News in Brief:

Hotel’s fresh start

THE Sheffield Park Hotel at Meadowhead is to get a new lease of life as part of Hilton’s Double Tree brand after being bought for £4m.

Sixty jobs have been saved at the 95-bedroom hotel, which was threatened with closure after previous owners the Pedersen Group went into administration a year ago.

The business has been acquired by hotel operators Longrose Buccleuch, together with private investors Hotbed. Built in 1987 as the Sheffield Moat House, the hotel will carry on trading during a refurbishment.

Longrose Buccleuch director Garin Davies, former general manager of Sheffield’s St Paul’s hotel, said: “We are a very experienced operating group specialising in high quality hotels.”

Corn mill saved

A RESTORATION project for Millhouses Corn Mill, which dates back to nearly 1,000 years, was launched on Tuesday following the announcement of a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund that will save it from collapse.

The scheme for the council-owned building at the corner of Abbeydale Road South and Archer Road is backed by the Friends of Millhouses Park, Carterknowle and Millhouses Action Group and the council.

The launch was attended by the Lord Mayor, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, and restoration work is due to start in the autumn. “There has been huge support from local people and local businesses,” said a Friends’ spokesperson.

Falls care praised

SHEFFIELD Teaching Hospitals provide good standards of care for elderly patients who suffer a fall, especially those with hip fractures, according to an independent report.

Patients received better assessments to prevent further falls and more treatment for osteoporosis than at most other hospitals, said an audit for the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership.

Bernie Baker, aged 73, of Dore, who fell in her kitchen and was treated at the Northern General Hospital, said: “I had a CT scan straight away and the nurse came to put my mind at rest immediately after she got the results. Luckily all I suffered was bruising but nevertheless I underwent many different tests – all done with care and professionalism.”

Traffic petition pledge

COUNCIL highways officers are to investigate after the authority was handed a 1,200-name petition urging action to tackle the volume of traffic and ban lorries in the Mayfield Valley.

Residents say drivers are cutting through country lanes between Fulwood, Ecclesall and Ringinglow – routes also used by walkers, horse riders and joggers. The petition was submitted by Joan Newton, president of Mayfield Women’s Institute.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for environment and transport, was also handed a 120-signature petition for an HGV ban on Abbey Lane, which has been used by lorries since restrictions were introduced on routes through Holmesfield and along Bocking Lane in Greenhill.

Burning regret

A YOUNG boy was spared a court appearance for setting fire to conifers in Burncross when he apologised to the owner and paid for the damage. It was one of the cases referred by Ecclesfield Safer Neighbourhood Team to a community justice panel.

More than 100 people have been referred to the panels since they were set up in 2009 as an alternative to court, bringing together offender and victim to resolve relatively minor incidents of criminal damage, theft and neighbourhood disputes.