Labour Leader Keir Starmer visited Sheffield to check-out the exciting developments in the city centre and to see the vaccination program being run out of St Columba’s Church in Crosspool.
Local activist and Labour Candidate for Crookes and Crosspool Ruth Milsom, welcomed Keir to St Columba’s and commented afterwards:
“It was great to have Keir visit our area and see for himself the great work of volunteers at St Columba’s in helping deliver vaccinations.
“We discussed the fantastic work that my colleague, Councillor Anne Murphy, did when the pandemic started in establishing Community Hubs at St Columba’s and at a church in Crookes. The hubs and other organisations like the Mutual Aid groups that I helped organise a year ago have been absolutely vital in providing on-the-ground practical help and signposting for local residents.
“Keir was clearly impressed by the incredibly cheerful and efficient NHS and volunteer vaccination team we have in Crosspool – this is our local community at its best.”
Over the course of the pandemic Sheffield Councillors have worked with the Voluntary, Community and Faith Groups, to ensure people get the right help for food deliveries, medicine, or mental and emotional wellbeing.
More than 20,000 calls made to dedicated council helpline service resulting in:
✓ Over 2,000 shopping deliveries ✓ Over 1,000 medicine deliveries ✓ Over 5,000 ‘Safe and Well’ visits
Keir Starmer spoke in Sheffield about this work and stated:
“Here with the council being in Labour hands you have seen a council that has stood by people during the pandemic – communities, delivering food, businesses that needed support, so you have seen the difference it made at the time when people most needed it”
As part of the Sheffield Tree Partnership a draft Working Strategy has been developed for the city’s street trees. This sets out a commitment to explain the reasons behind proposals to remove and replace street trees, and provides an opportunity for people to have their say on these proposals, through an open and transparent process.
Current open consultations for street trees in Sheffield can be found here.
It’s the aim of the Sheffield City Council to retain street trees, where possible, by using a flexible combination of highway engineering solutions, enhanced monitoring and maintenance and making decisions on the removal and replacement of trees on a case-by-case basis.
This, along with appropriate tree species selection, should enable street trees to be safely retained for longer while still delivering the planned improvements to the city’s highway network as part of the Streets Ahead contract.
Have you ever considered volunteering as an Independent Appeal Panel Member for school admissions?
If so the Education Appeals Team are currently recruiting volunteers for sitting on school appeal hearings over the summer and would appreciate anyone who may be interested contacting Democratic Services, Sheffield Town Hall for more information – Telephone: 0114 273 4008, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell the council what you think about their travel plans
The more people involved, the better the needs of the whole community will be reflected.
Connecting Sheffield: City Centre focuses on your journey into and around the city centre. Travel is changing and the council need to prepare for the future by offering the right infrastructure for walking, cycling and public transport. The council have launched their consultation on the plans and would like to know what you think.
The proposed changes to the city centre will;
make it easier and safer to get around on foot and by cycling
prioritise public transport routes into and across the city centre
create high quality ‘green streets’ and more pedestrianised areas to improve the environment.
Detailed information and how you can get involved are found above on the Connecting Sheffield website.
Due to the impact of the Coronavirus on staffing levels, all green bin (garden waste) collections have been suspended until further notice.
Residents are advised to keep their green bin on their property (not on the pavement) and where possible, store their garden waste at home until collections restart.
Once the full impact of the Coronavirus on the green bin service is known, customers will be informed of arrangements to rectify any collections missed.
Black bin and recycling collections are operating as normal.
HWRC Opening Times
Opening hours of Sheffield’s five “Household Waste Recycling Centres,” will continue to be, 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.
In order to ensure the safety of staff and the public during the COVID-19 Pandemic, social distancing measures continue to be in place, limiting the number of vehicles allowed on site at any one time. The demand for the sites combined with the vehicle limits has resulted in significant queues. By continuing to remain open 7 days a week, allows more people to visit and should reduce queuing times.
Read the full article at Sheffield City council’s Newsroom here
From 24 October this area will be in Local COVID Alert Level: Very High.
What are the restrictions?
People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support bubble*. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs. You also must not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues. (*A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.)
People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue. Venues following COVID-secure guidance can host more people in total, but no one must mix indoors or in most public outdoor venues with anyone who they do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with). This includes in pubs and restaurants, shops, leisure and entertainment venues and places of worship.
Pubs and bars will close and will only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They will only be able to serve alcohol as part of such a meal. Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ alert level or entering a ‘Very High’ alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey. If people need to travel they are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport, to allow for social distancing.
Face masks must be worn on all public transport and not car share with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless you can practise social distancing. If people need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance. This includes the rules on wearing face masks and advice on car sharing.
People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the ‘Very High’ alert area.
Visits should not be made to a care home except in exceptional circumstances, for example to visit someone who is at the end of their life.
In addition, the following restrictions will also apply in South Yorkshire:
Additional closures will include: Betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres.
Gym classes will not be allowed (but gyms will remain open).