Category Archives: Local Issues

Our great British pubs by John Booker

Great British Pubs.

I am proud of Sheffield’s achievements over the years and I am proud of our title, Beer Capital Of The World, according to the New York Times.

Our pubs are magical, walking into the best of them is like finding yourself in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, with a Golden Ticket.

With our micro breweries, real ale and distilleries, we are the pride of England and the envy of the western world.

Alcohol in moderation is the answer to most of the world’s problems. Drinking makes other people more interesting.

After a long hard day at work there is nothing better than entering a public house and saying, a flagon of foaming ale stout yeoman of the bar for myself and my friends.

It is sad to see so many pubs closing in Sheffield and the country, this is our heritage.

The Norfolk Arms in Grenoside, my local closed two weeks before Christmas, but thankfully it has been purchased by Stancill brewery and is due to re-open in the next couple of months. Excellent news for the area.

I agree with Cllr Hanrahan that approval should be sort from Cllrs before pubs and selected bars change their use or are demolished.

Elected representatives should decide on these important issues, as elected representatives should decide on all issues in the United Kingdom.

Our pubs are the brightest beacon for freedom, opportunity and democracy in the world.

I support this motion and look forward to consuming many more pints of medicine in our Great British Pubs.

Notice of Motion by Jack Clarkson regarding new homes in Stocksbridge and Upper Don

Notice of motion given by Councillor Jack Clarkson / seconded by Councillor Keith Davis

That this Council notes that over 800 new homes are to be built in the Upper Don Valley catchment area of Sheffield.

417 new homes are to be built at Station Road, Deepcar.

120 new homes are to be built on the new ‘Fox Valley bottom’, Manchester Road, Stocksbridge, and over 300 new homes to be built on the proposed new development at the Old paper mill site, between Oughtibridge and Wharncliffe side.

Is further concerned that there will be a substantial increase in vehicular traffic on local roads as a result of the proposed developments, a conservative estimate would assume at least an additional 1700 vehicles in the area, including additional vehicles visiting the new ‘Fox Valley’ retail shopping centre at Stocksbridge.

Believes that this Council should take immediate steps to begin the process, of extending the Super tram/rail link between Middlewood and the newly built ‘Fox Valley’ shopping development at Stocksbridge, with tram/rail stops at Oughtibridge, Wharncliffe Side, Deepcar and Stocksbridge, and supports the Don Valley Railway plans submitted to the City Council in 2012 of the popularity of the idea of re-using the freight line to Stocksbridge for passenger services.

Recognises the fact that additional car journeys will create an increase in carbon dioxide emissions and traffic congestion, that will impact on the environment and therefore local people’s health.

Welcomes the fact that Sheffield City Council, have already taken an interest in Government Regeneration Agency URBED who advocate satellite settlements that are included in future housing provision such as Stocksbridge, have “light-rail links to city centres to accommodate new economic growth over the next 15 years.

Further believes that a new Super tram/rail link would be efficient and convenient for both local residents and visitors to use and would be environmentally cleaner and would alleviate much of the existing congestion at ‘traffic pinch points, in the areas such as Catch Bar Lane and Penistone Road which have for many years caused chaos for local people travelling to and from the city centre during the morning and evening rush hour.

Stocksbridge Steelworks back to passenger use.

This is not the first time Don Valley Railway have reminded the City Council of the popularity of the idea of re-using the freight line to Stocksbridge for passenger services. In 2014 a petition of nearly 3000 Don Valley Signators was presented to the City Council. on Valley Railway for the past ten years has campaigned to bring the current freight only rail line

Don Valley Railway would urge all Upper Don Valley Residents to respond to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s consultation which closes on 30 October and let them know where you think the Tram should go.

417 new homes are to be built at Station Road, Deepcar.

120 new homes are to be built on the new ‘Fox Valley bottom’, Manchester Road, Stocksbridge.

300 new homes to be built at a proposed new development on the old paper mill site, Oughtibridge.

Believes that this Council should take immediate action to begin the process, of extending the Super tram/train link between Middlewood and the newly built ‘Fox Valley’ shopping development with stops at Oughtibridge, Wharncliffe Side, Deepcar and Stocksbridg en route.

To prepare and ensure that the highway infrastructure of the area is fit for purpose.

Is further concerned that there will be a substantial increase in vehicular traffic on local roads as a result of the proposed developments; a conservative estimate would assume at least an additional 1500 vehicles for new residents in the area, plus extra vehicles visiting the new ‘Fox Valley’ retail shopping centre.

Recognises that the new residents in these developments will need to drive their children to and from school and attend their place of work, creating an increase in carbon dioxide emissions and traffic congestion.

Further believes that a new Super tram/train link would be efficient and convenient for both local residents and visitors to use, would be environmentally cleaner and would alleviate much of the existing congestion at ‘traffic pinch points’ in the areas of Catch Bar Lane and Penistone Road which have for many years caused chaos for local people travelling to and from the city centre during the morning and evening rush hour.

To do nothing and pretend that traffic will continue to flow as at present is not a solution.  If a new Super tram/ rain link is not actioned as soon as possible, traffic will crawl ever more slowly into and out of our city, increasing levels of air pollution, and resulting in all roads eventually leading to chaos rather than the intended destination.

Notice of Motion about buses from John Booker

(a) states Clause 21 of the Bus Service Bill is currently going through Parliament, it stands to effectively ban local authorities from setting up new publicly owned bus companies.

This is an unnecessary and ideological move that ignores the evidence, lacks public support and undermines local-ism.
(b) further states there are twelve local authority-run bus companies in the UK.
These provide some of the best bus services in the country.
Local authority-run bus companies, like Reading Buses and Nottingham City Transport, have won bus operator of the year in four of the last five years.
If we look at the stated objectives of the Bus Service Bill, increasing passenger numbers and improving quality, it is clear that council run bus companies are more than able to help achieve these objectives.
(c) notes Nottingham and Reading have the second and third highest journey per head outside London.
Prior to 2014, Nottingham increased passenger numbers 13 years in a row.
Nottingham City Transport and Reading Buses also deliver in terms of quality, environmental standards and innovation.
This combination has led to the numerous awards, much of this is made possible by maintaining high levels of investment, even through the recession, and by offering a truly joining up transport policy through strong partnership with local authority.
(d) further notes whilst financial constraints might realistically prevent the establishment of a new public bus company, the evidence suggest that councils should at least be legally allowed to consider following the successful footsteps of Nottingham and Reading.
(e) places on record we are told the government has a commitment to local-ism and devolution.
This is enshrined in the 2011 Local-ism Act which gave more power to councils to provide services unless other laws explicitly prevent them from doing so.
In short, we shouldn’t let ideology get in the way of effective service provision.
(f) I ask this council to support the campaign against Clause 21 of the Bus Service Bill.