Highways fund concerns

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CHANGES to how highways projects are funded in Sheffield have been attacked by opposition councillors.

Liberal Democrats have highlighted concerns that Sheffield Council’s seven community assemblies are set to lose tens of thousands of pounds of discretionary funding.

The transport funding has previously paid for pedestrian crossings, improved signing, and safety measures, all decided by local councillors.

Coun Andrew Sangar, chairman of the South-West Community Assembly, said: “Community assemblies have been a great tool for engaging with the local community.

“The idea officials sitting in the Town Hall can direct where crossings in Fulwood or Crookes need to be is way off the mark. No doubt funding will be poured into Labour’s favoured areas, while communities elsewhere are ignored.”

Labour says it is making the changes because of Government cuts.