Councillors' Grant award for Community Farm

Crookes Community Farm is one of the latest projects to benefit from a grant from local councillors Craig and Anne.

The Farm, on local allotments, is providing an opportunity for local adults and children to get close to the earth and grow vegetables and keep chickens.

On a recent visit to the site, Cllr Craig Gamble Pugh said "As a keen allotmenter and chicken keeper myself, I am so excited to see the amazing work being done by the volunteers here,".

He has pledged to continue to actively support local community groups if re-elected in May 3rd council elections.

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Councillor Craig Spearheads "Green City"

This time last year, local Crookes and  Crosspool Councillor Craig Gamble  Pugh was asked to create a strategy  to make Sheffield a 'Green City'. 

The plan was approved in March 2018. 

“ I'm in the Labour party because I want  social justice: a society which works for  everyone,' says Craig. “I don’t believe we can achieve social justice without also achieving environmental justice”

'' I know people in Crookes and  Crosspool care passionately about the  environment, and I have set out a series of priorities for  Sheffield which I think will really excite  people: more green energy, cleaner air,  becoming carbon-free by 2050.” 

Local people are being urged to support Craig’s work by re-electing him in May: 

Image: Craig Gamble Pugh has been the lead Councillor developing 'Green City', a strategy which aims to eliminate carbon fuel by 2050

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Grit and Determination- Councillor pledges to sort out grit drought

Councillor Craig has intervened to get Crookes and Crosspool grit bins re-filled, and has pledged to set up a network of local people to monitor fill levels in future.

On his facebook page, Craig commented "When the Beast from the East hit, the good folks of Crookes and Crosspool set to work clearing the pavements and side roads. People told me many of the grit bins were empty. Ive been on the warpath on this since February. I reported about nine empty bins."

After a few days, Streets Ahead confirmed they have all been refilled. However, in the meantime Craig had been out and about doing spot checks.

On Facebook, he revealed "I knew they had actually, because I've been on the prowl checking them."

Image: Cllr Craig was pleased that following his action, grit bins in Crookes had been re-filled

He also posted a video of himself checking the bins on busy traffic hotspot Cross Lane. See the video below

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Doorknocking Marathon Reaches Halfway Mark

A local councillor is celebrating reaching the halfway point in a mission to call on every household in his ward.

Crookes and Crosspool Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh has chalked up individual conversations with 50% of residents on their doorsteps, and that figure is increasing by the day- and he has pledged to keep going until he's reached all 15,000 constituents.

“I love knocking on doors and saying 'Hi, I'm your local councillor, is there anything you want to tell me''' explains Craig.  ''I started running traditional Councillor's surgeries, where I sat in a local venue at an advertised time, but no-one came. Now I do street surgeries, with a stall so I can speak to people in the street, and roving surgeries where I go door to door.

Image: Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh doesn't wait for people to come to him, he goes direct to the people, on his doorknocking marathon.

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Casework Focus- Listening to you, helping you

Local Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh has described the way he keeps in touch with local residents and supports them with casework.

"Local people sometimes need a little support finding the right person to help them with an enquiry or problem. Sometimes it helps to get a letter or email from us as local councillors to back someone up and get things moving," explains Craig.

Craig, alongside fellow Labour Councillor Anne Murphy, deal with hundreds of casework enquiries a year. Recent issues have included:
- planning objections

- housing emergencies

- blue badges

- visa issues

Image: Councillor Craig visits residents regularly to see if there are any issues he can help with as casework

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Cllr Speaks at Western Road Memorial Event

"Those who went first did not hesitate to pay the greatest penalty."

Cllr Craig Gamble Pugh attended Western Road Memorial event on Saturday to commemorate the former Westways pupils who served in the First World War. With fellow Labour Councillor Tony Damms, he led the procession and spoke words from the 1919 planting ceremony and from 2017 local residents. Later, artists and residents painted and drew each memorial tree.

Cllr Gamble Pugh's speech:

"Today, the beauty and grace of these memorial trees, will be captured in the works of art to be produced. I’d like to paint a picture of my own, using the words of others, from 1919 and from 2017.

I’ll begin with the words of the local​ ​newspaper​ ​articles​ covering the 1919 planting ceremony:

“The intention of the memorial is to commemorate the self-sacrifice of four hundred and one former pupils who have served in the war, sixty-four of who have been killed.

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Councillors and Community 'Devastated' by Bolehills Pavillion Fire

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

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Photo: Crookes Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy survey the devastation with council staff

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Councillors' Defribilator Grant Could Save Lives

A grant from local Councillors has enabled Crosspool Forum to purchase and install a new defibrillator for emergency use in the community.

The defibrillator has been installed on the exterior wall of St Columba's Church on Manchester Road S10 5PL. The Forum applied to the local 'Ward Pot' fund held by local councilors, and used the grant alongside cash from a local donor to provide this community facility.

Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh said "These publicly-accessible emergency defibrillators have been proven to save lives. No Training is needed to used them, members of the public can ring 999, give the location code, and are then talked through how to open and use the device while on the phone. We are grateful to Crosspool Forum for taking this initiative."

Crosspool Forum said "Defibrillators have been shown to save lives around the country and we hope that this will be a valuable asset to the community."

For information on how to apply for community grants from the Ward Pot fund, read on...#

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Photo: Community defibrillator in Crosspool could save lives, according to local Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh

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Lord Mayor Anne Opens Crosspool Festival

Cllr Anne Murphy described her invitation to open the Crosspool Festival as "an honour".

As the current Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Anne said "I was thrilled to be asked to Festival this year and meet many Crosspudlians enjoying the fun and music."

Fellow ward Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh said "I know how much it meant to Anne to be at this year's festival as not just a local Councillor, but also as Sheffield's 'first citizen'. Congratulations to the residents and volunteers who have once again done Crosspool proud. Anne and I both take our hats off to them- although, Anne's hats are much more splendid than mine!"

For more photos, follow the link below.

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Photo: Lord Mayor, Crookes and Crosspool Councillor Anne Murphy, with residents at a fun-packed Crosspool Festival

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Crookes Councillor Anne Becomes Lord Mayor

Crooke's very own Councillor Anne Murphy has been sworn in as Sheffield's 121st Lord Mayor.

She gave an emotional speech in the Town Hall's Council Chamber as she spoke of growing up in Crookes and her battle to overcome a kidney transplant earlier this year in order to be fit enough to take office.

Fellow Crookes and Crosspool Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh paid tribute to Anne saying "She will be, without doubt, an unbeatable Lord Mayor. She is so hard working in Crookes and I know she will take that work ethic into this new role. We are hoping she will be able to come to many many events in the Crookes and Crosspool area during her mayoral year."

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Photo: Crookes Labour Councillor Anne Murphy becomes Lord mayor of Sheffield

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Schools Funding Campaign Launched by Crookes Councillor Craig

Crooke's Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh has secured cross party support in Full Council for his motion demanding that the government stop and think again regarding their funding policies for schools. 

“It is outrageous that schools across our city will be worse off. Schools are already struggling to manage budget deficits and there are shortages of teachers and a widening attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peers," said Craig.

“The Conservatives’ divisive policies are forcing schools to scramble for funding. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and we are calling for support for the Fair Funding for Sheffield Schools’ Campaign. We are fighting for funding to be found for schools, not from the proposed redistribution of cash between local authorities or from taking money from primary schools to give to secondary schools, but for new money which is badly needed”. 

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Photo: Crookes Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy (4th and 5th right) with fellow Labour Councillors launching Fair Funding for Sheffield Schools campaign.

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Dangerous railings fixed after Councillor action

Crookes Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh has stepped in to protects residents from a potentially lethal 8 foot drop. "I had noticed a section of iron railings on Woodfield Road had collapsed, leaving a treacherous drop onto the Bolehills below," explained Craig.

"These railings were left in this state for far too long, until I stepped in to speed up repair work," he continued. Finally, the repair works were carried out.

Residents are encouraged to report local issues to the council and let Craig know so he can chase it up.

bolehills_railing.jpg Photo: The damaged section of railings left a 'lethal' 8ft drop onto the Bolehills recreation ground below- and was fixed after Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh stepped in.

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Councillors take to the streets for roving surgery

A new form of roving 'Street Surgeries' are being pioneered by Crookes councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy, as part of efforts to reach out and understand local concerns.

"We want people to be able to bring issues and problems to our attention, and be as accessible as possible," said Craig, "so we will be out and about on the streets of Crookes and Crosspool listening to and helping local people." At a recent event, Craig was joined by local campaigners, knocked on several hundred doors and spoke to dozens of constituents.

"In a couple of hours, we picked up over 10 specific issues which we were then able to follow up for people, from problems with wheelie bins, questions about cycle routes, questions about housing and more." said Cllr Anne Murphy.

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Photo: Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh with local campaigners Lee, Helen, Freya, Dom, Ella, Lucy and Jack 

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PLOUGH SAVED: Councillors work 'vitally important' say campaigners

Local campaigners have succeeded in their long running campaign to save the Plough pub- and have thanked local Labour councillors for their work in making this happen.

The decision was taken at the council's planning meeting on 10th January, where Crookes and Crosspool Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh spoke against the application to turn the registered Community Asset into a convenience store.

Local resident Peter Duff, who lead the community campaign, recognised the role that Craig and fellow labour councillor Anne Murphy played: "We really appreciate the support that Anne and Craig gave to our campaign to save the Plough. They did a lot of the unseen work that local Councillors don’t always get credit for but which is vitally important."

Addressing the planning board, Craig explained the importance the campaign has had for local people. "Anne and I have worked tirelessly alongside the Save the Plough campaign group. On street stalls, collecting signatures on petitions, knocking on doors, we heard and saw first hand how strongly the community objected to this application."

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Picture: Crookes Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh celebrates the formal decision to save the Plough with local campaigners and residents at Sheffield Town Hall

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PLOUGH- Crookes Councillor's Full Speech

"Speaking out in the Town Hall is one way councillors represent local people, and achieve change," says labour's Crookes and Crosspool Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh. Following the recent success of the Save the Plough campaign, you can read Cllr Gamble Pugh's full speech to the planning board here:

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Defend Our NHS campaign in Crookes

Crookes councillors and local Labour Party campaigners have continued their fight to defend the NHS. Following a National Day of Action in November, campaigners took to the streets of Crookes again in January. 

"People in Crookes were passionate about adding their voices to the campaign against attacks and cuts on the NHS," said Crookes Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh. "Many people here work for the NHS or other public services, most others have depended on the NHS at some time."

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Photo: Crookes Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy with other local campaigners, campaiging to defend the NHS

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Crookes Councillor hits out at Trump 'Bigotry'

Sheffield Labour Councillors were out in force at the anti-Trump protest outside the Town Hall, inluding Crookes Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh.

"It is heartbreaking to be living through a time when the supposed leader of the free world feels it is acceptable to ban millions and millions of people from travelling purely on the basis of their faith," said Craig. "I made my first speech as a councillor in May last year in response to the rise in hare crime following the referendum, and I am furious that we now have another political act fanning the flames of hatred."

"I was proud to be there on mass, with almost every Labour Councillor, and thousands upon thousands of Sheffield citizens, all united in our condemnation of this bigoted act, which is more reminiscent of the 1930's than anything we'd expect in the 21st century."

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Picture: Rally against Trump's ban on muslim travel, attended by Cllr Craig Gamble Pugh and Sheffield's other Labour Councillors

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Traffic Action Group Proposed by Councillors

Crookes and Crosspool's Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy have continued to work on traffic concerns raised by residents, and are hoping to bring together residents in an Action Group.

"I have been asking when the roll out of 20mph speed limits will arrive in the rest of the area. We have also been asking for small changes to parking restrictions to alleviate the massive parking problems around Claremont Hospital. We have supported two resident's petitions to Full Council requesting action around the crossings in Crosspool," said Craig.

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Photo: Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy lobbying cabinet member for transport Mazher Iqbal in Sheffield Town Hall.

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Action on Western Road Tree Concerns

Craig and Anne have been responding to concerns from the community over the potential impact which the council's Streets Ahead programme could have on trees planted as a memorial in Crookes.

"We knew this memorial is very special to local people, and we wanted to ensure that any proposals reflected the special status the trees have. Many residents contacted us deeply worried that the initial proposal was for 23 to be replaced," explained Craig.

Craig, alongside Anne- who worked with former councillor Geoff Smith to save one Western Road tree in 2015, have been working very hard on this issue:

"I've done three 2 hour 'Tree Walks' inspecting every tree, knocked on every door, spoken to 60% of the houses, and done a printed survey. I spoke in the Full Council meeting in December about the significance and history of these trees," said Craig "We wanted to make sure residents reponded to the council's household survey, so that a second opinion could be obtained from the Independent Tree Panel."

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Photo: Memorial inscription on the wall of Westways School on western Road, where Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy have secured a range of actions.

 

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SAVED- much loved community group saved thanks to Crookes Councillors

Labour Councillors in Crookes have spoken about their successful campaign to save local community group

Earlier this year, Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy pledged to support the local Crookes Tenants and Residents Association (TARA), after the current cohort of dedicated volunteers expressed worries they would struggle to keep things running alone. Following months of work by councillors, a new group of volunteers has come forward.

"TARAs play a really important part in community life. We are extremely pleased that we have managed to encourage enough new volunteers to continue the group," said Craig

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Photo: Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy with Crookes TARA volunteers. Several volunteers are no longer able to continue, which left a question mark over the group's future until Craig and Anne stepped in.

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Bolehills Special Update

Supporting Friends of the Bolehills

Friends of Bolehills bulb planting team

Friends of the Bolehills is an independent community group which works to improve this much loved local park. In their August 2016 newsletter, Craig and Anne put out an appeal for new members and new volunteers to help revitalise this group.
"We also ran a 'Friends of' stall at the Bole Hills festival in August," explained Craig, "and everyone who expressed interest at the festival or from the newsletter was invited to a meeting. People were keen to get lots of volunteers out for the autumn bulb planting day, so we organised a planning meeting in the pub!"
The 'Friends of' group now aims to plan an Annual General Meeting which will appoint a committee so that the group can re-establish its insurance cover and get fully back into working order.

Fence Rumours Cause Controversy

In the Autumn, some residents were dismayed to receive a political leaflet asking if they were 'worried' about 'plans' to erect a fence on the Bole Hills. This followed moves by community sports team Hallamshire Rugby Club deciding to hire the pitch on the top field for its matches:

"Lots of the team are local to Crookes, and they have a real passion for the community. One of their ideas was that, in a few years, they could potentially start kids rugby activities," explained Craig Gamble Pugh. But when team members mentioned the idea of cordoning off the pitch so kids activities could be done safely, the rumour mill quickly got out of hand.

"If there was ever a proposal to physically change access in a park, we'd go through a major consultation over it. The rugby club aren't proposing any such thing: if in the future they want to, we'll consult." concluded Craig.

Amazing turn out for community bulb planting day

Crookes & Crosspool councillor Craig Gamble Pugh and Walkley councillor Olivia Blake joined Council rangers James and Andy and volunteers from the Crookes Forum, the Friends Of The Bolehills and the 79th Sheffield Scout troop as well as volunteers from Crookes & Crosspool Labour Party to work on tidying up Bolehills Park. The children planted lots of bulbs. The rose bed next to the Multi Use Games Area was weeded and pruned back.
Craig, Olivia, and fellow Labour councillors for Crookes & Crosspool and Walkley (Anne Murphy, Ben Curran, Neale Gibson) have begun a consultation process on the Bole Hills. An initial meeting of stakeholders was held in December, and ideas put forward by various groups and organisations will be put to further consultation early in 2017.

Photo: Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh (Crookes and Crosspool) and Olivia Blake (Walkley) at community gardening and bulb planting event on the Bolehills

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Councillors support Save The Plough campaign

Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy have thrown their weight behind a local campaign to save The Plough on Sandygate Road. 

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Tidying up the Bolehills

Crookes & Crosspool councillor Craig Gamble Pugh and Walkley councillor Olivia Blake joined Council rangers James and Andy and volunteers from the Crookes Forum, the Friends Of The Bolehills and the 79th Sheffield Scout troop as well as Andrew, Olivia, Dan and Claire from Crookes & Crosspool Labour to work on tidying up Bolehills Park. The children planted lots of bulbs. 

Craig and the other Labour Crookes & Crosspool councillor, Anne Murphy, will be launching a consultation on the best use of the of Bolehills in November.

 

Thank you to everyone that came, it was a very fun morning.

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Rugby Club Welcomed to New Home in Crookes

Months of hard work and negotiations led by Anne and Craig came to fruition this summer, as a deal was struck to bring Hallamshire Rugby club to a new base in Crookes.

"We've been delighted to work with the team, many of whom are local, to help them step closer to their dream of a local base," explained Anne.

The new premises, formerly occupied by Mercury Taxis, adjoins the Bolehills park, where the team will now train. "As a Labour council, we're committed to getting local parks better used, and providing activities to improve health and fitness, so this is a double win for us, great news for the team, and great news for Crookes!" said Craig.

Photo: Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy with representatives of Hallamshire RFC and the owners of the club's new base shake hands on the deal.

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Manchester Road speed victory spurs councillors on to new Traffic Action Group

Craig and Anne's campaign to reduce the speed limit on a residential stretch of Manchester Road from 40 to 30mph has resulted in success, as council cabinet members and senior officers approved the scheme. "This is incredible news," said Craig, "But there are other local traffic issues, so  we want to set up a new campaign to continue this success."

"We've been backing residents in Sandygate in their campaign to stop their streets being used as carparks by staff at Claremont Hospital, and residents campaigning following a tragic death earlier this year,"continued Anne.

In light of the degree of local concern, Craig and Anne are proposing to set up a new campaign group to ensure that traffic safety improvements continue to be delivered in the area. "I was secretary of a similar group in Broomhall when I lived there years ago," commented Craig. "The approach helped get an entire traffic masterplan for the area, so we hope we can emulate that success here."

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Photo: Crosspool Traffic Safety will  be kept on the agenda following speed reduction victory by new campaign group to be established by Councillors

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Bolehills Festival a Great Success

The new community festival on the Bolehills was hailed a great success, with several thousand people enjoying the sun, music, workshops, and even getting a peek inside the park's Pavilion building.

Craig and Anne spent the day talking to residents, many of whom had not fully appreciated before what the park had to offer. "Across the city the Labour-run council is really committed to protecting parks and green spaces, and initiatives like this encourage more use of parks,” said Craig. "Many people were saying how glad they were that the event had opened their eyes to all the Bolehills has to offer," continued Anne.

The councillors have supported the event organisers RiteTraxs, along with Crookes Forum, to make the festival a reality.

"When you can look round and see the place brimming with life, a real sense of community, and know you had a part in making it happen, that's a great feeling!" said Craig.

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Photo: Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy enjoying the late evening sun at the Bolehills festival.

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Crookes Councillors Craig and Anne back Bolehills arts festival

A new music and arts festival being staged in Crookes will highlight the value of the city’s parks to their local communities.

Crookes and Crosspool Labour Party councillors Anne Murphy and Craig Gamble Pugh are backing the RiteTrax on the Bolehills community festival being staged on Saturday 6 August.

The free one-day event in the park features local bands, art and poetry plus a market for independent traders to showcase their products.

“We’re hoping by working with RiteTrax and having a new community festival we are going to draw in thousands of people who might not have thought of visiting the Bolehills and encourage them to come back and use it in the future,” said Coun Gamble Pugh.”

“Sheffield’s parks are an asset to the city – offering great spaces that can be used for so many events. Across the city the Labour-run council is really committed to protecting parks and green spaces and that’s tough to do because of Government budget cuts, so initiatives like this will encourage more use of parks.”

Coun Murphy added: “The festival is a great way to show what the Bolehills offers the community.

“Lots of local shops will have stalls at the festival which is good for local economy. It’s a chance to showcase Crookes as a fantastic place.”

RiteTrax is a social enterprise which aims to offer sustainable and accessible platforms for artists, independent businesses and entrepreneurs.

Organisers of the Bolehills event Joe Gaughan, Adam Seymour and Michael Thompson are promising a day of music and fun for all ages. They are working with the city council and Crookes Forum.

The trio believe they have the mix right with a music line-up including the Fentonville Street Band, Emily J plus DJs.

“It’s a bit of everything, we are trying to present every medium of creativity that you can think of,” said Joe Gaughan.

“Whether that’s spoken word, acoustic music, electric, pop bands to businesses that are sole traders and would normally not have an opportunity to sell their work at a festival because of the cost. It gives people a chance to share their creativity.”

A full update on festival line up is on the RiteTrax facebook page and their website. Supporters can also help crowdfund the festival at  www.gofundme.com/ritetrax.

Michael Thompson added: “This is for everyone, every age – one of our acts is an elderly gentleman who usually plays piano on the (Sheffield) Railway Station. We have built a band around him and he’ll be playing at the Bolehills.

“It’s a festival for the community. There’s lots of different things, arts stalls, charity stalls and children’s entertainment, art workshops – something for everyone.”

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Sandygate Parking Action

COUNCILLORS BACK RESIDENTS IN ACTION OVER CROSSPOOL HOSPITAL PARKING

Crookes and Crosspool Labour councilors Anne Murphy and Craig Gamble Pugh are supporting the residents in a long-running parking row.
Residents in the Sandygate Park area of Crosspool say they have been let down by a private hospital over assurances to end disruptive parking by staff near their homes.
Narrow residential roads are daily used as a car park by staff from the nearby Claremont Hospital.
Angry residents say they have had enough and want action by the police and the city council to end the long-running row, which is blighting their lives. They have sought help from Anne and Craig who have held meeting with the residents.

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Labour team spearhead Crosspool road safety campaign

The Labour Team in Crookes and Crosspool say their campaign for safer speed limits on Manchester Road is building. The initiative, taken in response to concerns raised by local residents, has been lead by candidates Cllr Anne Murphy, Rosemary Telfer and Craig Gamble Pugh alongside Cllr Geoff Smith and local party activists.

 

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