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Sheffield City Council Launches Green Commission – Come and Join Us

Sheffield City Council is announcing today that it is establishing a Green Commission for the city. This follows from the success of the Fairness Commission, which looked at how Sheffield can be a fairer more equitable place to live and work.

Employing this approach, the Green Commission will explore how Sheffield can be more sustainable and establish the benefits that this will bring across the City.

The Green Commission will create a vision and blueprint for the future of Sheffield as a whole and not just for the city council.

This is a huge task and the Council cannot undertake it alone. We need the public, businesses and organisations across our city to help us shape a vision for a sustainable future for Sheffield.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “We already know Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in Europe and has a proud green heritage. But we also know that we face big challenges, particularly from climate change, which could change every aspect of our lives.

“We need to craft a clear vision for our city so we can take clear, long-term action to make sure that we are protecting our environment and building a strong economy.” 

“I’m really pleased to be launching this Commission that will take a long-term look at Sheffield’s environment and build a blueprint for action. I hope as many people as possible will get involved and come to the event we are holding to launch Sheffield’s Green Commission.”


The first public meeting of the Green Commission will be held on April 8th at 7pm in the Town Hall. This first meeting will be a chance to help guide the process and decide the key topics for the Green Commission to concentrate on.

Due to space constraints, numbers are limited to around 100 people so it is vital that you notify us in advance of your attendance and any special requirements you may have.

If you wish to attend please email us on greencommission@sheffield.gov.uk


Come and Talk Trees

The Streets Ahead team are inviting all Sheffield residents, businesses and community groups to come along and learn more about the tree process they follow when maintaining, removing and replacing the city’s highway trees.

Two identical meetings will be held on:

  • Monday 31 March, 6pm – 7.15pm at the Town Hall
  • Thursday 3 April, 1.45pm – 3pm at the Town Hall

At these meetings the public can learn more about how the team:

  • Look after the city’s highway tree stock
  • How tree surveys are conducted to assess the condition of the trees
  • How the tree experts identify which trees will need to be replaced and which would benefit from a better maintenance regime

Cllr Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “The Time to Talk Trees meetings are a great opportunity for the residents of Sheffield to find out more about our processes and ask questions about how we manage the city’s highway trees.

“I know that any discussion about trees can evoke great passion in people and I welcome that passion. Sheffield is a green city and we want to do everything we can to support our reputation.

These meetings are an opportunity for those who are interested to find out more about Sheffield’s trees, how we maintain them and how we protect the public.”

To register your interest in one of the Time to Talk Trees events email kate.hughes@sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 273 5981. Please let us know

  • Preferred meeting date
  • Number of attendees
  • Contact details

For more information on Streets Ahead works visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead

Did you know? Sheffield’s Solar Energy Revolution


Amongst the 10 largest cities in the UK, Sheffield has gained an outstanding lead in renewable energy capacity since the launch of the FIT scheme – achieving over eight times as much installed capacity/1,000 population as London and fifteen times as much as Manchester.

With Leeds and Bristol in second and third place respectively, this flies in the face of geographical expectations that northern cities would not maximise solar PV as much as their southern counterparts.


Sheffield Council Cracks Down: Tobacco Fines Not To Be Sniffed At

Two illegal tobacco traders have been ordered to pay substantial fines following prosecution by Sheffield City Council Trading Standards.

278 packs of contraband cigarettes and 23 packs of hand rolling tobacco were seized from two shops during an operation in which seven retail premises were visited by Sheffield City Council Trading Standards, South Yorkshire Police and two sniffer dogs.

Mr Hessen Por of Veeno’s Supermarket, London Road, pleaded guilty to five specimen offences under the Trade Marks Act and was fined £150 and ordered to pay £725 towards costs.

Mr Hassan Mohammed of Abbey Stop Shop, Abbeydale Road pleaded guilty to three specimen offences under the Trade Marks Act and was fined £300 and ordered to pay £623 towards costs.

Councillor Jack Scott said: “We often act on intelligence received from the public and the success of this operation shows that even the smallest piece of intelligence can make all the difference. Although the traders go to extraordinary lengths to hide their contraband, we are determined to find it. These highly trained tobacco dogs mean that no hiding place is safe.”

The haul included counterfeit and non-duty paid tobacco products which cannot be legally sold in the UK.

The dogs helped to find tobacco which these traders had hidden in unusual concealments. One shop had built a hidden compartment with hydraulic infra-red operating mechanism to open and close a false wall panel, the other had them hidden in the top compartment of an electric oven under the hot plates/

The court ordered forfeiture of the products for destruction.

The low price and easy availability of illegal tobacco encourages people to keep smoking, and children and young people are often targeted by unscrupulous traders.

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco should call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or the confidential Crimestoppers hotline 0800 555111.

Press Statement: Response to Flooding


With Richard Wright, Chief Executive of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Cllr Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for the Economy, Skills and Development

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said:

“It is awful to see what is happening in Somerset and down south with the flooding and our hearts go out to those who are suffering and I really hope it manages to get sorted soon.

“In Sheffield we have worked really closely with the Environment Agency ever since the flooding here in 2007 . We have taken clearly effective measures to make sure our city is protected from flooding as best we can.

Extreme weather events will become more likely as the impact of climate change is increasingly felt. These floods serve as a reminder of the need to take real action – and soon. ”

Sheffield sought to strengthen its plans for defences in the Lower Don Valley by bidding for a £10 million increase in funding from the Environment Agency.

The money will complement the £1.4m investment businesses agreed to contribute to the scheme following a Business Improvement District (BID) ballot last year. This private sector contribution remains vital as it finances the ongoing channel maintenance element of the project, which is not eligible for government funding.

The Lower Don Valley flood defence project aims to improve flood defences in the Lower Don Valley by implementing more than 40 interventions across an 8km stretch of the River Don, which was severely flooded in 2000 and 2007.

Sheffield’s Lower Don Valley area was severely flooded in 2000 and 2007 causing massive disruption and multi-million pound damages to hundreds of businesses, power, transport and the telecommunications infrastructure.

SIV awarded prestigious Carbon Trust Standard

Leading leisure operator Sheffield International Venues (SIV) has been awarded a prestigious environmental accolade after reducing the company’s carbon emissions by 4.8 per cent.

SIV, which operates 17 facilities including Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, the Motorpoint Arena and Sheffield City Hall, has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard in recognition of its achievements in taking action on climate change.

The Carbon Trust Standard is a voluntary mark of excellence that enables organisations to demonstrate success in reducing their carbon footprint. The Carbon Trust is widely regarded as the world’s leading certifier of organisational carbon footprint reduction.

Some of the projects that have enabled SIV to secure the Standard include LED lighting in venues, variable speed drives for electric motors, improved building management, energy awareness and staff participation.

Sean Midgley, energy and environmental manager for SIV, said: “It is great recognition for our achievements in carbon reduction and demonstrates our commitment to reducing carbon emissions year on year.

“It shows that we are taking action as a company by reducing the carbon emissions that we are directly responsible for across our portfolio of 17 venues.

“The Carbon Trust Standard requires us to keep reducing our carbon emissions and to re-certify every two years, which means we have to continue working hard to reduce our impact on the environment.”


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