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A BUSY street where parking space is at a premium would seem ripe for a permit scheme.

They work well if residents want them and the council administers them sensibly.

But it’s not always straightforward. Take Everton Road in Hunters Bar, Sheffield, where residents are complaining because they have been refused extra permits.

Their reasons for wanting more are not greed, but necessity. Good cases for extra permits include a piano teacher who has 24 students a week and a 92-year-old woman who needs permits for her carers.

But no more have been forthcoming.

This is an anomaly the council is now looking into and we hope it heeds such reasonable requests.

It must also ensure residents are informed of any changes to the permits, because such schemes only work if all parties are consulted.

Ellie’s message to all drivers

WHEN a driver gets behind the wheel of a car they assume a massive responsibility - not only for their own lives but other road users and pedestrians.

Laws and speed limits are in place for good measure to ensure the safety of all road users are protected.

So when you break the law and destroy someone else’s life, surely you should expect to be penalised heavily.

How the family of Ellie Vardy can accept the fact that Jack Marsh should only be fined £250 for the damage they caused their teenage daughter - only shows the generosity of their spirit.

They have to live with the consequences of Marsh’s careless driving.

Let us hope that by publishing the pictures of Ellie in hospital, we can go some way to achieving what the Vardy family wants - to ram home the message to drivers to take care when they take to the road.

Taking the lead

A BLUEPRINT to kickstart development and investment in one of our major towns is precisely the sort of leadership needed from the public sector .

Barnsley Council has approved an £80m plan, with more than a quarter of that coming from the public purse, to create more than 7,000 jobs and 800 new businesses in the borough.

The five-year economic investment plan will hopefully lead to private investors coming on board.

The town is in danger of falling behind its near neighbours unless a proactive plan is put in place. And this scheme deserves to reap rewards.