Thank You, Litter Pickers.

Information from Councillor Bryan Lodge.

The City Council Streets Ahead team has written to thank all the volunteer litter picking teams that have been active in Sheffield over the last few months.  We know that a lot of people in the Birley ward have been volunteering to keep areas clean and tidy in our area and recently we have posted information about groups in Basegreen and Frecheville.

As ward councillors we are very grateful to all volunteers in the ward and we try to support as many of you as we can.

If anyone is interested in setting up a group in your neighbourhood we can help by providing some basic equipment.  Please contact us.


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.

Councillors Join Local Residents for Litter Pick.

From Councillor Bryan Lodge.
Great to have the opportunity to join the new Basegreen Litter Pickers this morning with Cllr Karen McGowan. Another load of litter cleared from the paths and hedgerows. The difference is already visible and many people passing expressed their gratitude to everyone out this morning. Along with the group activities, many of the group are going out on other days as well. Great community spirit and drive!
Pictured before we set off this morning from The Centre Spot, we all adhered to social distancing and enjoyed the interaction as we tackled this unnecessary and antisocial problem


Voting in the Pandemic.

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

The following information can also be found by clicking this link:

Voting in a pandemic – how can you do it? (

The Government has confirmed that local elections will go ahead in May, and here at Sheffield City Council we are doing all we can to make voting as easy and safe as possible.

The local election, Police and Crime Commissioner election and the Sheffield Governance Referendum are all due to take place on 6 May 2021, after they were postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This means that residents in Sheffield who are eligible and have registered to vote will have the opportunity to vote for their local councillors, and in a separate poll, for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

This year there will also be a referendum to vote on the way that the council is run, with voters asked to choose between the current Leader and Cabinet model and the Committee model. We’ll be sending more information to voters about the choices shortly.

Plans to ensure that voting is as simple and Covid-secure as possible, are now being finalised, whether that’s in person, by post, or by proxy. However you choose to vote, a huge amount of work is going on behind the scenes to make sure that this is as safe as possible. If you choose to vote in person at a polling station, there will be a number of procedures in place to ensure that this is done in a Covid-secure way. There will be limits on the number of people allowed in the polling station at any one-time, social distancing measures in place, and regular cleaning of all touch points. Voters and staff will also need to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt on medical grounds, and bring their own pen or pencil to mark their ballots.

If you would prefer to vote by post this year, we are making it easier than ever. We are sending out a postal vote application form with every poll card when they are issued in March. Instead of going online to print off an application form, people wishing to vote by post simply need to complete and return the application form using the free-post envelope provided, making sure it reaches us by 5pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021. We will then send you a postal vote for all three elections. You can also apply now for postal voting if you prefer here.

Whichever method you choose, you must have registered by Monday 19th April 2021 to be able to vote.

You don’t need to register for every election, but you must register again if you’ve changed address, name or nationality recently. You can do this online here.

Kate Josephs, Chief Executive and Returning Officer at Sheffield City Council said: “This year’s elections will be like no other held before. With three postponed elections taking place during Covid-19, we are carefully navigating our way through the Covid regulations and guidance to ensure that polling is as safe and accessible as possible for the people of Sheffield.

I would appeal to everyone to look out for their poll card and have taken the necessary steps to ensure they can vote on 6 May, whether that’s checking if they’re registered, applying for a postal vote or arranging a proxy vote in good time. It is important that everyone in Sheffield has their say on matters that affect them, their community and their city.”

Birley Ward councillor, Bryan Lodge added, “Whichever candidate you choose to vote for, I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in this election. We know that people in the Birley ward have ideas and opinions that they want to be heard and acted on.  Voting in this election is an important way to be part of the democratic process.”

To find out more about the elections, please visit:



Council calls for support for struggling nightlife businesses.

Information from Councillor Bryan Lodge taken from Sheffield City Council’s website.
One of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic and its lockdowns has been nightlife, with many businesses facing an uphill battle to bring back their venues and events when restrictions ease. Sheffield City Council has today called on the Government to support the sector so that the city’s much loved pubs, bars and clubs can recover from the financial impact of Covid-19, which has seen many businesses forced to remain closed for nearly a year.
Sheffield has over a thousand businesses offering a huge range of experiences in the night-time economy, which also includes live music, exhibitions and cinema, as well as a reputation for hosting many internationally renowned events and festivals, such as Tramlines, Sensoria, MelaninFest, Sheffield Beer Week and Sheffield Doc/Fest. These businesses support nearly 12,000 jobs directly, and many more through the gig economy and their supply chains.
Alongside industry partners such as UNIGHT, a not-for-profit organisation that represents Sheffield’s night-time community, and CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) the Council is calling on the Government to put practical support and funding in place to ensure the survival of businesses that play a key role in Sheffield’s identity and attract residents, visitors, students, and investment to the city.
The Council has submitted its proposals to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into the night-time economy. These include:
• A continuation of the furlough scheme, business rates relief and 5% VAT relief for the rest of 2021
• Funds to be allocated to encourage the creation of new businesses and to enable training for new staff entering the sector
• A national campaign aimed at restoring consumer confidence and encouraging people to continue to spend local when restrictions are lifted
• Ensuring a level playing field between pubs, restaurants, takeaways and shops so that pubs have a lifeline during the current lockdown
Councillor Bryan Lodge added, “The statistice speak for themselves. So many jobs and thriving businesses are at risk and clearly the council has a role to do whatever it can to support them. The importance of the city’s night time economy can’t be overestimated and, when we emerge from the crisis that Covid has created, we will need these facilities more than ever.”
You can see the full story by clicking the link below,

City Council Budget 2021/22.

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

Following public consultation, the City Council has set out Sheffield’s 2021/22 budget, investing in the care sector, youth services and community safety, giving Council Tax support to those who need it most, retaining citywide essential services to all residents, and delivering on priorities for a sustainable future, despite the challenges brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor Bryan Lodge said, “The last months have been very difficult for everyone and, although we are not out of the woods yet, it is good news that we are now able to plan a more positive future for the city.  I’m also pleased that we have been able to respond to what residents have told us they want”.

More details of next year’s budget can be found at

Labour Plan for Council Housing in Sheffield

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

Sheffield City Council’s priorities for providing safe, warm, affordable council homes and investing in them and our council estates has been approved by our full council meeting. The ambitious plans mean that we will continue to invest in council properties and improve the lives of all council tenants and residents across the city.

The plan includes spending £500 million over 5 years on new homes, repairs and improvements to the local environment, and creating jobs which includes recruiting 40 apprentices a year.

To see more detail visit the council’s website and click on “News& Press” at the bottom of the page.

New grants to support self-employed and small businesses.

Sheffield City Council will make one off payments of £1000 to businesses who have not been eligible for other grant schemes and are impacted by the 5th January 2021 National Lockdown.
This includes sectors such as hospitality, accommodation, leisure, entertainment, personal care and non-essential retail who are forced to close, or those that are in the supply chain of these sectors and driving instructors.
The new scheme will give much needed support to self-employed and small businesses which until now have fallen through the gaps – for example homebased businesses, business with low or no property costs, new start-ups, and self-employed that have not been able to access significant support from SEIS.
This scheme is designed to help self-employed or small businesses who are:
• home based
• have business related rental or mortgage costs of below £1500 per annum
• pay for virtual office space
• do not have rental or mortgage costs but pay a commission or pay a proportion of their takings to their landlord
If you have fixed property costs less than £1500, for example rent or mortgage payments, please check your eligibility and apply here –
If you have no fixed property costs, but incur other business costs (insurance, commission etc) please check your eligibility and apply here –
This grant will support those that have not been able to access significant SEIS support (i.e. those who have received less than £1,000 in their last SEIS claim).
For support and advice on accessing these grants, please contact Business Sheffield on telephone 0114 224 5000 or email
Businesses wishing to stay informed with the latest updates should sign up to Sheffield City Council’s email alert service and follow Business Sheffield and Sheffield City Council’s social media channels.

Free School Meal Voucher Scheme.

Information from the Sheffield Labour Councillors website about the city-wide free school meal voucher scheme
This month the government (finally) launched the national voucher scheme to cover free school meals. They have been forced into this U-turn by footballer Marcus Rashford and the disgraceful images seen on social media – showing appalling food hampers delivered by national private contractors.
The new national approach now reflects what Sheffield had previously done locally – when Labour Councillors instructed the council to provide free-school-meals to children over half -term, when the government shamefully refused to do so.
This supported over 22,000 children in Sheffield.…/informa…/