Roads project needs support

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THE project to resurface every road in Sheffield is under way with the aim of completion within five years.

Residents in Shiregreen will be the first to experience the undertaking, with work taking place in their zone for the next 15 weeks or so.

And then the roadshow moves on, taking in every district until completion.

This will be no easy operation and we should expect hiccups and problems on the way. But as this newspaper has said, sometimes there is no gain without pain, and the gain will be that we will have some of the best road surfaces in the country, maintained to that standard for the next 15 years.

The state of our roads has been one of the top concerns of residents, with the city having the unenviable tag of the pothole capital of Britain.

Amey, the company that won the £2bn contract, has a lot resting on its shoulders. We expect it to be flexible to the needs of residents and responsible when dealing with complaints and things that might go wrong.

In turn they should expect a degree of understanding from residents and motorists to enable them to carry out a difficult project.

Tough prospects for young people

A SURVEY published today makes grim reading for youngsters intending to leave school after their GCSEs.

The economic recession has hit the youth employment market hardest with many commentators now talking about the lost generation of youngsters unable to find work.

Figures published by by education specialists Ambitious Mindssupport that view, with research showing the employment situation for young people is the worst it has been for 70 years.

South Yorkshire has been hit one of the hardest in the country over the past five years. It is not much better for people post GCSEs up to the age of 24 without decent qualifications.

The findings underline the need for good alternatives to education to be provided for the young who choose to leave full-time education and for every effort to be made to encourage students to stay on in full-time education achieving qualifications that set them up to find jobs.

Firms need help

NEWS that traditional engineering factories like Bifrangi is having to lay off yet more staff does nothing to encourage young people in school either.

We hope every effort will be made by local MPs to help it to win back its contracts.