This is a very real bombshell for Sheffield, even though, for many years, well before COVID-19 I did think how are John Lewis able to keep this store open. For when I did go in there were virtually no customers. But it did appear to survive, but that survival is no more.
With John Lewis going, on top of Debenhams, even though I did not care for Debenhams, but many more people did, I can’t see what is left in Sheffield City Centre, except Marks and Spencer. However, one substantial store does not make a successful city centre. This does not say that there are not many smaller shops within the City Centre, but a few big named stores are essential to pull in visitors. A few years the City Council said that Primark was a lead store in The Moor development, but while many do like Primark, this store is nowhere to be placed in the league of John Lewis, let alone Marks and Spencer.
A very sad day for all the Partners in John Lewis and my thoughts are with you all, but where does it lead for the finances through Business Rates for Sheffield City Council?
Without any further delay the current Tory Government needs to repay all that was withdrawn from the Government Grants to Sheffield due to 10 years of Austerity Cuts, let alone the additional costs related to COVID-19, which the Government promised to cover. It has covered some of the costs, but not all.
Sheffield is not alone in this financial disaster, but Sheffield is my home and therefore the one Council I feel most about.
Source: John Lewis set to permanently close Sheffield store in huge blow for city centre | The Star
Police in South Yorkshire are carrying out random patrols on buses to ensure those who are not exempt are wearing masks or other face coverings.
Source: Sheffield police carry out random bus patrols to ensure passengers are wearing masks | The Star
One in seven patients in Sheffield feel their mental health problems are going unrecognised by their GP, new figures suggest.
Source: One in seven Sheffield patients’ mental health problems “unrecognised by GP” | The Star
Councillors are poised to approve a proposed deal that would keep John Lewis in Sheffield – and pay for a refurbishment of the department store.
Source: New deal revealed to keep John Lewis in Sheffield, refurbish store and save ‘significant number of jobs’ | The Star
There are fears over the future of the Fly DSA Arena in Sheffield and the City Hall – with staff warned the venues may not reopen immediately after the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Warning as Sheffield City Hall and FlyDSA Arena ‘may not reopen’ after lockdown | The Star
Representatives of the Sheffield Care Association were last week hopeful that dialogue started with the Town Hall would be the beginning of a process that would address years of underfunding; cut needless red tape and allow them to receive their promised share of the £1.6bn funding package provided centrally to tackle the Covid 19 crisis.
Source: Sheffield city Council’s “underhand” tactics add insult to injury for city’s beleaguered care sector | Care Industry News
City’s statistics look bad, but there are reasons why people should not be unduly worried
Source: ‘Misleading and alarming’: behind Sheffield’s coronavirus figures | UK news | The Guardian
Waste bins that say they’re full, grit bins which tell you they’re empty, drains which ask to be cleaned and trees which demand water.
It sounds futuristic, but the technology is available, and it’s coming to Sheffield.
By spring, the city’s highways contractor, Amey, will have created a digitised public highway network for Sheffield, with thousands of individual wireless sensors communicating via smart sensors.
Source: City’s highway network gets UK’s latest smart tech overhaul | Sheffield Newsroom | Sheffield City Council
Many British people are ignorant about how racism works. Yet when black people try to explain, our experience is denied, says Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch
Source: The ‘playing the race card’ accusation is just a way to silence us | Afua Hirsch | Opinion | The Guardian