Birley councillors join picket line of DWP strike for Eastern Avenue Job Centre

Birley councillors joined the picket line in support of DWP striking to save Eastern Avenue Job Centre.

The strike is in opposition to DWP’s decision to close the Eastern Avenue jobcentre. Closing the jobcentre will remove a vital public service from an already deprived area of Sheffield. It will also force the claimants who use the office, many of whom are disabled or have young children, to make a much longer journey to access vital services.

The campaign against the office closure is getting strong backing from Sheffield MPs and other local politicians as well as good media coverage. Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, has asked further questions in parliament to find out from the minister what assessment has been made of the effect of the proposed closure of the jobcentre on the roll-out of universal credit in Sheffield. These follow the numerous questions raised by Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield Heeley, who has previously tried to press the minister to provide answers around the closure of the site. Meanwhile the leader of Sheffield City Council, Julie Dore, has written to the DWP to make clear her strong opposition to the closure.

Streets Ahead Scheme Feedback Survey

The Streets Ahead Scheme in Sheffield is the city wide highways maintenance project currently upgrading the condition of the city’s roads, pavements, street lights, bridges and other items on or around the streets.

 

A feedback survey has been re-launched with the aim of asking residents what they think about the upgrades that have been carried out across the city so far.

 

This survey is open until the 7th October with the results available in late Autumn.

 

All the team at the Streets Ahead are interested in any feedback you want to share.

 

You can complete the survey in less than 10 minutes at the following link:

 

https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/place-business-strategy/streetsahead.

 

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The Cygnets are going strong!

Swan

 

Anybody who has walked around the Frecheville pond recently will have seen that we have a family of young cygnets that have recently joined us.

 

Since their birth unfortunately one didn’t make it but we still have 6 that have made the pond their home.

 

Thanks to everyone who uses and looks after the pond and park area, it is down to you that the pond is such an inviting area to both humans and animals alike!

 

And a special mention to the Friends of Frecheville Park and Pond for all their hard work in maintaining the area.

Cllr Denise Fox as Sheffield’s new Lord Mayor

We would like to congratulate Councillor Denise Fox who is now Sheffield’s new Lord Mayor.

 

Denise is the 120th Lord Mayor of Sheffield, and the 17th female, and has been a loyal Labour Councillor for the Birley Ward since 2005.

 

Denise said ‘I will carry out my role as Lord Mayor the 1st citizen of Sheffield to the best of my ability, and I look forward to the year ahead’.

 

Congratulations Denise and good luck in your new role!

Mayor

Birley in Bloom

Amongst the April showers the sun has started to shine in Sheffield.

Daffodils

Birley Labour would like to thank all those who volunteer keeping our local communities looking so great. Frecheville pond has really brightened up the community recently with the blossoming daffodils and variety of nature the pond attracts.

Ducks

There are many areas across Birley that are well looked after, and it’s thanks to community groups and local residents that these areas are maintained for all to use. Let’s hope we have some more sunny days for everyone to make the most out of the beautiful areas in our community.

Congratulations to all Sheffield Half Marathon runners!

The Birley Ward Labour Party would like to congratulate all of today’s Sheffield Half Marathon runners!

 

A great big well done to all those who took part in both the half marathon and the fun run, and a great big thank you to all the sponsors and supporters who were out in full force to cheer on the runners!

 

The results are now available online and can be found at the following link: http://chiptiming.co.uk/results/?sport=1&year=2016&event=2586&race=4427

 

Half Marathon

MUGA Launch Event

A new MUGA (Multi Use Games Arena) was officially opening in Charnock on Saturday 19th March. Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Denise Fox, Councillors Karen McGowan and Bryan Lodge and Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts were all in attendance for the launch.

MUGA

The Friends of Charnock Recreation Grounds were also presented with the Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag Community Award, for the 5th year in a row!

 

Over 400 people attended the event, and our local Councillors also manned a stall which raised over £75 for the park.

 

Special thanks was given to businesses which had supported the building of the MUGA, including Viridor Credits, Friends of Charnock, Church Burgesses Trust, Community First Award, JG Graves Charitable Trust and AMEY. Activity Sheffield also provided a climbing tower and obstacle course for the day along with instructors offering sports coaching on the new facilities.

 

More information including photos on the event can be found at http://www.friendsofcharnockrec.co.uk/blog/2016/03/20/muga-launch-event/

 

 

 

Crime Prevention Initiative in Birley Ward

Burglar Bill

Over the last year your local councillors have been working in partnership with police to reduce crime and make residents feel safer and increase community prevention in our area. One of the initiatives provided by local councillors through the community LAP is a crime prevention pack. The packs have been offered in phases which started last year in Basegreen, Charnock and Frecheville. We are currently offering packs to those on the Birley/Thornbridge estate and over the coming months they will be offered to the remaining Birley Ward residents. The process is:

• Leaflets are delivered to the residents in the allocated phase with a deadline for requesting a pack. Requests can be made by telephone, text or email
• The information of the requests are compiled by the councillors.
• Packs are purchased through the community LAP from the police.
• Once packs are received they are deliver to the residents by the Birley Ward Councillors.

The packs contain items such as smart pens, window locks and useful literature about what householders can do to deter would be burglars.

The packs are a great reminder to us all to be on our guard and protect our property, we are glad to see many local people applying for the packs. It has also been a great opportunity for the councillors to meet and talk to residents about any concerns.

Lord Mayors Civic Award for Dr Heatley

Civic Awards - 8 December 2015

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On Tuesday 8 December Birley Ward Councillors Karen McGowan and Denise Fox were proud to see Dr Heatley of Birley Health Centre being presented with the Sheffield Lord Mayors Civic Award for his contribution to the Ebola crisis. Councillor Karen McGowan said “Dr Heatley put his life on the line to help others and it was a real honour to nominate him for the award. His whole family were affected by his devotion to help others not only worrying about him whilst he was away but for the time he was in quaranteen on his return”. Well done Dr Heatley it’s a real honour to have such a dedicated professional in our community.