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Grey To Green blooming into Castlegate

6 Mar

The award-winning Grey To Green scheme looks set to cultivate new followers – with plans to extend the scheme into neighbouring parts of the city on show from tomorrow.

Sheffield City Council has launched a consultation into the second phase of the scheme, which has seen the city’s former inner ring road transformed into a green corridor that is also home to the country’s largest sustainable urban drainage system.

Phase One was designed by a team of Council designers, supported by Professor Nigel Dunnett from the University of Sheffield’s Landscape Department.

This work could now be extended beyond West Bar towards Castlegate, Lady’s Bridge, the River Don and Kelham, has already scooped a wheelbarrow of awards, such as the National Green Champion at the International Green Apple Awards and the Eric Hughes Award for Outstanding Contribution to Improving Sustainability.

Closer to home, the project also won Best Open Space and overall Outstanding’ project awards at the Sheffield Design Awards in late 2016.

Grey to Green Two proposes to make Castlegate and Exchange Street a location for new investment and a home for cutting-edge businesses as well as encouraging additional city centre living.

With funding from Sheffield City Region and Sheffield City Council, the project will incorporate colourful meadows, trees and a sustainable drainage system which reduces flooding risk.

It will also improve and link up walking and cycling routes which should enhance the experience of visiting, living and working in the area as well as providing a setting for new development opportunities in the area and supporting existing businesses and civic buildings as part of the wider Castlegate Kickstart Programme.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield City Council, said: “These are exciting times for Castlegate and the wider area. Everywhere you look you can see the enrgy of new ideas and opportunities and extending Grey To Green is a key part of this.

“The initial scheme has completely transformed the former inner ring road and created a magical walkway full of unusual plants and flowers. It has deserved its many successes and given Sheffield’s Outdoor City credentials a real boost.

“Now the skills of the University of Sheffield and 2012 London Olympics designer Professor Nigel Dunnett will be brought back to breathe new life into Castlegate and the surrounding area.”

Grey to Green Phase 1 between West Bar Green and Lady’s Bridge was completed in 2016 and has been successful in attracting  new investment to the area. Phase two will start in early 2019 with completion expected by the end of the year.

Among plans for the consultation are the closure of Castlegate to vehicles, except for loading, a proposed bus gate on Blonk Street, an environmental weight restriction on Exchange Place between Furnival Road and Blonk Street and revised access arrangements on Castle Street  and Waingate.

The consultation starts on Thursday, 1 March 2018 and finishes on Friday 23 March. The council is hosting drop in sessions on Tuesday 6 March from 11am to 2pm and Wednesday 7 March from 4pm to 7pm at OVO Spaces, Terminal Warehouse Two, Wharf Street,  Victoria Quays, Sheffield, S2 5SY.

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We want your views on the Draft Equality Hub Network Memorandum of Understanding/Terms of Reference

26 Jan

Sheffield City Council established the Equality Hub Network (EHN) in 2014 to support the engagement and influence of under-represented groups of people – people who have felt excluded and/or discriminated against and who share protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

The EHN Board Chair has proposed some changes to the EHN Terms of Reference. These changes are included in the Draft EHN Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and are mainly in sections 5 and 6.

We would like your views on the Draft EHN MOU.  If you have been involved in the Equality Hub Network please fill in the survey by Sunday 25 February 2018, 11.59pm.

https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/performance-research/draft-equality-hub-network-memorandum-of-understanding

Note: You can download the current EHN Terms of Reference and the Draft EHN MOU from the above link.

We want to make sure we hear from a range of communities. There are some questions about how you self-identify, but we don’t ask for your name. The information will be kept confidential and secure.

The feedback gathered through this consultation will be reported to the EHN Board.

The EHN Board will consider the feedback when finalising the EHN MOU/Terms of Reference.

The final EHN MOU/Terms of Reference will be shared with the Network through the EHN Newsletter and website.

If you want to speak to us about the consultation, please contact us before submitting your completed survey.

Kind regards

Elections, Equalities and Involvement Team

Sheffield City Council

Email: equalitiesandinvolvement@sheffield.gov.uk

Website: www.sheffield.gov.uk/equalityhub

Twitter: @EqualityHubNwk

JOIN NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET CONVERSATION

19 Dec

Sheffielders are being asked to give their views on council services and where money should be allocated as part of Sheffield City Council’s budget conversation.

The council faces increasing demand for services, including adults’ and children’s social care, on top of cuts from central Government following seven years of austerity. Its plans include adding a three per cent social care precept to next year’s council tax bills, as 95 per cent of councils did this year. This will equate to an extra 52p per week for most households – however, even with this additional funding, this will not cover all of the extra demand for social care.

From Monday 11 December, people are asked to complete a survey online. A printed version of the budget survey is also available on request by emailing Budget2018-19@sheffield.gov.uk or phoning 0114 293 0239. Public events will also be held across the city in the New Year where people can find out more and have their say.

Councillor Olivia Blake, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance at Sheffield City Council, said: “Next year we’re expecting to have to make further savings of more than £30 million. At the same time, demand for our services is increasing.

“We want to make sure people have the chance to tell us their priorities and where they think the opportunities are to invest or save more.

“We’ve been put in financial stranglehold by the Government cuts and need to continue to provide essential services, including to the most vulnerable in our city.

“Please get involved and have your say.”

People can take the survey online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/budget  Information about the public events will be publicised in January.

Sheffield City Council’s final budget for 2018/19 will be agreed in March 2018, including decisions about council tax levels.

About Sheffield City Council’s budget:

2018/19 will be the 8th year of Government budget cuts to local councils.

Between 2011/12 and 2017/18 Sheffield City Council has had to save £390 million. Over the same period, the council has seen a 45 per cent reduction in grant funding.

The council will spend 1,343 million in 2017 to 2018. Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/budget  to find how this money is spent and where it comes from.

Making urgent care work better in Sheffield

10 Nov

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Consultation – CIP and Gambling Service audit

7 Nov

West Street and Devonshire Green are popular parts of the city centre and attract people looking to shop in one of the many boutique or independent retailers, or enjoy the bars and restaurants that have made it a lively part of town.

As part of its ongoing plans to improve the area, and to tackle concerns expressed by local residents and health and welfare groups that too many licensed premises are contributing to more crime and anti-social behaviour, the council is encouraging people to spend a few minutes giving their views.

Please complete the online survey: https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/place-business-strategy/cumulative-impact-policy/

Making Urgent Care work better in Sheffield

7 Nov

The urgent care consultation runs from Tuesday 26 September to Monday 18 December and everyone across Sheffield is urged to have their say.

The link below will direct you to the online questionnaire and provides more information on the consultation:

http://www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/urgent-care-consultation.htm.

Help us improve Sheffield Directory

3 Nov

Sheffield Directory is your place for events, childcare and health and social care support near you: www.sheffielddirectory.org.uk.

You can help us make a difference to people’s lives. Complete a simple set of questions that’ll tell us if information is easy to find or not – https://sheffield-digital.optimalworkshop.com/treejack/aou45114