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  1. Do 30,000 people go to a funfair all at once? I doubt it. Is the land privately owned? Well served by public transport? Surrounded by the infrastructure that large vehicles need for bringing stages, toilets, barriers, food stalls? What is the evidence that Tramlines has outgrown Hillsborough Park? I've been every year since it moved there, and the site is spacious and doesn't feel overcrowded by the festival 'infrastructure' (stages, toilets, food areas, bars etc).
  2. The Business and Trade Committee have been looking in to the collapse of the company. Key points of the committee meeting are being covered by the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2023/nov/28/wilko-collapse-rescue-deal-mps-doug-putnam-lisa-wilkinson-gmb-business-live?filterKeyEvents=false&page=with:block-6565e45d8f08e51ddd4b27c9#block-6565e45d8f08e51ddd4b27c9. This is a live update, and the link might not work at a later date.
  3. I've donated toys to Helping Yorkshire Poundies before. They are on Facebook. The kennel is in Brinsworth. Or the RSPCA Shelter at Attercliffe.
  4. I would guess that a care takers role is more full-time/longer hours. Whereas a cleaning job can be more flexible, with potentially shorter hours. This would enable this job to be fitted in around other responsibilities, such as child care or caring for other family members.
  5. Yes, the site in Chapeltown is very quiet and is not noticeable at all. The only time I notice it when I hear the dogs barking when I walk in the park.
  6. Thanks for this. I was thinking of heading over there this weekend for a walk.
  7. How many helicopter crashes have there been in the UK in the last year? I don't remember hearing about any.
  8. Yes, the debate is probably 'opening up', in the comments pages of the Daily Mail/Express. In reality, a good dose of common sense is needed by all.
  9. The ULEZ/CAZ fits with central government policy (at the time). Clearly, parking on pavements isn't.
  10. Have SCC done that? Some of the Tory Councils (Thurrock) have. Central Government have long pushed for Council's to sell off capital assets (houses and other buildings for example), however, once this asset has gone, it's gone. Tongue firmly in cheek with my comment. The amount raised from bus lane fines last year was a drop in the ocean: https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/politics/council/sheffield-bus-lanes-city-council-raked-ps2m-bus-lane-fines-last-year-ps5000-day-4224461
  11. TBH (I do not like being a Tory apologist..)., I don't know if the COVID related borrowing equals the amount which Gordon Brown had to find after the banking crash in 2008, but it might not be far different. Notwithstanding the poor management of the economy, Brexit, COVID and the Ukraine war, Central Government since 2010, have cut disproportionately more from Local government than from other public services.
  12. This is the full article which The Star is quoting from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-66428191 Unfortunately, the Tories are to blame as they have been in charge since 2010.
  13. Don't forget Councillor expenses. They are a huge drain on SCC's budget.
  14. Yes, I keep forgetting, everyone's experience with MH is exactly the same! 🤣😬
  15. No compassion for if she is ill? Yes, if she has committed a crime she should be punished but if she was ill during that time, doesn't she need some help as well? MH services are on their knees at the moment.
  16. It's interesting that the article only reports the feedback from the Ambulance Trusts that have this policy. Of the 9 English Ambulance Trusts, the article only quotes from responses from 2 of them. I wonder if the DM asked private providers the same question. Personally I think it's an appalling waste of money that the DM has requested this information. Presumably it used an FOI request to the trusts in questions. In terms of the hospital trusts and use of female only wards, it's interesting that the article hasn't identified these wards or the source of this information. The Policy Exchange is always relied upon to be 'outraged' about anything remotely progressive.
  17. According to this website: https://www.medicompare.co.uk/can-i-go-to-private-ae/, there's no provision in Sheffield (from this provider in any case). It also doesn't explain what kind of medical treatment is offered within this provision.
  18. I think poster #2 mentioned ideology.. Similar to NHS & social care, these systems are equally fragmented. I assume that there is a contract between the provider (Education Trust) and the DfE. Also, I suspect it's about centralised control. I don't know if the DofE specifies the curiculum which is used by these providers. I know Miriam Cates has raised a number of issues about how sex education is taught in schools. However, after listening to some of the 'Trojan Horse' podcast which was about the 'islamification' of schools in Birmingham, I don't know how effective the contract management of education providers is.
  19. It really is a classic case of the Council can't do anything right! When the Council can't act, it gets criticised and when it tries to act it gets criticised.
  20. We had a similar experience with Frontline. I used it for a few years then it became less effective. Now we use Advantage, and various shops sell it online. Getting rid of fleas in the house is a nightmare. I had an infestation a few years ago which took weeks to clear. I used the Indorex spray (pink tin, costs a fortune in Pets at Home), followed by a spray from the Green tin every couple of weeks. Blooming nightmare.
  21. So, all of this is a bad thing? What is negative about any of this?
  22. Is the air cleaner? Maybe some pollutants have diminished but others haven't. Why do places like London regularly exceed the limits for air pollution if the air is 'cleaner'? There may not be clouds of sulphur, from the steel works, over Attercliffe but the air quality at Tinsley is still dreadful due to the M1 corridor. Personal freedom has to work alongside personal responsibility. We don't live in a bubble of no consequence. Despite what right wing libertarians would have us believe, we do live in a community. This means that other people are impacted by each other's actions.
  23. In terms of the NHS, it's not only pay but wider T&C's. We've had 10 years of a lack of a workforce plan for the NHS, and underinvestment. The lack of investment in the NHS has caused private provision to massively increase. Healthcare systems in other countries are far more attractive. Personally, I would argue that the Tory party in particular has a huge problem in attracting MP's! 🤣 Yes, I would agree. Also, I believe, police officers can retire in their 50's, when they are relatively young, compared to other professions. I believe there has been an increase in the number of more experienced officers leaving the service over the last 10 years. this leaves younger, less experienced, officers dealing with difficult situations.
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