News in Brief: ‘Hold academy verdict’

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‘Hold academy verdict’

A PETITION calling for the deferment of any decision over academy status was due to be presented to Fir Vale School governors last night.

Burngreave councillor Ibrar Hussain, who addressed the meeting, is demanding a ‘meaningful and comprehensive consultation’ including a ballot of parents, including those from feeder schools.

Consultation over proposals for the school to become an academy, taking it out of local authority control, closed on Monday.

Opponents say this was too soon and many parents were unaware of the implications.

Park Hill in neon

A NEON sign asking “I Love You Will U Marry Me” will be illuminated on the bridge between blocks at Park Hill today (Thursday) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the flats.

A reference to graffiti at the flats, it is designed to highlight the next stage of redevelopment of the listed buildings by regeneration company Urban Splash.

A BBC Radio 4 documentary aiming to get to the bottom of who wrote the message has been produced by local journalist Frances Brynes and is expected to air later this summer.

A programme of aniversary events is to be held at Park Hill including a performance by the National Youth Theatre from September 1 to 3.

Green fair date

THE Sheffield Green Fair will be held at St Mary’s Community Centre, Bramall Lane, on Saturday, June 25 from 11am to 5pm.

Lined up is music from the Sheffield Samba band and Treebeard, the Boomshanka belly dancers, a beer tent, cafe, eco-fashion show by students from Chesterfield College, children’s nature trail and stalls representing the latest in green technology, healing, arts and crafts and campaign groups. Admission is £2/50p.