Put an end to street clutter

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REMOVING clutter from the streets of Sheffield is something which has been crying out to be done for some time.

So we are delighted to see Sheffield Council pledge to make efforts to reduce the number of signs and posts standing in the way of pedestrians.

There is nothing more likely to put a shopper off than having to navigate an obstacle course created by needless signs.

Tackling this as part of the Streets Ahead initiative is a good idea.

If unnecessary signs are removed at the same time as pavements and roads are resurfaced, not only will an area look neater, it will also appear far more welcoming.

Such action will also help make navigating pavements easier for those who are blind or have dementia as numerous street signs and other street furniture can cause confusion.

So let us hope the council can deliver and make the lives of Sheffield people just that little bit easier.

Sir Irvine a good servant to city

SIR Irvine Patnick should be remembered as a man who served this city well.

The 83-year-old died after battling illness for some time and leading figures have rightly paid tribute to him.

Whether Conservatives or Labour, those who knew Sir Irvine all say he worked hard for Sheffield.

Sir Irvine was both a city and county councillor, and it cannot have been easy being in opposition, but he never gave up and retained his enthusiasm.

As MP, he represented Abbeydale between 1987 and 1997 and showed devotion to the city which came to the fore as he acted as a conduit between the Labour council and Conservative ministers.

As his friends say, Sir Irvine always did his best for Sheffield and worked tremendously hard for the city.

We remember him in this way and extend our sympathies to his family.

Timely reminder

IT is always worth repeating the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

This odourless, colourless and tasteless gas can be emitted from any faulty, wrongly assembled or misused heating or cooking appliance. It can be lethal.

So an awareness campaign to coincide with a storyline on Coronation Street is timely. In the drama, a character falls into a coma after inhaling fumes and the latest campaign aims to improve safety warnings on barbecues. If this stops another death, the campaign will have been a success.