The leader of the Liberal Democrats in Sheffield, councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, has criticised the Green Party for allowing Labour to retake the leadership of Sheffield Council. The leadership election went to a second round of voting at Wednesday’s council meeting with a run-off between Labour’s Tom Hunt and the Lib Dem leader, after the Greens were knocked out in the first round. The Greens abstained in the second vote allowing Tom Hunt to be elected as leader. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Tenants in 255 council houses scheduled for home insulation improvements are now set to watch their energy bills rocket this winter due to a delay in contracting the work. The scheme originally proposed in March 2021 would have seen £2.3m spent on insulating selected council homes this year, upgrading energy performance and substantially reducing heating bills for their tenants. Delays in a tender award mean the works may not begin now before 2024. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Councillor Joe Otten, a member of the strategy and resources policy committee at Sheffield Council.
A massive £1.5bn redevelopment project in the Sheaf Valley is being proposed by Sheffield Council, linked to HS2 and and extending from St Mary’s Road to Park Square. The plan includes moving the Sheaf Street dual carriageway out to the current tram route, demolishing the Park Square roundabout and investment in new offices, leisure facilities and public spaces around Sheffield station. The Sheffield Valley project will be one of the biggest council led redevelopment schemes with up to £1bn sought from the private sector and other funding coming from government, Sheffield City Region, HS2 and other partners. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Councillor Mazher Iqbal cabinet member for business and investment.
Sheffield Council are to raise parking charges by 30 per cent from April with the new rates affecting both parking meter charges and residential permits. The council told Sheffield Live! that the city’s parking charges remain comparable to or cheaper than other major cities including Leeds, Nottingham and Birmingham. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to councillor Lewis Dagnall, cabinet member for environment and transport.
Sheffield Council is set to draw on £11 million from its reserves in order to balance its budget in the face of cuts in central government funding. Sheffield Live! reporter Bailor Jalloh spoke to councillor Olivia Blake, cabinet member for finance.
Sheffield Council’s no limit policy on the number of licensed sex establishments in the city is to be challenged at a judicial review hearing to be held at the High Court in Leeds. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Council is to receive government funding to help new refugees find work and to integrate into the local community. The fund will pay for two local authority project workers who will provide support to access housing and services and to assist entry into employment. Baillor jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A new mobility scheme has been launched at the Moor Market that promises to make it easier for people with disability to get around the city centre. The scheme, called Mobile Sheffield, is funded by Sheffield’s Business Improvement District and Sheffield Council and includes a hire service for equipment such as mobility scooters, wheelchairs and walking frames. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
The Sheffield Council by-election takes place on Thusday 22 June, with candidates from the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Green Party all in the running. The by-election follows the resignation of Labour councillor Nasima Akther and the winning candidate will join Labour Party councillor Mohammed Maroof and Green Party councillor Alison Teale as representatives for the Nether Edge and Sharrow ward. On the ballot paper are Shahid Ali (Liberal Democrats), Jim Steinke (Labour Party) and Rob Unwin (Green Party). Sheffield Live! reporters Azz Mohammed and Simon Thake interviewed the candidates.
Sheffield Council have signposted seven new locations for running in the city’s parks and green spaces as part of the second phase of their Run Routes initiative. Launched last year as part of the Outdoor City project, the run routes are funded by England Athletics and encourage more people to take exercise outdoors. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!