Litter pickers out in Hackenthorpe

Councillor Karen McGowan joined Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers they walked up the Cotleigh Crescent, Spa View Road, Birley Spa Lane and down Occupation Lane. Cllr McGowan said “I’d like to thank the litter pickers for making me feel so welcome. It was a lovely warm evening to be doing this.” If you are interested in joining them they meet at Hackenthorpe Medical Centre, Main Street at 6 pm every Friday and would love to see you.

Activity on the old Newstead Estate

Birley Ward councillors just wanted to inform the residents living around the old Newstead estate that from Tuesday 18th May for 4 days you may see people on the site. Many of you know there is a planning application in to develop the site for housing. These workers are undertaking a CCTV survey of the drains.

Lamp post on Newstead Drive

Whilst out walking Councillor Karen McGowan noticed that a panel had been removed from a lamp post on Newstead Drive at the junction with Birley Moor Crescent. Councillor McGowan says ” I could see exposed wiring so I have reported this through to Streetsahead asking them to repair this as soon as possible”.

Report Fly tipping

Thank you to the residents that keep reporting the issues of fly tipping on the old Newstead estate. In the latest incident on Parkland Crescent we have involved Home Group who have visited the site and put a notice on the items that have been fly tipped. We have asked Streetsahead to remove the fly tipping. There is no need for this – if you have large items that you need to get rid of, like furniture and electrical goods, you can use the councils bulky waste collection service. You can also take bulky waste to one of the household waste recycling centres. The council will collect up to 12 items of bulky waste from your home. The amount you pay depends on the number of items you need collecting. 3 items can be collected from as little as £23.20. Once payment has been received your bulky waste will be collected within 7 working days. For more details see

Both our AMEY Steward and the Councils Environmental Protection Officer are going to send out a letter to all residents to remind them that fly tipping is illegal.

Fly-tipping offenders risk prosecution. The fly-tipping of waste is a serious criminal offence, it carries a maximum penalty of an unlimited fine or up to five years imprisonment.

Any evidence you can provide would be helpful. If you see any fly tipping you can report this anonymously by:

– calling the Council on 0114 2734567

– emailing through to

– contacting your local Councillors Bryan Lodge, Karen McGowan or Denise Fox (details are on the council website, Birley Ward Labour Party website and Birley Ward Labour Party facebook page.

Frecheville Pond – lets keep it free of Litter

Whilst visiting Frecheville Pond yesterday to support the new café that has opened on Friday. I noticed how full the litter bins are. I have reported these through for emptying but credit must be given to Ruth from the café who is taking responsibility for helping to keep the area clean. She has placed an additional bin to help prevent the litter being dropped on the floor. It is now down to the local users of the space to ensure we use the bins available and to look after this unique and much loved open space right in the heart of our community.

Come and Join Frecheville Litter Pickers

A successful litter pick took place yesterday (Wednesday 24th February) organised by Frecheville Library. Great turn out (there were additional volunteers that were camera shy!). Councillor Karen McGowan said “It was amazing how much litter was collected from the local streets and gennels” The litter picks will continue each Wednesday at 3.15 pm meeting outside Frecheville Library all volunteers welcome just turn up we’d love to see you.

Bollard reported for Repair

Birley Ward Councillors have reported through to Streetsahead the bollard that is down at the top of Silkstone Road opposite the Frecheville shops/Birley Moor Road.

Thank You NHS and all services

Yesterday I took my mum for her COVID Vaccine at Beighton. I want to say what a safe and sleek process they have set up. I also want to thank the staff and volunteers for all they are doing. The video by Birley Health Centre which I showed my mum before the visit really helped. This is what our NHS is trained for and brilliant at – rolling out the biggest vaccination programme for decades and they are doing us proud.

This thank you also goes out to all our services from nursery and teaching staff, to care home, post office workers and public services that have kept this country running – THANK YOU EVERYONE.

Councillor Karen McGowan thanked by resident

Councillor Karen McGowan helped local resident with request for a tree to be planted on grass verge outside his property. The resident found a novel way to acknowledge the work Councillor McGowan had put in by placing this notice on the tree. Councillor McGowan said “It is nice to be thanked and to have your work acknowledged – it brought a smile to my face. It took nearly a year to achieve this result but we got there in the end. I’d like to thank the resident for his patience. We can not always deliver on every request but as Labour Councillors we can promise to always try out best”.

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