Litter Picking in Hackenthorpe

Article written by Cllr Denise Fox

Cllr Denise Fox, Cllr Karen Mcgowan joined pupils from Rainbow Forge School, Andrea from Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers, council workers and the Police to pick up litter around Hackenthorpe.

Cllr Denise Fox said “It was a lovely morning to pick up the litter and local residents gave up their time to come and talk to us. We had some positive comments welcoming what we were doing and that we all cared enough about the environment to spend our time picking up the litter.”

Andrea from Hackenthorpe litter pickers are joined most weekends by volunteers also wanting to make the area free from litter.

Campaigning against Universal Credit


Birley Ward Councillors were joined by ward members and other councillors across the South East on a campaign stall outside Hackenthorpe shops on Birley Spa Lane on Saturday 6th October. They were handing out information on Universal Credit and asking residents to sign a petition stating “The Tories’ Universal Credit programme is pushing thousands of families into poverty, debt and homelessness. We’re demanding the Tories urgently stop the rollout of Universal Credit, before millions more are affected.”

Speeding on Fox Lane

Residents contacted Councillor Denise Fox regarding issues of speeding vehicles on Fox Lane. The brow of the hill makes it dangerous for residents entering or leaving their driveways. Councillor Fox was joined by Councillor Karen McGowan when she set up a community speed watch session with the police on 14 September Councillor Fox is also working with officers to get the speed reduced from 40 mph to 30 mph in this location.

Heathfield Road Memorial

Article by Councillor Denise Fox

A brand new memorial bench was unveiled on 15 August 2018 at Heathfield Road in Frecheville to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in WW1.

The service was well attended by local veterans, members of the Royal British Legion as well as local ward councillors and residents.

As part of the service, the nearby avenue of trees, planted in memory of soldiers who lost their lives in WW2, was also rededicated.

Cllr Denise Fox said

“We have worked closely with the Royal British Legion to ensure the memorial, which includes 19 trees planted in memory of soldiers who fought in WW2, can continue to provide a suitable place for people to pay their respects for generations to come.”

In addition to remembering those from Frecheville who fought in WW1 and WW2, the service held even more poignancy as it took place on VJ day; when allied nations celebrated victory over Japan, marking the end of WW2.”

Fundraising at Wortley Hall

On Sunday 12 August the Birley Ward Councillors had stalls at the South Yorkshire Festival at Wortley Hall. This year we had Santa on holiday (yes in August!) as well as Teddy Tubbies and Hook a Bag. Birley Ward Councillors support this event and use the opportunity to fundraise to pay for their local election leaflets.

Update from Councillors on Community Developments in Birley Ward

Birley ward councillors have been working hard in several areas of community development in the Birley Ward and here is an update.

Community Newsletter
The Birley Ward Councillors are increasingly concerned that more and more people in the community are becoming lonely or isolated. They have worked with local groups and Voluntary Action Sheffield to produce a newsletter, and they have provided funding for the production and delivery of the first few issues. This newsletter has been produced to promote local groups who provide activities or services for the people of all ages in the Birley Ward community. In particular it will provide information to any lonely and isolated people whether young or old. The newsletter will be delivered by community group volunteers and councillors to all 8,000 households in the Birley ward so watch this space. It should be hitting your door step in early July.

Developing Childrens Facilities
Councillors have set up meetings between council officers and Anthony Cronshaw to discuss the possibility of developing facilities for children and young people around the Frecheville Park and Pond area.

New Community Group – ‘The Friends of the Craggs’
Councillors have been meeting and supporting residents on Longstone Crescent who have now come together to form a community group to look after the area known locally as ‘The Craggs’. This group came about after concerns from residents were raised with councillors about anti-social behaviour and fires in the woodland behind their properties. There has been a litter pick of the area and presentations held at Birley Academy on the dangers and consequences of fire. This was followed up by a presentation to the young people who took part in the litter pick where the Lord Mayor handed out certificates. If you live in the area and would like to get involved please do not hesitate to contact your local councillors.

Denise Fox: denise.fox@councillor.sheffield.gov.uk
Bryan Lodge: bryan.lodge@councillor.sheffield.gov.uk
Karen McGowan: karen.mcgowan@councillor.sheffield.gov.uk

Birley Spa Primary School visit to the Town Hall

On Friday 11 May Councillors Karen McGowan and Denise Fox arranged for the School Council from Birley Spa Primary School to visit the Town Hall. They were shown round by the Lord Mayor Councillor Anne Murphy and they visited the Lord Mayors Parlour and the Council Chamber. Councillor Karen McGowan said “the children were so engaged, they asked the Lord Mayor some really good questions” and Councillor Denise Fox added “they were so well behaved they were a real pleasure to meet.” The school thanked the Lord Mayor and the Councillor for arranging the visit and for giving up their time.

Birley Spa lunch club on the lookout for new volunteers

Birley Spa lunch club is on the hunt for new volunteers so that it can continue providing twice weekly sessions to 39 local older people at Hackenthorpe Community Centre.

Birley Spa lunch club receives grant funding from the council and provides a hot, two course meal to its members twice a week. Those who attend enjoy the time to chat and meet friends, play bingo and go out on day trips together.

After years of running the lunch club, the current club organiser, who has volunteered their time freely until now, is stepping down at the end of May, welcoming a retirement from the role. The club has made a real difference to the lives of its members and all those that have been involved in the running of the club.

Unfortunately there isn’t a volunteer team to hand over the running of the club to and the last lunch will be on Wednesday 30th May unless new volunteers step forward. It’s an opportunity for the local community to get together and think about what they’d like to enjoy and run in their area.

Sheffield City Council has supported the development of more than 50 lunch clubs for many years, recognising the important role these clubs play in helping to reduce the social isolation that may accompany old age, frailty and bereavement. The majority of the clubs are independent self-help groups run by older people for older people. They offer an opportunity for older people to meet together, to share a meal and socialise.

If anyone would like to volunteer to set up a new club, Adele Hunt, Voluntary Sector Liaison Officer at Sheffield City Council can provide information on what’s involved in running a club and what skills and commitment are needed. She can offer information and contacts on a range of topics such as working out a budget, health and safety laws, membership referrals, fundraising, equipment needed, volunteer inductions, club constitutions, activities and record keeping. Although the current grant fund isn’t open to new applications, a new club in Birley could be supported with an interim grant subject to meeting funding criteria and having volunteers who can be financially accountable for funding.

Adele said: “We would love new volunteers to come forward with some exciting ideas. There is no restriction on which day of the week the club should run or what other activities they could provide to members. Everything is an option if somebody has the idea and commitment to make it happen.”

Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “Lunch clubs play an important role in our local communities and rely on volunteers to make sure that they continue. Feedback shows that the regular opportunity to meet and chat is one of the most important things members value and for some, the weekly lunch club is their only opportunity to socialise. We hope that Birley Spa lunch club stays open because of the difference it makes to its local community.”

Adele can be contacted on 0114 273 4631 by anyone interested in setting up a new club in Birley.

Birley Litter Pick Award Ceremony

The Birley Ward Councillors Karen McGowan and Denise Fox invited the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Ann Murphy to an Award Ceremony held at Birley Fire Station on Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 7 pm. Councillor Karen McGowan said “I’d like to thank the local residents who brought the issues of anti-social behaviour to our attention and for working with us to make a difference and tackle this issue”.

The award ceremony was a follow on to work done previously by Councillors, residents, Fire Service and Police in talking to pupils in assemblies at Birley Academy on the dangers of fire and the consequences of a criminal record and was followed up by a litter pick of the area.

Certificates were handed out to all the young people that helped at the litter pick on 10 February this included the Fire Service Cadets and the local young people. Councillor Denise Fox said “we really appreciate the time and effort these young people gave on the day to help us clear the area in Jaunty Park. It is a beautiful area full of wild life and is right on the doorstep for the local community to enjoy”. The next step will be a meeting for those residents interested in forming a friends group. Councillor Karen McGowan said “It is great that residents have come together and want to now form a friends group to develop the site for the whole community.”

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BIRLEY BLITZ

Councillors with the Fire Cadets and Police

It was a miserable, damp and rainy Saturday morning but that did not deter the local Frecheville residents, Fire Service Cadets and police who joined the Birley Ward Councillors in cleaning up a large area of Jaunty Park. This initiative came about through a couple of residents raising concerns about fires, litter and general anti-social behaviour in park land behind Longstone Crescent. The litter pick is a follow on to work done two weeks previously by Councillors, a resident, Fire Service and Police in talking to pupils in assemblies at Birley Academy on the dangers of fire and the consequences of a criminal record.

Councillor Karen McGowan said “The response from everyone especially the local residents and the fire cadets was fantastic and I can not thank them enough. It was terrible weather but everyone did a great job”.

Councillor Bryan Lodge said “ the enthusiasm was great, residents retained some of the litter pick equipment so they can continue cleaning up the area which we are happy to support”.

Councillor McGowan added “the most encouraging part is the willingness of the local residents to form a Community Group to look after this area and some great ideas where discussed such as working with the wildlife trust to educate people on the different species of trees and animals that can be found here and creating seats areas for people to enjoy the area”.

Councillor Denise Fox said “We could not have done this without support from everyone that attended including the Councils Parks & Countryside Department who provided equipment and collected the waste. Also Ruth from the Remember When Café on Silkstone Crescent who provided warm drinks and buns. It was a real community effort and we look forward to supporting and working with the new community group in the future ”.

Sheffield Labour Council Slams Tory “Great Train Robbery”

Sheffield’s Labour Council has blasted the eye-watering rise in ticket prices, which comes in to force today.

Rail fares will go up by an average of 3.4%, the highest increase in five years. Ticket prices have already risen by 27% since 2010, twice the rate of wages

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Transport at Sheffield City Council said:

“This price rise is a total disgrace and will hit hard-working Sheffielders in their pockets hard. For the tens of thousands of Sheffield people who use the trains, this ‘Great Train Robbery’ is an awful way to start 2018.

“Our railways are being run by greedy fat cats on ever higher salaries, when they should be run as a public service, for the public good, with money re-invested in the public interest. Our railway system should be run for the benefit of the many, not to enrich a privileged few.”

“Fares have risen faster wages every year of this clueless government, but the Tories still have the cheek to say there isn’t money to electrify the Midland Mainline, even though it would boost growth by £450 million and help to rebalance our economy.”

“Privatisation has been a disaster for our railways, with higher fares, lower punctuality and a focus on short-term profit rather than long-term investment. Only Labour has the ambition and courage to deliver the railway the public deserves in 2018”

Irina Amelkina of Gleadless, Sheffield works in Nottingham and commutes every day. She said:

“It’s absolutely absurd rail fares are going up yet again. It’s completely unfair that shareholders and executives at the top are making so much whilst the rest of us are being squeezed and losing out. The railways should be nationalised. It’s really galling to have to pay just to see companies make even more money for slow and unreliable services”

The RMT general secretary, Mick Cash, said:

“While workers are struggling, the private train companies are raking it in As we enter the 25th anniversary of railway privatisation legislation, the need for public ownership of rail has never been more popular or necessary.”

Speeding Vehicles on Linley Lane

In response to complaints by local residents on speeding vehicles on Linley Lane Councillors Karen McGowan & Denise Fox held a speed watch session on 6 December with police.

Councillor Karen McGowan said “firstly I’d like to thank the residents for raising their concerns and to the police for supporting us with this activity. In the hour that we were present we recorded vehicles doing up to 55 mph which is way above the 30 mph allowed. This is a danger for anyone trying to cross the road as well as other road users and we urge drivers to slow down. To further support this work we are also moving the Birley Ward Speed Indicator Device (SID) to Linley Lane”.

Councillor Denise Fox added “Thank you to the residents who brought us flasks of coffee out which was very welcome as it was a cold morning”.