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!
Councillor Leigh Brammal, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council has resigned from his role with immediate affect and is to stand down as Labour councillor for Southey. Councillor Bramall, 42, has represented Southey ward since 2004 and was appointed deputy leader of the council in 2015. Bramall said the decision to leave was a wrench, but “it is the right decision for me and my family”. He is understood to be taking up a position with a communications company in Sheffield. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Council leaders are considering proposals to end the authority’s waste contract with provider Veolia. Veolia is responsible for collection and disposal of household waste, running waste recycling centres and managing and operating the Energy Recovery Facility at Bernard Road. The contract was signed in 2001 and is set to expire in 2036. At Sheffield City Council’s cabinet meeting next week, members will consider alternative solutions to provide waste services in the city. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment.
Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing on Sheffield City Council, is asking the government to give local authorities more money to help refugees. Her plea comes after more than a hundred refugee children arrived in the UK last week from the Calais camp known as the “Jungle.” On Wednesday, French authorities in Calais announced completion of the operation to move thousands of migrants out of the camp. The announcement came as parts of the Jungle continued to burn after fires were set overnight and in the morning. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!