Councillors, Councillors have you gone mad?
Intent on destroying the history we had
Shops which have character will face the chop
The same with old trees, when will this stop?
Over thirty five thousand people say you are wrong
At this rate, you won’t keep your jobs very long!
A visiting friend ruefully shook her head
“Have you been down the Moor, it’s become so dead
There’s giant green mushrooms outside the Town Hall
And ear-splitting skate-boards hitting the wall”
I could be wrong but tell me please
Shouldn’t peace gardens be there for peace?
The folk in the market all look pretty down
Is it because it’s the wrong side of town?
She moved down the Moor to find a seat
Hoping to rest her tired old feet
But yet another nasty shock
She found the benches were made of rock
The streets are littered, and it was hard to park
I said “look on the bright side, we’re getting Primark!
And they’re going to revamp The Moor”
“Sorry” she said “I’ve heard that one before”
She said “let’s go to Leeds it’s not very far”
But this plan was spoilt when she opened “The Star”
“They can’t do this! She cried in horror
Rustlings Road trees could be felled tomorrow”
Those lovely large limes from my happy childhood
Is Sheffield hell-bent on destroying what’s good?
We’ve both heard Sheffield’s praises sung
Because this green city is great for the young
So why strip an asset which draws folk here?
I scratched my head ’cos I’m not too clear
If trees are diseased it may be right
But if they’re not, then we should fight
To save our green city before it’s too late
And the trees are left to their awful fate
Then I had an idea to save the day
“We’ll go to SORT’s Council meeting, they’ll find a way”
But some councillors close both an eye and an ear
When a lengthy petition comes anywhere near
We heard some councillors stifle a yawn
Loud whispers and rustles and a text on the phone
What a foolish arrogant attitude,
Talking over SORT’s speaker was terribly rude
I voted Labour for 40 years
But their antics bring me close to tears
Councillors do you really care?
It’s we the public put you there
To dismiss large petitions is a bad idea
We all vote again in less than a year
And if there’s a moral to this letter
Change is not always for the better
I don’t suppose it could be that
SORT’s main supporters are Lib Democrat?
Sheffield is a lovely city
But some Labour actions are a pity
We appreciate all that Sheffield’s worth
And its friendly folk are the “salt of the earth”
So councillors please don’t fell those trees
We desperately need a tree reprieve!
Ex-Labour Voter, SORT Supporter, Save Our Rustlings Trees
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