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Morrisons to axe 20 bosses in second wave of management cuts

Around 20 bosses at Bradford-based supermarket giants Morrisons are being axed by new chief executive David Potts in a second wave of cuts to the top tiers of management at the under-performing high street chain.

Morrisons to axe around 20 bosses in a second wave of cuts Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Last week Mr Potts announced he was disposing of the services of five directors on the 11-strong management team and now he is making cuts to the next tier down of manangers in a bid to make the business leaner to fight its discount rivals.

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Local shops to sell smartcard travel tickets

Rail, bus and tram passengers in South Yorkshire will be able to buy selected travel tickets from their local shop from today.

Sheffield supertram Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Over 300 stores, where the Payzone sign is displayed, will sell and top up smartcard tickets from this morning. Passengers can currently get a range of 7 Day and 28 Day TravelMaster passes on smartcard – offering unlimited travel on South Yorkshire’s buses, trams and trains.

Smartcards can also be bought or topped up at ticket kiosks at transport Interchanges, and work to introduce online sales, mobile tickets and a pay-as-you–go system is underway.

“Travel tickets are already available through many different means. But together with local public transport companies, we are working to widen this range and to expand the number of places where people can buy tickets from.

“Making smartcards available at Payzone outlets offers convenience and choice. It is just one of the many ways we are providing smarter, more accessible products and services and giving people more public transport options that can be used when and where they want.”

– David Young, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Deputy Interim Director General

For more information visit travelsouthyorkshire.com/smart

Pints of view

Walkers who enjoy soaking up the wonderful views of the Cleveland Way National Trail can now enjoy a beer inspired by the popular route.

Malcolm Hodgson, National Trails Officer Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way & Kyle Boote of the Helmsley Brewing Company Credit: North Yorks Moors National Park Authority

‘Striding the Riding’ is being brewed by Helmsley Brewing Company and will be officially launched at the Guisborough Beer Festival on Saturday 11 April 2015.

The brewery will make a donation from the sale of each cask to contribute to the upkeep and promotion of the Cleveland Way.

Striding the Riding, a 4% pale ale, will initially be available on tap from Helmsley Brewing Company’s bar in Helmsley, but it is hoped that some of the 40 plus pubs along the route of the Cleveland Way will also serve it to their customers. Plans for a bottled version of the beer are also in the pipeline.

It will be promoted as the official beer of the Cleveland Way and its branding will carry the distinctive National Trail acorn symbol. The design for the labels and pump clips will also incorporate the varied scenery found along the Cleveland Way including moorland, coast and dales.

Kyle Boote who set up Helmsley Brewing Company is planning to walk along the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to the beer festival in Guisborough where Striding the Riding will be launched.

Enterprise Zone's green spaces given revamp by Leeds Council

A wide-ranging programme of environmental improvements are currently being undertaken by Leeds City Council in an area designated to drive forward economic growth and job creation in the city.

On hand to plant the last of the plants with the apprentices were Councillor Richard Lewis and Councillor Mark Dobson Credit: Leeds City Council

Since November last year, over 140 standard and semi-mature trees have been planted by the council as part of a continued drive to improve green spaces along the route of the A63 in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone.

This will sit aside further work in the enterprise zone being undertaken over the next 12 months by staff and 18 council apprentices which will include planting wild flowers and 2,000 saplings to create new woodland.

Over 50,000 bulbs will also be planted in October that will bring colour to the enterprise zone next spring.

With development work now underway across all four sites within the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone, including 425,000 sq. ft. of development and employment space currently under construction, these environmental improvements will play an important part in making the area attractive to investors and encouraging more businesses to relocate to the area.

New industrial premises designed for modern manufacturing companies and a £150m recycling and energy recovery facility at Newmarket Lane are already featuring in the enterprise zone while a £7.5 million programme of infrastructure and ground engineering work is also underway at Temple Green, the largest of the four sites within the enterprise zone.

Projects includes a new spine road to open up access to further phases of development and a 1000-space park and ride facility, scheduled to be operational in April 2016.

Work undertaken by the apprentices is part of a tailored training programme by the council’s parks and countryside team that offers young people the opportunity to learn a range of horticultural and environmental skills.

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'Grey to Green' project aims to transform Sheffield

Geoff Poyzer of NM Construction, Cllr Jayne Dunn, Cllr Leigh Bramall and Simon Ogden of Sheffield City Council

The first phase of a project to help regenerate the Riverside Business District and Castlegate area in Sheffield is about to get underway.

The scheme aims to enhance the environment and reduce the barriers between the Riverside Business District and Castlegate with the rest of the city centre and on to Kelham Island and Victoria Quays.

The 'Grey to Green' project will transform 1.3 kilometres of redundant road space, creating new public space with meadows, a sustainable drainage system and rain gardens. There will also be walking and cycling routes.

Shambles Market officially reopens after £1.6m renovation

Shambles Market, one of the few UK markets open seven days a week, has officially reopened following a £1.6 million refurbishment project.

Councillor Sonja Crisp cutting the ribbon to officially open Shambles Market with traders (left) Dave Maginnis and (right) Gordon David

We’re all really happy with our new-look market and are positive it will be a success. The work that has been done will really revitalise the market and we look forward to welcoming more customers to our new-look stalls.

– Paul Anderson, chair of the Market Traders' Association and a Shambles Market stallholder

Government has 'failed to make convincing case' for HS2

The Government has yet to make a convincing case for spending £50 billion on HS2, according to a report out today.

The high speed rail network, linking the North to London, will be one of the most expensive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK. But the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee says the Government has failed to meet its two man objectives. Lord Hollick chairs the committee.

Shambles market reopens after £1.6m renovation

Shambles Market, one of the few UK markets open seven days a week, is reopening following the completion of a £1.6 million refurbishment project.

The market has undergone an extensive redevelopment to deliver improved facilities for traders and a better shopping experience for visitors. There are seven new trading kiosks and a new layout of stalls to make access to all areas of the market easier andmore attractive.

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