Telegraph View: Mixing ambition and heritage

Nancy Fielder
Nancy Fielder

Give us World Heritage status.

I’ve lived in areas with such a prestigious title yet somehow had never thought of it for Sheffield.

The criteria are long-winded but in summary a site must be of outstanding universal value. Well Sheffield is centre of the universe isn’t it?

My first reaction is it seems a little ambitious but then why on earth not?

You don’t get anything if you don’t try and many of us think Sheffield should continue to grow in ambition and attitude.

The criteria are long-winded but in summary a site must be of outstanding universal value.

Well Sheffield is centre of the universe, isn’t it?

There’s an interesting quote in this week’s Sheffield Voices from Paul Iseard.

He says: “I have run The Famous Sheffield Shop for 17 years and one thing I’ve learned is visitors are more enthusiastic about the city than we are.”

If that is true, we are fools to ourselves. I would argue that we certainly hide our enthusiasm, maybe that adds up to the same thing.

This week we are celebrating very welcome news about funding for arts and culture in the city.

We often have a real talent for combining that with the wondrous weight of our industrial past.

With a new leader at the helm of our industrial museums and a boost to our arty coffers, we certainly should be driving on with ambitious plans.

Surely that deserves enthusiasm?

However, if you are looking at what us cynical Sheffielders may dismiss as another equally bonkers idea, how about digging tunnels under the M1 to ease congestion?

You’ll read about that on our business page but the question we should really be asking is why do we find such ideas ludicrous?

This week we also have Richard Caborn questioning how best we help this city move forward.

One thing is for sure, looking back is not the way.

Well, unless you are digging into our history to prove why we should be an internationally famous World Heritage Site.