Indictment of roads network

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THERE can be no more scathing indictment of Sheffield’s roads network than for a man brought up in the city to admit that he cannot give directions from the centre to his own home in Crookes, or that hopelessly-lost strangers hire taxi drivers to lead the way in their cabs while they follow in their car.

But that is the reality we encountered when The Star put to the test the claim that the city is one of the worst in the country to negotiate by car. Even a sat nav gave up on trying to direct our hapless team to their destination.

And the fault lies firmly with council officials and their political masters who, over the years, have conspired to make driving around Sheffield an increasingly unpleasant and impossible task.

When we are trying to cut pollution and make the city visitor friendly, surely the time has come to take a long and hard look at what has gone wrong and put things right.

It can’t be right or sensible to turn a few hundred yards’ journey into a trek covering more than two miles.

Free police to do the job we expect

PEOPLE will sympathise with South Yorkshire Police who face a £43 million cut in their funding over coming years. For it will not be accompanied by any lowering of expectations on the part of the public. But that is because the man in the street has very uncomplicated ideas on what he expects from his local police force.

Warnings are made today that people may have to think twice on whether they need to report offences as the force shrinks in size.

However, people should not be placed in the impossible position of trying to judge whether something which troubles them is important enough to involve the police.

That is the police’s job. And it is their task to deal with people who frivolously summon them to their aid.

But politicians cannot ignore that this is a problem of their making and they have a responsibility to resolve it. And that ought to include a slackening of bureaucratic burdens on police to allow them to respond to the public’s direct needs.

Share to save cash

A NEW wave of co-operation seems to be about to be unleashed on Sheffield as a means of saving money.

An idea currently being investigated is to see whether public organisations, such as council, police, health and education services, can pool their resources and use the savings on front-line services.

This is a good idea which should be embraced eagerly by all concerned. And we are sure readers will look forward to seeing this implemented as soon as it is possible.

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