The Sheffield City Council want to ensure that our street trees are looked after as valuable assets for the city. As part of this approach to management, they are focused on the need for transparency in decision making and community consultation in the process. This allows local people the opportunity to understand and, if necessary, challenge a tree management decision through a clear and open process.
Further consultations on decisions relating to street trees are now open, giving residents the chance to have their say on street trees across the city.
Two further online consultations are available on the council’s consultation hub, CitizenSpace, until 8 June 2021.
The Sheffield Tree Partnership has developed a draft, Sheffield Street Tree Partnership Working Strategy. This sets out our commitment to explain to local residents the reasons behind decisions to remove trees, and provide the opportunity to challenge these decisions through an open and transparent process.
The response to Census 2021 has exceeded all expectations, with 97 per cent of households across England and Wales making sure they count when it comes to local services like school places, GP surgeries and hospital beds.
This is above the pre-census target of 94 per cent, while all local authorities have seen over 90 per cent of households respond, exceeding an 80 per cent target.
For those who haven’t yet completed the simple online form, time is running out. The online questionnaire will close on 17 May.
Now the main field operation has ended, as in 2011, around 350,000 households across England and Wales will be invited to take part in the Census Coverage Survey (CCS). This short, separate, interviewer-led survey will enable the ONS to get a final view of the response rates.
“We’ve had an amazing response to Census 2021. Our information shows 97 per cent of households have responded so far – exceeding our pre-census target of 94 per cent,” the ONS’s Deputy National Statistician Iain Bell said.
“Those who have taken part have done so to ensure they are represented for their local area. I’d like to thank everyone who has filled out their form so far as well as all the community groups, organisations and local authorities who have helped us make this census a success.
“We’re in a great place as we begin our Census Coverage Survey. This is an important part of making sure the census produces the most accurate population statistics. It asks similar questions to the main census, just fewer of them, at addresses in a selection of postcodes across England and Wales. An interviewer will carry out the survey on your doorstep and it will only take around 15 minutes.
“The CCS is a voluntary survey, but by taking part, you will improve the quality of the information the census gathers. This, in turn, helps to plan and fund local services in your community.”
Although Census Day – Sunday 21 March 2021 – has been and gone it is not too late to respond online. It only takes around 10 minutes per person.
If you have lost the letter or have a second address you have not visited, go to www.census.gov.uk to request an online completion code for your address via SMS text message.
After 17 May, only paper questionnaires will be available.
If people refuse to take part, they could be taken to court and issued with a £1,000 fine and criminal record. The census non-compliance operation will begin on May 25.
Extensive community engagement is continuing to make sure all groups of the population are represented in the census. Students, for example, need to make sure they have completed a questionnaire for their term-time address to help get the services they need in their university town now and in the future. Students should complete a form even if they were included on their family form at home.
People with second addresses also need to fill out a short form for their properties whether it is a caravan, holiday home or commuter flat.
From May 4, a sample of households will receive a card through the post asking them to take part in the CCS. After that, an interviewer, following the government’s COVID-19 guidelines, will visit the address and fill in the questionnaire with you on your doorstep. The interviewer will be able to show an ID badge on a Census 2021 branded lanyard.
Public perceptions of the health risks of climate change and priorities for action
Can you help?
The department of Health Science at the university of York are looking for people aged 15 years and over and living in England to help with a study looking at people’s thoughts on climate change. There will be two rounds of individual interviews.
If you take part in this study, they would ask you to participate in up to two interviews. The first interview being between January and April 2021, and a second interview in June-July 2021. They plan to run the interviews online via Zoom or Skype, or by telephone. You can tell them which method you would prefer.
The interviews will last for up to 60 minutes each and they will give you a £10 gift voucher to thank you taking part each time.
They will ask you some questions – there are no right or wrong answers – They just want to find out what you think about climate change.
They will record the interviews but all information that you say will be anonymised.
Who is running the study?
The study is led by Professor Hilary Graham at the University of York. The research team also has members from Newcastle University Business School and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The researcher who will run the interviews is Jackie Martin-Kerry who also works at the University of York.
Do you need more information?
If you think this study sounds interesting and you would like to take part, please contact Jackie Martin-Kerry on 07385 341 580 or by email: Jackie.Martin-Kerry@york.ac.uk
This study has been approved by the Department of Health Sciences Research Governance Committee at the University of York.
From 1st September the Sheffield City Council are launching a consultation on the ‘Sheffield Plan Issues and Options document 2020’.
The consultation is for anyone who lives, works, has business in, or visits our city. It outlines the key opportunities and challenges for the city, and sets out some issues and options for consideration.
An outline planning application (seeking approval for all matters except landscaping) has been submitted for the erection of 9 apartments in a 1 x 3/4 storey block with provision of new access and associated car parking accommodation, on what is now an informal open community space at the corner of Weston View and Crookes Road Sheffield S10 5BZ. planningapps.sheffield.gov.uk/online-applications Ref: 20/01240/OUT
To comment on the planned development write to:
SCC planning: Ref: 20/01240/OUT Matthew Ridge, Planning Application Objections Howden House, Union St, Sheffield S1 2SH
Or contact either or all of your local councillors in writing, (City of Sheffield Town Hall), or by email, quoting Ref: 20/01240/OUT
Coronavirus – Helping the Vulnerable and Self-isolating
Cllr Anne Murphy met with the leaders of the Crosspool Forum and other Crookes and Crosspool groups today.
Adult health and social care workers, housing officers, community wellbeing staff, Crosspool Care and other members of the Voluntary Community Forum sector were present at the meetings
As a result of those meetings a very clear message came out that we want to give to everyone:
This is an update to all those kind people wanting to be Volunteers and give support to local vulnerable and self-isolating people in their local areas and roads.
Please DON’T send letters out to people asking them to respond to you if they need help, you may be putting yourself and others at risk.
Please DON’T do any work with vulnerable people without the knowledge and appropriate protection of the relevant leaders in your area from the above groups who are co-ordinating volunteers and staff for people in your area.
VAS is meeting tomorrow 17th March 2pm at the Town Hall Jill Malcolm is co-ordinating attendants please contact her for any information or if you intend to go to the meeting.
Public Health Sheffield along with VAS is also able to give out help and advice
Phone 111 if you require any NHS advice and support
Please contact Cllr Anne Murphy with any issues you feel you don’t have access to advice on. Tel: 07788917981
A planning application has been submitted for the erection of ball stop netting, 15 metres in height, to the Northern (Sandygate Road) and Southern (Ivy Park Road) boundaries of the Hallam cricket ground, Hallam Sports Club, Sandygate Road, Sheffield, S10 5SE
You can make a comment supporting or objecting to this application by logging onto Make a Comment
Residents to have their say on street light dimming.
Crosspool, Endcliffe, and Meersbrook have been selected for the trialled dimming of street lighting levels.
From Monday 19 August to Friday 13 September 2019, residents will see street lighting in these pilot areas of the city being reduced by up to an additional 14%.
Households in the chosen areas will each receive a letter inviting them to attend an information session in their local library. Residents across the city will also be invited to take part in an online consultation on the proposals.
The views of those in the pilot areas will then be assessed alongside the views from respondents across the city.
The proposals will see street lights switch on responsively at 80% instead of the current 84% before midnight and reduce from 54% to 40% at midnight until 5am, whilst still meeting the requirements of the current national Code of Practice.
South Yorkshire Police are aware of the proposal and the council will continue to work with them, and other stakeholders, to assess and evaluate the impact on communities.
Emergency services will still be able to request an increase in lighting levels, in response to certain incidents, when required.
Supporting the first priority of the 2018 Green City Strategy, Sheffield has one of the most advanced street lighting systems in the UK, with the ability to vary lighting levels – even down to individual lighting columns.
As a result of the Streets Ahead investment, Sheffield now has a complete network of state-of-the-art white LED street lights. In the first five years of the programme, more than 66,000 new LED street lights were installed across the city; ensuring safer and more energy-efficient light distribution.
Following on from the feedback they received on their idea of closing the Walk-In Centre, the Clinical Care Commissioning Group (a separate organisation) are asking about your experience of the urgent care services.