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Many of Sheffield's parks were gifted to the city because the benefactors knew the value of fresh air and exercise. Parks are local facilities for nearby residents. They should incorporate free spaces for the activities these local residents want. The council is advocating walking and cycling as the main means of local transport. Why put in facilities which attract people to travel longer distances thus quite likely encouraging the use of cars! As usual, it's consultation SCC style. We'll ask you what you want, then we'll do what WE WANT!! I'd love to hear of examples where the council put forward a proposal, the consultation said 'no thanks' and the council abandoned the proposal. Ideas, anyone?

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Jun 26, 2023·edited Jun 26, 2023

You've neglected to mention that Friends of Hillsborough Park and Cycling 4 All's main concerns with the reduction in size of the Hillsborough MUGA is that it will have detrimental impact on the local disability groups that use the Cycling 4 All services that currently operate on the MUGA.

Cycling 4 All plays a major role in improving the lives of local adults with disabilities through providing accessible exercise and thus increasing wellbeing. The proposed plans will decrease the MUGA to a point where Cycling 4 All will be unable to operate at their current capacity.

I'm not sure why it keeps being suggested that the council does not have enough money to maintain public spaces when it's public knowledge they have half a billion in reserves.

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Council can easily afford the upkeep without private investment, they have half a billion in reserves, borrowing powers, and the ability to demand more from Westminster. Also, their consultation for the Hillsborough project has been highly undemocratic and manipulative. Typical Sheffield council: totally on the side of business.

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This is gravy train. Private companies make more money from re-builds than improvements. Parks are being de facto privatised. And which back of the sofa did £117 million come from, if they can't find the money to deal with the peeling paint in the Central Library?

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It sounds interesting, but will it detract from the free use of other facilities<<? Also have mentioned this many times but there is no swimming facility in Sheffield 9. The institute of Sport should have included it. BUT as usual this end of town was the poor relation.

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When mentioning existing users it is important to acknowledge Sheffield Cycling 4 All. It is 15 years old this year and runs sessions 4 days a week for perhaps 3 hours or more throughout the year. It is in the top 5 inclusive cycle hubs in the UK. It is being offered reduced space which will reduce its service offer to others. People travel from Nottingham on public transport to attend the sessions as they are so valuable.

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Perhaps the 'Preston' model should be applied by insisting that the commercial involvement should be by local companies?

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If they (council) want to build new facilities in the parks (how many parks and which) and charge fair enough but it can also insist that at certain times and or days it should be free to all.

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