Streets Ahead Cleaner Saves Elderly Woman


Andy Rowley works for Sheffield City Council’s contractor Amey, and was on Ecclesall Road near Hunters Bar when he heard calls for help.

Andy, 42, from Beighton said: “I was just over the road from Endcliffe Park when I heard a man shouting that a woman had fallen in the river. I ran to help and could see she was in the water at the bottom of a steep grassy bank. I climbed down and eventually managed to pull her out.

Kweku Ackle’ Menser first alerted Andy to the woman in distress and helped to rescue her. He said: “The lady was soaked through. She was in shock and very cold. Andy gave her his coat to help keep her warm until the ambulance arrived. He did a great job.

Sara Bradley, Street Cleaning Manager for Streets Ahead contractor Amey, said: “Andy was in the right place at the right time and we’re very proud of him. We’ve awarded him an Amey Star in recognition of his efforts. We are also very grateful to Kweku Ackle’Menser, the man who drew Andy’s attention to the lady’s plight.

Cllr Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Street Scene, said: “I’m really pleased that Andy reacted the way he did and showed such bravery. His quick thinking under difficult circumstances clearly made a real difference.”

The woman was taken to hospital by ambulance after the incident which happened on Thursday 19 December at around 8am.

Sheffield Cabinet Approves Ambitious Flood Plans

Part of my job is to make sure Sheffield’s rivers are clean, that Sheffield is protected from flooding and that our city is ready for emergencies (see here).


So it’s really good for Sheffield that plans to protect our city from the risk of serious flooding have received the green light.

A blueprint was drawn up in the wake of the devastating floods of the summer of 2007 – and on other occasions since defences have been stretched to the limit.

The city council has been working closely with the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water to reduce the risk of similar problems in the future.

There’s been work too in communities where the risk of flooding is greatest to put contingency plans into place and support them at times of danger.

Flood wardens have been trained by the Environment Agency to improve communications locally and to help coordinate the strategy.

There has been work to widen and de-silt many of the city’s rivers and the council has been working with Yorkshire Water on the management of peak river flows further upstream.

The end result of all the work is the Flood Risk Management Strategy for Sheffield, published following wide-ranging consultations with local people, organisations and businesses.

The aim of the strategy is to ensure the city targets the main problem areas and that resources are being used to the best effect.

Sheffield is a city of rivers and this is really important for our environment. Because of this we also know there is a risk of flooding.

As the effects of climate change become more apparent, we are likely to see more flooding, so we need to take action.

We want to minimise the impact of flooding on Sheffield people and businesses and also take the opportunity to improve the city’s environment.”

The plan was approved by Sheffield’s Cabinet on Wednesday. You can read a copy of the report.