VIDEO: Sheffield needs more stores and free parking

More stores, free parking and better nightlife are all on Sheffield residents’ shopping list for a better city centre.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Ellen Beardmore’s video report of shoppers saying what they want more of in Sheffield city centre.

Sheffield city centre views of The Moor and the new market areas

Sheffield city centre views of The Moor and the new market areas

Shoppers gave their views on what they think is most vital to help the area thrive in the future after Sheffield Council revealed its latest masterplan.

The plan’s focal point is for a ‘21st century high street’ with a new retail quarter boasting top fashion names and support for independent start-ups.

New markets are opening on The Moor in November alongside transformed shops, and in coming years the street could become an 18-hour-a-day destination with eateries and a cinema.

Retail worker Claire Wynne, aged 33, of Nether Edge, said she would like to see a Selfridges or similar department store in Sheffield so it could compete with cities like Manchester and Leeds.

She said: “I would like to see something like a Selfridges, a nice big department store, with lots of different shops inside it.”

Postman Kevin Mahon, 39, of Upperthorpe, added: “I think a mixture of everything, possibly more shops.

“I think the Sevenstone retail quarter could really do with getting up and running.

“Generally the council need to do a lot more than sitting around tables talking.”

Sheila Smith, 65, of South End Road, said: “The city centre needs to have less traffic – there’s more of that than anything else!

“There can always be more restaurants and shops to improve things.”

Star readers on Facebook said free parking was key to getting more people to visit.

Maria Ibbotson said: “If they really are trying to get people into the city then why charge until 8pm for parking and to park on Sundays? People will go to Meadowhall where it is free.”

Jay Wayne added: “A better night life is needed. Sheffield is now way behind other big cities.”

On Twitter, Laura Brown said the masterplan was ‘great news’.

She added: “I love Sheffield but the city centre definitely needs sprucing up to keep up with other cities.”

Developing three business districts, extending the tram to serve the new shopping quarter, and helping up to 10,000 extra people live in the city centre are also included in the 10-year vision for improvement.

And Sheffield’s hilly setting would be embraced with a chain of hilltop parks and green spaces around the city centre.

Residents can comment on the masterplan at a display in the Winter Garden tomorrow and Saturday, from 10am to 5pm each day.