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Survey reveals what people think of West street area of the city centre

9 Feb

People across Sheffield have revealed what they think of the West Street and Devonshire Green area of the city centre in a survey published today.

 

Over half of them, 56 per cent, said they would recommend a visit to the West Street and Devonshire Green area of the city centre.

 

The same number agreed or strongly agreed that they enjoyed visiting the area before 5pm at the weekend. Fewer thought the same from 5pm to 11pm, with only 46 per cent agreeing that it was enjoyable. This dropped to 22 per cent after 11pm.

 

More than 800 people responded to the online survey that is part of an exercise in gathering evidence, to decide what further measures need to be taken to improve the area.

 

The majority said they visited the area for leisure. Nearly 90 per cent wanted to see more boutique and independent shops, and 75 per cent wanted more high quality restaurants.

 

When asked what they would like to see less of in the area people opted for the following:

 

  • Off licenses  (74 per cent)
  • Licensed casinos  (64 per cent)
  • Student oriented venues (59 per cent)
  • Adult entertainment venues (58 per cent)
  • Fast food outlets (56 per cent)

 

Views were also sought on what action should be taken to make the area better. The top five suggestions, in order of preference are:

 

  • Greater support for homeless people
  • CCTV linked to the City Centre monitoring station
  • A stronger police presence
  • More lighting in side streets
  • Responsible retailers scheme for off licences and supermarkets selling alcohol

 

 

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene said:  “We are really grateful to those of you who took the time to let us know your views.

 

“We will be sharing these findings with our colleagues in the council who are responsible for tackling the social issues this survey has identified as needing further work.

 

“The findings are invaluable in helping us decide what we need to do in the future to address the concerns expressed by people who have told us that whilst they enjoy the area they think certain behaviours need to be tackled.”

 

Director of Public Health, Greg Fell added:  “West Street and Devonshire Green are well represented in the city’s Best Bar None scheme for responsible alcohol retailers and Sheffield as a whole has Purple Flag status for a safer night-time economy.

 

“Our response will also need to focus on the health and welfare of people whose street behaviour may make visiting the area less pleasant.”

 

The evidence from the survey, along with local crime and disorder figures and other factors including complaints recorded by local authorities and health related statistics will be used to decide whether or not a Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) should be introduced.

 

These create an assumption that new licenses to sell alcohol, in a designated zone, will be refused unless the applicant can show they will not add to existing problems. A CIP does not stop licences from being issued but can require the licence holder to put in place specific measures, including shorter opening hours, to reduce any harm.

 

The next step will be to present the evidence to Licensing Committee for their deliberation as to whether or not a CIP should be applied to this area.

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Landlord ‘illegally evicted tenant and forced her to sleep rough’

26 Jan

A Sheffield landlord evicted a woman who couldn’t speak fluent English from her flat without any notice, forcing her to sleep on the streets.

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard it was the second time that Naveed Hussain, 36, of Pitsmoor Road, had been prosecuted for offences of a similar nature.

The court heard on Tuesday how Saba Habte moved into the flat on The Wicker in December 2015 on the recommendation of a fellow student in her English class.

But just over a year later, on 15 December 2016, the tenant was drinking a cup of tea in her room when Hussain appeared at the door and insisted she had to leave the property that day.

When she objected, Mr Hussain said ‘it is my house and I can do as I choose’ and took the key from the door and put it in his pocket.

Paul Barber, prosecuting for Sheffield City Council, told the court: “That night Ms Habte stayed outside in the cold in the bus station. She suffered the indignity of losing her home and sleeping on the streets, but also some of her belongings weren’t there when she went to get them. Salvation Army Officers who assisted her with retrieval of her belongings described Hussain as having an attitude of contempt towards her.”

Hussain was prosecuted under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. The case has been adjourned for sentencing.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for housing and community safety at Sheffield City Council, said: “We take these cases very seriously. The majority of landlords across the city are decent and hard-working but a few seem to have little care for the responsibilities that come with letting a property.

“We believe that unlawful eviction, the threat of unlawful eviction, and harassment or intimidation are amongst the very worst kind of rogue landlord behaviour.

“For this reason we take a very tough stance against landlords who do this and have carried out six successful prosecutions in the past year.

“We believe Sheffield’s private tenants are amongst the most-protected in the country and taking prosecutions like this are part of our commitment to making sure that high standards of accommodation and responsible management prevail in the sector.”

Following the prosecution, Ms Habte said: “I’m very pleased especially hearing the outcome of the case and I am pleased with how the Council has acted and for (their) support”.

In a second case heard by Sheffield Magistrates Court this week, Saeed Bashir, 43, of Horndean Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to failing to licence a property contrary to the Housing Act 2004 section 95.

The court heard that on 21 July 2017, Mr Bashir was in control of a property on Page Hall Road which was required to be licensed, but wasn’t.

Mr Bashir pleaded guilty but in mitigation said that he had trusted an agent to licence the property but that agent then ran off to London with his money.

Mr Bashir didn’t apply for a licence until after he received a summons from the Court.

Costs were awarded to the council of £668 and Bashir was fined £275 reduced from £400 because of an early guilty plea.

He was ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge, so was ordered to pay £973 in total.

Cllr Dunn added: “I hope these cases reassure private tenants that we do investigate their complaints. I encourage anyone who is concerned about the state of their rented property or feels pressured by their landlord to contact us so we can help to resolve the matter or bring action against them.”

 

£20m flood defence to protect economy is completed

25 Jan

A £20 million project delivering flood defences to better protect hundreds of businesses in Sheffield’s Lower Don Valley will be unveiled on Thursday (25 January).

Sir James Bevan, the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency and Councillor Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, will be among the speakers at an event, attended by local business owners, to mark the completion of the work.

The events of the 2007 and 2012 floods, which caused millions of pounds of damage to property, led to the development of the project. The area was one of the worst hit by the 2007 floods and for the last seven years Sheffield City Council has been leading on the Lower Don Valley flood defence project to develop affordable flood defences.

The Lower Don Valley area is second only to the city centre for economic importance to Sheffield. The new flood alleviation scheme will benefit over 500 businesses and safeguard around 5, 000 jobs, key roads in and out of the city and homes along a five mile stretch of the River Don.

It is the first scheme of its kind in the UK to have business owners contributing to the costs of the flood protection through the creation of a formal Business Improvement District. Local businesses are contributing a total of £1.4 million, with more than 90 per cent of the total capital cost of £20.7 million funded by the Environment Agency and Defra.

Construction work has involved the installation of more than 60 new flood protection measures to the River Don, between the Wicker and the M1 at Meadowhall, and has significantly reduced the risk of flooding.

Councillor Julie Dore, the leader of Sheffield City Council said: “ I am delighted to see we have fulfilled our promise to strengthen our defences against floods.

“We have seen an innovative and pioneering approach to allow us to invest in these important flood defences and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the Business Improvement District, who have made this possible through working together.

“We will continue to push for the funding we need to improve flood protection throughout the city.”

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene added: “As well as building flood defences such as new walls and flood gates, that will see us through any future problems, we have put in place a maintenance programme to ensure the river is kept clear of debris which can build up and worsen flooding, as happened in the past.

“We will continue our engagement with the local business community to make them aware of their responsibilities for the river and what measures they need to take to protect themselves from flooding.”

“We will also be working with local schools and anyone else who wants to volunteer to enhance the environment, both in the river, and along the footpaths so that people can enjoy the River Don.”

The voluntary efforts and educational work will be led by a local social enterprise the River Stewardship Company. A proportion of the money raised by the BID will go towards the costs of maintaining the river.

Richard Wright, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “Weather extremes are hitting the news more frequently and may well become the norm which is why it is so good to get flood defences installed now in the Lower Don Valley.

“Insurance cover for flood risk is increasingly harder to get but the installation of these defences should help us moving forward.

“This revolutionary project is a great example of successful partnership working and could not have been delivered without private sector investment. We are delighted that the business community played its part by raising £1.4million through a Business Improvement District to support the project.”

Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency said: “Flooding has devastating costs for people and businesses – and we know this has been the case for the people of Sheffield.

“This fantastic scheme will not only benefit homes and businesses in the city but it will also safeguard thousands of jobs due to the increased level of protection it provides. It’s been great to see Sheffield City Council and the Environment Agency working together in partnership to better protect the Lower Don Valley.”

The LDV scheme has been shortlisted for an award as the best project over £5 million in the Institute of Civil Engineers Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2018.

 

Purple flag still flying proudly in Sheffield

25 Jan

Sheffield remains one of the safest places to enjoy a night out for people of all ages – after being awarded a purple flag for the seventh successive year.

Purple Flag is a town and city centre award – similar to the Blue Flag award for beaches – which aims to raise the standard and broaden the appeal of town and city centres between 5pm and 5am.

The flag, which will remain pride of place in the city’s Peace Gardens for another year, shows that the city remains one of the country’s safest.

Sheffield City Council is continuing to work with partners such as South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield BID after a number of isolated incidents over Christmas, and said the award should re-assure people that the city remains a safe place to live, work and party in.

Areas awarded the Purple Flag are recognised for providing a vibrant and diverse mix of dining, entertainment and culture while promoting the safety and wellbeing of visitors and local residents.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s great to see Sheffield once again receiving this award, and our night-time entertainment offer being recognised on a national level.

“With our varied selection of bars and restaurants, as well as a thriving theatre district and huge array of cultural attractions, we in Sheffield really are leading the way when it comes to providing an eclectic mix of places to eat, drink, relax and have fun.

“Sheffield is now a much more vibrant place after 5pm thanks to Sheffield BID’s Alive After Five campaign. We were all shocked by the incidents over Christmas and are working closely with partners to ensure that we can hoist the Purple Flag for many years to come.”

The Purple Flag programme is managed by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) which works alongside a partnership of key stakeholder groups backed by Government, police and businesses, as well as the UK sponsors Diageo Great Britain.

In Sheffield the partners involved in the work include Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID), South Yorkshire Police, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield City Centre Residents Action Group, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, U-Night and Sheffield City Centre Retailers Group.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “Making Sheffield city centre a safer place for people to eat, drink, shop, and enjoy themselves in the evening is a one of Sheffield BID’s core objectives, and it is fantastic that the city continues to be recognised by Purple Flag.

“Since 2016, our Alive After 5 campaign has boosted Sheffield’s early evening economy, making the city centre a much livelier place to be in the evening. Our investment in a city centre police sergeant’s post, provision of body worn cameras to the city centre’s bars and restaurants, and the work of our BID-funded Ambassadors, who work extended evening shifts on the weekend, help to keep those enjoying Sheffield’s night time economy safe.

“Most importantly, our local businesses work incredibly hard to make Sheffield one of the safest cities for a night out. It’s great to see that hard work being recognised year on year through Purple Flag.”

Superintendent Paul McCurry from South Yorkshire Police added: “We work closely with Sheffield BID, Sheffield Council and our licensed premises across Sheffield to keep the city safe and to ensure that all those who visit Sheffield can enjoy its diverse nightlife and culture without issue.

“In recent weeks, we have seen a number of concerning incidents in the city centre at our licensed premises but it is testament to the excellent partnership working between police, Sheffield BID and licensed premises that we were able to address these issues quickly, enforcing closure notices while discussions take place to improve public safety measures.

“Retaining the Purple Flag status is a significant achievement for all those involved in this process and a great deal of work happens behind the scenes to gain this accreditation, so I want to thank everyone who has supported, and continues to support, this initiative.”

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The Outdoor City Weekender returns to Sheffield

25 Jan

The Outdoor City Weekender returns to Sheffield for a third helping from 9 to 11 March and promises another action-packed weekend of fun and adventure.

The Weekender revolves around four headline events: the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, renowned bouldering competition the Rab Climbing Works International Festival, inner-city mountain bike dual slalom the Howard Street Dual and the Magnificent Seven, a multi-stage road bike race up seven of Sheffield’s steepest hills.

Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield City Council, said: “The outdoor industry contributes billions of pounds to the UK economy every year, and adventure tourism is increasingly attracting visitors who crave ‘wow’ moments that they can experience and share.

“With events such as the Weekender, Sheffield delivers these moments with style, all the while showcasing itself as a destination for people who love city culture and the great outdoors.

“Whether you’re visiting Sheffield or are fortunate enough to call it home, we encourage everyone to discover the many opportunities to get involved with activities on our doorstep.

“From cycling and mountain biking to climbing and running – or any of the other many adventure sports available in The Outdoor City – the Weekender provides a brilliant opportunity to get inspired.

“So, after you’ve watched the world’s best compete, why not check out www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk and see how you can take a slice of the action for yourself?

“We invite you year-round to come play in The Outdoor City – and the Weekender is the perfect place to start.”

One of the highlights of the weekend is the Magnificent Seven on Sunday 11 March. Not for the fainthearted, this unique cycling race is a cross between a sportive and a hill climb that invites participants to face seven of the toughest hills in Sheffield with climbs ranging from 9 to 23 per cent.

The route, which is just over 26 miles long, presents each rider with over 4,200ft of climbing. The event will start and finish in Bradfield for the first time this year to allow more entries and more space for parking.

Among four new climbs, it features a spectacular finish on a Tour de France King of the Mountains point, which overlooks the whole of Sheffield from its summit. Details of the climbs are being released on Twitter this week by organisers Sheffrec Cycling Club, and registration will open on Monday 29 January at 10am via www.riderhq.com.

Returning to the city centre for a second year on Saturday 10 March is the Howard Street Dual, a head-to-head dual slalom race – similar to dual slalom skiing – in which two riders battle each other to see who can make it down a purpose-built track in Howard Street the fastest. This unique, exhilarating, knockout-style event – which was created in Sheffield and has now been replicated world-wide – sees the UK’s top riders compete side by side in the heart of the city.

The show will start in the afternoon with qualifications before the racing begins in earnest and, as dusk falls, the course will then light up as the riders race into the evening.

Across town, the Rab Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) is the only UK international bouldering competition where amateur and professional climbers have the opportunity to compete side by side. A huge event on the bouldering calendar, expect big crowds, big talent and big moves when this event returns to Climbing Works on 10 and 11 March. For those unable to attend, the semi-finals and finals will be streamed live online.

The annual Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), presented in association with the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), also returns to the Showroom Cinema from 9 to 11 March. It brings the wild outdoors into the heart of the city for three days of jaw-dropping spectacle and heart-stopping adventure.

Expect a packed programme of carefully curated films from the world’s best outdoor filmmakers. Featuring top athletes, awe-inspiring locations and the whole spectrum of outdoor sports, there’ll be films on running, climbing, biking, skiing, surfing, kayaking and everything in between. Tickets and the full programme will be released on Friday 26 January.

As a warm-up to the main event, look out for the Best of ShAFF taking place at the Showroom on Tuesday 30 January and featuring a selection of the best films from the 2017 festival, as voted for by the People’s Choice Award. For tickets visit the Showroom’s website, www.showroomworkstation.org.uk.

Matt Heason, director of Sheffield Adventure Film Festival said: “If you are into the outdoors or are just starting to discover its benefits, never has there been a better time to live in Sheffield.

“In the past two years, the city has gained new run routes and mountain biking trails, and a dedicated festival showcasing the people and places that make Sheffield more than worthy of the title of ‘The Outdoor City’.

“Now in its 13th year, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival has become a headline event of The Outdoor City Weekender and each year brings a selection of incredible adventure, adrenaline and documentary films from around the world to the big screen.”

Fringe events to take place as part of The Outdoor City Weekender will be announced in the coming weeks and are set to include runs, cycling events, family fun and much more.

Headline event organisers will be releasing further details and ticket information over the coming weeks.

For more information on the Weekender, visit the website at www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/outdoor-city-weekender

 Notes to editors

  • Sheffield is uniquely placed as a city with the outdoors on its doorstep. It’s the only major city with a national park in its boundary (over a third of the city sits within the Peak District), it’s the spiritual home of UK climbing with many of the world’s best talent based here, the mountain bike scene is in rude health, and run routes funded by Sport England navigate through its wealth of green spaces.
  • Sheffield and its close neighbours house the full breadth of different-sized businesses that contribute to the UK outdoor economy, from Go Outdoors, Rab, Lowe Alpine, Buffalo Systems, Beta Climbing Designs and Moon Climbing to innovative small businesses like Cotic Bikes, Airdrop Bikes and Beastmaker.
  • The Outdoor City website offers an opportunity to learn more about the most stunning views, world class climbs, tracks and trails that Sheffield can offer. Written and produced by Sheffield walkers, runners, climbers, cyclists and mountain bikers, this website captures the very latest goings-on from those who love the outdoors for those who love the outdoors. Packed full of trails, routes, guide information, signposts to travel and hospitality information plus recommendations from people in-the-know, The Outdoor City website is for the enjoyment of anyone planning a city break with a twist, indulging a passion for the outdoors or even taking their first steps into the adventure playground on their doorstep.
  • theoutdoorcity.co.uk
  • Twitter twitter.com/theoutdoorcity
  • Instagram https://instagram.com/theoutdoorcity
  • Facebook  facebook.com/theoutdoorcity

 Alex Megos at Rab CWIF 2017

Howard Street Dual

Magnificent 7

 

Building a Stronger Britain Together

25 Jan

The next round of the Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme is now open.

The programme supports groups who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender. Grants up to £50,000 are available.

Grants are available across the country; locally they will be processed by South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation. An information event for Sheffield groups is being held in the Town Hall on Friday 26th January at 11am. If you’d like to come, contact Andrew Male on Andrew.Male@sheffield.gov.uk or 07884252150 to book a place.

Guidance and link to the application form here . The deadline is 5pm on 16th February 2018

 

Walking for Purpose update

24 Jan

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