Archive | August, 2015


26 Aug



26 Aug

Sheffield Retail Quarter is one step closer to reality after Sheffield City Council announced it has submitted an outline planning application for the scheme.

Over 3,000 people visited a public exhibition and nearly 600 written comments were sent in during the public consultation on the development.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, the Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development said, “The overriding message from the public consultation was to simply get on with it. Sheffield is crying out for a new city centre with new shops. We understand that there is scepticism after the previous Sevenstone scheme and this application shows that we are determined to make this happen, and happen fast.

“The purchase of the land is well underway and we will shortly be shortlisting the last three potential development partners. We’re right on track to start work on site next year, with the majority of shops opening in 2019.”

The plans, which can be viewed on the Council’s planning website, will see the area around Barkers Pool, Pinstone Street and Moorhead transformed with new shops, offices, restaurants and flats. Sheffield Retail Quarter could create around 2,500 jobs and bring in approximately an additional £300 million a year to the city centre that people currently spend elsewhere.

The outline planning application addresses the main themes from the public consultation, including space for a mix of aspirational brands, high street shops and the independent stores that give Sheffield its character. Much-loved historical buildings such as Leah’s Yard and The Citadel (Salvation Army building) will be preserved, as well as facades along Pinstone Street and of the old Sunday School.

As The Outdoor City, Sheffield is well known for its love of green spaces and the environment, and this will be reflected in the development. Its public spaces will be of the same high quality as other popular spots like the Peace Gardens and there will be plenty of space for both pedestrians and cyclists, as well as over 2,000 car parking spaces.

Not only will the buildings have live, growing ‘green roofs’ with sustainable drainage systems, but some could have ‘brown roofs’ providing different habitats and some could have ‘blue roofs’ which will collect rainwater for use in the scheme.  Solar panels and district heating are amongst the other options in the plans.

The Council has submitted an outline planning application to allow flexibility as it works in partnership with potential occupants, retailers and development partners.

A decision is expected on the application by the end of the year and, if it receives consent, a more detailed application can then be submitted.

Notices are being served on the small number of businesses and residents still on site as and when required, so that preparatory work can begin as soon as possible.  This strategy reflects the needs of both the Council and those affected.

Formal comments on the application must be made via

Regular updates on the scheme, and opportunities to comment as it progresses, will be made public through further stakeholder events, the local media, social media and the website


14 Aug

MP Blom

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, is holding his 2015 Big Conversation to listen to your concerns and press them in Parliament. Last year almost 2000 people came to one of his 60 events. Events include question and answer sessions, themed discussions, and café drop-ins where you can come and chat with your local MP.

The Big Conversation kicks off with The Big Conversation Launch at Harland Cafe, near Bramall Lane, where Paul will be joined by South Yorkshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, and the Bishop of Warrington, the Right Reverend Richard Blackburn. You can find out more here.

You can read the full list of events here. There are events across Sheffield Central.


13 Aug


At 9.30pm on Saturday 17 October, Sheffield’s first night-time walking half marathon and 10k event Night Strider is set to welcome thousands of men and women taking to the streets of Sheffield city centre.

It will be an amazing night – thousands of people illuminated with light, walking under the Sheffield night sky – with every stride helping us raise the vital funds needed to ensure we can continue providing the very best care for the people of Sheffield.

You can choose to walk a half marathon or 10K. The fundraising each participant can achieve will ensure that we can continue to be there for our friends, our family and our city – for life.

Make the difference. Sign up at

WARD POTS 2015/16

12 Aug

Councillors in each ward have a budget that they can allocate to activities and projects that will contribute to tackling their ward priorities.

The ward budgets within the Central Area for 2015/16 are –

Broomhill – £12,422

Central – £25,657

Hillsborough – £16,478

Walkley – £21,296

Ward pot spend 2015/16: Summary of Central LAP Ward Pots 2015~16

As the budgets are allocated we will update the above information.

For information on the small grants round and allocations: Small Grants Allocations

For further information about ward priorities or how to apply for a ward pot grant you can either contact your local councillor:

Broomhill Ward Councillors

Central Ward Councillors

Hillsborough Ward Councillors

Walkley Ward Councillors

or the Locality Officer on 0114 2053049 or email


12 Aug

WOW Guide After the success of the first edition of our WOW guide, Home Instead Senior Care have launched their second edition.

The first guide was launched back in November 2014 and it has been brilliant in getting socially isolated people from communities within Sheffield involved in more activities. Not only has our guide helped adults across Sheffield, but it has helped encourage some of our clients, who were once quite shy, to come out of their shells.

The guide has featured across many different media channels such as; Sheffield Star, Look Local and Sheffield Live TV as we continue to raise awareness of the vast range of activities that are available to people across Sheffield.

The guide has a slightly different layout, as well as a few activities changes and we hope it will help continue to reduce social isolation across Sheffield.

For further info see:


12 Aug

iPad Training for Beginners Are you a technophobic? Would you like to learn how to use an iPad? Sheffield 50+ run iPad Courses for beginners in a small friendly and easy going groups. iPads provided. For further information/to book a place contact:  Julie White on 0114 2536736 or Email:


Smartphone Training Do you or someone you know own a mobile phone with lots of features you haven’t a clue how to use? Would you like to learn how to use them? Sheffield 50+ will be running a series of training sessions in conjunction with Sheffield Students to enable you to get the best from your phone. For further information or to put your name down contact:  Julie White on 0114 2536736 or Email:


10 Aug


A new money lending service has opened in Sheffield in opposition to high-cost credit and doorstep loans.

Sheffield Money estimates the service could save the city’s residents up to £20m a year.

The company, set up with a £220,000 grant from Sheffield City Council, provides a broker service to match people to products.

Chief Executive of Sheffield Money, Rob Shearing, said: “This is a new solution to a huge problem in Sheffield.”

Based in Cambridge Street, Sheffield Money provides access to loans of up to £7,500, credit for white goods, savings and bank accounts and money and debt advice.

‘Ethical and affordable credit’

It is estimated more than 50,000 people in Sheffield are borrowing an average of £800 each, subject to extremely high interest rates.

Mr Shearing said: “If you are in a payday loan situation, it’s upwards of four figures in terms of the annual percentage rate and if you are looking at somebody using a doorstep collection or, even worse, some of the illegal money lending that happens, you are talking about hundreds and hundreds of percent.”

Sheffield Money was set up on the back of recommendations made by the city’s Fairness Commission.

Labour council leader, Julie Dore, said: “Payday and doorstep lenders have been ripping off and exploiting people most in need of credit, especially some of the most vulnerable people in our city, preying on their need for available credit and charging extortionate interest rates.

“People need a real alternative which will stop them being forced to go to these notorious lenders.

“That is why we have worked hard to create a new, ethical and affordable credit option by starting Sheffield Money

Sheffield Money website:


5 Aug

The ZEST August Bulletin is out now !!

Here’s a a snapshot of some of the things included:

What’s on this month

  • Need childcare in August?  
  • Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge
  • New Community Health Walk
  • Craft Club and Sewing Group

What’s on next month

  • Zest Gym for Women opening soon
  • Family Health Workshops
  • Steps to Excellence confidence course

Click on this link to read the full bulletin:


5 Aug

We are looking for Things To Do for 8 – 18 year olds in Sheffield between October and December! Would you like to be included in our guide?

Sheffieldr will be putting together an autumn edition of the Things to Do guide for children and young people. The guide will be available for everyone online, as well as is guide will be printed and distributed around venues in Sheffield as well as being available online. You can see the previous and current versions of the guide here:

The guide will cover the October – December period (we know it’s early to be thinking about Christmas! Sorry!) and will be designed and edited in September, so we need all content by the end of this month (August.)

It is free to be listed, we just want to make the best guide possible for young people! We require the following information for any activities between October and December:

–          The name of your group, place or activity
–          What day or days your group, place or activity is on / open
–          Location(s)
–          Time(s)
–          Cost
–          Contact details

–          General information and description about group, place or activity

Please send all of the above information to: or contact Tash Bright on 0114 201 8647 | 07580 714 860

Please send your information through before the end of August, as the guide will be put together, printed and distributed during September. If you have details to be confirmed, please send through and we will include it, but will add the details when / if you have them before we go to print.

Please note that we may not be able to fit all information that is sent in the guide, but we will try our hardest to accommodate and work on a first come, first served basis. We use every effort to avoid errors and rely on the content provided by many external sources, so please check everything before sending it across!