Forging ahead with 60 jobs

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A SHEFFIELD steelworks looks set for council permission next week to press ahead with redevelopment plans that would generate around 60 jobs.

Town Hall officers say the proposed construction of a hydraulic steel forging press at Firth Rixson in Meadowhall Road, near the Tinsley Viaduct, represents a “significant investment”.

As well as the estimated 60 extra jobs, there will be potential additional shifts and knock-on benefits for businesses that supply Firth Rixson, they say.

One member of the public has told the council: “Just what we need - skilled engineering private sector jobs>”

Councillors will be recommended on Monday to grant planning permission for the press, operating 24 hours a day, on a staff car park. The scheme also includes a replacement car park and a pump room to power the machines in the forge.

The council is suggesting “eye catching” signage to light up the building at night. “The site has a prominent location and is highly visible from surrounding roads, the railway and the Supertram route,” says a report.

Talks are also being held about a financial contribution towards a proposed “iconic” piece of public art to replace the landmark Tinsley cooling towers, which were demolished four years ago on the opposite side of the motorway.