Agenda and minutes

North East Local Area Committee - Thursday 2 March 2023 5.00 pm

Venue: Chaucer School, Wordsworth Avenue, Sheffield S5 8NH

Contact: Philippa Burdett, Democratic Services  Email:


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Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Tony Damms

and Garry Weatherall.



Exclusion of Public and Press

To identify items where resolutions may be moved to exclude the press and public.

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No items were identified where resolutions may be moved to exclude the public and press.



Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 86 KB

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

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There were no declarations of interest.



Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To approve the minutes of the Committee held on 17 January, 2023.

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The minutes of the meetings of the Committee held on 17 January, 2023, were approved as a correct record.



North East Local Area Committee Budget Report pdf icon PDF 172 KB

Report of Lindsey Hill, Local Area Committee Manager.

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The Committee considered a report of the Community Services Manager (Lindsey Hill) that advised each Local Area Committee had a £100,000 budget to address local priorities, identified within their respective Community Plans.  The report set out details of the spend in respect of the £100,000 that had been authorised by the Community Services Manager, in consultation with the LAC Chair and in accordance with the delegation granted in September 2021. 




Ms Hill highlighted spend for the year so far and noted the creation of a further priority “cost of living”. She added that some grant money would continue to roll-out over the next year.




RESOLVED: that the North East Local Area Committee notes the expenditure against the £100,000 budget to address local priorities in the North East Local Area Committee in 2022/3, as detailed in the report.





Look back over the last year of the North East Local Area Committee

To receive an overview from the North East Local Area Committee.

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The Chair noted her thanks to the North East Local Area Committee team for the work they had achieved over the last year.




Katie Townend, Community Services Officer, gave an overview of the work of the North East Local Area Committee over the last year. She explained that the Local Area Committees had be introduced as a way for people to make a difference in their area and communities, and provided an opportunity for people express their views on what matters to them in their community.




Ms Townend advised that consultation with local residents, services and community groups had taken place to help to understand what residents liked and disliked about their area. She explained that his had informed the development of the Community Plan, which consisted of nine priorities. Since the commencement of Local Area Committees, five public meetings had been held across the north east of Sheffield, aiming to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and share views. She advised that a number of community and family events had been held, and more were planned due to the positive feedback that had been received. Several funding streams had been promoted through the Local Area Committee, and further details could be provided to residents via a mailing list.




Ms Townend advised that the North East Local Area Committee team had interviewed a few community groups so that they could share their stories on how the Local Area Committee had helped them over the past year, and a video of the interviews was shown to the Committee. She thanked those who had contributed to the making of the video.




The Chair noted that the video aimed to highlight the benefits of bringing tother different groups and services. She added that it was useful to hear from residents on what could be improved and their thoughts on what services should be involved.




The Chair advised that, at the Budget Council meeting of 1 March, 2023, funding of £100,000 per Local Area Committee had been approved for 2023-2024. Further funding had also been approved for those areas with a low ranking on the Index of Multiple Deprivation. A bid had also been made for funding via the Shared Prosperity Fund which was hoped to provide funding for development workers.





Discussion workshops on the Community Plan priorities

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The Chair invited members of the public to take part in workshops with North East Local Area Committees and officers, to discuss Community Plan priorities.




Councillor Mike Chaplin reported the following feedback from his group:


  • Community engagement had been good, but varied depending on which ward, due to the rotation of public meetings between the wards.
  • It was discussed how best to sustain community groups discussion groups. Some people were suffering with mental health issues which could lead to disengagement.
  • It was noted that having Local Area Committees and community officers had helped groups to keep going.




Councillor Dawn Dale reported the following feedback from her group:


  • Local Area Committees had provided networking benefits. They had connected services and TARAs and they felt more supported.
  • A sense of community spirit had been built, for example, during street parties for the Queen’s Jubilee.
  • Promotion and advertising of Local Area Committees could be improved by letting residents know who would be speaking at public meetings. Some had heard about the meetings via a third party, eg South Yorkshire Police.
  • A funding directory would be useful so that organisations were aware of alternatives for smaller amounts of funding, and support from officer in making groups aware of funding opportunities.




Councillor Talib Hussain reported the following feedback from his group:


  • The partnership of officers and councillors had worked well this year.
  • Tackling and improving litter across all wards in north east Sheffield was important.
  • Making contact with schools, or allocating them funding, to improve children’s lives was discussed, and making children ‘champions’ of schools to teach younger siblings.
  • Flytipping around business centres was noted, and how best to support businesses to keep their shop fronts clean.
  • Open spaces were important, and community allotments were suggested.




Councillor Talib Hussain reported the following feedback from his group:


  • It was felt better to have Local Area Committees than not have them. Some issues were being passed to other services, so it was important for Local Area Committees to facilitate until they were resolved.
  • The benches in Firth Park would be better if they had backs.
  • It was important to continue develop initiatives that had been started, for example car parking and flytipping schemes.
  • It was suggested that Amey and Veolia representatives attend Local Area Committee meetings so that they can hear directly what the issues are.
  • Involvement of local groups was important to ensure better co-ordination, and to keep up the momentum.
  • Communication was key, and making sure that all community groups were kept up-to-date.




The Chair thanked all those who had taken part, and advised that all ideas would be noted and considered when developing priorities for the next year.





Roadshow Interactive Session

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The Local Area Committee and members of the public were invited to browse the information stalls situated around the building which contained information relating to the different priorities of the North East Local Area Committee Community Plan.





Formal referrals to Policy Committees pdf icon PDF 160 KB

To receive an update on any referrals to Policy Committees.

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The Chair provided an update on an issue raised at the North East Local Area Committee meeting on 17 January, 2023, that had been referred to the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee. The issue related to concerns about the potential impact of the Clean Air Zone on the poorest districts of Sheffield.




The Chair advised that a full response had been provided and that ongoing discussions were taking place with the questioner.




The following public question had been raised at the North East LAC meeting on 26 July, 2022:


It was mentioned that the North East Community Plan had little mention of how private landlords had a devastating effect on the community. It was added that Selective Licensing was also a total failure. Therefore, what strategic actions does the LAC intend to take.




The Chair advised that this question had been referred to the Housing Policy Committee, where it was considered, and officers have advised that a paper on selective licensing would be brought to the March Housing Policy Committee meeting.





Public Questions and Petitions

To receive any questions or petitions from members of the public.

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The Committee received the following questions from members of the public who had attended the meeting to raise them:-




(a)  Chris Fox




What plans, if any, exist to continue the work done to develop the Green Flag award winning park status in our area, given the austere times and cuts. Much has been nurtured to s . Gardening teams are concerned that the work they have started will start to fall apart. We have well used parks that are really important, Is there still some commitment within budgets for this?




The Chair noted that Mr Fox had played a big part in supporting Local Area Committee events and thanked him for the work he carried out within his local area.




Darren Whittaker?? from Parks, confirmed that there was no additional allocation of funding for the north east of Sheffield. The next park to be considered for a Green Flag award would be Hillsborough Park. He confirmed that Firth Park would continue to have Green Flag status, after passing the ‘mystery shopper’ spot check in 2022. Other parks, including Meersbrook Park, would be considered in due course.




Mr Fox stated that he hoped funding could allow gardeners in Firth Park to continue their work in achieving the Green Flag status.




Mr Whittaker? noted that he was unable to advise on budgets, but confirmed that it was a source of pride to those involved that so many Green Flag awards had been achieved, and that work would continue as long as budgets allowed.




Councillor Mike Chaplin confirmed that resource had been going into parks across the north east of Sheffield, for example, a pavilion had been built in Parson Cross Park a few years ago. He added that work had been carried out in Foxhill Park, including a new footpath and climbing frames. He noted that there were currently difficulties around keeping naming signs up around the park.




Councillor Peter Price explained that there may have been staffing changes within parks, but that the budget had been maintained with no reductions. He added that this was a success story due to parks being maintained and improved despite budget issues.




Councillor Jayne Dunn believed that it was important to ensure an equal ability across Sheffield to access open space, and to retain Green Flag status to ensure fairness for the north east of Sheffield. She noted that other parks across the city had received investment, and asked that the Committee seek answers from the Communities, Parks and Leisure Policy Committee to ensure equal investment across the city.




Councillor Price added that Firth Park had managed to utilise funding that had been available for local shopping areas, and had obtained seats and tables for the park and improvements to the flower beds. He explained that it was important to be creative and be aware of different funding streams, and noted the success of local voluntary groups in raising money for Firth Park. He hoped that Concord Park and other parks could follow in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.