Bus Service Changes – Public Engagement Launches Monday 1st August

100 years of Sheffield motor buses
Sheffield motor buses

South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) is seeking views from members of the public to make sure they are best using the public money they have to support South Yorkshire’s bus network in a public survey, which launches on Monday 1 August.

Why are buses changing in South Yorkshire?
Buses are a lifeline, the backbone of our transport network, used to get people to work, school, – to visit places, family and friends. They help to cut car use, traffic and pollution and are a big part of helping us all tackle climate change.

As you are aware we are facing the biggest cuts to the network for a generation, with nearly a third of services at risk. This is because most of South Yorkshire’s bus network is run by private bus companies who choose where to run services and can make changes to reflect when and where people are traveling most.

The pandemic has had an impact on travel patterns and the income bus companies make from fares. The government has been paying bus companies throughout Covid-19 but when this funding ends in October, bus companies plan to cut routes or sections of routes.

What is SYMCA doing in response to the service cuts?
We are doing all we can with the limited powers and money we have to protect bus services and have already stepped in with emergency funding for school buses. This includes paying bus companies to run services through a contract where there isn’t a profitable route. But the scale of cuts being made by bus companies means our budget can only buy back around half the network at risk.

Between April 2022 and March 2023 our budget to support the bus network is £11.9 million. It would cost around £23 million to pay bus companies to replace all the services they plan to remove.

We, therefore, want to make sure we are making the best use of our budget – the council tax we all pay for public transport – to run bus contracts where people rely on them most. We want members of the public in our region to tell us what kinds of bus services are most important to them.

How can people take part in the survey?
The survey launches on Monday 1 August and will close on Sunday 21 August and is open to anyone over the age of 16. The easiest way to take part is online at https://travelsouthyorkshire.com/haveyoursay. Please note that the survey will not be live until Monday 1 August.

Information about how people can have their say will also be available in interchanges, via Traveline and publicised across social media, radio and the press.

Feedback will help us with our decision-making about buses and how we use public money to support bus services in South Yorkshire.

How can you help?
If asked about the public engagement, please advise people that the easiest way to take part in the survey, from 1 August, is online and direct them to www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/haveyoursay.

Alternatively, anyone without access to the internet can call our Traveline team on 01709 51 51 51 who will be happy to help them complete the survey over the phone or paper copies will be available at our interchanges.

Crosspool Clarion Summer 2022

Crosspool Clarion Summer 2022

Volume 19 Issue 2 Summer 2022

The current issue of the Crosspool Clarion (Incorporating St Columba’s & Stephen Hill Church Newsletter), delivered to 3000 homes locally, is also available to download and read below.

Current issue: Volume 19 Issue 2 Summer 2022

Back issues of past editions of the Clarion are also available to download.

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Wise Watcher

Wesley Kristopher Photography

“Crossey” the sleepy tawny owl, observing lockdown roosting in an ash tree on Lydgate Lane, has unwittingly become a tourist attraction and media star.

 Full report  and link to BBC’s spring watch in this Sheffield Star article

The Census Is Coming

The census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.

It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s a wide range of support services available.

These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print.

If you need help or have any questions, visit www.census.gov.uk

New Crosspool Memorial

In remembrance of those whom we knew, those whose memory we treasure and for all who lived and died in the service of their country and mankind, the people of Crosspool raised sufficient funds to purchase a Memorial that belongs to all.

Memorial

This unique memorial, to those whose life was touched by conflict, was recently installed in the grounds of Tapton Congregational Church on Manchester Road.

A short service of dedication, quiet contemplation and reflection, will be held (hopefully outside) at a date to be announced.

 

 

 

Waste Collection Service Update, COVID-19

All waste and recycling services are currently operating as normal.

However, If and when a reduction in the workforce means all waste services cannot be provided, black bin and clinical waste collections will be prioritised.

The best place to find up to date information about your bin collections is on the :Sheffield SCC news

 

 

 

Lydgate Junior School – Rights Respecting School

As part of their work as a “Rights Respecting School”, each year they launch a campaign to raise awareness about one particular issue.  In 2017 they campaigned to make the crossing outside their school safer and in 2018 they took part in the ‘Make Schools Safe’ campaign.Picture1

This year, their campaign aims to reduce the use of single use plastic in their school, their homes, in the local community and in their city. They are aiming to become a Plastic Clever School.

To learn more about becoming a Plastic Clever School visit the site set up by 2 inspirational young people; Kids Against Plastic. http://www.kidsagainstplastic.co.uk/

On Thursday May 23rd they are going on an awareness raising march through their local shops in Crosspool. The whole school will be marching together, carrying posters and banners to show their commitment to their campaign.

In addition to the march, all the children across the whole school have written letters to a wide variety of people asking for their support and urging them to consider their own use of plastics.