Crookes local council ward could be renamed Crookes and Crosspool in time for the 2016 elections.
The recommendation from the the Local Government Boundary Commission for England follows a twelve-week public consultation on draft proposals that draw new boundaries for each council ward across Sheffield.
The proposed new electoral arrangements must now be implemented by parliament, with the hope that the changes will come into force for the council elections next year.
Crosspudlians will be casting their votes today to choose a new local councillor for the Crookes ward and decide whether or not Sheffield council should switch to a system that would see it led by an elected mayor.
There are 28 seats up for election, which is one third of Sheffield City Council. In the Crookes ward there are six candidates standing:
If any of these candidates read this, it would be great if they could comment below to sum up why Crosspool residents should vote for them.
Voters will also be deciding they would like the council to be run, either by a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of the other elected councillors (how the council is run now) or by a mayor who is elected by voters.
Our newly elected local councillor Geoff Smith has his first opportunity since the elections last week to acquaint himself with his constituents when he attends the Crosspool Forum Open Meeting on Monday.
Everyone is invited, so why not come along and have your say? It starts at 7pm at St Columba’s Church.
Open Meeting, Monday 9 May 2011: provisional agenda
9 May 2011, 7pm
Minutes of last meeting to be approved
New computer course (internet best practice)
Car Boot sale (Weston Park Hospital)
Summer Fayre (Full Size light aircraft on site)
Darwin House open day 18th June (Best of British concert)
Convenience store latest
Police Liaison: Police update on the area’s crime and concerns.
Council officials: Due to restructuring , Community Assembly officials are only permitted to attended meetings if there are any relevant items or concerns relating to the assembly’s role within the community.
Planning and Highways: Hopefully councillors will be reporting back on the request, by local residents, to make the Benty lane /Stephen Hill junction
with Manchester Road safer.
Questions & Answers with Councillors: Invitations have been sent to the current Councillors, Brian Holmes, Sylvia Anginotti and John Hesketh. These may change after the 5th May.
Labour’s Geoff Smith has taken the Crookes ward seat from the Liberal Democrat John Hesketh.
Geoff collected 2,916 votes, while John received 2,397. Green Party candidate Julian Crossland came third with 1,174 votes and Conservative candidate John Levick took just 874 votes. The turnout for Crookes ward was 52.8%.
Overall in the city, Labour now has 49 councillors out of a total of 84, taking nine seats from the Liberal Democrats who have 32.
If any candidates read this, it would be great if they could comment below to sum up why Crosspool residents should vote for them.
The electorate will also be deciding whether to vote for or against a change from First Past The Post to the Alternative Vote polling system for future general elections.
Some residents will be moving polling station from Stephen Hill church on Benty Lane to Hallam FC’s ground on Sandygate Road.
Full details of where you should vote will be printed on your polling card. If you haven’t received your polling card by the election date you can still vote in person at your local polling station. You will need to take some form of ID with you.