'Why this week feels like a fresh start for Sheffield'

If life is a journey, then it is fair to say we’ve been stuck between stations for quite some time. The buffet car has been closed, and we’re all sick of looking at the same old field.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 7:51 pm
Sheffield Telegraph editor Ellen Beardmore. Picture Scott Merrylees

But this week feels like the beginning of a fresh start.

On Monday, Sheffield children began to chug their way back to school, after months of home schooling that has been so tough on them, their parents, and teachers. You can read our special report about that on pages six and seven.

This week a bid to reopen not one, but three suburban railway stations in Sheffield communities, and create another one, also started to gather pace.

The move aims to cut traffic pollution, make travel to work quicker and bring access to transport closer to where people live.

Hundreds of people have given their views, and you can too, see page 14 for more details.

On Ecclesall Road, a new coffee shop has opened.

The owner of Dysh lost her last venture in the city centre to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

She’s now back on track, already selling out of her menu daily, and you can read more on page 17. And anyone who remembers the long bitter fight over felling Sheffield trees will be pleased to read there is new cash to plant 20,000 new ones in the city (page five)

This is also my first week as Editor of the Sheffield Telegraph. It is a role I am privileged and just plain thrilled to begin.

I hope that by leading the next chapter in this newspaper’s history we can celebrate everything that makes Sheffield such a wonderful city and home. The Telegraph’s team, also including reporter Sam Ward, will shine a light on the news agenda, while championing all that Sheffield can and should be recognised for.

To do that, I’d like to hear from you. What stories are just the ticket, and what would you like to see more of? Email [email protected]