How should we let our new build council homes?

We would like your views on how we should let new council homes that are built across the city.
Our proposal includes making adjustments to our usual Allocations Policy, so we:
• Offer a percentage of all properties to people with a local connection
• Carry out affordability assessments on anyone offered a new build property
By doing this, we aim to:
• Improve access to social housing in local areas
• Help local people stay or return to the area and maintain links to employment, support or education
• Ensure the new communities are a successful place to live
• Promote sustainable tenancies
Please spare ten minutes to complete our online survey and let us know what you think.
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Free weekend parking across the city in run up to Christmas

Free parking across the city will be available every weekend in December in the run up to Christmas as we move into Tier 3 restrictions.

Sheffield City Council pay and display parking will be free to use on both Saturdays and Sundays in December to support local businesses recovering from the impact of the Covid-19 restrictions this year.

In previous years, free parking has been provided in the city centre on Sundays in the weeks before Christmas, but the initiative has been expanded this year to include Saturdays and to also benefit shoppers and businesses in local communities.

The usual Christmas celebrations including the Christmas light switch on have been held virtually this year due to Covid-19, and the Council has encouraged people to visit the lights in their own time safely.

Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, said:

“2020 has been a very difficult year for people in Sheffield and we know that a lot of businesses have struggled with severe restrictions on their trading. As our non-essential retail sector reopens, we want to show our support and give them a much-needed boost in the run up to Christmas. We have therefore extended our free parking offer to include Saturdays as well as Sundays, as well as offered it outside of the city centre for the first time ever.

“As we come into the festive season, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to really support their high street and buy local wherever they can. Sheffield’s businesses have shown great resilience in how they have adapted to the challenges of this year and we hope that this final push will make for a brighter 2021.”

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager:

“This is a very welcome decision by the local authority and a material demonstration of support to our local business community. The recent lockdown has been very difficult so it’s crucial we now work together to help the local high street get the most out of the festive season by enhancing the shopper experience as much as we can. All our businesses are working hard to ensure their customers have a safe and pleasant experience as the city once again starts to reopen. Free parking is an added incentive to boost much needed footfall as we welcome people back safely to support our local shops and services.”

Sheffield’s Christmas ‘Make Yourself at Home’ campaign also kicks off this week, with lots of ideas for how to support Sheffield businesses this festive season.
See more information on the Welcome to Sheffield website here: and look out for Visit Sheffield’s activity on social media. @VisitSheffield #SheffieldMakes.

More information on parking in Sheffield can be found at:
The offer will include Council car parks and on-street parking and will apply on the 5-6 December, 12-13 December and 19-20 December 2020.

Parks car parking, with the exception of Hawksley Avenue at Hillsborough, and privately run car parks, are not included in the offer.

Those using the Council’s free parking spaces can simply park up and do not need to get a ticket from the parking machine.
Shoppers are reminded to stick to social distancing guidelines, regularly sanitise their hands and wear face coverings whilst shopping to help protect themselves and others.

South Yorkshire returns to Tier 3 restrictions from 2 December 2020 – impact on public transport

South Yorkshire returns to Tier 3 restrictions from 2 December 2020 – impact on public transport

As you will no doubt be aware from Wednesday 2 December, South Yorkshire will return to the Very High Local COVID Alert Level (Tier 3) after national restrictions end.

What does this mean for public transport services in South Yorkshire?

SYPTE are following Government advice to help control the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensuring South Yorkshire’s public transport network is still available for those people who need to travel to work or access education, as well as to venues and amenities that remain open across the region.

We are asking customers to aim to reduce the number of journeys they make and avoid travelling into or out of Tier 3 areas, think about how and when they travel, check for the latest travel updates and cycle or walk if they can.

The safety and wellbeing of public transport customers and staff is a priority and operators are following government guidance on social distancing on board their services. We are confident that these measures, combined with the enhanced cleaning procedures in place will continue to keep passengers and staff as safe as possible.

Currently, service levels are not expected to change, however, increases in COVID-19 cases may have an impact on operators’ resources as staff self-isolate or are absent due to illness. We will be working closely with operators to help manage and minimise any disruption this might cause.

What do we want customers to do?

Do not use public transport if you or someone in your household or support bubble is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 – a new continuous cough, loss of sense of taste or smell or a high temperature – or if they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Try to avoid travelling, other than for things like work, education, to access youth services, to meet caring responsibilities, for medical appointments, to buy essential goods or services, or to exercise.

It is important for everyone to play their part so those who need to can travel safely. Please think and check before you travel and only use public transport if you have no alternative. Wear a face covering, keep your distance and wash or sanitise your hands before and after using public transport.

Travel information and advice

We are following Government advice to encourage people to help control the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) when using public transport, to travel safely to minimise their journeys, stay local, and walk or cycle if they can. If they need to use public transport consider if their journey is necessary before travelling, and to think about the times, routes and ways they can travel, so that everyone has more space to stay safe.

Due to social distancing, there is reduced space on transport services and customers may have to wait. We are asking them to please be patient and flexible when they travel, avoid peak times and consider others.

A face covering must be worn when using public transport, in stations and interchanges. This applies to all passengers aged 11 and above, including on dedicated school buses, unless they are exempt. Customers are advised to keep a safe distance, wash or sanitise their hands frequently and use contactless payment or buy their ticket in advance.

Those using public transport are being advised to check the latest advice before they travel.

Up to date information about what South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and Operators are doing to keep customers and staff safe can be found at

Travel disruption information can be found at

The Traveline team are also available on weekdays between 7am and 7pm and at weekends between 8am and 6pm on 01709 515151 to answer customer queries.

Details regarding how and where public transport services are operating in South Yorkshire can be found at via twitter at or by calling Traveline on 01709 515151.

Some people do not have to wear a face covering for health, age or equality reasons. Further details can be found at If a customer feels they are exempt they can download and print our exemption journey assistance card, available at, which they can show the driver or conductor to let them know. These will also be available on request from the customer service desks in our interchanges.

Thank you


Update from Police for Birley Ward (for week ending 27 November 2020)

Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB): The team have dealt with 4 incidents in relation to nuisance neighbours across the area and one in relation to nuisance youths on White Lane.

Other: The team has arrested a male on suspicion of commercial burglaries in the Frecheville, Birley and Mosborough areas. He tried to hide under the floorboards of his address but showed up on camera with the use of some Dyno Rod employees working nearby putting their camera through the holes in the floor. He’s currently in custody and being processed. Hopefully charged today and remanded.

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”.

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

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

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.