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Consultation on plans to vary street lighting levels opens

17 Sep

Sheffield residents are being asked to give their views on a proposal to vary the street lighting levels across Sheffield, following the start of a trial in three areas of the city.

The proposals, which support the recently launched Climate Emergency plans, encourage approaches in support of a lower carbon economy, greater resilience to climate change and cleaner growth.

From Monday 19 August until Friday 13 September, street lighting levels in Crosspool, Endcliffe and Meersbrook will be reduced on a trial basis.

During this period, street lights will switch on responsively at 80% instead of the current 84% before midnight and reduce from 54% to 40% at midnight until 6am.

Lighting levels will be adjusted when footfall and traffic is at its lowest and the council will continue to work with South Yorkshire Police, and other stakeholders, to assess and evaluate any impact on communities.

If implemented city-wide, as well as achieving a 380 tonne annual reduction in Co2 emissions, the changes will also see a number of other environmental benefits including minimising the negative effects on residents’ sleep patterns, certain nocturnal animals, plant species and people’s enjoyment of the night sky.

Importantly, the lighting levels will remain in line with the current standards, providing adequate levels of lighting on the highway.

The consultation will close on Sunday 22 September when the views of those in the pilot areas will be assessed alongside the views from respondents across the city.

The city-wide consultation can be found here.

More information about the proposal, including a link to a briefing report and associated maps of the trial areas, can be found at: www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetlights

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Sheffield drivers reminded to put safety first around roadworks

17 Sep

The plea comes from Sheffield City Council’s Highways Maintenance contactor, Amey, following a survey into road workers safety, where Sheffield scored just above the national average.

However, despite achieving an above average score for overall road worker safety, 62% of Sheffielders have admitted to not being as safety conscious as they should be when negotiating roadworks – compared to a 59% UK average.

The research, which was carried out on behalf of Amey,  reveals a majority of UK road users admit to driving in ways that put themselves, workers and other road users at risk of injury or even, death.

Melissa Wise, Operations Director at Streets Ahead said:

“Whilst the figures for Sheffield are just above the national average, there’s still a long way to go to ensure that our workers feel completely safe when carrying out their job on the city’s roads.

“Our programme of works is vast and we’re often working across multiple locations throughout Sheffield at one time. What’s more, we regularly carry out work during night time hours to avoid further disruption during peak travel times. However, this poses its own challenges for our teams, particularly during the winter when it’s darker and weather conditions are more unpredictable.

“The majority of people do drive responsibly but there has been a number of incidents where restrictions or diversions have been ignored, which is not acceptable or safe.

“We know diversions and disruption can cause frustration for drivers, but it’s sometimes essential for us to close roads and that’s usually when we see a rise in incidents. Our workers are there to do their job and it’s not right for them to face fear of injury whilst on site.”

Recently, in Sheffield, where a road closure was in place during resurfacing works, a car attempted to drive through the closure and, despite attempts by on-site workers to inform the driver of the closure, the driver continued, parking up further down the street only to obstruct ongoing work.

Unfortunately, in addition to dangerous driving, Streets Ahead employees have also experienced offensive behaviour, with many having suffered physical and verbal abuse whilst doing their jobs on the streets of Sheffield.

“We’ve had numerous incidents involving threats of physical violence and actual physical violence to our workforce and our sub-contractors. We’ve also had operatives who have been clipped by cars as they’ve sped past,” added Melissa.

“With the number of vehicles on our roads continuing to rise each year, and with darker nights and wintry conditions on the horizon, we want to remind Sheffield drivers to take extra care when travelling around roadworks and always put safety first.”

The findings echo recent research undertaken by Highways England, which revealed a catalogue of serious incidents and near misses across the country, ranging from motorists driving into coned-off areas, to physical and verbal abuse of workers.

As part of the city-wide highways maintenance Streets Ahead contract, roads and pavements across Sheffield are being upgraded and maintained by Amey until 2037, creating a much improved infrastructure for years to come.

To find out more about the Streets Ahead programme of works visit: www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead

Be ready for winter in good time this year by visiting www.sheffield.gov.uk/winter to find out more about our service.

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Grey to Green Phase 2 newsletter

11 Sep

Grey to green Phase 2

CAA4 Central – Road Surfacing Works (NIGHTS) – Howard Road – June 2019

26 Jun

Please click on the link to access the information:

2019 CW – CA4 Central – Howard Road

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Pavement Resurfacing – Upperthorpe area

26 Jan

Upperthorpe

Sheffield 50+ Newsletter June 2017

21 Jun

Sheffield 50+ Advisory Group  Meeting  Wednesday 21st June, 1pm, at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, Eyre Street.

Sheffield 50+ Members’ Meeting
Wednesday 12th July, 1pm, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (date, time and venue to be confirmed)

Speaker – South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue community safety team on fire safety in the home and Safe and Well Checks

Eligible for carer’s credit? Don’t put your state pension at risk by not claiming it.

Up to 230,000 unpaid carers are putting their state pension in jeopardy by not claiming carer’s credit – a benefit that plugs gaps in your national insurance record when you’re not able to work because you’re caring for someone.

Carer’s credit is not a typical benefit, as you don’t receive any money for it. However, it’s important to claim it – otherwise your state pension could be negatively impacted.

Carer’s credit is a national insurance ‘credit’ designed to fill gaps in your national insurance record (e.g. from having to give up your job to care for someone). It’s this record that determines if you’ve worked enough to earn the state pension. You could get it if you care for someone for at least 20 hours a week.

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/protect/2017/06/eligible-for-carers-credit-dont-put-your-state-pension-at-risk-by-not-claiming-it?utm_source=MSE_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=13-Jun-17-16788556&utm_campaign=nt-oneliners-two&utm_content=15

Save money on shopping
Money Saving Expert tells us that Supermarkets try all sorts of tactics to make us spend more, and a trick of the eye means you could be missing out on the best value items every time you go shopping.

It’s all about where products are positioned on the shelves, with stores tending to place more expensive items at average eye-level, hoping we’ll grab and go. They found lots of items at the three major supermarkets they went to, where the same branded product was better value on the bottom shelf – this usually means initially paying more for a bigger pack, but getting more for your money per 100g/ml.

This won’t be true for every store or shelf, and there will be examples of when the bottom shelf isn’t the cheapest – but as they visited larger and medium-sized supermarkets and found this was widespread, so hopefully we can raise awareness that you need to have eyes wide open and check all shelves, delving to the depths to make sure you’re getting the best value at the supermarket.
See Money Saving Expert Website for full details of their findings.

http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/deals-hunter/2017/06/06/save-at-the-supermarket-by-looking-low/?utm_source=MSE_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=13-Jun-17-16788556&utm_campaign=nt-oneliners-two&utm_content=7

MRC Festival of Medical Research:
Free Activities and Demostrations, Saturday 24 June, 11am-3pm, Winter Garden, 90 Surrey Street, City Centre.

Come along to this free event and find out how the latest medical research at the University of Sheffield is improving people’s lives. There will be a range of hands-on activities, exhibits and demonstrations from leading researchers.
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ris/publicengagement/mrcfestival