Arctic Monkeys and Drenge urge Sheffield council to save city’s independent businesses

Drenge also speak out about threatened Devonshire Street area

Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has urged Sheffield County Council to save a number of shops in the city’s creative hub after the council received a request to build a number of new flats, restaurants and cafes.

Helders tweeted a link to a pending request for planning permission in the south Yorkshire city which, if succesful, would see the demolition of a number of properties in the Devonshire Street area of Sheffield and replaced with 10 studio apartments, four one-bed apartments and a number of restaurants and cafes.

Among the properties housed in the Devonshire Street area under threat are second hand music and book shop Rare and Racy plus vintage clothes emporium Syd&Mallory.

You can’t let em knock down these shops! Classic, independent businesses in sheffield.

— Matt Helders (@matthelders) October 10, 2014

Drenge, who come from nearby Castleton, have also spoken out on the subject with a blog on their official website titled ‘Stop Knocking Down Our City’. Penned by frontman Eoin Loveless, the message attacks the “bloodthirsty council” and states that “it’s as if Sheffield’s arts and design heritage is of no interest in the face of more Costas, Greggs and Subways”.

Loveless ends the post by urging anyone interested in helping to save the independent business make a statement on the City Council forum and to alert others who may be interested.