Fire at former Hallam Towers hotel started deliberately

Hallam Towers hotel this morning
Hallam Towers hotel this morning

Four fire engines put out a fire on the seventh floor of the derelict Hallam Towers hotel at around 6pm last night.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue says the fire was started deliberately.

In October it was reported that the building would be knocked down to make way for  apartments and serviced building plots.


Rivelin Valley Conservation Group scoops environment award

Rivelin valley : the local conservation group has won an award
Rivelin valley : the local conservation group has won an award

Rivelin Valley Conservation Group collected top prize at the Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards this week.

The organisation is now twenty years old and continues to encourage the effective management of wildlife habitats and to reverse the decline of the nature trail.

Volunteers from a membership of 500 meet once a month for regular walks, talks from both enthusiasts and experts and also to improve the Rivelin valley environment.

Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards: meet our winners

Rivelin Valley Conservation Group

Tapton academy deal could be signed by Monday

The front page of today's Sheffield Telegraph
School closer to academy move: the front page of today's Sheffield Telegraph

A funding deal to transform the status of a Crosspool school into an academy could be signed as early as Monday.

Today’s Sheffield Telegraph covers the story on its front page.

A meeting for parents only took place on Tuesday at the school. Concerns have been raised by parents, councillors and education officers over the consultation process.

Teachers at Tapton are against the move, fearing that becoming an academy will not raise educational standards.

Governors feel such a move would be in the school’s best interest, allowing them to balance the books by negotiating better value services.

Sheffield Telegraph: School closer to academy move

Mobile library service to be cut in Crosspool

Crosspool mobile library: the service is to be cut
Crosspool mobile library: the service is to be cut

In a bid to save £1.4 million from the budget, Sheffield City Council is to drastically cut back its mobile library service.

Currently the mobile library makes weekly visits in Crosspool to Benty Lane and Watt Lane (twice), plus monthly visits to Moorbank Road Flats and Tapton Hill Road.

Under the new proposals, the Crosspool service will be reduced to a single weekly visit to Watt Lane and a monthly visit to Moorbank Road Flats.

You can have your say on the cuts as part of a consultation exercise.

Sheffield Telegraph: Library van hit by cuts

Proposed reduced timetable

Crosspool restaurants to merge

Artisan restaurant, Crosspool: now on both floors
Artisan restaurant, Crosspool: now on both floors

Richard Smith’s Catch seafood cafe at Crosspool is closing as a separate venture and merging with Artisan downstairs. The same menu will be running on both floors, with fish a specialty.

The Sheffield Telegraph reports that Artisan was turning people away at busy times.

Crosspool: the best of both worlds

Close enough to the city centre but with easy access to the countryside – that’s how the Sheffield Telegraph has described Crosspool, Fulwood, Ranmoor and Lodge Moor in it’s latest area focus advertising feature.

Artisan and Catch restaurants, Bamforth’s fruit and vegetable shop and Craft Angels are all included in the piece, which appears highlights only the businesses that have bought an advert on the same page of the newspaper.

Sheffield Telegraph’s S10 area focus

Artisan restaurant launches new Sunday lunch menu

Crosspool restaurant Artisan is launching a new Sunday lunch time menu from today.

“We want people to ask for more bread, potatoes, vegetables, yorkies and gravy, just like at home,” says chef patron Richard Smith in this week’s Sheffield Telegraph.

For £22.50 you get three courses plus bread, coffee and chocolates. A la carte is also available.

New Artisan Sunday lunch menu

Artisan restaurant, Crosspool
There's a new lunch menu at Artisan restaurant, Crosspool

Support for new traffic lights on Sandygate Road

This week’s Sheffield Telegraph states that councillors are due to consider a report regarding a possible new set of traffic lights on Sandygate Road:

Traffic lights plea

A report is due to presented soon to councillors after a 26-name petition was submitted to the council asking for traffic lights at the junction of Sandygate Road, Coldwell Lane and Carsick Hill Road at Sandygate.

The small news item can be found on page 15 of the Thursday 9 September edition.