Is new motorway service station needed at all?

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At the Sheffield council meeting on Wednesday, October 2, all the Labour councillors voted against a motion that could have saved all 16 libraries threatened with closure.

In particular, all of the East Ecclesfield Labour councillors effectively failed to take the opportunity to support Ecclesfield Library.

A similar situation occurred when they not only voted to close the toilets in Chapeltown, but failed to use £20,000 meant to improve its centre, which could have kept the public toilets open for two years.

They also ignored a 5,000-signature petition against the coal cleaning operation by Recycoal and passed their plans.

Therefore, it is interesting that now our MP Angela Smith and her husband (city councillor Steve Wilson) are speaking out against the proposed motorway service station at junction 35.

It’s just a pity they didn’t come out from behind their parapet when the campaign against Recycoal and their destruction of thousands of trees, wildlife habitat and the potential health issues were all being raised.

The service station being proposed is in ancient woodland, once again destroying trees and the habitat of many wild animals. It is also questionable whether this new service station is needed at all. I only hope that common sense prevails and this development does not take place.

Colin Taylor

East Ecclesfield