International status for Sheffield…

November 20, 2009

Sheffield was beamed into over 70 million households across the world recently, as the International Open Table Tennis finals took place here.  I didn’t actually realise just how big a sport it was in the Far East, and so Sheffield was truly world famous.  I was delighted to have as a guest, the Consul General Mr Ni from Manchester.

The winning team!

 The event was hosted at the English Institute of Sport and what a wonderful place it is. Out of the four finals I saw, China won three.  I’m afraid that England didn’t win any!

Attercliffe Gateway

 I was able to meet a number of people who have committed to improving the Attercliffe Gateway.   We were talking about big ideas to try and ensure that Attercliffe becomes a great place to live, work and invest.   I met with a couple of business people – David Slater and David Frost, to discuss their ideas and am trying to ensure that Attercliffe’s vision is one of a global green gateway.  Further work will be done on this to see what we can do to ensure that Attercliffe really does meet its full potential.

Core Cities of England

I recently went to Liverpool to work with the other eight core cities (Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester) to discuss how we can work together to pursue ideas that the Government need to adopt if our cities are to become the same economic and social power houses as our European counterparts.   One of the ideas we discussed, was to look at how we can work to help our manufacturing economy, as well as helping local workforces to ensure that people can economically meet their potential.   

 Full Council

The first Wednesday of the month is always Full Council.  As ever it was a lively experience!  Members of the public came to give petitions and ask questions.  The views of the people of Sheffield are always very welcome and important to me.

 The main issues discussed included the fact that we do not welcome ‘Carnage UK’ into the city. The general feeling is that they should be made to pay for the clean up and other problems caused from such an event.    We also talked about how we can continue to tackle inequalities within the city. It is important that we do not have a post code approach to action, no matter where you live in Sheffield.  We, as a Council, must target priorities to ensure that people can reach their full potential.   Also,  Sheffield has recently signed up to the Pen Campaign, which means that  we are determined to cut out our CO2 output by 10% by the end of 2010.

 Sparkling and Shining in Arbourthorne

I was absolutely bowled over when I went to watch the ‘Spark and Shine’ assembly at Arbourthorne School.  Young people were being rewarded for some of the wonderful things they’ve done at school to help others, and to set an example of how teamwork gets the best from us all working together.   The choir was outstanding and I have invited them into the Town Hall nearer Christmas to sing to us and to show exactly what some of our young people are capable of doing.   Well done Arbourthorne you certainly ‘Sparked with a Shine’.

 Sheffield HIV and Aids

I went to listen to a speaking tour to hear some of the stories from people who are living and coping with HIV and Aids.   It is really important as a city, to open our arms to everybody and ensure that everyone matters.  People suffering from the stigma of HIV and Aids need to know that our city will do all we can to ensure they have equal opportunities and can live fulfilling and rewarding lives.   Some of the stories were very moving and I am committed to ensuring that Sheffield truly is a place where everyone matters.

 Never forget the service

Sheffield Armed Forces tendered the Remembrance Sunday Service at Barker’s Pool on the 8th November.  Their role was to lead the city, Lord Mayor and other dignitaries in showing our respect for service men and women who have laid down their lives or been injured in the course of duty.   We also remember those who are at present serving in areas of war.   Sheffield is very proud of our service people, and we always remember the sacrifices that they make on behalf of the country, at this special time of year.


Trying to save jobs and promote Sheffield Nationally

October 21, 2009
This week has been an interesting week in terms of my focus on trying to help support the local economy, and protect local businesses and jobs.  Also, I am happy to work with large companies such as Google to look at how we can promote Sheffield nationally.

 Shhhhhhhhhh keep down the noise

I was very pleased to be on Radio Sheffield with Toby Foster last Monday morning to launch the new Night time Noise Nuisance Service.  I know that many neighbours are good neighbours but occasionally noise causes a problem for people not to be able to sleep and have a peaceful night.  I am very pleased that we have been able to establish a Night time Noise Nuisance Service that local people can use if people are causing too much of a problem.  If you’re experiencing excessive or unreasonable disturbance caused by noise that comes from loud people, parties, music, pubs, clubs, alarms, noisy animals, industrial or commercial noise then ring 101 to report it.

 Keep it Local

I have discussed with a number of people who are on the Buy on the Local Policy about how we can as a Council continue to support local business.  I am pleased to say that 64% of the Council’s spend goes on businesses from the S post code.  This helps to protect local jobs as well as help local businesses.  If you have not already seen it then visit and have a look at how we can help your business get on to the Council’s and other public sector organisations in Sheffield tender process as well as help to maintain local jobs.


googleGoogle It

I was happy to be at a Google event earlier this week at the Electric Works to promote to local businesses how they can use Google to help promote their business and promote Sheffield on the worldwide web.  I had some really interesting discussions and I hope that local businesses also found it useful.

 Celebrating the Whole of Sheffield

 I was really pleased to be able to go to Leo and Riva’s Club and look at the world premier of the photographic exhibition – My World My Dreams.  This group of young teenagers with learning difficulties who use photograph as a way to say what their dreams were.

 Keep it BiG

I was happy to go and launch the BiG challenge to local schools in terms of trying to get young people to see business as an option for them.  Teams from across the city were given £25.00 and from there they have to make a profit.  Really delighted with the enthusiasm of our young people and who knows the next Sir Alan Sugar or Michelle Badger might just be round the corner here in Sheffield!

 Order, Order 

The Youth Council

The Youth Council

I attended a debate of young people called Raise Your Voice organised by the UK Youth Parliament.  I chaired a debate in the Council Chamber which was higher than the normal standard!  This was of young people who were discussing the issue of jobs within Sheffield for young people.  Really interesting discussion regarding the need for apprenticeships and they see vocational skills just as important as academic.  Absolutely enlightening that young people really are on with this issue, and it made me think of some policy issues.

 2018 – No Red Cards Issued


Back the Bid day

Back the Bid day

I was really happy,  as part of ‘Back the Bid Day’ in Sheffield, to referee a match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.  It was great that so many people across the city backed the bid and shouted up for Sheffield.  If you haven’t backed the bid yet then please vote online at or text 62018 and stand up for Sheffield.

As always, I am here to listen to local views and try to make sure that Sheffield is a City where everyone matters and try to get things right for you first time.  If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to contact me.
Ozzie Owl and Captain Blade join forces to Back the Bid

Ozzie Owl and Captain Blade join forces to Back the Bid


Kind regards,



Hello, Hello, Hello, What’s going on in Sheffield then!!!

September 29, 2009

 This week was a way of looking at some of the Policing issues as well as bringing an old Tardis into operation!

 No Daleks but a new Information Centre

I was lucky enough to bring back into life the old Police Box outside the Town Hall by making it an information centre for local Sheffielders and visitors alike.

It was an idea to move the old Police Box to the Museum but after I stepped in it is now an information centre for City Centre Ambassadors which is open Monday to Saturday 10.00 am – 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm.  Local, smiling, helpful, City Centre Ambassadors are on hand to help you with anything you need to have a safe and pleasant stay in Sheffield.

Off the Shelf

I was able to attend the civic reception for the Off the Shelf Festival, which is one of the largest festivals of its type in the Northof England.  It is great to see that Sheffield is being profiled like this, and such wonderful documentaries and books are highlighted in Sheffield, and that Sheffield is able to showcase such a wonderful event.  Check out what’s on at

New Police Station

I was able to go to the start of the work to reopen the Elm Tree Police Station at the Manor Top.  Working with local Police we have been able to hand back some land so that they can extend the Police Station and bring it back to life.  This is really a strong indication of our commitment to make sure that Sheffield is a place where everyone matters, and people feel safe and secure.



Taking Off at the Advanced Manufacturing Park! 

Just a fact – did you realise that the new Boeing liner has a piece of Sheffield in it!  This is the kind of world beating manufacturing which is taking place, and I was really impressed with the work that the University and companies are doing to make sure that Sheffield’s innovation and ingenuity stays ahead of the game.

I was able to go and look at some of the world beating companies and innovation that is taking place right here on our doorstep.  I went to the Advanced Manufacturing Park to look at companies such as Boeing who are leading in world class innovation and research into manufacturing.

 Standing Up for Sheffield’s Rail Network

I meet with Chris Moles, Government Minister, to discuss Sheffield’s needs for a better rail link between Sheffield and London.  I was also able to express that we wanted a better rail service between Liverpool and Hull which would improve Sheffield’s connection to both coasts.

At the same time, I was able to stand-up for Sheffield and Sheffielders by pointing out that we didn’t want our footbridge closing at the Railway Station.  I do hope the Minister listens, so that Sheffielders can not only get around the country better, but also keep the City as one and not cut in half.

Standing Up for Small Business

smallbusinessI attend a celebration to support the 35th Anniversary of the Federation for Small Business here in Sheffield.  At the same meeting we signed an agreement so the Council can support small businesses better, and help protect local Sheffield jobs and Sheffield businesses.  Really important that we work closely with business, and I was very pleased that the Federation for Small Business felt that the Council is now much more businesses friendly and doing more to help protect small businesses and local jobs.


 Wembley, Wembley, Wembley!!!

I went down to Wembley Stadium to discuss with the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Football Association, Sheffield’s bid to be a host city for 2018 if England gets the World Cup.

 They were very impressed with Sheffield’s bid and our commitment as a City to stand up and try to make sure that Sheffield can be showcased on the World Stage.  If you have not already done so could I remind you go to on line at or text Sheffield to 62018 and vote for Sheffield.



Finally, be assured that I am working for you and local people to ensure that Sheffield is a city where everyone matters, and that if you have got any ideas or comments, then please do not hesitate to contact me at  You can also browse Sheffield City Council’s website at