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Electric Taxi trial launches

Sheffield City Council has opened a new scheme giving local taxi drivers the chance to trial an electric taxi. Eight “Black cab” style London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVCs) will be available for two weeks. All of the electric taxis are wheelchair accessible and aim to give drivers a hands-on experience of an electric taxi, while being cleaner, greener and saving on the cost of diesel.

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Council sets out plans for tackling challenging budget

Following a public consultation, Sheffield City Council has set out the city's 2022/23 budget.

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Trading Standards bust illegal tobacco gang

Following a period of surveillance, our Trading Standards team seized more than £300,000 worth of illicit tobacco products during a raid in Sheffield.

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Ambitious flood action plan launched to tackle climate emergency in South Yorkshire

We have today launched, with partners across South Yorkshire, a new regional flood action plan to better protect lives, homes and businesses from the effects of flooding and to tackle the impact of climate change.

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Sheffield Street Trees Inquiry: Recommendation for Independent Chair to be made at co-op exec meeting

Sheffield City Council is pleased to announce that Sir Mark Lowcock is being recommended for appointment as the Independent Chair of the Independent Inquiry into the Street Trees Dispute.

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Bird keeper measures in Sheffield to limit Avian Flu

With 66 cases of avian flu in England in domestic birds, bird keepers across the UK are being reminded to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures to limit the spread of avian flu. Whether birdkeepers have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock the guidance must be followed to limit the number of cases in the UK and stop the disease.

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The Festival of the Outdoors returns in Sheffield

Festival of the Outdoors is back this March, with a whole host of outdoorsy events and activities, celebrating all that The Outdoor City has to offer.

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Take extra care during wintry weather

The council’s highways team is reminding people to take extra care this winter and only travel if essential when bad weather strikes.

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14,000 baby trees ready for planting season

Our community forestry team have been preparing thousands of new trees for planting and they want you to get involved.

Autumnal trees in a road in Sheffield

Sheffield Street Trees Inquiry: Advert for Independent Chair goes live

Sheffield City Council has begun the search for an Independent Chair to lead the Sheffield Street Trees Inquiry.

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New Sheffield street tree guidelines published

A new guidelines booklet for managing the city’s street trees has been finalised and published, in line with the Sheffield Street Tree Partnership Strategy.

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Funding available for South Yorkshire businesses to switch to low carbon

The £2.3m funding will provide support to over 250 SMEs.

Two men wearing bright orange hi vis jackets which have 'Community Payback' written on them help repair a fence post

Community Payback team give allotments a makeover

For more than a year, the Community Payback team, part of the Probation Service, has given Roe Woods allotment owners a helping hand, helping to clear out overgrown plots to allow the new tenants to get started.

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Committee to consider council’s climate emergency plans

As world leaders meet at COP26 to discuss the urgency of reducing climate change globally, Sheffield City Council’s Transitional Committee is considering the council’s 10 Point Plan for tackling the climate emergency.

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Bridging the gap - Streets Ahead complete refurbishments on city’s bridges

Refurbishments have been carried out on more Sheffield bridges as part of the Streets Ahead programme.

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Clean Air Zone: Decision on the way as Council sets out pollution plan

Decision to be made on Sheffield's Clean Air Zone. 

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Sheffield tops charts for outdoor spaces in Thriving Places Index

Sheffield has lived up to its reputation as an Outdoor City filled with culture, the Thriving Places Index (TPI) has found. The TPI identifies the local conditions for wellbeing, and measures whether those conditions are being delivered fairly and substantially across England.

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Fifteen new apprentices join Streets Ahead

Fifteen people from Sheffield are gaining hands on experience working for the city’s highways maintenance contract, developing invaluable skills to prepare them for their future careers.

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Streets Ahead get ready for winter in Sheffield

The council’s highways contractor is preparing for winter in Sheffield; getting ready for whatever the weather has in store this year.

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Street tree wardens get to the root of local tree issues

A group of dedicated Street Tree Wardens are working in communities across the city to help care for street trees.

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New bid for next phase of Active Travel Schemes submitted to Government

South Yorkshire’s Mayoral Combined Authority, supported by Sheffield City Council, has submitted a Countywide bid for over £11.5m from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund. 

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Progress continues on the street tree archiving project

Work on a Street Tree Archiving project, to enable those who are interested in documents and files relating to the council's street tree programme, is underway.

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Council wins planning appeal to stop housing development on Loxley Valley

The Planning Inspector has upheld our decision to decline a planning application for housing development on important Green Belt land in the Loxley Valley. 

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City partners pledge to deliver new street tree strategy

A commitment to deliver on a new street tree strategy for Sheffield has been made by the founding members of the Sheffield Street Tree Partnership.

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Paving project completed at prominent city centre site

Work has been completed by the council’s highways contractor, Amey, on Orchard Street in the city centre, a busy pedestrian thoroughfare connecting Church Street to Leopold Street.  

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Natural flood management in the Limb Brook Valley to help protect Sheffield and the region

A partnership project between the Environment Agency (EA), Sheffield City Council (SCC) and Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust (SRWT) is underway to develop and deliver a range of natural flood management methods in the Limb Brook catchment area.

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For Sheffield and with Sheffield – the council’s One Year Plan

An ambitious plan for Sheffield, that sets out clear priorities and actions for the year ahead has been agreed - putting Sheffield first, with people and communities at its heart.

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New tree in Carter Knowle park kicks off two-year community planting project

With support from the Woodland Trust, Sheffield has expended its community forestry team and will deliver community tree planting activities across the city over the next two years.

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Streets Ahead prepare for Tramlines return

The council's highways contractor, Amey, are preparing for the return of Tramlines next weekend.

Street trees in Sheffield

Independent Tree Inquiry – what’s next?

Our Cooperative Executive has set out the next steps in the independent Inquiry in to the management of Sheffield's street trees dispute.

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Streets Ahead join forces with Sheffield communities to pick up ‘whole lotta litter’

With a team of over 100 operatives, emptying over 3000 litter bins and an average of 850 metric tonnes of litter and fly ...

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Essential roadworks starting in Hillsborough

Streets Ahead will start resurfacing works in Hillsborough at the end of June.