Telegraph View: Deals on the table for region

Nancy Fielder
Nancy Fielder

It is amazing what can be achieved when you work together.

Am I referring to today’s front page story about multi-million pound investment to the roads around two of the area’s biggest commercial developments?

What is most apparent, even to those with little understanding and understandably even littler interest, is that it must be sorted.

Or am I giving a nod to David Blunkett’s call on Page 18 for South Yorkshire to put differences aside for our City Region?

Maybe I am talking about the strength of community, with some well-placed backing, which has saved The Plough in Crosspool?

Well that introduction could equally be applied to any of the above.

There is no doubt that the roads around the M1 junctions for Meadowhall need some serious work.

They can’t cope with the amount of traffic at the moment, let alone when the new Ikea opens and the Meadowhall extension gets approval.

So the solution should lie with those investing in the area, as they clearly have the most to gain.

News that road improvements will be funded by Ikea and Meadowhall is welcome.

Yes they both have a vested interest but it will have a wider good for the city.

The future of Sheffield City Region is much less clear than the topic of easing traffic congestion.

What is most apparent, even to those with little understanding and understandably even littler interest, is that it must be sorted.

Arguments have rumbled on for far too long and are doing our city no good.

Every region has fall-outs but few wash their dirty laundry in public as quickly as we do. Whether you want an elected mayor and are backing devolution or not, we all want an answer – quickly please. There is a deal on the table. We either take it or we don’t.

All other discussion is simply a distraction.

We must work together to find the best way forward.

There are countless examples of neighbourhoods and communities doing just that. Our authorities should learn a lesson or two from them.