Aside from my Labour Party activities, I also play an active role in the community as both a governor of Longley Sixth Form College and as the co-chair of Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club.
As someone who has both family and friends that live in Stannington and surrounding areas, I am aware of the issues that are important to local people, including public and school bus services; the importance of safety reassurance for residents in the Deer Park area following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London; and traffic issues on particular roads (most notably Stannington Road and Tofts Lane).
In the run up to the local elections I also look forward to speaking to many other people who live in the ward to find out what is important to them. I relish the opportunity to become your Labour councillor.
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Crookes Councillors Craig and Anne, alongside Walkley Councillors, have pledged to do all they can to help the community after the devastating fire in the early hours of Friday morning. The Bolehills Pavillion was engulfed in flames and firefighters had to spend nearly two hours dealing with the blaze.
Labour’s Crookes ward Councillors Craig Gamble-Pugh and Anne Murphy know the park well and have made several site visits in the aftermath of the blaze (pictured).
Councillor Gamble-Pugh: “It is just shocking. The Pavilion is completely burnt out. It is not just the use of the building that has been lost, but it is the memories too. Much was destroyed in the fire, including trophies won by the Bowling team, that can't be replaced.
“Anne and I will do everything we can to support local residents recover from this blow. After more details are known, it is essential that local residents are consulted and that together we decide what happens next. In the meantime we will be working hard to ensure that temporary accommodation is found for all of the groups who used and relied on the Pavilion”.
The blaze is being treated as an arson attack and anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.
For more details, and photo gallery, read on
Photo: Crookes Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy survey the devastation with council staff
The Pavilion, near Northfield Avenue, has sustained substantial damage and Sheffield City Council is looking at whether the Pavilion can be salvaged given the devastation inflicted.
Councillor Neale Gibson (Walkley) has stated that he was “devastated”. In his full statement Councillor Gibson said “I am angry to see such a community asset so cruelly taken away. The Pavilion was really well used by people from all over. I know that a lot of Walkley residents regularly went there and the Pavilion was used daily by bowlers and croquet players in season.
“I have already been in close contact with officers at Sheffield City Council and an evaluation is underway as to whether the remains of the Pavilion constitutes a dangerous structure, which would sadly mean the building would need to be demolished, or whether it can be renovated. We have to let the council and the insurers evaluate the situation, after which I will work with all user groups to ensure the best way forward”.
Crookes Councillors Craig and Anne, alongside Walkley Councillors, have pledged to do all they can to help the community after the devastating fire in the early hours of Friday morning....
The people of Stannington and the wider community came together to make the first food bank collection organised by Stannington Branch Labour Party a resounding success. A total of 22 crates of food were collected in one morning.
Items donated included breakfast cereals, tea bags, biscuits, tinned fruit, rice and dried pasta.
Party member Bob Mynors, who helped coordinate the collection, said, “It is good to be able to do something practical to help local people in their time of need. Having heard the Trussell Trust explain the vital role that food banks play, I was keen to help coordinate a collection in the Stannington area.”
The Trussell Trust make clear that they are an apolitical organisation, whose focus is on giving emergency food and support to people in crisis, across the UK. They currently run a network of over 400 food banks, with the most local to Stannington being the S6 Food Bank at St Thomas Church on Gilpin Street.
The Trussell Trust is reliant on donations of non-perishable in-date food, as well as financial contributions and people volunteering their time to help. This is achieved by working with communities and churches to open and support food banks.
Party members turned out in good numbers to help at the collection point which was located immediately outside Nathan’s Team Rooms in Stannington Village. Newly elected Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam, Jared O’Mara, also dropped by to make his own donation and thank people for helping with the collection and also those people making donations.
Stannington Labour Party Branch Secretary, Rosemary Telfer, said of the collection, “Stannington is a lovely warm-hearted community and the countless people who contributed know what an important role food banks play in helping vulnerable people and families. We are grateful for the support of local businesses including Nathan’s Team Rooms, Co-op and Spar. The response has been amazing and we will be sure to follow up with a further collection in the future.”
Food Bank Facts:
- According to the Trussell Trust there are currently more than 13 million people living below the poverty line in the UK.
- In 2016/17 the Trussell Trust gave 1,182,954 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.
- Trussell Trust food banks provide support only to people who are referred by care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, schools and social workers.
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The people of Stannington and the wider community came together to make the first food bank collection organised by Stannington Branch Labour Party a resounding success. A total of 22...