Save Portland Works!

The industry of Sheffield has suffered a lot in recent times, and the potential fate of Portland Works – which was the first place in the world to create stainless steel cutlery – epitomises this.
There is a planning application in place to turn this battalion of Sheffield’s metal industry into flats, and the council meeting in late March/early April to discuss this.
Turning the Grade II* listed building into residences would mean the loss of a number of profitable and innovative local businesses that currently use the building for industrial and creative enterprise.
Over 600 signatures were gathered within 72 hours, and more are continuing to flood in all the time. To add your own to this valuable cause head to their petition or alternatively you can write a letter to Les Sturch, the Director of Development Services at Sheffield City Council.
'It would be such a shame to lose this vital and vibrant part of Sheffield's industrial heritage' said marketing campaigner Kiera Chapman.  'Especially when there's a viable alternative that would place the building in the hands of the community'.  
The Committee are planning to purchase and renovate the Works by launching a community share issue, with the aim of raising further funds to provide quality workshops, educational displays, and community space.   
They're already organising their first Open Day on March 6th  which should consist of a great fun afternoon out watching local craftsmen. See here for more.

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