The first full meeting of Sheffield Council since the local elections has voted Labour group leader and Walkley councillor Tom Hunt to be the new city council leader. Hunt received 39 votes in the second round of voting against Liberal Democrats leader councillor Shaffaq Mohammed who received 29 votes. The Greens abstained from voting after their leader Douglas Johnson only managed to secure 14 votes in the first round. Hunt has promised to work with other political parties to spearhead what he called a “new generation of leadership”. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Former Sheffield City Council deputy leader, Olivia Blake, has told Sheffield Live! her “main reason for resigning was around democracy”. Councillor Blake resigned last month after a petition was submitted calling for a referendum on the way the council is run. Meanwhile, councillor Terry Fox has been elected unopposed as the new deputy leader. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Sheffield Liberal Democrat leader, councillor Penny Baker, has told Labour councillors they should get on with the job of serving the people and stop the current in-fighting. The comments come after six labour councillors resigned over the weekend from Sheffield City Council cabinet positions in a row over the way the authority is run. A public petition called for a switch to a committee system of decision-making could prompt a city-wide referendum. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield City Council deputy leader, Olivia Blake, has resigned after backing a petition which calls for replacement of the council’s “strong leader” model with a more open committee-based decision-making system. The petition, brought forward by campaign group Its Our City, calls for a referendum over the leadership model and has been signed by over 26,000 residents. Campaigners handed the petition in to the local authority on Friday. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield City Council has confirmed a Chinese investment deal that it once described as the best investment deal outside London has now been scrapped. The Labour-run local authority announced the 60-year agreement with the Sichuan Guodong construction firm in 2016. Sheffield Liberal Democrats leader Penny Baker told Sheffield Live! she is not surprised that the deal collapsed. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Sheffield Council are planning to reclad the The Hanover Tower block which failed safety tests implemented after Grenfell Tower fire, with the cost to the authority expected to be around £1 million. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on Eyre street have announced their doors are opened to rough sleepers and those at risk of being on the street as cold winter weather returns this weekend. The city centre headquarters has been converted into a place to sleep since Friday and will remain so for the rest of the weekend. British Red Cross volunteers will be on hand to welcome people and provide hot drinks and snacks, with Framework’s Street Outreach Team and Sheffield City Council’s Housing Solutions service also present to help people access accommodation and support. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Council’s consultation on selective licensing of landlords in the London Road, Abbeydale Road and Chesterfield Road corridors is set to close this week. The plans could see over 1,000 tenants gain extra protections from health hazards as well as better housing conditions if additional regulations are put in place. Landlords have expressed concerns and some claim it would lead to them having to charge more rent. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Jonny Butcher an organiser at Acorn tenants union.
Sheffield City Council has been holding a recruitment fair at the Millennium Gallery to provide advice and information about opportunities in the care industry and to recruit new care workers. The event was attended by the council’s apprenticeship, social work, intervention and prevention, residential children’s, and fostering and adoption teams. The council is currently seeking to recruit 20 social care workers. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A new park and ride facility has been unveiled in Tinsley at IKEA Sheffield. The development was one of the conditions of planning approval for the furniture store and brings a total of eight park and ride facilities now available across the city. There is no cost to use the parking but commuters have to pay the price of the tram ride. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!