This week’s news from the Sheffield City Region

Published 23rd September 2016 at 2:44pm
  • Planning permission has been granted for the second phase of the Great Yorkshire Way linking the M18 and Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Coordinated by Doncaster Council and funded by the SCR Investment Fund, work on this one-mile regeneration route could start towards the end of the year and be completed by late 2017.
  • A public consultation has been launched into the options to prevent further flooding in Sheffield. The City Council is working with the Environment Agency on an ambitious £83m investment programme and has launched the consultation at www.floodprotectionsheffield.com.
  • Factory 2050 hosted the business contest Pitch@Palace on Tour attended by the Duke of York this week. The SCR winners who go forward are Drenched of Doncaster with a water-saving device and Mobile Power of Sheffield with a battery charger for mobile phone users who have no grid electricity.
  • ChargedEV of Chesterfield, the UK’s leading independent installer of EV charging equipment, is to be installation partner for Tusker, the salary-saving car scheme provider.
  • Martek Marine Ltd, the Manvers manufacturer and distributer of marine equipment, has launched a new drone manufacturing division under the brand name Coptrz.
  • The value to the economy generated by eight northern universities including Sheffield is almost double that of the entire Premier League. The N8 Research Partnership says they collectively contribute £6.6bn of GVA annually and generated a total of 119,000 full-time jobs.
  • Barnsley scooped 21 awards in the Yorkshire in Bloom contest thanks to the parks team, volunteers and community groups.
  • The Advanced Manufacturing Park at Rotherham continues to expand with Sheffield-based JF Finnegan winning a £3.5m design and build contract with Harworth Estates to create speculative manufacturing units.
  • The Bolsover Festival of Brass, the UK’s largest brass band festival, launches on Sunday October 2, with over 2,000 musicians taking part at Heritage High School, Clowne. And on October 15 at Shirebrook Academy the Black Dyke Band will be performing as part of a ‘Year of Residency’.
  • A high-profile delegation from Bassetlaw attended a reception at the London residence of US Ambassador Matthew Barzun earlier this month, after unveiling new signage at Retford railway station celebrating the region’s links to the Mayflower Pilgrims. The London gathering was one of a series looking forward to the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower in four years.
  • The Estates Gazette ‘City Talks’ debate was held in our region for the first time this week. A panel including LEP Board members Chris Scholey and Martin McKervey discussed the opportunities presented by HS2, the post-Brexit political landscape, and house building targets.

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