No Room For Racism.

No room for racism.
After the disgraceful racist comments, aimed at England players Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, which were posted overnight on social media, the Leader of Sheffield Council has responded this afternoon with a statement
Cllr Terry Fox said:
“We know racism exists in our country, and on our own doorstep here in Sheffield. We must work together, and send a message loud and clear – there is no room for racism in England, in Sheffield, or anywhere else.”
“This England team are heroes, both on and off the pitch. They have given this country the lift we absolutely needed.”
“From taking the knee, to wearing the Pride armband and campaigning for children to be able to eat during the school holidays, this group of lads are a different level. I’m just so proud of them, and of course our Three Lions from Sheffield, Kyle Walker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Harry Maguire.”
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Housing Improvements in Birley Ward.

Whilst out on one of our regular walks around the Birley ward, it was hard not to notice the investment taking place in our Council housing stock. Work to replace aged rooves across the ward has moved on from Basegreen, with new rooves being installed across properties in Hackenthorpe.

“A new roof will make a huge difference to the property and help in reducing energy costs for tenants. It’s really encouraging to see so many properties that have already benefited from the roof replacement work, including blocks of flats and individual houses. It’s important that tenants have warm and weatherproof homes so I’m pleased to see this work going on” commented Cllr Karen McGowan.

“I know there have been problems with the repairs service, and we’re looking at a number of measures to get things back on track.  The new homes on the Weakland estate and the planned new houses on the former Newstead estate complement the existing council properties across Basegreen, Birley and Hackenthorpe: it’s important that we continue to invest in delivering decent homes for our tenants. ”


Councillors Walking Surgery – “Really Successful”

At the moment we can’t hold regular surgeries in venues such as libraries or community centres, so Birley Councillors are planning a series of Walking Surgeries which means visiting areas of the ward and meeting people where they live.
Today Birley Ward councillors were out and about in the Hackenthorpe area. Karen, Denise and Bryan were joined by colleagues from Beighton and Mosborough Wards. They were also accompanied by Police Community Support Officers, Philip Clayton and Roger Shalome. This was an opportunity for residents to meet councillors and the PCSO’s and share any issues and concerns they have.
The Birley Councillors met and spoke with 17 people in just two hours and a variety of issues (such as speeding traffic, housing repairs, an abandoned car, inappropriate parking, tree maintenance, and grass verges) were brought to their attention. All issues raised are being followed up by the councillors (or the PCSO’s) and, although they can’t promise to resolve issues in every case, they will be working with relevant departments to try and sort out any problems.
Councillor Karen McGowan said “I think this morning’s exercise was very successful and it was great to meet so many people from the ward. We are now planning the next walking surgery and, wherever that is we will let residents know in advance.”
In the meantime, if you have concerns to raise with councillors please get in touch using the contact details on the Birley Ward Councillors facebook page or on our website:

Temporary Disruption To Evening Tram Services.

Information from Councillor Karen McGowan.

We have received the following information from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive regarding temporary disruption to evening tram services in our area due to essential engineering works.

This will affect Purple and Blue Route evening services between Monday 7th June and Thursday 10th June.

During this time, the last the last Blue Route service from Malin Bridge to Halfway will be 20:43 (20:59 from Cathedral) and from Halfway to City at 21:46. Later services will only operate between Malin Bridge and Sheffield Station to the revised timetable

Purple Route trams will stop operating earlier than normal. The last departure from Cathedral to Herdings will be at 21:42 and the last departure Herdings to Cathedral at 22:08.

Customers impacted by these service changes may use valid tram tickets on Stagecoach and First bus services in the affected areas. These include:

First service 8 between City and Birley Lane

First service 11/11a between City and Herdings

First service 51 between City and White Lane

First/Stagecoach service 120 between City, Manor Top and Halfway

Information on revised timetables can be found at


Online Applications for Young People’s Travel Passes.

Information from Councillor Karen McGowan.

We have received the following information from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive regarding online applications for young people’s travel passes.

It is fast approaching the end of the current academic year and the new academic year will be on us soon. We wanted to take this opportunity to promote the benefits of our free travel passes to people aged 18 and under and encourage young people and parents to apply for a concessionary pass.

Concessionary travel passes provide proof of eligibility to travel for a concessionary fare of 80p per single journey. Additionally, pass holders are eligible to purchase a range of discounted daily, weekly and 28-day tickets from bus and tram operators, including prepaid tickets offering unlimited travel across South Yorkshire.

Our travel passes are available to young people aged 18 and under who live in South Yorkshire.  Early application is encouraged in order to benefit from discounted travel over the summer holidays. The quickest way to apply for a pass is online by creating a MyTSY account. Full details on how to apply can be found at

We aim to dispatch each pass within 11 days of receiving a completed online application if all details are correct.

If customers are unable to apply online, we are asking them to give our Traveline team a call on 01709 515151, between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday or 8am and 7pm Saturday and Sunday, and they will happily talk them through their options.

In addition, to help with the region’s recovery post-pandemic, the Mayor of South Yorkshire Dan Jarvis announced an extension to SYPTE’s young person’s travel concession to include those between 18 and 21 years old. The concession will allow passengers with a valid Zoom Beyond 18-21 Travel Pass to travel for 80p per single journey on bus and tram within South Yorkshire, from 21 June 2021 to 20 June 2022. The pass will expire either on 20 June 2022 or the day before the person’s 22nd birthday, whichever is sooner. Further information regarding the Zoom Beyond Travel Pass can be found at

We will automatically issue existing 16-18 Travel Pass holders with a new Zoom Beyond 18-21 Travel Pass during week commencing 31 May, though they should continue to use their 16-18 Travel Pass until it expires on 31 July.

Great Election Result For Birley Ward.

Congratulations to Bryan Lodge on being re-elected as Birley ward councillor.  This was a great result on a day when results for the Labour Party didn’t go well in some other parts of the city.

The figures were.

Labour – 1848 votes.

Conservative – 1241 votes.

Liberal Democrats – 211 votes.

Green Party – 431 votes.

This gave Labour a majority of   607   and a 49.45% share of the vote.

Bryan is pictured at the count with our other ward councillors, Karen McGowan and Denise Fox.

Many thanks to all who worked so hard to achieve this result.

Housing Lettings – Have Your Say.

Information from Councillor Bryan Lodge taken from Sheffield City Council’s website.

A consultation scheme is underway to find out what people think about potential changes to how social housing is let in the city.

There are ever increasing demands on social housing in Sheffield, like many other parts of the country.

The proposed changes aim to ensure that our housing stock goes to the people who need it most. The proposals include:

  • A separate register for adapted properties, specifically let to people with a mobility or medical need
  • Affordability assessments on everyone offered social housing
  • Allowing only those with a local connection to Sheffield to join the Housing Register
  • Giving greater priority to people who need to move urgently
  • Not allowing those with substantial financial assets or income to join the Housing Register
  • Increasing the time period tenants are unable to re-join the Housing Register after taking a tenancy

“Councillor Paul Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said:  “These proposals could bring about some important changes to the way we let social housing so make sure you have your say and let us know what you think.

“We hope any changes we make will mean that our social housing stock is used in the best way it can be, providing a home for those who need it most. We are also aiming to make more tenancies successful and our neighbourhoods great places to live, with properties that customers can afford and the right support in place when it’s needed.”

Birley Ward Councillor, Bryan Lodge added, “This consultation is an important part of the council’s drive to make sure people have a greater say in the decisions which affect them.  I would like to encourage as many people as possible to join in and let us know how they feel about the proposals.”

Complete the 15-minute survey at before 30th April 2021 to have your say.



Increased Community Safety Funding.

Information from Councillor Bryan Lodge taken from Sheffield City Council’s website.

The Council has committed increased funding of over £1.1 million for community safety work across the city, so that people feel safe living, working, and playing in our neighbourhoods.

The funding, designed to provide more reassurance in local areas by better joint-working, will involve working with communities, the council and partners including South Yorkshire Police, the voluntary, community and faith sector, health, schools and councillors.

Working to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour will be the main aim as well as reducing exploitation of the young and of vulnerable people. The emphasis will very much be on prevention and early intervention work.

Street wardens across seven committee areas

A team of street wardens will be deployed to each of Sheffield’s seven committee areas. These teams will have enforcement powers to issue on the spot fines showing a return to a visible presence in our areas. They will be supported with a safer neighbourhood team and an improved working model with our partners at South Yorkshire Police.

CCTV will also be trialled, linked to the central monitoring unit and quick response teams, and if successful will be looked at for any major incident areas. Trials in a neighbouring authority have seen anti-social behaviour and low-level crime incidents reduce by up to 60%.

What it will mean for our neighbourhoods

This will be a return to highly visible support and intervention on the streets of our local areas, working with residents and partners including the police.

Councillor Paul Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “I recognise the importance of residents feeling safe in their neighbourhoods and that is why we are investing a further £1.1million in bringing back what many people have asked for, a visible presence on our streets.

“This is only part of a far more extensive plan in partnership with South Yorkshire Police and the Violence Reduction Unit who are also increasing their support and presence on the street. Our street wardens will be a valuable source of information regarding the issues in communities and ensure the right partner agencies are involved at the earliest opportunity.

“We’ve already seen the difference that wardens can make where we have teams out in some parts of the city. As well as intervention, and highlighting or escalating issues, they have become a friendly and supportive presence on the streets and I’m confident that our 28 new wardens will be very well received and make a significant positive difference amongst our diverse communities.”

Warden enforcement powers will allow them to issue fines but they will also provide advice and support to local people, helping them to report problems and to monitor ongoing or persistent issues.

The wardens will be recognisable in Sheffield City Council uniform and branded vehicles. People can expect to see them in our neighbourhoods by the summer.

Birley Ward Councillor, Bryan Lodge added, “Issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour are raised regularly when members of the community contact councillors. I believe this new investment in community safety measures will go some way to making communities in the Birley ward safer and more pleasant places to live.”

The full article can be seen on the following link:

Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour through improved joint-working | SheffNews.


New Lower Fares For Under 21’s.

Information from Councillor Bryan Lodge.

Fantastic news for those aged 21 and under as Mayor Dan Jarvis and the local Council Leaders across South Yorkshire announce an extension to concessionary fares across South Yorkshire for a year.

We all know the impact that the Covid pandemic has had on jobs across South Yorkshire. Figures show that this has had a bigger impact on 16-21 year olds here than in other parts of the country so it’s really pleasing to see this step as part of the wider £23.45m of funding to tackle unemployment and help young people in the economic recovery from Covid. The 80p fare will help young people get to work, and find jobs and training opportunities. Additional benefits arising from this policy will further improve the viability of the City Centre by encouraging young people to travel by bus, reduce the reliance on cars and help to deliver on our aspirations towards a carbon neutral economy.

Growing up in Sheffield, and travelling from Hackenthorpe to Granville College from the age of 16, I relied heavily on the cheap and reliable bus network to get about – not just for college but for all aspects of my life. It was never an aspiration to have a car as the network allowed me to get to where I needed at an affordable price. By extending the concession, it allows all under 21 greater opportunities to get about. For more information visit:…/