Children’s fares rise

CHILDREN in South Yorkshire will pay 10p more to ride on buses from April 1.

Child concessionary bus fares in South Yorkshire are going up from 40p to 50p – the first increase in eight years.

South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority says the higher fare is needed to protect services as a result of increasing budget pressure.

It was also agreed that further 10p rises should come into effect in April 2012 and April 2013.

Chairman Coun Mick Jameson said: “Though we never like having to raise fares South Yorkshire, children will still be paying the lowest fares in any of the PTE areas outside London.”

Marriage advice night

ADVICE on how to maintain healthy marriages will be dispensed in Sheffield next week, including how to argue.

Married and engaged couples are being invited to attend “a light-hearted yet thought-provoking evening designed to strengthen marriages and deepen relationships”.

Richard and Katharine Hill will present “Marriage Unlocked” at St Thomas’ Church, Nairn Street, Crookes, on Thursday, February 17, from 7.30pm.

The event is organised by national family charity Care for the Family.

Katharine said: “Life is busy and sometimes our relationship with our spouse gets put on the back burner. Why not take this chance to have a relaxed evening out and invest in your marriage at the same time?”

Science conference

SPEAKERS from the UK, America and New Zealand will attend a pioneering science conference at Sheffield City Hall that will examine ways of increasing food production while providing renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions.

The first Project Sunshine conference, on September 13 and 14, will include Government Chief Scientist Advisor Sir John Beddington and nine representatives of the University of Sheffield.

Games area fears

A PETITION with 58 names expressing concern over plans for a floodlit, multi-use games area in Greenhill Park was handed to the council.

Angela Newman, of Lowedges Close, said: “The site is very close to housing which looks on to the park. Wouldn’t it be better to position the facility close to the existing BMX track?

“The floodlighting is a major concern – it would be intrusive to residents. We also want to know how the new facilities will be monitored. We have problems of vandalism, fighting and drug use in the BMX area.”

Noisy tenant warned

A LOWEDGES man who played music so loudly he was putting his neighbours’ health at risk has been warned he faces eviction if he breaches the terms of his tenancy again. The noise caused by Nicholas McCluskey was captured by council monitoring equipment near his home in Lupton Walk.

A judge at Sheffield County Court made a possession order which will remain suspended provided the tenant does not annoy his neighbours and pays his rent and arrears. He was ordered to pay £150 towards the council’s costs.

Cancer charity aid

SEVEN local businesses have joined forces to support Sheffield children’s cancer charity PACT.

Whirlowbrook Hall and The Maynard at Grindleford, both part of the Fretwell-Downing group, are working with Shoot Lifestyle Photography, Go Glorious Venue Styling, Rachel Edwards Couture Cake Design, Petalis and Bandstation UK to offer a mid-week wedding package. A donation of £100 from every booking will go to charity.