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  1. Julie Dore: Sheffield council leader to step down

    The leader of Sheffield City Council is to step down from her role next month, she has confirmed.

    Julie Dore

    Labour's Julie Dore has been leader of the council since 2011.

    Ms Dore had already said she would not seek re-election in May this year, but stayed on to help the council tackle the coronavirus pandemic after the local elections were postponed.

    She will remain as councillor for the Park and Arbourthorne Ward until May 2021, when her term expires.

    The Labour group in the city said a new leader will be elected in December.

    Ms Dore said: “As I said when I announced I would not be seeking re-election, it has been such a great honour to serve my community as a councillor for 20 years and the city that I love as leader of the council for nearly 10 years.

    "I have always said that for me Sheffield is the best place in the world, I have lived here all my life, raised my family here and there is no where else I would ever want to live."

  2. Coronavirus: Sheffield schools not seeing mass outbreaks

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Sheffield schools are seeing single Covid-19 cases with individual pupils and teachers rather than mass outbreaks, according to the city’s education chief.

    A child in a school

    As of last week, there were 359 confirmed cases in schools and "bubbles" were asked to isolate in 84 primary, 26 secondary and three special schools.

    No school has had to close completely.

    Councillor Abtisam Mohamed, Sheffield City Council's cabinet member for education, said it was difficult to give details of how many pupils and staff were quarantined.

    She said: “At any one time we are unable to give a definitive figure of the numbers of schools with confirmed Covid cases as there is no single source of information that gives a complete picture.

    “We can confirm we are seeing single cases among pupils and staff in schools rather than outbreaks.

    “This reflects the fact the majority of virus transmission is in the community and relates to households.”

  3. Council leader's 'resilience' fears over new lockdown

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    People may start breaking lockdown rules because their resilience after months of coronavirus restrictions has been "lost", the leader of Sheffield Council says.

    Julie Dore

    Councillor Julie Dore says people are tired and anxious as England heads into another lockdown tomorrow.

    Ms Dore told the Prime Minister’s top civil servant Sir Edward Lister that if the government stops people’s pleasures in life, they will stop following the rules.

    She says people may break the rules – not to have parties, but simply to visit their loved ones.

    “If you strip away all their pleasures, people will stop complying. They start to take risks and that may be something as simple as going to their mum’s house for a cup of tea," she says.

    “I’m concerned about people’s tiredness, compliance and their mental health. People have lost their resilience. People go into a crisis mode but can’t sustain it forever.”

  4. Ponds Forge reopening 'fantastic news' says boss

    The chief executive of the body which runs Sheffield's Ponds Forge leisure centre says the site's re-opening is 'fantastic news' for the city.

    Ponds Forge

    The Sheffield City Trust-operated venue opened its doors for the first time in six months yesterday with social distancing and hygiene measures in place

    Andrew Snelling said: “Naturally, we’re delighted at Ponds’ hugely successful reopening, which is the next step in a phased reopening of our facilities to the public and sports teams who use them."

    Extra funds were made available by Sheffield City Council to re-open the centre after it was initially due to remain closed until April 2021.

    Mr Snelling added: “It’s also fantastic news for the hugely talented elite athletes who train at Ponds Forge. I empathise hugely with the aquatics clubs who, in an Olympic year, were left without a training venue when Ponds Forge was forced to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however we now look forward to supporting them in their preparation for the rearranged Tokyo Olympics."

  5. More Yorkshire councils offer meal vouchers for children

    More Yorkshire councils have pledged to provide food vouchers over half-term as the row over free school meals provision during holidays continues.

    A child eating a meal

    A motion to extend free school meals over holidays during the coronavirus pandemic was rejected by MPs.

    The campaign to extend them was championed by footballer Marcus Rashford.

    Doncaster announced this morning that it was to provide vouchers for food for more than 11,000 eligible children.

    Councils in York and Sheffield have both also said they're to provide a £15 voucher which will be distributed through schools.

    Councillor Keith Aspden, leader of City of York Council, said: “We want to ensure children who receive free school meals don’t go hungry this half-term. Nearly 3,000 children can access this support, with vouchers of £15 per child provided to all who are eligible for free school meals.

    “Staff at the city’s schools have been incredible in supporting children and families and once again they are stepping up to help administer this programme. I am incredibly grateful for all they are doing.”

    Councillor Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: "The vouchers will provide support to people who are most in need and even though the council budget is under massive pressures due to Covid-19, it feels like the right thing to do.

    “No child should go hungry. I hope this support goes someway in stopping that and encourages everyone who needs the help to claim it.”

  6. 'Doing nothing not an option' - Sheffield council leader

    There is a growing and "extremely concerning" number of seriously ill people in hospital with coronavirus, the leader of Sheffield City Council has said.

    Julie Dore

    Her comments were made after it was announced earlier that South Yorkshire is to be placed under tier three restrictions from Saturday - the highest level of the coronavirus alert system.

    Councillor Julie Dore said "doing nothing is clearly not an option", but she added that financial support needed to brought in to help people and businesses in South Yorkshire.

    "People should be given the same level of support as they were in the national lockdown to help them get through these incredibly challenging times," she said.

    "While government are providing extra funding, they are giving South Yorkshire a standard package of support which they are providing to the areas going into tier three. This will not allow us to provide the support for people that is needed.

    "We will continue to push government to provide enough support for people and businesses as they are now placing us in these measures which will have such serious consequences for the people most impacted.

    “We can and will get through this, but we will only do so by pulling together. The government’s approach at this moment in time will not bring about this togetherness," Councillor Dore added.

  7. Scarborough's 'jewels in crown' taken over by council

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Control over two of the biggest entertainment venues on the North Yorkshire coast is to go back into the hands of Scarborough Council.

    Scarborough Spa

    The borough authority’s cabinet today gave the green light for its agreement with Sheffield City Trust (SCT), which has run Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pavilion on its behalf since 2012, to be terminated.

    Earlier this month, Sheffield City Council told SCT, which it subsidises, that it must end its loss-making contract with Scarborough Council “as soon as possible” before it will commit to further funding.

    It follows decisions by the city council to give up to £16.6m to SCT this financial year, which is £11.6m more than budgeted for.

    Today, the borough council’s cabinet backed the move to bring the venues, along with the Spa Cliff Lift and Peasholm Cafe, back under the authority’s control from 1 January 2021

    A sign showing the Sheffield City Trust sign

    Councillor Steve Siddons said: “Out of the problems that have been created here over the last six to nine months, as always there are opportunities and we have to take those opportunities.”

    He said the venues were “jewels in the crown” of the resorts and welcomed the chance to look at how they are run.

  8. Council apology over handling of tree-felling complaint

    Sheffield City Council will apologise for its handling of a complaint relating to the felling of trees in the city, it has confirmed.

    Trees being cut down

    The authority had been asked by the Local Government Ombudsman to make the apology following a report examining how a complaint from 2016 about tree-felling was dealt with.

    The investigation found the council "at fault" for the way it corresponded with a man about his complaint after contractors started work at 05:00.

    Councillor Mark Jones, cabinet member for environment, street scene and climate change, said: "In this specific case, we will be apologising to the complainant’s family and giving reassurances we are already on the right path towards a more open and sustainable vision for how we manage street trees, not just for now, but for many years to come."

    The trees being cut down

    Thousands of trees have been felled in Sheffield since the start of a £2.2bn 25-year programme of works, having been assessed as either dangerous, dead, diseased, dying, damaging or discriminatory.

    Campaigners argued many of the trees classed by the council as "damaging" or "discriminatory" were healthy specimens which should not be cut down, saying amendments to surrounding pavements and roads should be made instead.

    The ombudsman's report said that at times the council did not act with "openness and transparency" over the tree-felling and when dealing with people’s complaints about the work.

    Responding, Councillor Jones said the authority had "got some things wrong" in its approach to managing the city’s street trees.

    "We know we must do better and we are confident that through our new collaborative approach, we are now in a much more positive and favourable position to ensure our street trees are properly and effectively managed," he added.

  9. Council urged to apologise to city over tree-felling saga

    Sheffield City Council should apologise to the people of the city because of the way it removed street trees, the local government ombudsman has said.

    A tree in Sheffield

    Workers and campaigners clashed during long-running protests about the future Sheffield's street trees.

    Thousands of trees have been felled since the start of a £2.2bn 25-year programme of works, having been assessed as either dangerous, dead, diseased, dying, damaging or discriminatory.

    A compromise between campaigners and the council was agreed two years ago.

    A new report from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman says at times the council did not act with "openness and transparency".

    An investigation from the ombudsman found the council "at fault" for the way it corresponded with a man about complaints from 2016.

    It was after contractors started work at 05:00, something the council was criticised for.

    Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Michael King said: “This case highlights the imperative for councils to act with honesty, openness and transparency – without this people can lose faith in their integrity and not trust they are doing the right thing.

    “I welcome the hard work the council has since done to restore people’s faith, and publish more information to increase transparency. Apologising to the people of Sheffield for its past actions and acknowledging what went wrong will help build that trust further."

  10. Dimmer street lights for Sheffield in bid to cut CO2

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Street lights across Sheffield will be dimmed to help reduce carbon emissions, it's been confirmed.


    The city's old sodium, yellow glow traditional street lights have already been converted to lower energy, bright white LED lights.

    In 2013, sodium lights resulted in 17,168 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but five years later, when all the lights had been converted, this had been reduced to 6,848 tonnes.

    A new control system now means the council can adjust the times and intensity of lights on individual lampposts and on different streets.

    Following a successful trial in Endcliffe, Meersbrook and Crosspool, street lights will be dimmed across the city, meaning a further 10% reduction in emissions, the council says.

    In a report, Gillian Charters, from Sheffield City Council, says: "Historically, street lighting intensity has been set to accommodate the maximum amount of traffic density on a road.

    "This density may only occur for short periods of the day, such as morning and evening rush hour.

    "As a result, for long periods, streetlights are over-lighting the highway and neighbourhoods and adding to carbon emissions and light pollution as well as wasting money.

    "Sheffield highways can be lit to a lower lighting class, but we can still change and increase levels as necessary, such as a planned event or in response to an incident," she adds.

  11. Vulnerable could have to shield again - Health boss

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    There is a “distinct possibility” that vulnerable people will need to start shielding again if Sheffield struggles to contain the spread of coronavirus, the city’s health chief has said.


    Director of public health Greg Fell has also warned of “communication fatigue” as people become tired and confused by changing advice and restrictions from government.

    In a report, Mr Fell says increasing cases and new rules mean it’s very difficult to plan and budget in detail or with any certainty.

    He said: “The pandemic is unprecedented and unpredictable. The city’s response must be agile and flexible in order to deal with changes in infection and in government policy.

    “The reintroduction of shielding is a distinct possibility. We are also aware of the need to stop hoaxes, as well as avoid communication fatigue.”

    Currently, the majority of infections are in working age people – the average age is around 40, compared to 60 in March and April.

    This is mainly because working age people are more likely to be exposed to the virus and because older people are still being more cautious.

    There’s no increase in hospital admissions because younger people are less likely to be seriously ill.

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