Ballot turnout is impressive

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Have your say

FEW modern day ballots can claim such clear support than the vote over what should happen concerning the management of council houses in Sheffield after the contract with Sheffield Homes expires in a couple of years.

Of the city’s council house tenants who were entitled to take part, a total of 55 per cent voted. And out of that figure an impressive 88 per cent of them cast their vote in unison, stating clearly that they wished to be managed by the city council once more.

No doubt we can look forward to weeks, if not months, of debate over the integrity and impartiality of the ballot, considering the rather one-sided nature of the question put before tenants.

But the people most affected by this have spoken in a clear and loud voice. Now everyone will be looking closely to ensure the council delivers its promises.

City ready to reap its rewards

A NEW report should be enough to encourage even the most hard-nosed observers of Sheffield’s business world, for it ranks the city not only ahead of many of its UK rivals but places it in a rare league across Europe.

Prepared by fDi, a leading provider of foreign direct investment intelligence, the European Cities and Regions of the Future report places Sheffield sixth in terms of its strategy for attracting foreign direct investment and eighth for its overall prospects.

Significantly, this identifies Sheffield as the most promising city in our region and in a prime place to capitalise on inward investment opportunities. These kind of reports are taken very seriously in the important circles where decisions are taken about further expansion.

However, the city needs to pay attention to its poor showing on being ‘business friendly’ and its ‘human resources’. But overall Sheffield shows that it continues to shine and we look forward to the city reaping the rewards.

Brown field first

PLAYING fields and farmland are under threat as the council struggles to meet a target for 35,000 extra homes which Sheffield will need by 2026. And the public will only have themselves to blame if they see unwelcome development in their neighbourhood. For they can have their say on the proposals in a city-wide consultation process which closes on Monday. We encourage anyone who values our green spaces to make their point now. Particularly we agree with campaigners who say the council should look at all its brown field sites before swallowing up areas which have been traditional green areas.