THE FUNERAL of a campaigner who died while out cycling with his club is set to take place today.
Keith Hayman, 60, was chairman of the Residents Against Station Closure group, which battled plans by East Midlands Trains to install ticket barriers at Sheffield railway station.
He was also a retired urban planner and a keen artist, who had a studio in Heeley, Sheffield.
Mr Hayman, who leaves a wife, Janet, and two children, came to Sheffield in 1983 to join the city council’s economic regeneration team which was responsible for the creation of the Cultural Industries Quarter.
Graham Wroe, from the Residents Against Station Closure group, said yesterday: “Keith felt that the attempt by the Department for Transport to shut down a pedestrian route, which had been built with public money and worked very well, had to be resisted.
“The department repeatedly tried to trivialise the campaign, arguing that it was about a few locals too lazy to walk around.
“In reality it is to do with privatisation of public space, something Keith was determined to fight.
“He was clear-sighted and focused in leadership of the campaign, while always encouraging and enabling other others to take a lead too.
“Keith was great fun to be with and thoroughly enjoyed the many events and activities held over the years to spotlight the threat to access through the station.
“Among his favourites were the Asbo we awarded to East Midlands Trains and the Santa dash when he made a great Santa, complete with reindeer.
“Sheffield station continues to be open to the public more than five years since the Department for Transport determined it should be closed.”
Mr Hayman’s funeral is due to be held this morning at Hutcliffe Wood crematorium in Sheffield.
Donations can be made to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, in memory of his mother.