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City’s first LACs meeting marks milestone in devolution

Photographs from the four South West Sheffield wards
Photographs from the four South West Sheffield wards

Last night saw the start of a new era in democratic decision-making in Sheffield – with the holding of the city’s first ever Local Area Committee meeting.

The meeting set the scene for the delegation of much decision-making in the city’s seven areas – covering issues from anti social behaviour to local traffic issues and road safety. Significant budgets will be delegated to the new Local Area Committees.

Council leader Cllr Terry Fox explained:

“This marks a major shift in decision-making in Sheffield – with more power set to be exercised closer to your home and your neighbourhood – giving you a louder voice.

“The new committees will be a crucial way for Sheffield City Council to Engage, Empower and Enable local people to make their own areas better places to live.”

Cllr Andrew Sangar, the chair of the new South West Sheffield LAC – who chaired the city’s first ever LAC meeting – added:

“This first meeting was only the start, and it’s only one way of making your voice heard – but it’s a key milestone for the city, and we want to really build up the momentum and get people involved in every possible way in shaping the future of their local areas.”

This first historic meeting, at Greystones Primary School, Tullibardine Road, covered the South West Sheffield area, taking in the wards Crookes and Crosspool, Dore and Totley, Ecclesall, and Fulwood.

Inaugural meetings of the remaining six LACs will be held over coming weeks, and over the next year quarterly meetings will be held to shape how the new committees will work, and to start exercising greater power over local developments.

Local Area Committee Meetings: Please follow your area link to book

Sheffield East
Wed Sep 22, 18:00
English Institute of Sport

Sheffield North East
Thu Sep 23, 17:00
Concord Sports Centre

Sheffield Central 
Mon Sep 27, 18:00
Burton Street Foundation

Sheffield South East 
Tue Sep 28, 18:00
Fire and Rescue Training Centre

Sheffield North
Thu Sep 30, 19:00
The Venue 

Sheffield South 
Wed Oct 13, 18:00
Gleadless Valley Methodist Church


LACs represent the first part of the Empowering Communities Programme
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