Parking policy needs change

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IT MAY only be a question of 5p and 10p, but that soon adds up to a healthy little profit when it comes to Sheffield Council’s parking meter rip-off.

And the response by the council’s highways officer, John Bann, putting the onus on the motorist, shows an arrogance in attitude that is difficult to swallow.

It is not the motorists’ fault that new coins will not be accepted by the city’s parking meters.

But it is certainly the council’s fault that their machines will not dispense change or have not been updated to accept the new coins.

For Mr Bann to say it is the responsibility of the motorist to ensure they have the right change handily ignores the fact that they could have the right change, but the coins they have do not fit in the council’s meters.

That means the council is overcharging and should adjust its fees accordingly or change its meters now.

Give fair hearing to exam changes

CHANGING the exam system is always fraught with difficulty but that never stops the politicians trying.

Education secretary Michael Gove is the latest to dabble and his new ‘tough’ examination regime to scrap GCSEs is already making waves.

The reforms will create a limit to the proportion of top grades awarded, with more focus on a single end-of-course exam. Sheffield headteachers say questions remain about the plans and how they will work.

And while we accept it is a big change to go to one exam and move away from coursework, we think Mr Gove should be given a chance. After all, each year’s GCSE results are accompanied by claims that they are too easy.

One exam isn’t perfect, but it does show whether a candidate can work under pressure and hit a deadline, two qualities which will always be needed by an employer.

Rubbish demand

STANDING up for their rights is something workers in this region have been doing for decades.

And there is usually a strand in their dispute which most reasonable people can understand and sympathise with.

So we despair at reports of binmen in Doncaster about to go on strike after demanding a 13 per cent wage rise.

Yes, you read that correctly, 13 per cent. When the recession is biting hard and many are finding work difficult to get or keep, this demand is absurd.

They clearly won’t win this dispute and are letting down other workers by making such a daft demand.