Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday 1 December 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, Sheffield, S10 2TQ

Contact: Paul Robinson, Democratic Services  Email:


No. Item


Appointment of Chair of the Meeting

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Apologies for Absence

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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Members to declare any interests they have in the business to be considered at the meeting.

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Public Questions and Petitions and Other Communications pdf icon PDF 385 KB

To receive any questions or petitions from the public, or communications submitted by the Lord Mayor or the Chief Executive and to pass such resolutions thereon as the Council Procedure Rules permit and as may be deemed expedient.



(NOTE: There is a time limit of one hour for the above item of business.  In accordance with the arrangements published on the Council’s website in relation to meetings of the Council held whilst social distancing and other public health safety measures still apply, questions/petitions are required to be submitted in writing, to, by 9.00 a.m. on Monday 29th November.)



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Members' Questions pdf icon PDF 2 MB

5.1      Questions relating to urgent business – Council Procedure Rule 16.6(ii).


5.2      Questions on the discharge of the functions of the South Yorkshire Joint Authorities for Fire and Rescue and Pensions – Section 41 of the Local Government Act 1985 – Council Procedure Rule 16.6(i).


          (NB. Minutes of recent meetings of the two South Yorkshire Joint Authorities have been made available to all Members of the Council via the following link -


5.3      Supplementary questions on written questions submitted at this meeting – Council Procedure Rule 16.4.




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Notice of Motion Regarding "Increasing Rail Connectivity and Capacity for Sheffield" - Given By Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed And To Be Seconded By Councillor Tim Huggan

That this Council:-


(a)      notes, with enormous disappointment, the decision to cancel the high-speed rail link from Sheffield to the Midlands as a huge setback for the city of Sheffield;


(b)      notes the huge capacity constraints on the line between Sheffield and Leeds;


(c)      notes that this constrains the ability to put more goods on rail rather than road that will hamper efforts to meet our carbon net zero goals;


(d)      believes that the health of many Sheffielders, particularly on the east of the city, will continue to suffer from the harmful effects of poor air quality as fewer goods movements will be able to be moved from road to rail;


(e)      believes that for all this Government’s talk about ‘the Northern Powerhouse’ and ‘levelling up’ they are still making disgraceful decisions like this one which will see Sheffield cut off from the high-speed train network;


(f)       believes this is another example of the Government failing to support our communities and our city, harming our city’s potential for future economic prosperity and development compared to our neighbouring cities of Leeds and Manchester;


(g)      believes that Sheffield not being a part of the High-Speed network will only encourage people into their cars and cause environmental damage;


(h)      believes that the Government should reconsider and needs to support the full implementation of High-Speed Rail and the so called ‘Northern Powerhouse Rail’; this should be done with far tighter financial controls and increased accountability than there has previously been to ensure that these projects are value for money;


(i)       believes that both the Government and this Council should address problems with implementation to ensure that the complete HS2 network opens as early as possible to meet our decarbonisation goals while minimising the destruction of precious UK habitats and woodland;


(j)       also notes, with disappointment, the Government’s decision not to give funding to restore the Sheaf Valley Line, a key route in our city that if fully developed could take hundreds of vehicles off our roads daily, helping us tackle the menace of both traffic and air pollution that many of our local communities around the Sheaf valley face;


(k)      however, believes that this Council needs to do more to promote railways and that the Co-operative leadership have not adequately fought Sheffield’s corner and made arguments central Government could not ignore for Sheffield’s full inclusion in HS2;


(l)       believes this is also a failure of the political leaders of South Yorkshire, who by not working together to promote our region have contributed to this decision being taken; and


(m)     requires that the Chief Executive write to the Transport Minister expressing this Council’s disappointment and desire to see the HS2 cancellation decision reconsidered.



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Notice of Motion Regarding "HS2 Betrayal" - Given By Councillor Terry Fox And To Be Seconded By Councillor Julie Grocutt

That this Council:-


(a)      notes that Sheffield City Council, Sheffield City Region and the wider HS2 East was clear that HS2 proposals were required in full, alongside improvements to Sheffield Station to ensure electrification of the Midland Mainline, to increase capacity with a specific focus on better connections to Leeds (northern loop) and Manchester;


(b)      believes that HS2 is a once in a generation investment and it is outrageous that Government have axed the eastern leg and reneged on promises to improve connectivity and capacity for South Yorkshire rail;


(c)      notes that the eastern leg of HS2 will now stop in the East Midlands and will not continue to South Yorkshire, and yet the Government have tried to ‘spin’ this as a positive development for the region, but that improvements cited were either rehashes of previous announcements or those which previous Conservative governments promised years ago – such as the electrification of the Midland Mainline and upgrades to the Hope Valley route;


(d)      notes that in 2018-19, £276 was spent per person in Yorkshire and the Humber on transport, compared to £903 in London, but that we are witnessing not just a north-south divide, but the emergence of an east-west split, with forecasts showing spending at £412 per head in the North West, around 50% higher than it is on the other side of the Pennines;


(e)      believes Sheffield has been betrayed and that unlocking the potential of the North’s great cities with a properly joined-up rail transport system now feels very remote, and notes the following promises reneged on by this Government:-


(i)       the as promised High Speed link between Sheffield and Leeds has been axed – as has the whole of the Sheffield to Leeds improvements;


(ii)       Sheffield – Leeds connections formed a significant cornerstone of Transport for the North’s Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) proposals that now will not be delivered – damaging the whole of Yorkshire;


(iii)      the Government proposals say nothing on new stations at Rotherham and Dearne Valley Parkway, and as these were dependant on the Sheffield – Leeds connection, they seem highly unlikely to come to fruition;


(iv)      improved links to Manchester and Hull are also not included in plans, and it is likely that no direct rail link to Manchester Airport is now possible; and


(v)      despite warm words from Government, there is no mention of investment in local schemes for Stocksbridge and Waverley Station;


(f)       notes that this Government says Sheffield will see benefits sooner under its Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) than they would have done if HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail had been given the go ahead, but believes this is outlandish ‘spin’ which does not hold up to scrutiny, due to the following:-


(i)       the original rationale for HS2 was to improve not just journey times but also rail capacity; the idea was that HS2 would benefit long distance travellers and regional passengers by segregating them onto separate lines, allowing the fast trains to move more  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

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Notice of Motion Regarding "Protecting Patients and Staff after NHS Changes" - Given By Councillor Ruth Milsom And To Be Seconded By Councillor George Lindars-Hammond

That this Council:-


(a)      recognises that the Health and Care Bill seeks to remove barriers to integrating services to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities;


(b)      broadly supports the Bill’s focus on improving the health and wellbeing of the population and the duty of bodies to have regard to this in making decisions;


(c)      supports the emphasis of the Bill on the duty to engage with patients, carers and representatives;


(d)      supports the requirement for NHS Integrated Care Boards and local authorities to establish a Health and Care Partnership with responsibility for producing an integrated care strategy;


(e)      welcomes the Bill’s recognition of the key role of Health and Wellbeing Boards and the health and wellbeing strategies and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment they produce;


(f)       welcomes the flexibility afforded to each Integrated Care System in making its own arrangements for joining up services and setting local strategies for improving population health;


(g)      notes with dismay that despite the Conservative Party’s 2010 pre-election promise that there would be “no top-down reorganisation of the NHS”, successive Conservative-led governments have been enacting root-and-branch reorganisation of the NHS in England, starting with the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, and continuing with Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) which paved the way to the creation of 42 regional Integrated Care Systems (ICSs);


(h)      believes that this decade of system change has placed health and care services, and those who are responsible for commissioning, delivering, and monitoring them at local level, under enormous sustained pressure;


(i)       is troubled that the Health and Care Bill gives the Secretary of State the power to call in NHS reconfiguration proposals, and believes that the role of local health overview and scrutiny committees in these matters should not be undermined;


(j)       believes with great concern that this proposal does nothing to assist social care whilst this Government has continually cut support for local councils and vulnerable people;


(k)      is concerned that local authority influence over local health and wellbeing could be side-lined if Integrated Care Boards are not correctly constituted;


(l)       is concerned that the Secretary of State will be empowered by the Health and Care Bill to deregulate unspecified NHS roles currently safeguarded by professional regulation, which in turn could threaten patient safety and staff development and training;


(m)     notes with alarm that the Health and Care Bill allows private companies to sit on ICS Boards and Partnerships, and that NHS England has accredited over 200 corporations and businesses – many US-owned – to help develop ICSs;


(n)      is concerned that allocation of ICS wide budgets, if not accompanied by strong place-based delegation, could result in commissioning decisions that are based more on detached area-wide targets than on localised need;


(o)      is concerned that when the South Yorkshire ICS takes on statutory powers, Clinical Commissioning Group staff across the footprint will become a single SY NHS workforce and that staff may find themselves redeployed between places across the county;


(p)      believes:-


(i)       proposals  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

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Notice of Motion Regarding "Better Buses for Sheffield" - Given By Councillor Ian Auckland And To Be Seconded By Councillor Penny Baker

That this Council:-


(a)      welcomes the £200m, including £100m to improve Supertram and £35m for buses promised to Sheffield in the recent Budget to support public transport;


(b)      however, notes the regional imbalances for bus funding whereby buses in London get the funding equivalent of £76 per head, and yet in Sheffield it is only £5, and believes this is simply unacceptable;


(c)      also believes that Sheffield has been left with often poor bus services, with services frequently being late, cramped, unreliable, expensive and in poor condition;


(d)      believes that the Mayor of South Yorkshire must exercise powers to bring bus services back under local control (franchising), at the earliest practicable date, and central government must do more to provide significant funding to revitalise local transport;


(e)      believes that once again the Mayor of South Yorkshire has “missed the bus” regarding improving bus services in Sheffield and South Yorkshire with the alternative “Enhanced Partnership” arrangements brought in this summer;


(f)       supports Clive Betts MP’s call for the roll-out of Bus Franchising to be speeded up and fully endorses the consistent commitment, over very many years, of the major opposition party to introduce bus franchising in Sheffield;


(g)      believes that a good public transport system should run where people need it, when people need it and at a price that is affordable; and


(h)      believes that excellent public transport, and people friendly neighbourhoods are key to reducing pollution, congestion, improving health, and contributing to our zero carbon by 2030 pledge.



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Gambling Act 2005 - Statement of Principles (Policy) pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To approve, with or without amendment, the updated Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles (Policy), as set out in the report of the Executive Director, Place, published with this agenda.  The Statement had been approved for referral to the Council by the Co-operative Executive at its meeting held on 17th November 2021.



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Appointment Of An Additional Independent (Co-opted) Member To The South Yorkshire Police And Crime Panel pdf icon PDF 169 KB

To approve, with or without amendment, the recommendations in the report of the Director of Legal and Governance, published with this agenda, seeking Sheffield City Council’s support to a proposal of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel to apply to the Secretary of State for permission for a third independent (co-opted) member to be appointed to serve on the Panel.



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Minutes Of Previous Council Meetings pdf icon PDF 436 KB

To receive the record of the proceedings of the meetings of the Council held on 8th September and 6th October 2021, and to approve the accuracy thereof.



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Representation, Delegated Authority and Related Issues pdf icon PDF 181 KB

To consider any changes to the memberships and arrangements for meetings of Committees etc., delegated authority, and the appointment of representatives to serve on other bodies.




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