Sheffield motorists’ forum axed by budget cuts

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A forum for motorists’ views has been abolished by Sheffield Council due to budget cuts in a move which has been labelled a ‘cop-out’.

Sheffield Motorists Forum used to meet four times a year to discuss motoring issues and relay concerns to the council.

It was rolled into general transport group Sheffield On The Move after it was revealed the authority did not have the budget to continue it.

Former member Robert Prior said: “It’s a bit of a cop-out really. It was only four times a year for a couple of hours yet the council has abandoned the Motorists Forum.

“The logical conclusion is it would rather make a political point by closing it down.”

But the council stressed it consults with motorists when undertaking new schemes and will still talk to members by email.

John Bann, head of transport at the council, said: “We are committed to making sure our motorists have a voice in Sheffield which is why we set up the forum in the first place.

“Unfortunately, due to continuing cuts to our budget, we have to find ways to make reductions that have the least impact on our services.

“Merging the Motorists Forum with Sheffield On The Move means both groups still have the opportunity to be heard.

“We want to continue to enable motorists to give us their feedback. Their views are important to us and help us to make plans when we are developing new schemes, so we urge people to continue to tell us what they think.”