Don’t let HS2 get derailed

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THERE appears to be an abundance of common sense in the approach to the debate about where the Sheffield station for the High Speed Two rail track should be situated.

This newspaper today exclusively reveals that the Secretary of State for Transport Norman Baker has intervened in the debate to set out his preference for the station to be at Meadowhall and not in the city centre.

His reasoning appears sound. And he is candid enough to suggest that if Sheffield is to hold on to the position of being a stopping point for the train then the cheaper and most viable option should be selected to future-proof it against the risk of cuts to the programme by future Governments.

The important thing to remember is that HS2 brings the possibility of more jobs and prosperity. So long as the infrastructure from Meadowhall to the rest of the city region is invested in, then it won’t matter if the stop is not situated in the city centre.

Most improved school in the city

SOMETHING good is happening in the schools of north-east Sheffield.

This week news emerged of a top class inspection report for Hinde House School in Shiregreen - only a few points away from being rated outstanding.

Chaucer at Parson Cross is looking forward to better times, having joined a partnership with Tapton School from across the city, regarded as one of the city’s leading secondaries.

Now Firth Park Community Arts College is looking forward to a new era as an academy, determined to build on its GCSE success this summer which earned it the accolade of the most improved school in the city.

For too long schools in these suburbs have struggled, producing results which have dragged down the rest of the city.

But it seems those days could be over at last, with success breeding success and a competitive urge pushing staff and students onwards and upwards.

Next year’s secondary league tables will make interesting reading - and the pressure is now on for even better exam pass rates in August.

Sackful of trouble

AFTER paying for garden waste sacks, you would expect to be allowed to use them.

Not so, says Veolia which adds it told residents the sacks could only be used in 2012.

If it’s because the sacks are redundant, residents at least deserve to be told this and why. Until then, they should be allowed to use the sacks they pay for.