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Sheffield set to become World Class Extreme Sports Destination

29 Nov


Sheffield ski village and the surrounding area is a step closer to making a ramped up return to the city as part of a world-class sports, leisure and entertainment development bringing hundreds of jobs to the city.

Sheffield Council has appointed the EXTREME Destinations-led consortium to deliver a 48-acre long-term sustainable EXTREME branded sports, leisure and entertainment solution at Parkwood, Sheffield’s country park in the city, following a competitive bidding process.

An initial 100 new full-time jobs are expected to result from the £22.5million development, which should see the re-instatement of Sheffield’s much-loved ski slopes and MTB tracks in phase one of the project.

The agreement between Sheffield City Council and EXTREME Destinations, in partnership with leading UK facilities operator Continuum Attractions, will see the development, provision and operation of a world-class sports and leisure ‘experience’ complex with exciting and modern facilities for residents, tourists and action sports enthusiasts alike in the heart of Sheffield city.

EXTREME’s unique brand and destination experience will incorporate a combination of action and adventure sports facilities, including the possibility of an indoor sky diving facility, live music, E-Gaming and virtual-reality hub as well as a restaurants, bars, social spaces, retail and themed accommodation.

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Commissioner’s 2015/16 Community Grant Scheme Launched

12 May

The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings is launching his
2015/16 Community Grant Scheme.

He would like to encourage non-profit organisations to bid for funding up to £25,000 to help provide services and support to others in South Yorkshire. Organisations are required to complement the Commissioner’s strategic priorities as set out in his new Police and Crime Plan – Putting Safety First.

There is total funding of £250,000 available and organisations can bid for any amount up to the £25,000 limit.

Dr Billings said: “This grant funding is open to applications from any organisation that can demonstrate they address one of these key priorities. As I have visited people across South Yorkshire, the main priority for them is to feel safe. That is why I have set my three key strategic priorities as: protecting vulnerable people; tackling crime and antisocial behaviour; and enabling fair treatment.

“Since becoming Police and Crime Commissioner, I have had the privilege of seeing where previous grant funding has helped to turn round lives. Applications are sought from large or small organisations across Barnsley, Doncaster,
Rotherham and Sheffield.

He continued: “This is an excellent opportunity for organisations to bid for additional funding to help them expand, diversify or venture into pastures new to help the people of South Yorkshire. Many individuals across the county are vulnerable and I would like to support any group that wants to help them take back control of their lives.”

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 28 May at 2pm. Application forms and further information can be found on the Commissioner’s website at http://www.southyorkshire-

For more information please contact: Samantha Mawson, Communications Officer

Tel: 07833 483511 Email:


Fiona Topliss, Community Engagement & Communications Manager

Tel: 01226 772295 Mobile: 07468 472975




North Cabinet in the Community

6 Feb

The Sheffield City Council Cabinet comprises 9 City Councillors and takes decisions on the most significant issues facing the City Council. These include issues about the direction of the Council, its policies and strategies, as well as city-wide decisions and those which affect more than one of our services. Each year the Cabinet holds a public meeting in each of the seven Local Areas.

The Cabinet in the Community meeting is an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions of the cabinet on matters that are important to local people.

The Cabinet in the Community Meeting for the North area will be on:

Wednesday the 4th of March 2015

6.00 to 8.00pm

Lady Mabel Hall,

Ecclesfield Secondary School,

Chapeltown Road,

S35 9WD

You can submit questions on the evening or for a more informed response up to five working days in advance of the session by emailing The items for discussion will be put to the Cabinet by local people in an hour and a half session starting at 6:00pm. This will be followed by an opportunity to talk directly with individual members of the Cabinet. Refreshments will be available from 5:45pm. Please find the poster advertising the event attached – please display this poster locally if possible. Cabinet in the Community Poster 2015


26 Sep


· Special offers to thank customers for patience during rail replacement project

· Tram services resumed on schedule this month following 2014 works

· Project on track to ensure the integrity of the network for decades to come

Stagecoach Supertram has introduced a range of special offer tickets for passengers as a thank you for their patience during the rail replacement project taking place across the network.

The discounted tickets, which are available from Monday 29 September, have been introduced following the end of this year’s phase of work which was finished on time.

Existing megarider Xtra customers will receive emails this week informing them that their payments will be discounted by 25% for the next six weeks. Any new customers wanting to make the most of this offer will also pay the reduced rate of £31.50 per month until 9 November.

In addition, two new promotional tram only tickets are also being made available. The tram only dayrider ticket provides unlimited travel across the entire network on any chosen day of the week for only £3*. The tram only megarider provides seven days unlimited travel across the network for only £10.**

The company’s tram only Adult Single ticket for longer journeys has also been reduced to £1.70, a saving of 50p per journey, until 12 October.

Stagecoach Supertram Managing Director Margaret Kay said, “We’re offering these discounts to say thank you to passengers who have been patient with us during the recent rail replacements works. We understand that some of our customers will have been inconvenienced recently because of this crucial work and we appreciate their understanding during this time.”

The £32 million rail replacement project is funded by tram network owner South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and system operator Stagecoach Supertram. To date 9km of track has been replaced with a further 13km to be replaced over the next couple of years. The next stage of works will begin in Spring 2015. This is essential work which will help to protect the city’s tram network for the future for up to 30 years.

The early completion of this second phase of repair works follows the first phase of replacement work over summer last year on the section of track between Spring Lane and Park Grange Croft tram stops.

For the latest Supertram information follow @SCSupertram on twitter.

North Sheffield business wins at the Countryside Alliance Awards

7 May

North Sheffield based ice cream company Our Cow Molly has scooped up the prestigious Countryside Alliance Award which honours rural businesses.

They came first in the ‘Local Food’ category, beating other companies including butchers and cheese-makers. The award was presented by Secretary of State for Defra, Owen Paterson MP, at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on the 30 April.

Eddie Andrew, partner at Our Cow Molly, attributes the win to the farm’s commitment to the local community.

“We won not only because of the high quality of our products, but because of how we benefit the city and local community too,” he said. “We’re ecstatic to have won, we never thought we could be the best in the whole country!”

Our Cow Molly dairy ice cream was established in 2007, when Eddie and his family decided to diversify their products due to falling milk prices. By November 2007, they had won an award for producing one of the best quality dairy ice creams in the country.

The farm is situated in scenic Dugworth. For more information visit

‘Big Community Clean Up’ at Tongue Gutter; Hartley Brook; Ecclesfield Road Open Space ‘Urban Nature Project’ (UNP)

20 Feb

Just got this info from the Sheffield City Council Ranger Service

Tongue Gutter; Hartley Brook and Ecclesfield Road Open Space ‘Urban Nature Project’ (UNP)

We would kindly like to remind you that Tongue Gutter, Hartley Brook and Ecclesfield Road Open Space – which form an important linked green corridor running from Wordsworth Avenue to Ecclesfield Road – have collectively been chosen to be developed as one of Sheffield City Council’s Year 1 ‘Urban Nature Project’ (UNP) sites.

Following this allocation, the sites will move from traditional management under the Parks Service to a new management approach delivered by the Countryside & Environment Ranger Service. This presents an opportunity to re-address some of the key issues for the sites (for example; illegal motorcycling and fly-tipping) and to enhance their value for both wildlife and amenity.

There is a small capital budget available for making improvements across the three areas and to uplift them to the ‘Sheffield Standard’ designation, which is concerned with delivering ‘safer, cleaner, greener’ green spaces across the city. Proposed improvements include securing boundaries and access points against off-road vehicles; removing fly-tipping; clearing watercourses and thinning tree plantations.

A first step for the Ranger Service has been to look at priorities for making the sites safer and more welcoming for local people and with this in mind we are organising a ‘Big Community Clean Up’ (over the first two weeks of March) to address the fly-tipping and litter problems across the areas. As part of this clean-up we are bringing in a Community Payback Team (Probation Service) to help us with removing the rubbish and litter, and are hopeful that we can encourage local people, partners and other stakeholders to get involved. A small team of NEETS funded by the Environment Agency and led by the River Stewardship Company have already made a start on clearing some of the rubbish from the stream at the west end of Tongue Gutter.

We are very keen to raise the profile of the three sites as a UNP – and to publicise our initial ‘Big Clean Up’ – and would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word to relevant partners and stakeholders. We have tentatively given the sites the collective working title of North East Wildlife Corridor (NEWC)!

The Big Community Clean Up will start on Monday 3rd March at Tongue Gutter with the Ranger Service supported by the Community Payback Team.

We have then arranged for a couple of ‘all welcome’ community clean-up days as follows…

· Wednesday 12th March 10am to 2.00pm at Hartley Brook. Meeting at 10am at the access to the site adjacent to number 83 Godric Road.

· Sunday 16th March 10am to 12.30pm at Ecclesfield Road Open Space. Meeting at 10am at the residents parking area on Ecclesfield Road.

Please advise anybody interested in coming along to the clean-up sessions to give us a call on 0114 2403578 so that we can confirm numbers. We will provide all equipment (gloves, litter pickers, black sacks, tea! etc…) and a full risk assessment for work to be carried out.

Press Release: Sports funding injection for North Sheffield

12 Feb

Sheffield City Council Cabinet is set to approve a £3.5 million Council investment in the city’s sporting infrastructure, triggering an overall cash injection of up to £24 million for renewing and improving the city’s sports facilities.

This is the most significant leisure and sport capital investment programme in the city for decades and has the triple aims of improving facilities, improving health and reducing running costs. Councillor Isobel Bowler, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure said: “The Council investment is key to attracting external funds to secure these new facilities. For every pound the council invests, nearly seven pounds of external funds are secured. Not only that but the new centres at Graves and at High Green will require much less public subsidy than the facilities they replace.

“With the addition of the National Centre for Health and Exercise Medicine facilities to the two new centres these, together with the existing centre at Concorde, will focus on attracting new groups of people to become more physically active. Through NCSEM there will be a particular emphasis on supporting inactive people to become more active so that their physical and mental health will improve. By investing in higher quality facilities with lower ongoing maintenance costs we seek to widen participation in sport and exercise across our city.”

The council investment includes £2.5 million for a new swimming and health facility for the north of the city in High Green, and £1 million in a renewed and extended Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre on its existing site for the south of the city, which will see new swimming pools, indoor tennis courts, gymnastics and fitness. The new facility in the north will replace the swimming pools at Stocksbridge and Chapeltown. The existing Chapeltown pool will continue to operate until the new facility opens in 2015. The City Council faces its biggest ever challenge in terms of dramatically reducing budgets, including those for sports facilities. By contrast, there are significant new opportunities for external capital investment in facilities. The investment plan replaces facilities that are high cost, under-utilised or nearing the end of their life and invests in lower cost and higher qualities facilities which will increase participation and therefore improve health.

The strategy has been drawn up with two national partners, Sport England and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM); the latter having received Olympic Legacy capital funding from the Department of Health. The strategy is also supported within the city by Sheffield City Trust and Ecclesfield Parish Council. All of these partners are potential funders of the strategy, alongside further potential funding at Graves from national governing bodies of sport. In addition to the facilities at High Green and Graves, Woodbourn has also received a £300k investment and re-opened last October to provide first class track and field athletics facilities. A further £700k of Olympic Legacy funding will see the development of health consultation rooms at Concord Sports Centre – with patients offered integrated health and activity advice and programmes. Further Olympic Legacy funding will provide equipment, infrastructure and support costs in the above venues.

Council reveals all libraries could be on track to remain open

11 Feb

Council leaders have revealed all the city’s libraries could be on track to remain open as they announce a proposed £262,000 deal to help local community groups implement their business plans for running independent libraries.

Three months of high profile consultation on a report outlining the future
proposals for Sheffield’s library service led to calls from volunteer groups
willing to run local libraries independently that they needed some funding to
help them run a sustainable library.

And today the council is revealing it will be able to fund the cost the groups
across the city say they need after listening and acting on the views of the

The council last year announced proposals to keep 12 key libraries, including
Central Library, running, with Tinsley remaining as a council library for the
next two years. A further five were proposed as community-led co-delivered libraries with the rest to become independent libraries.

The rest were able to stay open provided groups came forward with business
plans to run them independently. Today Council leaders are also revealing that
each of these libraries in the city now has a business plan outlining how it
could be run by volunteers, which the council has supported with help and

The announcement of the funds should be able to secure the future of the city’s
library service, keeping as many libraries in the city open for as long as
possible. The money will be used to pay for running the premises including
heating, lighting and other associated costs which volunteer groups wanting to
run the libraries said they would struggle to meet.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for
Communities and Inclusion said: “It is of course something I am delighted to be
able to announce today – that we can help to secure the future of all the
city’s libraries with this extra support. And it is great news that business
plans have been submitted by volunteer groups to run all the independent

“As I have said many times before during this process, we want to keep as many
libraries open as possible. The savings we have to make are a result of harsh
Government cuts which are placing a heavy burden on northern cities such as
Sheffield. Now there should be no reason for libraries not to be run as was

“I can reveal more than 7,000 people had their say in this recent consultation. Today’s outcome should prove to all those who doubted the process of democracy that we are a council that listens and acts on what people say they need. We are now recommending this extra investment to give community groups the chance to make a success of the independent libraries they will run.”

It will be the independent libraries that benefit from the extra £262,000 cash
boost. Under this new proposal, the independent libraries will be able to ‘bid’
for money from the pot, which will also give library users access to the Council’s catalogue, pay for volunteer training and IT security arrangements. They will be able to access this extra cash for up to three years. Subject to Cabinet approval of these proposals, the Council will work with community groups to finalise their business plans by the summer.

As well as responding to specific issues raised by community groups, the proposed new money responds to feedback from the wider public about the importance of libraries for older and disabled people and in helping to promote health and well-being.

The council is proposing to use public health funds for this after the consultation revealed having access to a local library service improves people’s health and wellbeing and will challenge health inequalities in the city.

One of the community groups that can benefit under these new proposals has submitted plans to run Stannington Library. STAND (Stannington and District Library Group) spokesman Bob Mynors said: “Of course it is disappointing that the council has to submit proposals like this at all, but we understand they have done so in response to Government cuts. We would prefer to see this as a community co-delivered library with professional librarian support, but failing that we have outlined a plan to run Stannington library independently if that is the only way to keep it open. Having funding towards this would be tremendously helpful. The last thing we would want to face is a big utility bill just months into taking over the reins. On that basis we welcome anything which would see us able to meet initial running costs as we get ourselves established.”

The consultation ran for three months in 2013 and ended in January 2014. Over 7,400 people completed a survey to tell the council what they thought of the proposals for libraries. Most of the responses received were from people who would be most affected by the changes.

Using the consultation, both library users and non-library users told the
council that their biggest worry was a longer distance to travel to their
nearest proposed ‘hub’ library. They also said that they were worried about the
long term future of proposed community co-delivered libraries. When it came to
independent libraries, people told the council they were worried about the
future of the service and getting a reliable service.

Cabinet will consider these new proposals for the future of the libraries
service in the city at its meeting on Wednesday, February 19. Ahead of this the
proposals will be looked at by the city’s cross-party Scrutiny Committee.

New CAB service opens in Stocksbridge on 13th February 2014

11 Feb

Sheffield Citizens Advice has announced the opening of an additional advice point in Stocksbridge. The office will be open for drop in every Thursday morning between 10am and 1pm with follow up appointments at other times during the week.

Announcing the details of the new service, Clare Lodder (acting Chief Officer for Sheffield Citizens Advice) said : “We are delighted to be able to open a new CAB service point in Stocksbridge from premises besides the library. Stocksbridge people are already using our services in other parts of the city and by phone but we know the importance of providing a local access point as well. We are very pleased with the excellent response to our request for local volunteers to train as advisers alongside existing experienced staff and volunteers who will come in from other parts of the city to help deliver the service.”

As well as the local Stocksbridge service point,  any Sheffield resident can get help from Sheffield Citizens Advice via:

  •  – to access self help  information
  • You can phone the Advice Sheffield assessment line on 205 5055  – any advice issue will be assessed and you will be directed to the best source of help – this may be a face to face appointment with an advisor, a phone call-back or support to use self-help material if appropriate.

There are outlets open for drop-in advice in other parts of the city – the details of these can be found on the Advice Sheffield website under Get Advice. The nearest alternative drop-in services to Stocksbridge are at the following outlets: Proctor Place, Hillsborough (Tuesday 1-5pm), 522 Wordsworth Avenue (Thursday 1-5pm) and Paces Campus, High Green (Monday 9.30-11.30).

Final call to sign up for free snow shovels

18 Nov

The Streets Ahead team (Sheffield City Council and Amey) are encouraging people to help clear snow from pavements in their local area this winter and have more than 450 free snow shovels to give out.

We want people to volunteer from all over Sheffield – please register interest in a shovel by 30 November by:

  • Emailing Please provide your name and the Sheffield address and postcode of the area you will use your shovel in.
  • Calling: 0114 273 4567

Requests will be considered after the closing date. (Please note that registering details will not automatically guarantee a snow shovel).

Volunteers will be provided with a shovel, snow clearing and safety advice and a high-vis vest. We are encouraging everyone to use grit from the grit bins and are unable to give bags of grit to individuals.

Further information is available at

Details of grit bin locations and how to request a grit bin refill are available at:

Thank you to all our existing snow wardens and volunteers. Your support is very much appreciated!