Latest news from the Sheffield Live! teams

New Era Square launched to the public

A multi-million pound investment that developers hope will be the Times Square of Sheffield has been part opened after completion of the first pase of development. New Era Square, in Boston street, consist of a mix of shops, restaurants and student accommodation. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Nether Edge Festival underway

The opening event for Nether Edge Festival 2018 was held at the Common Ground Community Centre with music, dance, face-painting, arts and crafts activities. The festival, into its fourth year and taking place at various venues in Nether Edge, runs until 23 September. Baillor Jalloh reports fo Sheffield Live!

Crookes man builds Shed of the Year

Sheffield firefighter, George Smallwood of Crookes, has won the national Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition for his eco-friendly shed which offers a haven for wildlife. Built over two months the shed features a self-watering roof top garden with beehives, a bug hotel and a hedgehog house. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Regional unemployment continues to fall

Latest unemployment figures reveal that the number of people without a job in Yorkshire fell by 2,000 between May and July 2018 to 118,000. Nationally unemployment has also fallen and stands at 1.36 million. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Job Centre Plus Rotherham partnership manager Nigel Coleman.

Affordable housing in a shipping container on display

A shipping container has been on display in Sheffield city centre, demonstrating to the public what an affordable home of the future might look like. Fitted out with a compact design including a bed, toilet, kitchen and seating area, container homes are offered as a way to reduce homelessness and improve access to low cost housing. Sheffield Live! reporters Azz Mohammed spoke to Stacy Reed, managing director of My Containers.

Councillor urges calm after Sharrow shooting

Nether Edge and Sharrow councillor, Jim Steinke, has urged residents in the area to remain calm after a man was shot in Wostenholm Road in the early hours of Wednesday morning. A 30 year old man has been discharged from hospital after suffering minor gunshot wounds following what police described as a “targeted incident”. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Age Better campaign to combat loneliness

The Age Better in Sheffield campaign, led by South Yorkshire Housing Association, is seeking to reduce isolation and loneliness among over 50s with a toolkit going out initially to 7,000 households in the Firth Park area. The kits are designed to encourage people to connect with one another, especially those who may feel isolated, and include information about activities and facilities as well as advice. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Hannah Thornton of Age Better in Sheffield.

Brown bin collection begins in Sheffield

Refuse collectors in Sheffield have started collecting the new brown recycling bins for glass, cans, tins and plastic bottles. The new brown bins will be collected once every four weeks. Existing blue bins will be used for paper and card. Sheffield Live! reporter Bailor Jalloh spoke to Sheffied City councillor Lewis Dagnall, cabinet member for environment and street scenes.