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MOTORISTS do not need to be told that the roads they drive on in Sheffield are appalling.

But what they probably did not know was just what a parlous state they are in compared with the rest of the country.

New Government figures have assessed the condition of the country’s highways and found that of all the cities, Sheffield has the poorest roads.

And across the whole of England, with eight per cent of our highways ranked as “poor” by the Department for Transport, we are in the fifth-worst place in the country.

Thankfully, then, Sheffield has the wherewithal to address the problem. While most councils will be toiling to keep pace with pothole repairs and looking at their ever-decreasing highways budgets, we are about to embark on the biggest road renovation project in our history.

For the next 25 years, we can expect our roads to be “smooth”, pothole free, and in tip-top condition.

This is down to the foresight of our council in putting together a bid that was so convincing, it secured the money from the Government at the opportune time.

From August we will see the start of £2bn being spent to repair our roads.

And while that investment may not attract business to the city, it is all part of a message that this is a city in which you can do business.

Time to change meter madness

THE newly-issued coins which are changing hands in shops and pubs around the country are proving more difficult for parking meters to deal with.

They cannot accept the coins until a modification is made which will cost Sheffield Council £70,000. You might think the council could do without such expense, but actually it gives the authority an opportunity to tackle a situation which is plainly unfair.

Drivers have had just cause to resent the fact that parking meters do not give change and they are often left paying over the odds because they don’t have the necessary coins.

Now the council can do something about this as the machines are adjusted to accept the new coins.

The argument has been that giving change means the machines hold too much money which is a magnet for thieves. But that is plain nonsense.

The meters have to hold some money and giving the right change means there is a steady flow of coins in and out of the machines.

So let the council ring this change and make sure we can all look after the pennies.

This party nation

AFTER all the fanfare of the Jubilee, you could be forgiven for feeling partied out.

But the feelgood factor is set to continue as we countdown to the Olympics.

There are just 50 days to go to the greatest show on earth and with patriotism at a peak, we can all get behind what should be a fabulous event.

Here’s hoping our athletes stay fit and the Games run like clockwork so that once again we show the world how its done.