Chinatown hopes

CHINESE community leaders in Sheffield are pressing for the idea of a Chinatown in the city to be revived.

Jerry Cheung, leader of the local Chinese Community Centre and owner of the Simply Chinese restaurant chain, said: "Businesses from China which are looking for a European base could base themselves there. It would also help attract Chinese students. It's a big market for the universities and they're fighting for Chinese students.

"It will improve Sheffield's image and develop tourism. It's not just about putting up a gate or creating a small world for the Chinese community. It's about being inclusive. It's a Chinatown for Sheffield people."

The idea of formalising a Chinatown around the London Road area has been in the air for several years.