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Meg’s Christmas Reflections 2006

Monday, December 25, 2006

The Sheffield Star requested a short piece by Meg reflecting on changes in the constituency during the last year, and her thoughts for the future. 


The most obvious changes this year have been in school accommodation. Arbourthorne and Anns Grove schools have been rebuilt, with Meadowhead secondary school moving to new premises after Christmas. All Saints school has a new sports centre, open to the community. Currently Newfield School is being redeveloped, and the new Sheffield Springs Academy building will be ready to move into by September.


But when I’m out and about the constituency it’s not the new buildings, welcome though they are, that are important - it’s the people. I’m continually reminded how important the community work undertaken by volunteers is - it’s their work that helps make Sheffield a great place. Just to mention a few: a fund raising event held by the caring parents group of Lowedges School, the opening of a new youth club in Gleadless and litter-picking on Batemoor and the clean up of Fishponds.


Pensioners gained free local bus and tram travel this year, and from 2008 they will have free national bus travel. Being able to escape the house to see the grandkids or walk in our lovely countryside, and do so for free, enables older people to enjoy their retirement more.


Next year, I want local people to continue to develop their skills. Greater job opportunities lie in having transferable skills to offer, and they command better pay! This will be helped by the re-development of Castle College to become the largest and most modern vocational college in the region.


As climate change rises in importance, it’s interesting to note that the college will have wind turbines on its roof! We also have the new Energy House project at Heeley City Farm, where I learnt a lot about what can be done to use less energy.


I wish the people of Sheffield a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


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