Unfounded criticism of those ‘fortunate’ to live in west of Sheffield

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I live in the west of the city and I am increasingly concerned by unfounded criticisms from various sources of us being “fortunate enough” to live where we do.

Firstly we have the council setting up a Fairness Commission about which The Star’s comments seemed to imply that the fact that others were not so fortunate was in some way the fault of those of us who live in better off areas.

Then letters in The Star complain that grass verges in the west received preferential treatment from the council as well as the removal of dog mess. To add further insult we have Simon Geller of campaign group Cycle Sheffield referring to us in the Telegraph as “a few wealthy individuals” to which the council kow-tow.

Perhaps those whose opinions seem to be borne out of a degree of envy should consider:

1.Many of us who live here have not always lived in this part of town and from way back have aspired to improve our situation which we have done through years of hard work and application to our careers and the founding of our businesses.

2.The tending of our grass verges, etc, is not necessarily due to the council’s efforts but in many cases the work carried out by the householders borne out of a pride in their homes.

3. As for Mr Geller, I am sure he and many of his fellow cyclists are caring and competent individuals who have consideration for other road users, as do most of the vehicle drivers in this area, but perhaps before imposing his paranoia on the rest of us he should consider the image which some of his fellow cyclists present when riding through red lights and halt signs and generally ignoring the rules of the road, many riding without lights even in winter darkness.

We are not all perfect but if we all gave due consideration to our fellow citizens, no matter where they live, we might all learn to live together in some degree of harmony without seeking to blame any differences on our postcode.

Bob Bonsall

Sheffield-on-Sea is not a step forward

The least snobby person I know is me, but I ain’t going into town, no way, while we think that bringing Cleethorpes to the Peace Gardens is a step towards city of culture status All that money spent on the Winter Garden et al and then we trash the place for the whole of August.

What’s going on?

Who, what and why does anyone think that a pile of rubbish selling rubbish with loud banging music will do us any favours whatsoever in the race to get Sheffield up the tourist charts?

God only knows what any out-of-town visitors to the Winter Garden must have thought. Come to think of it, I couldn’t spot that many tourists unless they were the dishevelled people with the brand new iPhone 5 congregating in groups of about five at the top of the steps and not moving an inch all the time we were trying to hear ourselves think.

I couldn’t move. I was frozen in shock and covered in candy floss.

We all support Sheffield City Council trying to come up with ideas to make Sheffield a visitor destination, but Sheffield-on-Sea is not a step forward.

It may attract a certain kind of clientele and they are welcome to it but not in my Peace Gardens please, comrades .

After that shuddering experience we headed straight to Buxton calmed down and enjoyed our 99 cornet in some tranquillity.

We then spent £264.78 in the lovely specialist retail market that has built up a roaring trade in the beautiful old swimming baths.

I felt so sorry for Stone The Crows where we would have shopped!

Now that Sevenstone is dead we could do worse than follow the example of Buxton - nice place, nice shops, nice people, accentuating its quality and class and worth a visit. Not rocket science, is it?

David Slater

Spaces Sheffield.

Benefits of University Technical Colleges

Next month will see the opening of Sheffield’s first University Technical College, on Shoreham Street, which will specialise in technical education for 14-19 year olds and will serve as a sort of ‘pre-apprentice’ school for those who want to pursue a more vocationally-geared education and career.

It is one of only 24 being introduced by the Government in this Parliament.

The benefits to Sheffield are considerable. It has the potential to bring considerable investment in the technical industries, but it will also have wider economic benefits, contributing to the Government’s aim of ensuring that our education system supports economic growth by encouraging vocational training for

the skilled and technical jobs our economy needs.

It will also have social benefits, encouraging those who feel disillusioned with traditional, prescribed, academic schooling to stay on in education.

Sheffield’s Labour MPs have been quick to criticise the Government for failing to keep the Olympic legacy going, by trying to argue that the Don Valley Stadium is to be demolished as a result of ‘Government cuts’.

Despite of their protests, plans for a second UTC specialising in sports and life sciences being set up on Don Valley Stadium’s site are good news for Sheffield and the Olympic legacy.

I would encourage employers, particularly in the health industries, to get behind this bid, as its benefits could be very widely felt.

As a Conservative, I’m really proud of my party for leading the charge on reforming our education system to ensure it supports longstanding economic growth.

My only concern is that we should be aiming higher. Twenty-four new UTCs this Parliament, why not 100 in the next?

Alexander Dale

Park Grange Road, S2

Take inspiration from golfer Matthew

Other Sheffield lads from whatever background or family situation can take great joy and inspiration in the success of teenager Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Matthew’s silver medal at Muirfield as top amateur at the British Open shows what a loving and strong family and the prospect of a fine education at the University of Chicago can achieve.

Other youngsters in the city are, of course, less fortunate, but I’m sure Matthew Fitzpatrick would do all he can to help them achieve success in the world of golf.

Craig Minto,

Ridal Close, Stocksbridge

Disgusted at loss of Jessop Hospital

I have today driven past the Jessop Hospital and witnessed the initial stages of its demolition.

Shame on you Sheffield University. I hope many of my fellow Sheffielders feel the same level of disgust at this decision by our supposed ‘learned friends’.

Nick Thatcher

Building Surveyor