Local Councillors Visit Jaunty Way Shops

Birley Ward Councillors visited the Jaunty Way shopping area on Monday morning with officers to look at issues residents have raised. We have reported the over flowing bin to be emptied. Councillors were pleased to see staff from the Co-op emptying the two bins outside the shop. The councillors will be contacting shop owners to see how we can work together we can help improve the area. We will post more information on this shortly.

Birley Community Pre-school recently moved

Birley Community Pre-school have recently moved in to their new premises within the St Cyprian’s Church Hall on Birchvale Road and local Birley Councillors Bryan Lodge, Denise Fox and Karen McGowan were invited for a look around. The church hall has had a fantastic makeover and the architects working for St Cyprians have created a great facility that houses the pre-school along with flexible spaces for worship and community use. Sharon Hopkinson, Manager & Senior Early Years Practitioner, along with Jayne Humphreys, Deputy Manager & SEN Co-ordinator are rightly proud of the amazing new setting. Along with parents and volunteers from the Church, they have worked hard to give the outside of the building and grounds a makeover and match the stunning interior. The Birley Councillors have been pleased to support the Pre-School in recent years, especially over the last year as they worked to finalise new premises. “We’re proud that we have such a great facility for families within Birley” said Cllr Bryan Lodge “and we’re happy that we’ve managed to identify some funding for a wooden building in the grounds that can be used as an addition space for teaching and activities”.

Birley Pre School

 

 

 

Birley Community Pre-school have recently moved in to their new premises within the St Cyprian’s Church Hall on Birchvale Road and local Birley Councillors Bryan Lodge, Denise Fox and Karen McGown were invited for a look around. The church hall has had a fantastic makeover and the architects working for St Cyprians have created a great facility that houses the pre-school along with flexible spaces for worship and community use. Sharon Hopkinson, Manager & Senior Early Years Practitioner, along with Jayne Humphreys, Deputy Manager & SEN Co-ordinator are rightly proud of the amazing new setting. Along with parents and volunteers from the Church, they have worked hard to give the outside of the building and grounds a makeover and match the stunning interior.

The Birley Councillors have been pleased to support the Pre-School in recent years, especially over the last year as they worked to finalise new premises. “We’re proud that we have such a great facility for families within Birley” said Cllr Bryan Lodge “and we’re happy that we’ve managed to identify some funding for a wooden building in the grounds that can be used as an addition space for teaching and activities”.

Armistice Day at Frecheville Memorial.

A couple of our members represented the Birley Labour Party branch at the Armistice Day event at the memorial in Frecheville today. Although it was a very different event than usual it was still a moving occasion and we were pleased to see that Tony Downing, Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, was able to join us and stand alongside members of the Frecheville branch of the Royal British Legion.

Register for a Postal Vote.

This year’s local elections were postponed due to Covid 19 lockdown measures.  They will now take place in May 2021 and many people, for the first time will be considering registering for a postal vote.  The link below will take you to the Labour Party’s website where you will be able to access the necessary forms to submit your application for a postal vote.

https://postalvote.labour.org.uk/

Please note, although it involves using the Labour Party’s website, this in no way commits anyone to voting for Labour at future elections.

Police Update on Local Anti-Social Behaviour Issues

Birley Ward Councillors have been informed by the police that following a number of incidents of anti social behaviour over recent weeks in the Frecheville and Woodhouse area, they have now issued a number of formal warnings to individuals involved.
These warnings have been issued under the anti social behaviour legislation and they will be monitoring the behaviour of these individuals over the next 12 months. The formal warnings issued are dependant on the age of the individual, the level of their involvement in the behaviour and whether we have previously dealt with them for other incidents.

The police understand that some incidents reported are of a criminal nature and they will always seek to prosecute where there is sufficient evidence of an offence along with positive identification of those involved.

South Yorkshire Police work closely with Sheffield City Council and Housing Associations to tackle anti social and criminal behaviour. They have been notified of these warnings and as a result this may affect the tenancies of any individuals involved.
Over the coming weeks, we will be working with Sheffield Council sending letters to residents in the Woodhouse area with information on how to report types of anti social behaviour

Remembrance Sunday – November 8th.

All over the country, events on Remembrance Day, this Sunday, will be very different from usual. Lockdown restrictions prevent us from attending large gatherings this year, but all of our councillors will be taking time, as usual, to remember those who lost their lives in various conflicts over the years.
The Birley Ward Councillors have proudly supported various projects in the past to commemorate the sacrifices of those who died and they are all members of the Frecheville Branch of the Royal British Legion.
These include the rededication of the trees of remembrance on Heathfield Road in 2014 and the installation of a bench at Frecheville Community Centre in 2018.
In addition, during her year in office as Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Denise Fox supported veteran’s organisations across the city as they commemorated the 100 years anniversary of the First World War.
We hope you will join us, at least in spirit, in remembering the sacrifice of so many on Sunday.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION from Councillor Bryan Lodge.
Sheffield City Council will be posting an online ceremony on YouTube and Facebook. The council reports, “The reimagined event which will consist of a short wreath laying and act of remembrance accompanied by one Bugler, will be filmed and will be available on our Youtube channel, Sheffield Council, and shared on Our Sheffield on Facebook at 11am on Sunday 8 November and again on Wednesday 11 November.”

Household Waste Recycling Centres remain open in national lockdown

Sheffield’s five Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open as normal during the four week national lockdown. Usage of sites has been high throughout the pandemic as people have been spending more time at home, and it is expected that this demand will continue throughout this second lockdown.

The sites are open between 10am and 4pm, on the days shown below.

Beighton Road, Woodhouse, S13 7PS Wednesday to Monday (10am – 4pm) Tuesday (Closed)
Blackstock Road, Gleadless, S14 1FY Thursday to Tuesday (10am – 4pm) Wednesday (Closed)
Greaves Lane, High Green, S35 4GR Friday to Tuesday (10am – 4pm) Wednesday and Thursday (Closed)
Longley Avenue West, Shirecliffe, S5 8WA Open 7 days (10am – 4pm)
Manchester Road, Deepcar, S36 2DT Thursday to Monday (10am – 4pm) Tuesday and Wednesday (Closed)

Due to social distancing restrictions, the sites do get busy. We share queuing times for the sites throughout the day and advise residents to check the current queuing times before travelling to a site, on our Twitter page https://twitter.com/Recycle4Shef

Residents are reminded that it is not acceptable for vehicles to queue outside the sites as this may cause potential danger for other road users trying to pass. Drivers will initially be asked to move on by the site staff, and failure to do so will be issued with a £70 Penalty Charge Notice.

More information about waste and recycling in Sheffield is available on the Veolia Sheffield website.

Concern over harm to Swan on Frecheville Pond

In response to local residents concerns of harm to the swans on Frecheville pond Birley Ward Councillors contacted the local police team. We have been informed that police were in Frecheville for most of the last night. They managed to get hold of two separate groups. One consisting of 4 males and 3 females. All were searched and one male was in possession of fireworks and will be dealt with further today. He was taken home to his parents. They will be looking at PAL letters for the others that were stopped.

Later in the evening they managed to get hold of three from a second group. One was taken home to his parents and the other two will be dealt with today when police are back on duty. Again they will be looking at PAL letters.

They will ensure that patrols continue over the drake nights period.

New Premises for the Remember When Cafe

Fantastic news for local residents that the Remember When café will shortly be re-opening in new premises at Hutton Croft, Main Street, Hackenthorpe. The Birley Ward Councillors have been working hard to support Ruth in finding new premises. We are delighted for Ruth to continue with the much loved and needed memory and conversation café. We know the local residents will value the service Ruth provides in a safe and friendly environment, especially now in these uncertain times. The Councillors are looking forward to seeing residents enjoying refreshments once it is open.

Update from Trading Standards on Fireworks around Frecheville Pond


The Birley Ward councillors raised concerns with Sheffield Trading Standards regarding the Anti-Social Behaviour with fireworks around Frecheville Park and Pond. We were concerned as to how and where the young people obtained the fireworks from. Trading Standards have responded outlining the following action being undertaken as follows: “Each year, Trading Standards work in partnership with South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to tackle the issues around firework safety and anti-social behaviour arising from the unlawful supply of fireworks from both retail and domestic premises. This multi-agency approach is required as each agency has its own responsibilities under the applicable legislation.

This year, due to Sheffield’s Tier 3 status and associated Covid-19 risks to our young volunteer, we have been unable to carry out our usual programme of test purchasing for fireworks. We have instead agreed with South Yorkshire Police, for one of our enforcement officers and a police officer to carry out advisory visits to retail premises to remind sellers of their responsibilities and legal obligations. All fireworks retailers will receive a letter to reinforce the message and informing retailers of the effects of fireworks misuse on local residents as well as the legal requirements.

Both officers are aware of the particular issues raised in your locality and will be visiting all premises selling fireworks in the vicinity over the next two days to give a strong message to retailers in the area.”

Anti-Social behaviour around Frecheville Pond

Over the past few days The Birley Ward Councillors have been contacted by residents regarding the issues of Anti-Social behaviour including fireworks around Frecheville Park and Pond. Councillors have report the issues through to the police and council officers. The police have responded to say they will be going into Birley Academy to try to identify anyone involved. If they do identify the people causing this anti-social behaviour they will then deal with them with their parents. They have also said they will increase the patrols around the area.

Please do keep reporting incidents through 101. This will ensure the area is on the police hot spot list and can allocate resources accordingly.