Public house has been saved by sheer determination - proof it can be done!
I recently went to a very well attended Friends of the Old Town Hall meeting at the excellent Gardener’s Rest pub at Neepsend, which is a prime example of ‘people power’. This delightful public house has been saved from redevelopment by the sheer determination of the man/woman in the street.
The Old Sheffield Town Hall deserves similar treatment but before wheels are set in motion for a commercial venture, it occurred to me the new site for Sheffield’s Central Library is staring us all in the face. A Grade II listed building on the periphery of the town centre in an area screaming out for a landmark building to be the catalyst for regeneration. I have been led to believe the council have already dismissed this site. I would urge them to think again.
Another candidate for a replacement library would be the Grade II listed Salvation Army Citadel on Pinstone Street which faces having its wonderful interior trashed for yet another unwanted, unnecessary retail unit. I recently visited Liverpool’s Central Library which is breath-taking with its modern atrium and historic Picton Reading Room and wondered why Sheffield doesn’t have something similar? We have two candidates staring us in the face but the powers that be cannot see it - their indifference is mystifying. I would implore them to look at the possibilities of regenerating either for public benefit.