Tell us a little bit about yourself
Nether Edge and Sharrow is a special place, close to my heart. I grew up here and I’m passionate about making a difference for our local communities.
I have been involved in community work across Nether Edge and Sharrow for a number of years, including starting foodbank for the hardest hit families in our area. I have campaigned on key local issues, including reinstating the number 10 bus and making sure our streets are clean and safe.
What do you think makes a good local councillor?
I believe a good local councillor:
1) Listens to the voices and opinions of residents and businesses in the ward
2) Knows the area they represent
3) Knows the positives as well as the challenges of the ward
4) Champions the area and local residents.
Tell us three things you're aiming to focus on or achieve for your ward during your term as councillor
1) Support residents worst affected by the Cost of Living crisis.
2) Promote a thriving local economy by supporting our local businesses.
3) Ensure that we have the best possible local provision in place to support our young people.
Tell us three things you're aiming to focus on or achieve for the city of Sheffield during your term as councillor
1) Champion Sheffield as the greenest city in the country.
2) Push for improvements to both public and private sector housing.
3) Campaign for fair Government funding for Sheffield.
Sheffield Labour’s election manifesto sets out our plan for a better, brighter future for Sheffield.
Environment: Sheffield City Council has stated that to reach its aim of net-zero by 2030, "change will be difficult... we will have to take hard decisions as a council on behalf of the city". If elected, what changes will you make to enable Sheffield to reach net zero by 2030?
I fully support Labour’s commitment to moving to net-zero including:
1) Expanding the District Heating Network.
2) Introducing a net-zero test for council spending so that council projects are in line with net-zero commitments.
3) Expanding the retrofitting of homes.
4) Adopting “fabric first” planning policies that eliminate domestic fossil fuel burning in new developments.
5) Supporting community energy schemes.
6) Continuing our support for smaller businesses to improve their energy efficiency.
7) Continuing to work with South Yorkshire Mayor, Oliver Coppard to bring re-skilling and training opportunities to Sheffield, building a new workforce to deliver carbon reduction projects.
8) Continue with our commitment to get buses under public control so that people have genuine options to avoid dependency on private cars.
9) Press Central Government for funding to enable us to deliver an adequate EV charging network.
10) Pro-actively implement our commitment Community Wealth Building using local supply chains.
Transport: Sheffield City Council, and the Mayoral Combined Authority, have been awarded multi-million pound pots to improve cycling and walking networks. What are your priorities for transport infrastructure in Sheffield?
I support Labour’s commitments to making Sheffield better connected. Working with Mayor Coppard, this includes:
1) bringing buses and trams back into our communities and under public control.
2) looking at the possibility of extending the council-run Sheffield Connect bus to key routes such as Abbeydale Road and Ecclesall Road.
3) working in partnership with local people on the introduction of active travel and low traffic schemes.
4) transforming the city’s cycling infrastructure.
5) improving public spaces and footpaths.
Local Economy: Sheffield City Council has a forecasted cumulative budget gap of £111million by 2026/27. How would you raise revenue for the city going forward?
The main pressure on the Council’s budget comes from the failure of Government to fund Social Care adequately. This requires a national solution.
Locally, Labour has a good track record of attracting external funding for key infrastructure projects. These are critical to ensuring that our city is in a strong position to deliver clean economic growth.
1) The creation of thousands of new jobs in green manufacturing through the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District.
2) Making Sheffield a global hub for sporting and cultural events;
3) Developing a Local Industrial Strategy to help Sheffield attract new investment and jobs in key areas;
4) Increasing the number of apprenticeships.
Housing: On 14th December 2022 the council adopted a motion asking the housing policy committee to consider adopting further selective licensing throughout the city. Do you think Landlord Licensing in Sheffield should be extended, from currently applying to Abbeydale Road, Chesterfield Road and London Road, to covering more wards?
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Sheffield Labour is committed to using all powers available to improve housing standards throughout the city for social tenants and private renters. This includes selective licensing schemes where appropriate.