Let's clean up !
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Campaign to clean up Nether Edge

New sponsor for planned school
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Sheffield City Council has made the following announcement:

Sponsor announced for new Sheffield secondary school

16 March 2017

Council leaders are today excited to announce that the new secondary school proposed for south-west Sheffield will be sponsored by one of the city’s most successful academy trusts.

Mercia Learning Trust, the Multi-Academy Trust founded by King Ecgbert school, has an excellent track record locally and will now take on the running of the new secondary school, to be known as Mercia School. The school is poised to open in September 2018 on the Bannerdale site, off Carter Knowle Road.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families at Sheffield City Council, said: “I am delighted to be able to say today that the Mercia Learning Trust is the sponsor for the new secondary school on the Bannerdale site.

“In addition to King Ecgbert, Ofsted Outstanding and highest-attaining amongst Sheffield schools in 2016, Mercia sponsors another neighbouring secondary, Newfield, and local Ofsted Outstanding primary schools, Nether Edge and Totley.

“Sheffield secondaries hit the headlines for their great performance in 2016 and both Mercia schools played their part, outstripping schools nationally on both the new “Progress 8” and “Attainment 8” measures.

“We are also really pleased that King Ecgbert and Newfield have offered additional Year 7 places in 2017, to meet the growing need in advance of the new school opening. This means even more local families will be offered a place at one of their preferred local schools.

“We know that with Mercia’s experienced leadership and the trust’s track record in sponsoring outstanding schools, this new secondary school will be the very best it can be, providing an excellent education for children in the south-west of Sheffield.”

Jayne Ludlam, executive director for children, young people and families at Sheffield City Council, said: “Before joining us in the project, Mercia took time to undertake a detailed review of the building plans and the financial situation, to ensure that the trust was in a position to sign up to sponsoring the new school with absolute confidence.

“The Regional Schools Commissioner was very supportive and has approved the plan on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.

“We are now ready to lend whatever support is needed as Mercia start to engage with communities in south-west Sheffield and talk to them further to shape the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.”

Lesley Bowes, CEO of Mercia Learning Trust, expressed her delight that the Trust had been selected as sponsor for the new school.

She said: “Mercia has the necessary credibility with the parents and families of the south-west to lead the new school into a confident future. Generations of children have been served very well by the Trust’s founding school King Ecgbert and its Ofsted Outstanding primary schools.

“Mercia School will serve the whole of south-west Sheffield with no defined catchment area. Any child currently in a south-west primary school will have the right to apply for a place.

“The offer of Mercia School will be very different. We intend it to be a traditional school with its culture rooted in exceptionally high behavioural standards and an academic curriculum which celebrates mastery of knowledge.”

A series of public meetings will be held just prior to, and after, the Easter break for parents and children to find out more.

Information about dates and venues will be distributed via the local primary schools.

Operation 'Stamp it out !'
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Operation Stamp It Out

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)has announced that it is to campaign throughout 2017 to do something about the amount of litter, fly-tipping and graffiti we nowadays see all around us. Called ‘Operation Stamp It Out’, they hope to make the city a fitting place to encourage business with clean streets and open spaces.

Click on this flyer for more details:

  

Bannerdale Development
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Public Meeting re Bannerdale development   9 February, St. Oswald’s Church, 6.30-8.30pm

The Bannerdale site off Carter Knowle Road is proposed to be developed within the next year or two to hold a new school and housing development and at the same time still to provide access to the general public as a community open space.

Some have expressed concerns about this development, not least about the intensive use of the space but also about the future viability of the new 11 to 18 school.

Parents of children currently in primary schools along the Abbeydale corridor and around Banner Cross will be interested to know from where the new school will draw its pupil intake while residents in the Bannerdale area who will be affected by the development will wish to see what it means for them.

 

Brincliffe Edge Woods work days
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Keep up to date with Friends of Brincliffe Edge Woods and our planned Ranger days for 2017 through the new calendar page on this website 

Beat door-to-door scams
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‘Not Born Yesterday’ campaign Neighbours and relatives of elderly and vulnerable people are being urged to join a campaign to crack down on rogue traders and scammers. Called “Not Born Yesterday”, the Sheffield City Council-led campaign highlights the collaboration between Sheffield’s Trading Standards and Adult Safeguarding services and brings together a network of partners including South Yorkshire Police, Age UK Sheffield and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Mail and telephone scams, rogue trading and doorstep crime are prevalent across the city but go largely unreported. This campaign is delivered through organisations and community groups – using the help of concerned friends, neighbours and relatives – who are best placed to spot the signs of this type of financial abuse and provide an effective and confidential route to refer concerns. Spotting the warning signs and providing support to victims is a key aim of the project. Those being helped might be someone receiving lots of junk letters for mail order products and prize draws, being pestered by scam calls, or being targeted at the door for unnecessary property repairs or gardening work. Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “We know that some of the most vulnerable people in Sheffield sadly won’t have face-to-face contact with many people on a daily basis, which is why it’s important that we use those living and working in our communities to look out for these people and be aware of the signs of scams and rogue trading. “We will be raising awareness of these issues through public spaces such as community centres, GPs surgeries, libraries and other places that act as hubs of the community. “It is a sad fact that criminals prey on the most vulnerable but, by raising awareness of the problem and giving people the knowledge they need to help spot the signs, we aim to reduce the level of offending and the risk of being a repeat victim of these types of crime. “The message is to friends, families and neighbours – you can help. “Is someone you know receiving lots of junk mail? Have they had work carried out on their house by someone who called at the door and demanded payment in cash? “If so, let us know, and we can take strong, firm action against these criminals who take advantage of elderly people for their own financial gain.” Sheffield Trading Standards has identified more than 600 residents in Sheffield who are known to be targeted by scam mail. National statistics suggest that at least half of scam victims lose more than £50, while five per cent lose more than £5,000. A third of adults responding to post or phone scams will then be repeatedly targeted with requests for money or sensitive personal details. Last year, officers intervened in more than 30 serious incidents of doorstep crime involving elderly or vulnerable residents. The team investigated a similar number of allegations of rogue trading where people suffered “serious” financial loss. The Not Born Yesterday network provides strong links between partners and improves the opportunities to safeguard individuals and pursue those involved in this type of criminality. South Yorkshire Police’s force lead for burglary, Detective Chief Inspector Jade Brice, said: “South Yorkshire Police are committed to protecting members of the public, particularly vulnerable members of the public, who may be targeted by bogus and rogue scammers. “The number of reports we receive relating to bogus calls do tend to increase at this time of year, but we have been working to put plans in place to prevent this increase and work with residents to provide them with advice and information on how to spot bogus and rogue scammers.” A spokesman for Age UK Sheffield said: “Age UK Sheffield regularly hears of older people being targeted by unscrupulous and unsolicited traders. If in doubt, older people should contact Trading Standards. Or, for independent advice, contact us on 0114 250 2850.” Anyone who has concerns that someone they know may be a victim of scammers or rogue traders should call 03454 040506 or email trading.standards@sheffield.gov.uk
Neighbourhood Watch - update
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Thanks to Viv Lockwood (Banner Cross Neighbourhood Group) for this:

Neighbourhood Watch - another alert
I'm afraid that there is yet another warning from the Neighbourhood Watch people, this time asking residents to look out for a black Ford Focus with a number plate which includes PU51. It is believed to have some connection with thefts from vehicles.
At the same time, there are reports of bogus callers purporting to be from the gas and water companies but actually after gaining entry to houses. The warning is clear - never let anyone into your home unless they show you identification and don't be afraid to keep them outside while you call the companies to check. Make sure that anyone you let inside is always in your sight and NEVER give entry to two people at the same time unless you are absolutely certain of their identity and can trust them.
It's sad to say but Christmas is a bumper time for thieves. Most are opportunist. If your outside doors are unlocked, even while you are at home, a chance thief can be in and out of your house in an instant and only later will you notice that your bags or keys have gone.
Cherry Tree Pub
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The following text is from Mike Hodson from the Cater Knowle & Millhouses Community Group
The pub now has a Planning Application in from the Co-op to demolish the pub and build a new store. We don't think it means they have actually bought it but that they have an option on it. We are formulating an Objection along the following lines; and I believe there is a Petition being got up.
  • First that the proposed store would a threat to existing local shops, and although this is not by itself an objection under planning law both the National Planning Policy Framework and Sheffield's own planning policies emphasise the need for sustainability and for a diverse retail offer. The proposed Co-op store would be in competition with the local shops, which enjoy a high degree of local support, and could also be itself unsustainable - given the previous trading failures of the former Co-op and its successor the Carter Knowle Food & Wine store which occupied a position just across the road.
  • Second we feel the Cherry Tree has the potential to become a valued and successful local pub, with meeting-facilities and a recreational offer, IF it had a more supportive ownership, investment for physical improvements, and a more sustained management regime. Enterprise Inns have failed to support it for several years, with short-term tenancies, unreasonable financial expectations and lack of investment. That is why our Group has nominated it as an Asset of Community Value, which would allow the possibility of those changes. The pub's continued existence was supported overwhelmingly in recent surveys carried out by ourselves and by Councilor Shaffaq Mohammed; and in a unanimous vote at our Group meeting in July. The Planning Application is increasingly being opposed by local objections on precisely that ground.Both national and local planning policies support the maintenance of local facilities and meeting-places - and this area is particularly short of those facilities. 
  • Thirdly the proposed store will almost certainly result in increased traffic and parking-problems on Carter Knowle Rd and on the adjacent side-roads - which are already becoming busy commuter routes - particularly as the store is proposed to open earlier [7am] and close later [11pm] than either the previous stores or the existing shops. Deliveries to the store will have to navigate the steep side-road and make a sharp turn to enter the store car-park which has little space for manoeuvre; which can only add to traffic problems, especially at rush-hours. If the applicant's claim of "increased footfall" and more commuter use is correct then the car-parking would be inadequate and on-street parking would increase. This potential conflict between retail needs and the interests of local residents can only get worse when the new secondary school planned for the Bannerdale site opens, with increased traffic, parking problems and worsening air quality all contributing to the detriment of local well-being and comfort.

We expect to get a provisional recommendation on the Community Asset Nomination by 29 Nov and a final  result 16 December.

SCC Trees & Woodland Strategy
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Have your say... 

The Trees and Woodlands Strategy will guide the management of all the 2.2 million trees in Sheffield City Council's ownership for the next 15 years. They say:

"We know that our trees and woodlands play a very important role in the city and would like your views to help shape the future of how they should be managed.

We held our first consultation day on 26 February and the feedback from that has been used to inform the draft trees and woodlands strategy 2016 - 2030. 

We are now consulting on the draft strategy and would like everyone to get involved and have their say.

People can take part in the consultation until Thursday 1 December 2016. Those who cannot complete the surevy online can request an alternative method at parksandcountryside@sheffield.gov.uk or by calling 0114 250050."

Click HERE to visit the Council's 'Trees and Woodlands' website pages for more information

Disruption to Bin Collection
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Disruption to bin collection services Monday 17 October 2016 – please let your neighbours know.

We are sorry to report some disruption to the bin service on Monday.

If your black bin is due for collection on Monday please put it out on Saturday 22 October instead (before 7am).

On Monday there is a one-day strike by some staff at our contractor Veolia Sheffield which means black bins won’t be collected. Please place recycling blue bins / boxes and green bins out as normal, however some may be collected later in the week.

All Household Waste Recycling Centres will remain open and collections should return to normal on Tuesday.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience and will collect a small amount of side waste when we catch up on your black bins on Saturday 22 October.

We will provide service updates on our website at www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield and via Twitter @Recycle4Shef and @SheffCouncil.

For further information please call 0114 273 4567, 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.

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