Rob Cole was one of the three candidates for the new Nether Edge and Sharrow ward in 2016.
I live in Carter Knowle and run my own eco-business, based in Nether Edge selling sustainable kitchens.
I will work hard to protect our local services from the damage being done to them by large PFI contracts, whether it’s waste, roads and trees or maintaining our council properties. Private companies are failing to deliver good value for money, or good services. It also seems they are free to do as they wish, with no appropriate management coming from the Council, hence the ridiculous situation we see with Amey and our street trees. I will fight for transparency and better terms for these contracts, and ultimately an end to PFI contracts, bringing these services back into Council control.
The range of small shops we value on Abbeydale Rd, at Nether Edge crossroads and on Sharrowvale Rd etc. are threatened by supermarket expansion, especially their smaller “Local” outlets. We must do more to look after our wealth of small independent retailers.
We face many problems in Sharrow and Nether Edge, whether it’s poor air quality in the Abbeydale Corridor, or ASB on our streets or crime. I will look at the bigger picture and work with residents and services to help improve our community for the benefit of us all.
With cuts biting, Abbeydale corridor residents need public services support more than ever. Cuts are a government choice not a necessity. People power is highlighting tax avoidance and bankers bonuses. If you elect me as your councillor, I will stand up for local people, shops and services against the destructive cuts that threaten our vibrant and diverse community in Nether Edge.
Sheffield council and budget cuts
While Labour and the Lib Dems on Sheffield Council fight each other over small differences our city suffers. Green Councillors have offered real alternatives for residents eg:
• Opposition to the Streets Ahead PFI on the grounds of it’s huge, rising cost. This is the same contract that’s chopping down our street trees, unchecked by the Labour administration.
• Help for local people most affected by the proposed change to fortnightly bin collections.
Green councillors fought to stop the cuts from government unfairly affecting the most vulnerable. Our council budget for 2012/13 tried to cut backroom functions and the wages of top executives. We wanted to:
• support frontline services like Citizen’s Advice and the Youth Service
• support children, elderly and disabled people
• raise standards in private-rented housing
• stop cuts to teams fighting anti-social behaviour
But we were voted down by Labour and the Lib Dems.