NEWS IN BRIEF: Marriage of ideas

COUPLES could soon be able to get married at Sheffield register office on Saturday afternoons as well as mornings as part of an upgrade of the service offered at the town hall.

The council is preparing to offer new waiting rooms with separate waiting areas for brides and bridegrooms but the cost will go up from £40 to £110 on Monday to Thursday and £130 on Fridays and Saturdays.

At the same time, the ‘basic’ £40 service – the fee set by central government – will remain.

The authority says it is responding to growing demand for more and better places for civil weddings. Its own feedback indicates that couples want fewer ceremonies taking place at the same time, better decor and partners not being seen until the ceremony.

Details will be discussed next Wednesday by the council’s cabinet.

Archbishops in town

THE Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, are due to attend a youth summit in Sheffield today (Thursday) along with more than 25 bishops and 30 youth leaders.

They will hear the views of 15-to-21-year-olds, discussing how the church can work better with and reach young people.

The event, sponsored by Church Army, is at the Philadelphia campus of St Thomas Church on the edge of the city centre.

£15m water project

WORK is starting on a £15m project to upgrade the Rivelin Water Treatment Works and improve drinking water supplies in Sheffield.

“This latest investment is part of a wider scheme of work aimed at improving our water treatment works and maintaining and replacing thousands of kilometres of water pipes, to help ensure that we continue to provide customers with a fantastic service,” said John Bond, of Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team.

Contractors are Mott MacDonald Bentley, with an expected completion date of April 2012.

Works petition boost

A PETITION to save Portland Works in Randall Street, near Bramall Lane, has gathered more than 400 names in 48 hours.

It is part of a campaign to retain the grade II* listed ‘little mesters’ building as a community venture for small businesses instead of seeing it converted into bedsits.