This week has been a brilliant week for showing Sheffield off to both visitors and Sheffielders alike in its full glory.
Sheffield Fair Free and Great Fun
I was able to visit the wonderful Sheffield Fair at Norfolk Park and see so many Sheffielders enjoying themselves on a sunny Sunday. Everyone from the local community groups right through to the army were there, showcasing what they do for the city. Really delighted to be able to hand out some of the prizes in the horticultural section and see some of the green fingers that we have in this wonderful green city.
Improvements to our Services for Sheffield Citizens
Had a meeting this week to discuss how we can co-ordinate better – what is known legally as Regulatory Services. This includes things like Planning, Licensing and Parking Services. Looked at how we can make them work closer and better together, and improve the service so that people are not being ‘passed from pillar to post’. This is the kind of approach that the Council is committed to make in all services, making sure that we get it right for you – our customers – first time, and ensuring that you are not having to go through a maze of bureaucracy.
Sheffield Vibrant in the Day – Buzzing and Night
Discussed the idea of trying to improve the night time economy within the city centre. I am sure many of you over the last few weeks will have been into the city centre, whether to go on the Wheel of Sheffield or coming to one of the continental markets or music festival. We manage to do really well during the day in terms of organising and managing the city, but we realise that we need to improve what we offer at the night time and make it a city centre that is more vibrant for a cross section of Sheffielders. With that in mind, we are now looking at ways in which we can do that and make sure that you have just as good an experience at the night in the city centre as you can during the day.
Sheffield’s World Champion
It was brilliant to be able to welcome home local girl Jessica Ennis, the new Heptathlon World Champion, back to her home city. Despite the terrible weather hundreds of people turned up to cheer Jessica back home. I have never met such a down-to-earth person, who despite her great success, has got her feet on the ground and is a lovely warm individual. It is great to see Sheffielders like Jessica who are an inspiration to the city, and a great role model for younger people. I was delighted to be able to hand over to her a handbag which she has been wanting to get for 5 years – a really nice surprise and gift for such a wonderful and great World Champion right here from Sheffield.
I was delighted to join the Lord Mayor in awarding Amevi Kouassi the first ever bravery award from the City Council. This young man who is originally from Togo didn’t think of himself and acted without hesitation when he challenged someone who was attacking a 70 year old lady in the city centre.
The attacker was bigger than him but he apprehended the individual so that an arrest could be made, and now the person has been convicted. Again another great example of a Sheffielder, who has only been here for 2 years but exactly what the true grit and spirit of Sheffield is about. The City is really proud of you Amevi.
Sheffield Eagles – 25 Years On
I was able to attend a civic reception for the Sheffield Eagles to congratulate them on 25 years of existence. It is really good to see a Rugby team doing so well in Sheffield considering that we are at heart a footballing city. Great to speak to some of the players and people who have been involved in the history of the Club, and really wish that the Club goes from strength to strength.
World Cup – Sheffield can do it
I was involved in leading the Inspection Team during a visit from the Football Association who came to Sheffield to check to see whether the city could be one of the host cities if England gets the World Cup in 2018. We were able to show them, not just the Football Clubs, but what is going on across the city and our aspirations to give football players, coaches, teams as well as fans a great time if England gets the 2018 World Cup. The team were very impressed with Sheffield’s bid and the way we had got young people involved. We have great Ambassadors such as Gordon Banks, Howard Wilkinson and Brian Deane. I ask all Sheffielders to go on line at www.sheffield2018.co.uk or text ‘Sheffield’ to 62018 and vote for Sheffield and lets make sure that we get the World Cup to England and that Sheffield gets some of those games.
As always if there is anything I can do to help improve Sheffield for you, your family or neighbours then please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org