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Sheffield’s Labour Council Condemns “Dangerous and Reckless” Fracking Approval in Nearby Community

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Sheffield City Council has reacted with anger and disappointment at today’s announcement that fracking will be allowed in North East Derbyshire, which borders Sheffield.
 
The Council has formally objected to the application and has led the way in opposing shale gas extraction.
 
Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Transport and Development at Sheffield City Council said:
 
“I am furious and dismayed at this decision. Let’s be clear here – fracking is dirty, dangerous and reckless and should not be happening in North East Derbyshire, Sheffield or anywhere else. It risks causing earthquakes, polluting our water and damaging our area’s beautiful countryside. I have asked our Planning Team to undertake an urgent assessment of the risks that will arise for Sheffield from today’s dangerous decision.
 
Even if fracking could be undertaken safely, which it can’t, it is still a grubby fossil fuel. These are causing catastrophic climate change and rapid global burning. We have already found more carbon than we can safely burn, so we certainly don’t want any more.
 
Instead, we need a revolution in renewable energy generation and a fair transition to a more sustainable way of living that protects our environment for future generations. The UK’s planning policies need to reflect this, not make it easier for a few big-boss fat cats to pile up even more money by raiding and pillaging our precious environment.”
 
Councillor Scott continued:
 
“It’s at times like this that the public look to elected representatives for clear leadership, not weasel words. I am disgusted with the actions of the local Tory MP, Lee Rowley, who isn’t anti-fracking and supports the Conservative government’s approach. North East Derbyshire deserves better. It’s clear we need a Labour government to ban fracking altogether and put in place the rules that will protect our environment for the many, not the few.”
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Sheffield Labour Council paints town red for safer streets

redlines.jpgSheffield City Council has begun announcing its red lines when it comes to road safety outside schools.

A new traffic regulation order for the city’s first red route – where double red lines replace the more common double yellow lines on busy main roads, outside schools and on bus routes – has now been advertised by the council.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Transport and Development at Sheffield City Council said:

“Nothing is more important to me than the safety of our city’s children, so now that we have these powers, I am determined to use them quickly and firmly.

“It only takes a second to create a hazard around a school. Red Routes are a big step forward to stop people from parking dangerously.

“I want to be as clear as possible about parking on red lines: There is no waiting, no parking, no excuses and no second chances. If you do it, we will find you and we will fine you.

“The safety of children comes before anything else, so do not put this at risk.”


Sheffield is set to become one of the first cities outside of London to introduce “red routes”, following a change in the law last year.

Red routes have a tougher zero tolerance approach to traffic violations – no stopping or waiting is allowed for any length of time under any circumstances. Breaching this can lead to an immediate fixed penalty notice or fine.

The first red route is proposed to be on Baslow Road near Totley Primary School, which is being expanded to accommodate more pupils. The proposed scheme includes a signal controlled crossing on Baslow Road near Totley Grange Road.

Restrictions on parking are to be introduced along Baslow Road and Totley Grange Road to allow the safe operation of the crossing. Red Route restrictions will prevent stopping on Baslow Road and the junction of Totley Grange Road. This includes a prohibition on the picking up and setting down of passengers.

The introduction of more red routes is part of the council’s new parking strategy and can be found here: http://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=1974

Sheffield Labour Council puts affordability at heart of development

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Planners at Sheffield City Council say that developers must take more time and look again at the amount of affordability they are offering the city.

At its meeting this afternoon, the planning and development committee at Sheffield City Council deferred a decision on a four-building new development on the Stokes Tiles site on Moore Street.

The Committee did not reject the application, but agreed that more time was needed to look at the detail of how many affordable units were being offered by the developer and whether this was sufficient.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Development and Transport said:

“I welcome the Committee’s decision today. Nobody is saying that the development is wrong or shouldn’t happen. Actually, the fact we have got something that could be so exciting is a real vote of confidence in our growing and vibrant city. There are lots of things about this development that are to be really welcomed.

“But there is also a housing crisis across the country and it’s vital that developers make a fair contribution towards addressing that.

“The Council has a very clear and robust approach to affordable housing, which is based on its vision for a fairer city.

“So it’s right that we go back and double check whenever developers say they aren’t able to meet our requirements. Sheffield deserves this clarity and assurance and it wouldn’t be right to approve a development without this.

“I’m looking forward to these discussions and I hope that we are then able to make progress.”

 

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Response to Government’s Latest Fracking Announcement

 

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Central government today announced measures to support the development of British Shale Gas through local planning systems.

Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet for Development and Transport, Councillor Jack Scott, responded by saying: 

“We need a revolution in renewable energy, not more dirty fossil fuels.

But today it is clear that the government wants to press on with a reckless dash for gas, regardless of evidence, public opinion or the impacts on local communities.

This approach is an unwelcome mix of caving into the fracking industry and ploughing ahead with existing plans for fracking regardless of local views.

Despite their empty words about local consultation, the government is setting a dangerous precedent in taking away local decision making on planning decisions, and putting it in the hands of Tory ministers. This could see fracking unfairly imposed on areas against the will of local communities.

Labour has repeatedly made it clear we believe local communities do not want fracking in their area and we will continue to support our communities working to resist the unwanted advances of fracking companies, motivated purely by the huge profits they will make and not the legacy they will leave.”

New body worn video cameras keeping parking officers safe in Sheffield

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Sheffield City Council is taking action to prevent anti-social behaviour towards its team of Civil Enforcement Officers by issuing them with Body Worn Video cameras.

The council’s Parking Services Civil Enforcement Officers – who tackle the city’s problem parkers to keep the city moving and school children safe – have recently started wearing the light-weight devices, attached to their jacket pockets.

The team, which operates across the city, can often encounter difficult situations in the course of their day-to-day activities. Civil Enforcement Officers can now choose when to film using the state-of-the-art devices – and material can be used in criminal proceedings if necessary.

Between 2011 and 2015, the number of violent incidents against civil enforcement officers increased year on year. During 2014/15, 76 incidents were reported, which is more than twice the number of those reported in 2011/12.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability, said:

“I am so pleased that we are rolling out these body worn cameras across the whole team. we acknowledge the incredibly valuable job done by our civil enforcement officers.

“Our traffic officers help keep us all safe. They make sure that our children can get to school safely and that emergency vehicles can get where they need to go.

“The safety of our staff is absolutely vital. We have a zero tolerance approach to all aggression and we will not tolerate any acts of verbal or physical abuse whatsoever. These cameras are a vital way for us to keep our hardworking staff safe.”

The devices can capture high-quality images close up, including audio recording, and work at night in low light.

The cameras won’t be used to provide evidence to support issuing Parking Fines. They are solely for the prevention and detection of crime. They are visible on an officer’s uniform.

The Civil Enforcement Officers have received training in the use of the body-worn cameras, and the devices are only used when the officer feels under threat. The cameras won’t be constantly running. Devices are securely encrypted and they are password protected, so if stolen data is secure and can’t be deleted. They’re also very robust and damaging the device won’t stop the footage from being usable.

These cameras complement the other safety equipment officers are issued with, such as the Airwaves Two Way radio system which connects Civil Enforcement Officers direct to South Yorkshire Police control, so in the case of a serious incident police can be dispatched immediately.

 

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