Eamonn Ward is Election Agent for Sheffield Green Party and has previously been a Local Election Candidate for Southey
I’m 55 and live with my wife just outside the ward in a terraced house off Leppings Lane. More supermarkets opening in and close to Southey ward mean the inevitable loss of local shops and add to traffic problems on key routes. I submitted an objection to the big Sainsbury’s supermarket which will open soon on the Fletchers Bakery site.
In the last year I have been heavily involved in the campaign to save our “walk to” library network. Southey library is under threat after Labour councillors voted to make it volunteer run from this Autumn with limited council funding and support and without professional staff. It’s a huge task for local volunteers – they and 16 independent libraries across the city must be given more time and support by the council.
Green alternatives for the city
Nationally, the Green Party campaigns to save public services and against further privatisation whereas Labour are now committed to similar cuts to the Tory/Lib Dem coalition government. In Sheffield, we proposed an alternative Council budget to save libraries and protect care for the most vulnerable. Greens continue to campaign for citywide 20mph speed limits on residential roads (except main routes), and for more energy saving and renewable energy measures to provide jobs and reduce fuel bills.