20mph speed limit pioneer

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I was pleased to read your coverage of the 20mph speed limit on July 20, and the photograph of a 20mph sign.

Your readers may be interested to know that the first 20mph speed limit was introduced in areas of Sharrow and Nether Edge during the early 1990’s.

There had been a number of road accidents involving children at the time and local residents were rightly very concerned about this.

The credit for the introduction of this first speed limit must go to Labour Councillor for Sharrow at the time, Cath Whitty.

She worked tirelessly with the local community on road safety issues.

Cath also worked with local children to design the original road signs and I attach a photograph of one of them on Steade Road, pictured right.

I believe the Labour Council was one of the first in the country to introduce such a scheme.

Unfortunately Cath died earlier this year, but I know she would have been delighted to know that this new scheme is being proposed for the city centre.

Jean Cromar

Grange Crescent Road, Sheffield, S11

The 20mph speed limit

Was it such a good thing for Sheffield Council to bring up to standard our streets?

Since then all drivers totally ignore the 20mph road signs, some in and around the Stocksbridge schools.

Roaring up and down the roads at speeds far in excess of 20mph, usually around the 50/60mph speeds.

And to ask the city council to send traffic wardens out here to Stocksbridge is like getting blood out of a stone.

Pete Godfrey

S26

Look for a better job

Here we go again the women presenters want more.

When the presenters were offered their contract for their post, their salary was negotiated by them or their agent and accepted.

They no doubt rubbed their hands at the large sum plus no doubt the perks that accompanied the deal.

They now know that their negotiations could have been better and they should have asked for more.

This could have posed the threat that asking for more may have meant that the post could have gone to someone else.

If they feel so incensed about the position I suggest that they hand in their notice and look for a better job?

I would however agree that the sums paid to some “Tv stars” is far too much and I blame whoever it was that sanctioned these wages, not the individuals which it seems are for part time jobs.

HGJ

Welbeck Drive, Aston, S26

Book was a joy to read

Kate Adie was a very good TV reporter from troubled areas.

I have just read a very good book by Kate called Fighting on the home front. It is about the legacy of women in World War One. It is an eye-opener, well written and well-researched. A joy to read!

Kate Adie takes on risk and danger. She is driven to do so.

I will make a gesture in her direction by walking under ladders in future.

Max Nottingham

Lincoln

Sheffield will look barren

When we moved from Kent to Sheffield in 1965, I was heartened to find the city was trying hard to prove it was one of the greenest places in the country - literally.

The clean-air act was in force and trees were lauded as the saviours of the city.

Is there one person to blame for this about-turn?

Are they responsible for the wholesale, wanton destruction of the former saviours of the city?

Are those who support the wicked ruling aware that trees provide oxygen, trees absorb huge quantities of pollution and trees soak up some 200 gallons of water whenever it rains?

6,000 trees destroyed will leave 1.2 million gallons of rain to flood vulnerable areas. 6,000 trees will produce a massive log pile - timber that must be worth thousands!

Who will receive that windfall?

This fact alone warrants an urgent inquiry, surely.

I am bedridden or I would be tied to a tree somewhere in the thick of the protest.

Honestly, I could weep for the loss of many hundreds of years of growth and habitat for wildlife and sheer beauty.

The instigators of this ruling should be so ashamed of themselves. Sheffield will look barren and war-torn if we lose our trees.

June Hibberd-Cooke

Sheffield

The EU is devastated

The EU is devastated that the UK is leaving because the UK has always paid the lion’s share into the EU pot.

The Prime Minister has asked other political parties for ideas on the Brexit. Why not ask the ordinary people of Britain for their opinions? Like doing away with European Justice, bring in ID cards, deport all illegal immigrants, free trade with USA, Japan, China, Australia, and listen to the Australian President on how to keep our borders tightly shut.

J Bull

S5

Nothing has changed

I trust the city centre cycle event went well last Sunday, but was it really necessary to close the parking spaces on Surrey Street on SATURDAY?

Many small retail outlets trade on that street and the city centre footfall already suffers from the multiples on the outskirts.

I only wanted a space for my car for 10 minutes so as to book seats at the Crucible for a future show, but, like others, I suppose our parking fines helped the city’s finances.

Ever since the last war ended in 1945, the city council has been anti-car.

Nothing has changed.

Robert Jackson

S17

Those were the days

My father, in the 30s worked for an ice cream company, (Wall’s). He rode a tricycle and it said on it “Stop me and buy one”.

The fruitie lollies were a halfpenny each.

He was always dressed in a blue and white smock coat, very smart.

This was on Commonside, Walkley.

Those were the days.

Good memories.

AH

S17

Mid-summer jollies

It must be mid-summer again as half of South Yorksnire police head for Cos at the taxpayers expence.

John Vintin

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