With developments proceeding in Meadowhall, The Moor and a number of other out-of-town sites, questions need to be asked as to why after spending Â£40 million of taxpayers' money, numerous jaunts around the world by the leader and deputy leader of the council, councillors Dore and Bramall, the project is still floundering.
Coun Bramall has obviously been taking lessons from the Tories on re-spinning old stories and fails to tell Sheffield people why this project is not progressing.
In truth it has to be down to the lack of enthusiasm by leading retailers, many of whom will be frightened at the thought of Coun Bramall’s decision to make the city council a part of the development team and his lack of vision for the future.
Councils have a sad history of getting into property development and his decision to take this path is a major contributory factor in the stagnation of the scheme.
Other schemes that have been put forward with no risk to the council’s finances have been rejected out of hand, which begs the question to councillor Bramall, why?
Four years and £40m is long enough for Coun Bramall’s failure. It’s time Coun Dore recognised these failures and, if incapable of putting people in place to solve the city’s problems, did the decent thing and handed over to a capable and competent person or persons.
Graves Park, Sheffield