Homes plan protest

PLANS for 20 apartments at Chapeltown have run into opposition.

Residents say the two blocks earmarked for overgrown land off Cowley Lane would be too big, intrude on the privacy of neighbours, cause a traffic hazard and would be vulnerable to flooding.

More than 30 letters of objection and a 43-name petition were submitted to the city council and critics are supported by Ecclesfield Parish Council. The Government’s Environment Agency has lodged an objection because of the risk of flooding. City councillors will be advised by their officers on Tuesday to reject the application.

Pickpockets appeal

DETECTIVES investigating pickpocket offences at railway stations in Sheffield and Birmingham have taken the unusual step of releasing the names of two men they want to trace.

British Transport Police want to speak to Andrzej Zimnocha, aged 57, and Zbigniew Dariusz Dudek, aged 49, as well as another man, all believed to have come from Poland, in connection with the thefts. It follows the sentencing of a Polish pickpocket who targeted vulnerable and elderly passengers more than 27 times.

“The men may be living in the Sheffield or Birmingham New Street areas, or may now have moved elsewhere in the country or even gone back to Poland,” said Det Sgt Bill Henry.

Peak anniversary walk

FORMER Blue Peter presenter and local farmer Simon Groom is to join a charity walk on April 16 celebrating the 60th birthday of the Peak District National Park.

The ‘Diamond Dawdle’ is being organised by Friends of the Peak District and starts at Thornbridge Hall, near Ashford-in-the Water, where there will be a choice of two circular routes through the Monsal Trail, 15 miles or 7.5 miles. After the walk there will be celebrations at Thornbridge.

Simon said: “Our farm is situated a few miles south of the Park but the demands of running our farmhouse B&B and looking after Jacob sheep and Hereford cattle, as well as making TV documentaries, means that we rarely get a chance to explore the beautiful countryside on our doorstep.”

Contact Danny Anderson on 266 5822 or danny@friendsofthepeak.org.uk or see www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk

Chatsworth attraction

CHATSWORTH celebrates another landmark next week when it hosts its first winter half-term opening.

The farmyard and adventure playground will be alive with frogs, bugs and beasties from February 19 to 27 as children take part in events on a Frogs and Princesses theme. Activities include arts and crafts. The house and garden reopen for the 2011 season on March 13.

Valentine’s Celebration

SHEFFIELD Cathedral will host a Valentine’s Celebration concert on Sunday at 2pm to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. It will feature Stannington Brass Band, Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir and John Reilly, singer with Sheffield bands Boy on a Dolphin and Acoustic Angels.

The concert was postponed because of bad weather in December. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £6 for children and OAPs. Tickets: call 276 3701 or at the door on the day.

Man, 23, stabbed

A 23-YEAR-OLD man suffered several stab wounds in a knife attack on Somerville Terrace, Upperthorpe, at 10.30pm on Monday. Police, who are appealing for witnesses, said the injuries were not life-threatening and the incident is being treated as “a targeted attack”.