The questions we must ask

Have your say

SEEKING the views of parents on matters which effect their children is always a wise move.

So we are pleased to see Sheffield City Council doing exactly this as it tries to secure a better deal for the city’s under fives.

Everyone wants their youngster to get the best start in life so a wide-ranging review of current services must be a good thing. But with every positive review, comes a negative.

So when the council says it will re-examine the city’s master plan to see if it could be made more streamlined and effective, alarm bells may ring.

Streamlined? Effective? Will this mean cuts?

We hope the decision to have a review means everything is held to scrutiny, including Labour favourites such as the Sure Start schemes.

We need to know if they are value for money and whether youngsters genuinely emerge from them with a better chance of success. Does the substance match the spin?

This review is a chance to ask tough questions. We hope the council listens to the responses, even if it doesn’t like them, and, more importantly, acts on them.

New hotel gives room for optimism

HOTELS are often seen as an indicator of economic prospects.

If they are being built, the argument goes, then improvements are just around the corner.

The opening of the new Holiday Inn Express Hotel is a triple piece of good news for Sheffield.

To begin with, the new hotel’s operators know the city well, so their show of faith isn’t a ‘fingers crossed’ gamble, but a calculated decision, based on their assessment of future prospects.

Secondly, it’s a first for the city – the vanguard of what promises to be a new generation of hotels across the UK.

Last, but not least, at a time when banks are often being criticised for an unwillingness to invest, the venture has won the backing of Yorkshire Bank, a lender which knows the region well and, through its innovative Investing for Growth initiative, is helping business to get a bigger bang for every buck it borrows.

The right balance

COMPUTER games come in for a lot of stick in certain quarters.

They stop kids exercising/thinking/playing/reading - you name it, the game is to blame.

But playing on a Wii games console has helped patients who struggle with balance.

They were given balance games to try at home and the results showed an improvement in condition.

That’s what we call Wii-habilitation.