxer, once ranked as the worlds best active welterweight, is looking to return to elite competition and will be seeking a quick win. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohamed spoke to Brook’s visiting opponent, Michael Zerafa, as he prepared for the Saturday bout.
Campaigners have handed a petition to Sheffield Council to end the use of the Earl Marshall Guest House in Burngreave to house the children of migrants and refugees. The guest house is routinely used to accommodate single homeless men and concerns have been expressed at the safety of co-housing vulnerable mothers and children. Campaigners claim previous assurances by the council the practice will stop have not been implemented. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!