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Air quality improvements across Sheffield mean better health outcomes for local people

Following the Clean Air Zone’s (CAZ) one-year anniversary in February, we are now able to take an early look at the impact the CAZ is having on the quality of the air we breathe in Sheffield, and the news is very positive. Our 12-month annual average data for 2023 is showing that the level of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in Sheffield, caused by road pollution, has significantly improved, which is great news for the health of everyone in Sheffield.

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Pollution levels across Sheffield drop following the launch of the Clean Air Zone

Over a year on from the launch of Sheffield City Council’s Clean Air Zone, annual average data for 2023 shows that the level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from road traffic pollution has fallen significantly across Sheffield.

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Essential overnight roadworks to start on Sheffield Parkway

A series of overnight diversions will be in place for the next three weeks on a section of Sheffield Parkway as essential work takes place to repair bridges at the Handsworth Road interchange.

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Public urged to watch out for online rogue traders

Sheffield residents looking for home improvement services online should be vigilant and check the credibility of businesses before handing over any money, so they don’t become victims of rogue traders. As part of a regional week of action to raise awareness of rogue traders operating online, Sheffield City Council’s trading standards enforcement officers are urging those looking for home maintenance work to check businesses are genuine.

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New Sheffield advertising policy puts people and planet at its heart

The new advertising and sponsorship policy, which is one of the most ambitious in the country, was adopted this week by Sheffield City Council’s Finance Committee and includes restrictions on how advertising and sponsorship matters are managed.

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Overnight resurfacing works to start on Chesterfield Road

Overnight diversions will be in place for three weeks as resurfacing works are carried out on Chesterfield Road in Woodseats. The works, which will start on Sunday, 10 March and will be carried out in three phases, will take place overnight between 9pm and 5am and will require the road to be closed during these hours to keep pedestrians, motorists and staff safe.

Sheffield Litter Pickers at a previous event on the side of a road pictured with a number of bags of litter

Residents encouraged to take part in the Great British Spring Clean

The Great British Spring Clean kicks into action this weekend and Sheffield residents are being urged to get involved by organising their own community litter picks. The two-week campaign, which starts on Saturday, 16 March, is spearheaded by Keep Britain Tidy and being supported by Sheffield City Council, in conjunction with Amey, contractors for the council’s Streets Ahead programme.

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Leaf clearing programme ends for another year

Clearing the city’s roads and pavements of fallen leaves has come to an end as Sheffield City Council will soon turn their attention to their grass cutting programme.

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Solar and wind power could be ramped up under decarbonisation plans

The installation of solar panels on thousands of buildings across Sheffield and creating new larger scale wind and solar opportunities are being considered as part of a decarbonisation route map.

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Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone marks first year since launch

Since the launch, data has shown that the number of non-compliant vehicles has reduced by nearly two-thirds, showing that people are making the switch to cleaner vehicles.

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A year on living with the Clean Air Zone

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health: A year on living with the CAZ and we are seeing the kind of positive results we were hoping for. The number of polluting vehicles within the CAZ boundary has seen a huge drop compared to the year before, two thirds of a reduction.

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Sheffield city centre reaccredited with a Purple Flag award for 12th consecutive year

Sheffield city centre has been reaccredited with a Purple Flag award for the way it manages the city centre's night-time economy.

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Public consultation on a city centre PSPO now live

Sheffield City Council started a public consultation today about the possible introduction of a city centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). A draft PSPO will form part of the consultation and would include restrictions around drinking alcohol on the streets, begging, loitering and drug use.

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Clean Air Investment projects to reduce harmful pollution for Sheffield’s children

Several projects designed to reduce children’s exposure to harmful road pollution around their schools are to be expanded as part of plans to spend money generated from the Clean Air Zone (CAZ).

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Committee to discuss service charge review at Moor Market

  Proposed plans to increase service charges for traders at the Moor Market will be considered by councillors next week. Service charges paid by traders to the Council to cover building running costs such as electricity, gas, water, cleaning, security, maintenance, and support costs haven’t been increased for 10 years.

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Committee to discuss potential to consult on city centre Public Spaces Protection Order

Sheffield City Council’s Communities, Parks and Leisure Committee will decide on 29th January whether to give the go ahead to consult on the introduction of a city centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

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Sheffield City Council successful in funding application for extension of Gleadless Valley Masterplan

In the latest developments for the Gleadless Valley Masterplan, Sheffield City Council have been successful in applying for external funding to demolish two unoccupied buildings in an extension to the current planned development.

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New data shows a drop in polluting vehicles driving in Sheffield

Following the launch of Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) earlier this year, data shows there has been a significant increase in compliant vehicles driving in the CAZ and wider areas of the city.

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Sheffield City Council leader calls for Moorland burning ban

Cllr Tom Hunt has written to the Secretary of State for the Environment Steve Barclay MP, asking for legislation to be introduced that would outlaw the practise of burning on the moors around the city.

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Council calls for climate Government help as report shows progress in key areas

Sheffield City Council and the city itself are making progress against targets to reduce emissions locally, as outlined in the first annual Climate Progress Report, and the Council has restated its ambition to working towards reduce emissions to net zero by 2030.

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Sheffield's General Cemetery celebrates completion of four-year restoration project

Sheffield General Cemetery, one of Sheffield's most fascination locations, celebrated the end of a four-year £3.8 million conservation and repair programme this summer and on 25th October there will be a gathering of those involved to acknowledge their invaluable support for this high-profile conservation project, and to celebrate Sheffield's heritage.

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Flooding updates - October 2023

All updates relating to the Amber weather warning for Rain across Sheffield.  

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Statements on moorland burning

The council has had a no burning policy on its land since 2016 and is highlighting the damaging effects of moorland burning on natural habitats, bio-diversity and people's health. 

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First phase of Upper Don Flood Alleviation Scheme complete

The first phase of improvements to Sheffield’s flood defences are now complete in the Loxley Valley, Hillsborough. The Upper Don Flood Alleviation Scheme aims to protect 63 homes and 152 businesses from the damaging effects of flooding, like those seen in the area in 2007 and 2019.  

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Committee to consider approving grant to install new on-street electric vehicle charging points

The Finance Committee will consider whether to approve grant funding to install 11 on-street electric vehicle charging points. The proposed locations for the new charging points are in areas where residents don’t have private off-street parking.

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Sheaf Valley Cycle Route increased cycle trips by more than 60% in two years

Temporary road changes have been made permanent on the Sheaf Valley Cycle Route following a more than a 62% increase in cycle trips in the past two years.

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Active Travel Neighbourhoods in Crookes & Walkley to be made permanent

Active Travel Neighbourhoods in Crookes & Walkley are to be made permanent, following a decision at the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee. The scheme in Nether Edge will be modified to reflect the views of residents, with a number of pedestrian crossings remaining in place.

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Full Council endorses amendments to Draft Local Plan – so, what happens next?

Amendments to the Draft Local Plan in response to public consultation were endorsed by Full Council on Wednesday 6 September. The Draft Local Plan will now be put forward for consideration by a Government planning inspector.  

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£3.4million to help South Yorkshire businesses reduce their carbon footprint

Businesses in South Yorkshire will benefit from a £3.4million investment to help them reduce their carbon emissions, improve resilience, and protect jobs.

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Committee endorses amendments to Draft Local Plan

Amendments to the Draft Local Plan in response to public consultation will be referred to Full Council for consideration after they were endorsed by the Strategy & Resources Committee today.

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New ‘Routemaps’ outline Council’s plans to achieve net zero by 2030

The first tranche in a series of Routemaps outlining Sheffield City Council’s plans to lead by example and become net zero by 2030 were agreed last week at the Transport and Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee.

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Kelham Island and Neepsend road layout and parking schemes to be made permanent

Changes to road layouts and some parking arrangements in Kelham Island and Neepsend will be introduced after a decision from the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Committee.