Councillors Join Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers

Labour Councillors Karen McGowan and Mary Lea along with Julie Gledhill joined Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers. Litter was cleared from Dyke Vale Road and the Silkstone Road areas. Councillor Karen McGowan said “what an amazing job these volunteers do in helping to keep out community clean of litter. We are grateful to the Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers and all the other groups across our city that do this work week in week out – THANK YOU”

South East Sheffield – Keeping People Well Partnership

On Friday 25 October 2019 Birley Ward Councillor Karen McGowan and Denise Fox had a stall at Hackenthorpe Community Centre. They were joined by MP Clive Betts. The event was organised by Kathryn Taylor or the Woodhouse Forum and other stall holders included: SCC Housing, SIV, Police, Daws Gym, Mencap to name a few. Councillor Karen McGowan said “it was really good to get to speak to people about activities taking place in the Birley Ward. A big thank you goes to Kathryn and her team for putting on the event”

Friends of the Earth Petition to declare a Regional Climate Emergency

A Birley Ward resident spoke with the Councillors at Hackenthorpe Community Centre last Friday 25 October 2019.
He asked us to support Sheffield Friends of the Earth who are asking Dan Jarvis to declare a Regional Climate Emergency bringing the region’s local authorities together to produce a Climate Action Plan. Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster Councils have each declared a Climate Emergency. I have emailed Dan Jarvis to ask him to support this and to take this forward.

Please sign the petition if you wish to support this https://actionnetworkorg/petitions/a-call-for-sheffield-city-region-to-declare-a-climate-emergency

Remember When Cafe WINS Age Friendly Sheffield award 2019

Remember When cafe on Silkstone Road is an award winning cafe!

On Friday 25 October Ruth Bartles the owner attended the Age Friendly Sheffield awards 2019 run by Age Better Sheffield, Lai Yin Association and Age UK Sheffield and was named the winner of the Age Friendly Business Sheffield award.

Here is a quote of the reason why she was picked –
‘This cafe is a lovely place that caters well for everyone but is especially welcoming to older people and people with dementia. They organise regular singing sessions with a paid singer for people to attend and participate in. Someone who nominated the business explained that ‘every time I visit with my mother who has Alzheimer’s, she is made to feel welcome, treated as an individual and treated with dignity and respect’.

Here’s a link to the coverage of the awards in the Sheffield Star –

Well done Ruth and all her helpers and supported we are really proud to have such a fantastic facilities in our ward.

Happy 2nd Birthday to The Remember When Cafe

The Lord Mayor Councillor Tony Downing joined Councillor Karen McGowan in saying congratulations to Ruth the founder of the Remember When Cafe on Silkstone Road. It has been two years since it’s doors opened and Councillor Karen McGowan said “We are so lucky to have such a fantastic facility in our community. There are so many people today that feel lonely and isolated. This cafe is a life line to some, it is so warm and friendly and everyone is welcome young and old. Ruth has worked so hard to make it a great success – well done Ruth you’ve done an amazing job”.

Passing of Dave Walton

Councillors Bryan Lodge and Karen McGowan attended the funeral of Dave Walton on Wednesday 3 July 2019. Dave was a Birley Ward Labour Party member and had previously stood for election as a Labour councillor in Sheffield. He had also worked locally at Open Door on Birley estate as a Community Development Worker. Councillor Lodge said “I have know Dave for many years we were on the School Governors together and we knew a lot of the same local people. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.” Rest in peace Dave.

Councillors Support Birley Wood Golf Course

The Birley Ward Councillors were approached by Dave Cronshaw, Club Captain/Junior Organiser at Birley Wood Golf course for funding for an advertising banner. The councillors were happy to support this request and hope it helps attract more young people the sport.

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New 2030 Carbon Neutral Target and Climate Crisis Citizens Assembly Announced As City Comes Together To Tackle The Climate Emergency

Labour have today announced a new raft of measures as part of the commitment for Sheffield to play its part in averting climate catastrophe.

This comes after the commitment of the February council meeting the city declared a Climate Emergency.

At today’s Full Council meeting Labour announced that:

• They will be writing to all groups on the council proposing that the July council meeting is dedicated to scrutinising the issue of the Climate Emergency, to consider the research that is currently being undertaken to consider how Sheffield can bring forward the 2050 target to become carbon neutral to an earlier date.
• A new commitment will be made to bring forward the city’s carbon neutral target from 2050 to a minimum of 2030, following work with stakeholders since February and Labour’s local manifesto commitments
• A Citizens Assembly will be commissioned to consider the necessary actions in the city to implement this change. It will be drawn to represent all parts of the city, including young people.

Labour have highlighted tackling the Climate Emergency as a top priority for the city going forward and appointed Councillor Lewis Dagnall as a new Cabinet Lead dedicated to climate change last month.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council said,

“We have seen a phenomenal coming together of people across the city to make it clear that the climate emergency must be tackled and more must be done locally, nationally and globally. Ultimately this is about the future of our city and our world for our children and young people and that’s why it’s been so good to see young people at the forefront of the campaign.

“It’s important that we keep the momentum in the city and that’s why we are looking to present the research that has been undertaken in July and to allow the public to come to this meeting and engage in this debate.”

Councillor Lewis Dagnall, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change said:

“As a city we came together in February to declare a climate emergency and we have been working with the Green City Partnership to work out our next steps. I am delighted to be able to announce today that we will be committing the city to a minimum of 2030 as our carbon neutral target.

“We are confident that the research we are currently undertaking will be ready next month, so we start a full and frank debate about the actions we need to take as soon as possible. I would propose to bring the report before all Councillors at the July Council meeting.

“If we are to seriously address some of the big decisions and debates we will need to have the fullest participation from all parts of our city, including the next generation. A Citizens’ Assembly provides a bold way of engaging the people of Sheffield in responding to the climate emergency.”