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The Year Everything Changed: Localcheck

The coronavirus pandemic was the only thing in the news in March 2020. I wouldn't like to be in the driving seat right now and I'm not going…

Localcheck Brown Bin Boogie

By October, most Sheffielders found new brown wheelie bins arriving outside their home. Changes are needed because UK household waste recycl…

Localcheck Unlocking The Cabinet

Politicians occasionally worry there's a 'democratic deficit'. The Encyclopædia Britannica definition mentions a lack of democracy, transpar…

Localcheck Do Lunch Together

These days, it seems something new is always rising up, but austerity grinds on regardless. In the recession-hit previous decade, many new i…

Localcheck Turn Your Radio On

I listen to the radio a lot. Back in the day, the BBC controlled the airwaves, with only conservative, middle-of-the-road offerings and hard…

I listen to the radio a lot. Back in the day, the BBC controlled the airwaves, with only conservative, middle-of-the-road offerings and hard

Localcheck Stop Press

In May, Sheffield’s new Lord Mayor, Magid Magid, reportedly visited anti-fracking campaigners at the Preston site, which was blockaded last …

In May, Sheffield’s new Lord Mayor, Magid Magid, reportedly visited anti-fracking campaigners at the Preston site, which was blockaded last 

Localcheck Who's in Charge Here?

Do you like taking orders? Are you happy going to work? Global capitalism dominates our stormy economic world like a fleet of battleships, e…

Do you like taking orders? Are you happy going to work?
Global capitalism dominates our stormy economic world like a fleet of battleships, e

Localcheck Peace in the Park

In spring 2018, people have again started talking about World War Three. Trump, May and Macron started bombing in Syria, without a democrat…

In spring 2018, people have again started talking about World War Three.

Trump, May and Macron started bombing in Syria, without a democrat

Localcheck City Planning Grinds On

Development in Sheffield is slow. It was recently announced that a building on Church Street may become a bar after standing empty for 15 ye…

Development in Sheffield is slow. It was recently announced that a building on Church Street may become a bar after standing empty for 15 ye

Localcheck Renters Rising

The stereotypical landlord is lazy, greedy, bullying and dishonest. Perhaps your landlord – or any landlord – is good. Excellent landlords …

The stereotypical landlord is lazy, greedy, bullying and dishonest.

Perhaps your landlord – or any landlord – is good. Excellent landlords 

Localcheck Vital Signs

Season’s greetings. Hope you have a good Christmas. Sadly many people won’t this year. A recent report from UK Community Foundations, Vital …

Season’s greetings. Hope you have a good Christmas. Sadly many people won’t this year. A recent report from UK Community Foundations, Vital 

Localcheck News from Tinsley

I don’t know whether you’ve ever walked or cycled under Tinsley Viaduct, north of the city, where the motorway passes Meadowhall. I have don…

I don’t know whether you’ve ever walked or cycled under Tinsley Viaduct, north of the city, where the motorway passes Meadowhall. I have don

Localcheck The News: No One Died

Halloween will be a protest night in Sheffield this year, with a zombie march to the law courts. They’re railing against the undead ghost of…

Halloween will be a protest night in Sheffield this year, with a zombie march to the law courts. They’re railing against the undead ghost of

Localcheck Encore for Theatre Delicatessen

For over two years, Sheffield’s Theatre Delicatessen occupied the former Woolworths on The Moor like a radical autonomous zone, a space to d…

For over two years, Sheffield’s Theatre Delicatessen occupied the former Woolworths on The Moor like a radical autonomous zone, a space to d

Localcheck Community or Property?

This summer’s Grenfell Tower fire disaster in London shows the dangers of ‘gentrification’. It means gilding the surfaces, glossing over the…

This summer’s Grenfell Tower fire disaster in London shows the dangers of ‘gentrification’. It means gilding the surfaces, glossing over the

Localcheck Hannah's Here

It’s festival season in Sheffield, with every weekend double-booked full of fun. Events at Access Space and DINA kick off the mighty Hannah …

It’s festival season in Sheffield, with every weekend double-booked full of fun. Events at Access Space and DINA kick off the mighty Hannah 

Localcheck Migrants on The Moor

This summer, Theatre Delicatessen will be leaving The Moor, where it has brought together so many creative people, new partnerships and proj…

This summer, Theatre Delicatessen will be leaving The Moor, where it has brought together so many creative people, new partnerships and proj

Localcheck Last Lap?

In a 2011 legal change, local regulation of 'sexual entertainment venues' (SEVs) was widened to include lap dancing alongside sex shops. A v…

Localcheck Home Rules

A group called ANAL are turning the spotlight on London property owners. They move into the most prestigious empty buildings for free and in…

A group called ANAL are turning the spotlight on London property owners. They move into the most prestigious empty buildings for free and in