PricingÂ even more residents off buses
Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed
Leader of the Sheffield Lib Dems
Mr Mark Burnwood of Carlisle Street, (letters, November 8), asks what steps the Liberal Democrats wouldÂ take to protect communities from further deterioration to two key services, namely their publicÂ libraries and public transport.
Our approach was set out in our local manifesto, published earlier thisÂ year and available to view online on our website www.shefflibdems.org.uk
We believe that communities should make decisions for themselves rather than have decisionsÂ imposed on them. We would look for ways of promoting good relationships with community groupsÂ and key to this is to ensure that there is a community hub, a role that libraries are uniquely suitedÂ for.
Libraries now offer access to on-line facilities which many pupils now need to engage with theirÂ school work, something that is often absent in the homes in our more deprived areas of our city. WeÂ would increase the professional support for our community libraries. The expertise is needed moreÂ than ever.
We have long argued that we need a bus quality contract which hands power back to local people ifÂ we are to have a bus network that is stable, comprehensive, easy to use and which delivers goodÂ value.
We would scrap Labour's bus partnership which has seen bus fares increase while bus servicesÂ have been cut. Residents in Sheffield vie for the dubious title for having the most unreliable service,Â for which there are many contenders.
It's ironic that, at a time when calls for the reduction in theÂ use of private cars come from so many quarters, the local bus service has become so expensive thatÂ people living in poverty find it more cost effective to run a car than to use a bus for themselves andÂ their family.
The latest suggestion from the Council of a '˜Â£50 per day bus tax' on buses passingÂ through the centre will price even more residents off buses.