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Introducing a new local history walking tour app

20 Apr

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Did you know Sheffield is the birthplace of association football?  Download the app to your smartphone and discover the places and people that shaped football as we know it today.

The route begins in Heeley and visits the city centre before concluding at Highfield Library.

The app includes audio commentary so you can listen as you walk the 4.7 mile route and is full of historic photographs and maps giving you a sense of Sheffield as a place in the 19th century.

As you reach key points along the walk, content in the app will be triggered automatically, explaining Sheffield’s unique role in the creation of the world’s most popular sport.

Alternatively download at home and enjoy in your armchair.

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/homeoffootball to get started

 

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Green City Sheffield launched

22 Mar

Sheffield has begun the journey to becoming a zero-carbon city by 2050 with the launch of its bold new Green City strategy with an ambitious six-point plan and launch of a new partnership to tackle the issues.

The report, set to be endorsed by the Council’s cabinet tomorrow, aims to reduce the city’s impact on the climate by becoming a zero-carbon city by 2050, taking steps to move to a low-carbon economy immediately.

It also sets out plans to empower communities, residents, public sector and businesses to become resilient to climate change and ensure the city’s homes and businesses use sustainable and affordable energy.

It will enable modern, reliable and clean journeys for everyone, ensure air is clean for all and create a green and innovative economy by supporting Sheffield businesses to become more energy efficient and delivering new low-carbon jobs for local people.

Green City Sheffield builds upon the ground breaking work of the Sheffield Green Commission. Sheffield City Council has already been leading the way to becoming a low-carbon economy.

Sheffield is testing the largest fleet of hydrogen vehicles outside of London and is the first large city to introduce anti-idling measures to stop people leaving their engines running outside schools. As a further sign of its commitment, the Council has also introduced the UK’s largest dockless bike sharing scheme, Ofo.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, said:  “Our Green City is a deliberately ambitious and far-reaching plan, with big implications for how we live and work in Sheffield. We believe this is the clearest, boldest and most developed plan of anywhere in Britain.

“It clearly sets out the changes we need to make to be prepared for challenges like more extreme and unpredictable weather, as well as the investments and opportunities that will help to improve our health, clear our air, make our city easier to get around and make our energy more affordable for everyone.

“I am very clear that man-made climate change is the biggest social justice issue of this century and requires bold, radical action. This plans sets out how we will respond to this huge challenge and enhance and protect Sheffield’s environment for everyone.”

Sheffield was one of the first cities in the UK to introduce district heating and implement clean air powers in the 1970s and private sector investment has created a further two biomass-powered decentralised energy plants in the city.

Councillor Scott said:  “We have a great track-record of delivery and we need to work collectively to achieve our ambitious goals.

“I absolutely recognise that the transition to a low carbon economy will not always be easy, and will involve difficult choices at times.  But this is about doing the right thing for people across our city, in order to create a fairer city, as the effects of climate change are not just environmental or economic.

“At its heart, man-made climate change is a social justice issue that especially affects people who are less-well-off.

“We want to enable all Sheffielders, businesses, institutions and organisations to play a role developing and delivering the solutions that will take Sheffield towards a zero carbon future.

“This is a bold, ambitious and credible plan for our great city that will help us to create and protect an environment that everyone can enjoy. We all know there has been a huge amount of debate and discussion over street trees on both sides. But we will only be able to build a fairer city if we focus on other broader environmental issues like decarbonisation, energy generation and the green-collar jobs of the future. This plan shows how we will do that.

“This plan gives us the tools we need to achieve our vision for Sheffield, where everyone breathes clean air, can access reliable, clean transport, feels safe and secure from the threats posed by man-made climate change and has access to affordable, sustainable energy to heat and power their homes and businesses.”

During 2015 Sheffield City Council facilitated the city’s first Green Commission.  This independent commission was made up of key leaders and stakeholders from across the city, including business, industry, our universities, the public sector and the voluntary and community sector.

The final report of the Sheffield Green Commission  – Sheffield’s Green Commitment – was published in 2016, and set out a vision for how, working together as a city, Sheffield could become a smarter, more sustainable, more competitive ‘future city’.

The Green City strategy will initially result in a city–wide Sustainable Energy Action Plan and signing-up to a recognised carbon reporting framework.

By 2020, the Council will have achieved a 30 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, and, in the next seven years, the Council and its partners will have substantially increased the level of low carbon and renewable energy generation in the city.

By 2030, a majority of the city’s energy will be supplied from low carbon and renewable technologies, with work already being progressed to determine how the Council can use its own assets to generate renewable energy, and develop its existing energy networks.

The council will also launch a debate around how the city can adopt and stay within an agreed carbon budget, that enables Sheffield to deliver its share of the Paris Agreement; this will limit average temperature increases to well-below 2 degrees Celsius, and will have the aim of ensuring Sheffield becomes a zero carbon city by 2050.

To view the report, click here.

 

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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Winn Gardens Community Clean

2 Mar

Local residents of Winn Gardens recognise that litter free streets and public spaces say a great deal about a community and the people who live in it, and have worked with the Hillsborough ward councillors and Jane Emson (Community Outreach Worker) to organise a community clean-up which took place on Thursday 22nd February 2018.  The Hillsborough ward councillors provided community litter picking equipment from the ward pot funding and are very keen to support local groups who work to bring people together and keep the area clean.

The community clean up event wasn’t arranged to only focus on a community clean up, but also bring together families living on the estate.  Local people do not have to join a group to do their bit for the community as they can help with organised events or alternatively can carry out voluntary litter picking on the street where they live.  Also, prevention is better than cure – so if you have any ideas on how to stop people dropping litter then please get in touch with your local councillors at: http://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/mgFindMember.aspx?XXR=0&AC=WARD&WID=12926

Winn Litter Pick Star

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Pavement Resurfacing – Upperthorpe area

26 Jan

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Walking for Purpose update

24 Jan

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To view the full newsletter please click on the link below:

W4P Newsletter 1 Jan 2018

 

Sheffield City Councils Green Fingers Gardening Competition 2017

5 Jun

Green Fingers Gardening Competition 2017

Are you a Sheffield City Council tenant who loves to garden or grow your own food? Are you at your happiest surrounded by blooms, bulbs and blossoming green spaces?

Our Green Fingers Garden Competition is back this year.

Enter one or more categories and you could win vouchers worth £100 (1st prize), £50 (2nd prize) or £25 (3rd prize).

This year we are trying to encourage younger gardeners to take part so we are offering an additional prize for Young Gardener of the Year. If you are a Sheffield City Council tenant aged 25 years or younger, simply enter the competition in any of the categories.

Complete our entry form below or download a copy from this page. Paper copies are also available from your local TARA, Neighbourhood Office or First Point.

Enter the gardening competition:
http://crm.sheffield.gov.uk:8080/Ef3/General.jsp…

Competition rules

  • entry can be for more than one category but an entrant will only go forward to the final in one category (except for Young Gardener of the Year)
  • entrants must be Sheffield City Council housing tenants
  • only official entry forms will be accepted
  • closing date is 4pm on Friday 30th June 2017
  • judging will take place in July and August. We will contact you to arrange access to your garden/balcony when the judging takes place
  • short listed entrants will be published on our website and informed by letter
  • the judges’ decision is final
  • winners must take part in publicity; this includes photography
  • no cash alternative is available for prizes
  • the competition is not open to employees of Sheffield City Council