I write in response to Coun Magid Magid’s recent letter on the need for further action to develop a better neighbourhood plan for the Broomhill area.
We need in Broomhill and elsewhere strong action to encourage more cycling, walking and use of public transport and libraries, for the benefit of people’s physical and mental health.
Interestingly, there is a contrast between the decline in public transport in the city and what is happening to the city’s library service, in that the transfer and outsourcing of both services has led to huge declines in usage of both.
Some no longer want to visit libraries due to the absence of professional staff, and some no longer use public transport due to the chaos and decline in quality of service since privatisation.
Unfortunately it does seem that the council will continue to sit on its hands and do the absolute bare minimum it can get away with in both cases.
A professional library service and a publicly run, accountable public transport system would not only be better for the public but more cost-effective for the council.
I look forward to the day, if it ever arrives, when we have a council which will commit to both.
Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield