Agenda and minutes

Council - Thursday 18 November 2021 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Paul Robinson, Democratic Services  Email:

Note: Rearranged November Meeting 


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Minute Silence - Death of Sir David Amess MP

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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

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 Tuesday 16th November.)



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Members' Questions pdf icon PDF 878 KB

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


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


5.3      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 -



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Notice of Motion Regarding "Developers Climate Change Declaration" - Given By Councillor Angela Argenzio and To Be Seconded By Councillor Peter Garbutt

That this Council believes:-


(a)      that building regulations standards for energy efficiency are not sufficient to address the climate emergency;


(b)      that incorporating renewable energy is not encouraged sufficiently in new developments;


(c)      that actions taken to reduce the risk of flooding need to be encouraged better in new developments through natural flood management and measures such as tree and hedge planting to increase water absorption, catch rainfall and slow down surface water run-off and reduce water pollution;


(d)      that action to preserve and promote biodiversity is not sufficiently appreciated in new developments and should be promoted;


(e)      that developers who go beyond the minimum standards required by national government are not recognised;


(f)       that there is limited public visibility for developers who do more than the minimum they are required to;


That this Council resolves:-


(g)      that the Council will ask developers to give their answers to these questions as part of the Planning Application process by completing a Developers Climate Change Declaration:-


(i)       What measures have been/will be taken to limit the carbon consumed through the implementation and construction processes? e.g. by reusing existing on-site materials, using low carbon materials and sourcing materials locally.


(ii)       What measures have been/will be taken to utilise renewable or low carbon energy sources either in the course of development or for use by the occupiers of the completed development or both?


(iii)      What measures have been/will be taken to reduce potential impacts of flooding associated with your proposed development? e.g. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, use of permeable materials, soakaways and leaving some land undeveloped to absorb rainfall.


(iv)      What measures will be taken to promote biodiversity in your proposed development?


(h)      that the Council will publicly recognise annually those developers who have gone above and beyond minimum Government requirements to address the climate and nature emergency;


(j)       that the Council will encourage and recognise developers who address the green skills gap by taking on local apprentices and training staff in the installation of new green technologies; and


(j)       that the Council will use the results of the Developers Climate Change Declarations as an evidence base to encourage Government to improve building regulations so they are more fit for purpose to address the climate emergency.



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Notice of Motion Regarding "White Ribbon Day and Ending Male Violence Against Women" - Given By Councillor Ben Curran and To Be Seconded By Councillor Garry Weatherall

That this Council:-


(a)       believes that the Council must do everything it can to end male violence against women;


(b)      notes the work of White Ribbon UK in raising awareness and campaigning on this issue, with their particular focus on the need to engage with men and boys;


(c)      notes that November 25 is White Ribbon Day and many organisations across the country use this annual event as an opportunity to raise awareness about violence against women, and believes that Sheffield City Council should mark this occasion and show that the organisation is committed to being part of the solution;


(d)      believes that the White Ribbon Day should be marked by all areas of the Organisation, by undertaking the following:-


·        encourage all staff to wear a White Ribbon;

·        share messages about White Ribbon UK, including on social media, and why this is such an important issue to tackle;

·        particularly encourage men to wear a White Ribbon, and make the ‘White Ribbon Promise’ to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women;

·        display the White Ribbon symbol in and around council buildings – on windows and noticeboards;


(e)      directs that discussions should be undertaken with White Ribbon UK to investigate being part of their White Ribbon Accreditation scheme;


(f)       believes that raising awareness about violence against women, and acting to combat this, is not something that should be just shouted about one day a year, but all year round;


(g)      requests that all Local Area Committee chairs task their committees with investigating what work is being undertaken in their areas to combat violence against women; report on what action the committee will take; and report on how the Council can better support and educate communities on this issue;


(h)      shares concern that the Our Bodies, Our Streets installation on the Ponderosa, highlighting sexual harassment, was burned down, and shares the resolve of the woman who posted a sign reading 'this won't stop us' in the ashes;


(i)       resolves to work alongside the newly formed ‘Claim Back West Street’ Campaign - which aims to make West Street a safer place, following the recent escalation of drink spiking; and


(j)       reiterates the importance of the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) to address Violence Against Women and Girls in South Yorkshire, and notes that this constitutes a wide partnership of many organisations: South Yorkshire’s four local authorities, youth offending teams, South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, clinical commissioning groups/NHS, Department for Work and Pensions, voluntary and faith sectors, educational establishments and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) - and commits to working with the VRU to produce a strategy for South Yorkshire that will give greater coherence to what each organisation is doing individually, as well as putting front and centre the experience of victims.



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Notice of Motion Regarding "Empowering Local Area Committees" - Given By Councillor Andrew Sangar and To Be Seconded By Councillor Simon Clement-Jones

This this Council:-


(a)      believes that decisions by democratically elected councillors should be taken at the lowest practical level, so that individuals and communities are empowered to influence decisions which affect their lives;


(b)      believes that the new Local Area Committees are an important step in revolutionising the way the Council runs and how accountable it is to local residents, alongside the new committee system voted for by the people of Sheffield;


(c)      recognises that the formation of the new Local Area Committees is an important step towards giving communities across Sheffield the decision-making involvement they desire to determine their own futures;


(d)      understands that for this Council both the new committee system and Local Area Committees offer a great opportunity to work more constructively across political parties;


(e)      believes, however, that the Local Area Committees have been given relatively limited powers and budgets to spend on the priorities of local residents;


(f)       therefore believes that as part of its current reorganisation, this Council should investigate and explore ways that would enable many more decision making powers to be devolved to Local Area Committees;


(g)      requests that this Council works to devolve powers and budgets; and as a minimum, these powers must be greater than those of the community assemblies at the time when they were abolished in 2013; and that there must be a concomitant decrease in the powers of the centre;


(h)      believes that amongst those services where decision making powers should be devolved to Local Area Committees are libraries, parks, management of local centres and streetscene including dealing with fly-tipping;


(i)       also believes that areas of Council responsibility such as elements of housing, public health, local transport, highways, road safety, and youth services could benefit from localised decision making and budgeting;


(j)       further believes that Local Area Committees should work in partnership with other services in the community including police, health, and social care organisations to enable better co-ordination of provision;


(k)      believes there should be a presumption in favour of decision-making powers at the Local Area Committee level in respect of service delivery; and


(l)       further requests that a greater proportion of Community Infrastructure Levy and S106 funding is devolved to Ward Councillors via the Local Area Committees to allow more money to be spent in the communities which live with these new developments.



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Notice of Motion Regarding "COP26 : Now Is The Time To Act" - Given By Councillor Josie Paszek and To Be Seconded By Councillor Anne Murphy

That this Council:-


(a)      notes that in November the UK will host an event many believe to be the world’s best last chance to get climate change, and carbon emissions, under control;


(b)      believes that this is an ideal opportunity for us all to take stock of what we are doing to reduce carbon emissions and build towards a more sustainable future;


(c)      believes that Sheffield should lead the way in fighting the climate emergency and do everything possible to work with citizens and partners across the city to foster an understanding of the emergency – taking action that needs to be done, and taking full advantage of the hugely positive changes that a more sustainable economy will produce;


(d)      believes that though tough choices will inevitably need to be taken to address the crisis, this must be done in a fair and just way;


(e)      believes that addressing climate change should not be seen as an economic challenge but an economic opportunity, and that proper government investment into a decarbonised steel industry would help secure the future of steel in the North of England and deliver thousands of jobs in a revitalised green steel industry;


(f)       notes that Sheffield has been crowned the UK’s most environmentally-friendly big city by the independent Green Cities Report, and notes that tackling the climate emergency and making the city more sustainable is not just something that has recently become important to the Council;


(g)      notes that under the administrations since 2011, the Council took radical and forward thinking action to make Sheffield more sustainable, protect the environment, and clean up the city’s air, including:-


(i)        a commitment to bring forward the city’s carbon neutral target from 2050 to 2030;


(ii)       making Sheffield the first local authority in the country to ban fracking applications on council owned land;


(iii)      improved kerbside waste collection with a ‘Twin Bin’ recycling service, replacing the blue box, which the previous Liberal Democrat administration brought in, with a brown bin for Metals, Glass and Plastics, and relaunched the Green Bin service;


(iv)      developed a Trade Waste Recycling Facility to encourage recycling by businesses, and improved recycling facilities for shared properties such as flats, high density housing, and student accommodation;


(v)      household waste recycling centres kept open throughout the pandemic, something not achieved by many local authorities;


(vi)      rollout of electric bin lorries powered by the very waste they have collected, with the re-powered lorries having zero carbon emissions and producing no air pollution;


(vii)     working with the city’s schools to see a reduction in plastic, including huge reductions in the amount of single use plastics used at school meal times;


(viii)    a commitment to plant 100,000 extra trees as part of the Trees and Woodland Strategy;


(ix)      promoting active travel with more walking routes, segregated cycle lanes and bus lanes;


(x)      secured an £85m programme for cycling, walking and bus corridor improvements as part of a further Sheffield City Region Transforming Cities Fund bid;


(xi)      purchase of  ...  view the full agenda text for item 9.

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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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