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Sheffield in General
Member Name: wonderwoman
Sheffield in General
Date: 07/07/00, updated on 07/07/00 (12 review reads)
Advantages: Friendly people, gateway to peak district and derbyshire dales
Disadvantages: City centre is not user friendly in parts
I lived in Sheffield for two years and thought it was a fantastic place then and think it still is now. However on a recent visit to the city centre I was quite dismayed to see just how shabby it looks in places. Yes, it had some nice bits but my overall impression was that a lot of it could do to be bulldozed and start again as the road network has quite a complicated system and it must be worse for the shopper with all those subways etc. It didn't seem people friendly at all.
I can't understand why the city councillors gave their permission for the huge out of town shopping and leisure development called Meadowhall (that's if they did) because the lost revenue must be colossal. With all the high street shops, a cinema and huge eating emporium and massive car parking it takes all the hassle out of a shopping trip in town and nestling close by the M1 you can be in or on your way with minimum delay, which leaves poor old Sheffield centre looking sadder and sadder.
Yet it is a city with so much to offer; great people; a good social scene; good universities;theatres, clubs, lovely old buildings, great parks at Meadowhead, Abbeyfield and Dore woods and it is so close to Derbyshire and the Peak District. When we stayed there in April we drove to Baslow. 20 minutes from our hotel and we were in the countryside another 20 and we were watching a helicopter mountain rescue in the most breathtaking countryside.
The council has spent a lot of money bringing the tram back to Sheffield when I think the money could have been better spent re-developing the centre. I was shocked to see the old grimy buildings still standing in Attercliffe (amongst the new-and much has been done there I hasten to add) that were there when I was a student in the 70's.