Telegraph View: Change must have bigger aim

Nancy Fielder
Nancy Fielder
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What does Sheffield City Region mean to you?

There’s a very good chance it means very little, and even less chance you have a full understanding of its impact on you as a Sheffielder.

We are clearly stronger together and it is about time we put historical differences aside for the good of areas but also 
individuals

You’ll read over the page how the area’s universities and health chiefs have united behind a 25-year scheme to drive our area forward.

Put officially, that means Sheffield City Region.

It is a much-needed plan that will make a huge difference, but only if driven forward in an absolutely relentless manner.

One of the key elements to it is the focus on a much bigger area than Sheffield.

It has some impressive aims for our children and grandchildren - end child poverty and not only catch up with national economic averages for growth but pass them.

That is where the City Region comes into play.

It isn’t just looking at Sheffield, although it is clear that a thriving big city helps the towns and villages around it.

It wants to raise the standards of education in places like Mexborough just as much as it does in the poorer areas of Sheffield.

We are clearly stronger together and it is about time we put historical differences aside for the good of areas but also individuals.

This area has a reputation for public bickering, most obviously and painfully highlighted by devolution.

We do ourselves no favours and the same does not happen in many of the cities we would see as our competitors, or models to follow.

Sheffield needs real leadership and to work together much better than it ever has in the past.

There is a chance this latest initiative will succeed and that chance is much stronger if we all give it our backing.

There are thousands of businesses, community groups and volunteers who should sign pledges to help it, and thus our area.

Our message needs to be Sheffield City Region but it needs to be shouted much louder.