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Sheffield lags so far behind many other UK cities and towns in almost every measurable area, planning, innovativeness, transport, museums, urbanism, pocket-parks, architecture, new businesses start ups, street-art and so on....

 

Whom, why and what do think makes this town so far behind other places?

 

On the plus side though Sheffield City Trust appear progressive, Sheffield's westerly suburbs are interesting and it's close proximity to the peak district is appealing.

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16 minutes ago, 26b-6 said:

Sheffield lags so far behind many other UK cities and towns in almost every measurable area, planning, innovativeness, transport, museums, urbanism, pocket-parks, architecture, new businesses start ups, street-art and so on....

 

Whom, why and what do think makes this town so far behind other places?

 

On the plus side though Sheffield City Trust appear progressive, Sheffield's westerly suburbs are interesting and it's close proximity to the peak district is appealing.

Sheffield Council.

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Because rather than innovating they follow and that can only be done from behind.

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Oh good. This again. Let’s all sit and blame the council for everything. 

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6 hours ago, 26b-6 said:

Sheffield lags so far behind many other UK cities and towns in almost every measurable area, planning, innovativeness, transport, museums, urbanism, pocket-parks, architecture, new businesses start ups, street-art and so on....

 

Whom, why and what do think makes this town so far behind other places?

 

On the plus side though Sheffield City Trust appear progressive, Sheffield's westerly suburbs are interesting and it's close proximity to the peak district is appealing.

Yes, our council planners/councillors do seem a little slow and indecisive in some areas, but I don't quite see what you appear to.  Other towns/cities suffer exactly the same issues, but because  - and this is true of any town/city -  we only see what we want to see, and South Yorkshire - Sheffield especially - is inhabited, it appears,  by permanently depressives.

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1 hour ago, Fredderick said:

Oh good. This again. Let’s all sit and blame the council for everything. 

The government play their part in cutting back on local government spending but, apart from that,  who else could be to blame.

 

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7 hours ago, Anna B said:

Sheffield Council.

it's probably fair to say that Sheffield Council are reluctant to make big changes, but that's because the thousands of old people (who vote) hate change.

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10 minutes ago, ads36 said:

it's probably fair to say that Sheffield Council are reluctant to make big changes, but that's because the thousands of old people (who vote) hate change.

That, if true, would apply anywhere.

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6 minutes ago, RollingJ said:

That, if true, would apply anywhere.

Sheffield Council could not run a bath .

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Somewhat geographically isolated being at the very south of Yorkshire. Leeds is more centrally placed and is seen more as a commercial hub. Historically  reliant on heavy industry, coal and particularly steel, both of which have been decimated.

Seen by the Tories as a hotbed of socialism and therefore not given the support of some other major cities to replace what has been lost.

 

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8 hours ago, 26b-6 said:

Sheffield lags so far behind many other UK cities and towns in almost every measurable area, planning, innovativeness, transport, museums, urbanism, pocket-parks, architecture, new businesses start ups, street-art and so on....

How does it lag behind on transport?

 

Congestion is no worse than anywhere else.

 

Sheffield has had a tram system for over 20 years. People compare Sheffield unfavourably with Leeds but they have failed in 3 attempts to get a tram system. They look on us with envy.

 

Museums? I think ours compare favourably with those in similar size cities. 
 

As others are saying, some of the issue is geographical location, I’d say our location near larger cities such as Leeds and Manchester doesn’t do us any favours when looking to attract inward investment. Many seem to think we should be doing as well as those cities, but they are considerably bigger in terms of the populations of the city regions, so they get more government money and can often attract bigger investments.

 

My thought is, what is our unique selling point? The outdoor city? Is that going to attract the major investments people seem to  think we need?

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Trams are a massive plus point, especially compared to Leeds.  Even Nottingham only recently got one.

 

Big problem is that investment money just doesn't really make it's way out of London, and when it does it's going to larger cities.

 

The council can only do so much, if the money isn't there the money isn't there.

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