We write concerning
the recent decision by Burngreave New Deal to create new Development
Worker posts aimed at “increasing community engagement"
with the Burngreave New Deal Programme (BNDfC).
We would remind
the more recently appointed executives in charge of our community's
regeneration, that at the start of both New Deal and Sure Start
there were very large numbers of local residents engaged with both
Part of the
reason so many got involved with BNDfC, was that local people were
employed as development workers. Sadly, we then saw representatives
of Sheffield City Council and other agencies insist that local people
were effectively purged from all but the most menial positions in
Indeed, it has
seemed at times as if our partners in statutory agencies would rather
see nothing delivered to the people of Burngreave than allow local
people to have a real say in their community’s regeneration
or how local services are run.
We would suggest
that by making local development workers redundant and later creating
very similar posts, BNDfC has broken with the spirit of employment
legislation if not the word.
this we still encourage residents generally to get involved with
deciding how the BNDfC money is spent as well as challenging poor
service delivery by Sheffield City Council and others.
Now is the time
to get involved in programmes like BNDfC and Sure Start, which claim
to be regenerating our community in our name. BNDfC has slipped
behind on plans for spending and needs the community to help it
spend its cash, Sure Start is desperate to meet government targets
for parental involvement.
But we encourage
local residents and agencies to approach this new partnership with
eyes wide open this time. Residents have learnt to ask whether agencies
have a real commitment to involving local people in decision making
and statutory agencies must realise that genuine community engagement
will mean a challenge to second rate services.
Chair, Burngreave Community Action Forum
I feel I should
write to you, as the Fir Vale Forum has only got started and have
bigger fish to fry. I supported Trade Base and was pleased when
it went to the ‘community’ instead of minority or fringe
groups. I was hoping for local jobs, courses and community projects
to be set up, but I feel the base serves a few regulars and their
building is now full of junk and clothing. Instead of being welcoming,
it’s dirty and messy. I agree with green issues and recycling,
but this prevents the place being friendly and accessible. At least
Green City Action involves local people, projects and community
I feel angry
because we have no decent areas, building or facilities in Fir Vale.
It will be a couple of years before the Fir Vale Forum makes a mark
and that’s if they consult all members of the community and
stick to the agenda!
the changes at Firvale School and the College, but the Council and
Education Dept backtracked and set up a language College, which
does not serve the needs of all local women. Local teenagers must
travel miles to get to college and other amenities. Fir Vale bites
I have been
agitating around transport issues for a number of years. Below is
the latest letter I have sent to the Council:
you for your letter outlining initiatives for the transport strategy.
I am saddened to note that none of these plans specifically addresses
transport problems in my local area. My particular concern is the
failure to provide the promised traffic lights at the junction of
Barnsley Rd/ Scott Rd/ Firshill Ave.
years, I have expressed in writing my severe concerns about the
number of accidents and near misses I have witnessed at this junction.
I even conducted a requested head count of the number of school
children using the pelican crossing on Barnsley Road as evidence
to back up this case.
assured that the speed control system on Scott Road would reduce
the hazard here, but from what I have seen over the past few months,
it has added new elements of risk. Traffic lights would seem to
me to be the only sensible long-term solution. We were promised
them a couple of years ago but nothing further seems to have been