Posted by jackjosiahscott on November 9, 2013
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.
Posted by jackjosiahscott on February 28, 2014
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.
Posted by jackjosiahscott on February 25, 2014
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.”
Posted by jackjosiahscott on February 23, 2014
Sheffield City Council is warning householders against employing people who call at the door offering building work or general repairs.
The warning comes in the wake of the continuing bad weather across our region and at a time when many householders will be looking for reassurance about the condition of their homes, most commonly roofs, guttering and fences.
Sheffield City Council Trading Standards Officers have already followed up on a series of complaints involving rogue traders cold calling at the door offering roofing repairs, driveway cleaning and gardening services.
Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Jack Scott said, “We want to get the message out there to Sheffield residents about these unscrupulous traders. We know they prey especially on the elderly and vulnerable within our communities, demanding payment in cash straight away.
“We would like to ask the public, if you are concerned about this type of trader in your area, approaching yourself, neighbours or family members, then please report your concerns as soon as possible. It helps us build a detailed picture of the types of rogue practices and those involved, and we can then intervene on behalf of the consumer.”
All too often, consumers are tricked into agreeing to unnecessary, expensive but poor quality work. Without any written contract or the opportunity to exercise their rights to cancel, people can find themselves at the mercy of the worst excesses of rogue trading.
Those involved in this type of offending operate across our region and Sheffield City Council tackles the problem with a coordinated approach involving prosecutions, awareness campaigns and intelligence sharing across Yorkshire and the Humber.
In cases where Council Trading Standards officers have been able to confront the traders and challenge the legality of the work, householders have been saved from paying thousands of pounds in cash.
To report these types of incidents contact Sheffield City Council Trading Standards on 0114 2736290 or email@example.com
Posted by jackjosiahscott on February 21, 2014
The Streets Ahead team have provided a Sheffield Carers charity with 100 winter motoring packs to help them stay on the move this winter.
The packs will also be distributed to carers in the Sheffield partnership of carers support organisations, which includes ROSHNI – The Sheffield Asian Women’s Resource Centre and the African-Caribbean charity, SACMHA.
As well as providing the packs, which contain a thermal mug, mini scraper and de-icer, the team have been on hand to provide tips and advice on how best to prepare for the wintery weather.
Cllr Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Street Scene said:
“It’s great to see the Streets Ahead team working with this worthy charity to provide them with hints and tips on how to keep on the move this winter.
Carer’s across the city do a very tough job. It is important that we support them so they have all the knowledge and resources to ensure they are able to get out during the wintery weather to do this valuable work.”
Celia Robinson Chief Executive at Sheffield Carers Centre said: “We provide information and support to unpaid carers across Sheffield. For some, their car is their lifeline, enabling them to look after the person they care for. So any support to keep people mobile and advise them on how to stay safe on the roads is really welcome.”
Jim Pursglove, Winter Maintenance Manager for the Streets Ahead team said: “We are prepared for what the weather has in store for us this year but we are also encouraging all Sheffield residents and businesses to also be as prepared as they can be.
“Simple things like checking that your car has anti-freeze or that there is a snow shovel or winter clothing in the boot of your car could make a big difference.”
For more information on Streets Ahead works visit http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead
Posted by jackjosiahscott on February 16, 2014
Sheffield City Council is helping to throw a financial lifeline to families and individuals struggling with rising living costs as it launches the popular Big Sheffield Switch deal once again.
The council is asking residents throughout the region to sign up, switch and save with the free-to-join ‘Big Sheffield Switch,’ which aims to help homeowners and tenants save money on their gas and electricity bills by joining an online auction with energy suppliers. The more households who sign up from this week, the more buying power the council will have and the better the deal for participants.
More than 800 people benefitted from the first Big Sheffield Switch last year, saving an average £120 each. Some homeowners reported a massive £352 saving.
This year’s auction will take place on 10 March and participants can switch anytime until 24 March.
Councillor Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said:
“I know that energy bills are a really big concern for lots of people, so I’m delighted to be launching The Big Sheffield Switch again and building on what was a really successful scheme in 2013.
“If you are worried about rising energy costs and the effect big bills may have on your family’s budget then this is a great, simple way of making sure you get signed up to the deal that offers you the best value for money. Even better – by signing up, people are helping other switchers in the city get access to even better energy bills too.
“We’re really excited to also be offering an environmentally friendly tariff and greater choice so people can choose which the package that benefits them the most. I hope as many people as possible sign up to this scheme and we can all save a lot of money together.”
The scheme is really simple and open to everyone. The energy suppliers bid for the householders’ custom by offering their cheapest tariff and the best value providers will be chosen. The top five tariffs, plus eco-friendly options, will be offered to residents who have signed up.
Anyone can register and switch to the new energy deal – even if they currently pay their energy bills by direct debit, cheque, cash or use a pre-payment meter. It also applies if you own your own home, rent from a private landlord, Sheffield Homes or another social landlord, have never switched before or whether you live in Sheffield or not.
Households are under no obligation and when they receive their offer they can choose to accept it or not depending upon whether it works for them. All residents will need when they register is a recent energy bill so that their annual energy usage can be calculated.
Margaret Nichols, of Deepcar, took advantage of the Big Sheffield Switch last year and says she uses a lot of gas to keep her home warm.
“I feel the cold a lot so the temperature in my home is always about 25 degrees,” she said.
“That’s why it’s so important that I’m on the right tariff which offers the best value for money. We’ve saved on electricity, which I’m pleased about. I’m quite savvy about managing my money and bills but I think the Big Sheffield Switch is great for people who are perhaps not as confident looking around for the best deal. I’ve already recommended the Switch to my brother and sister in law and my neighbours. It was a good experience and really easy.”
For more information about the Big Sheffield Switch or to register your interest call 0800 9887035 or visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/cheaperenergy.
Posted by jackjosiahscott on February 15, 2014