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Who is responsible for the stone structure at the end of the gennel between Edenhall Road and City Road? It is now used by yobs as a toilet. I passed it on Saturday lunch time and one of them was using it as a urinal (just the right shape for this). So which bright spark is it who did this and are they going to put a stop to urinating in public on a main road? But I guess nothing will be done.

Who is responsible for the stone structure at the end of the gennel between Edenhall Road and City Road? It is now used by yobs as a toilet. I passed it on Saturday lunch time and one of them was using it as a urinal (just the right shape for this). So which bright spark is it who did this and are they going to put a stop to urinating in public on a main road? But I guess nothing will be done.

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Academy ballot is not enough

Following the article on Academies on June 30, I am writing to clarify my views and my position on the consultation process that schools should undertake if they are considering a change of status.

To confirm, I do believe that there should be a parental ballot.

But I am concerned that, in these difficult financial times, thousands of pounds are spent on employing an outside organisation to conduct such a ballot.

I would suggest that there are other ways to ensure schools conduct a parental vote on the issue.

But more importantly I believe that a ballot is not sufficient consultation.

It should be just one part of a wider consultation process; and that the school should ensure that all interested parties are involved.

It’s vital that, if considering changing the status of the school and before making that decision, that the governing body should:

Consult with parents, prospective parents, the local community and their feeder primary schools on the plans;

Ensure that all interested parties are given the opportunity to hear the arguments for and against the proposed change, by debating and asking questions on the issues in an open forum, and;

Hold a parental vote on changing the status of the school.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Sheffield City Council