City’s Walk-In Centre to close?
Greens campaign to keep health services open
NHS plans to close the Walk- In Centre on Broad Lane / RockinghamStandtheMinor Injuries Unit at the Hallamshire Hospital have been met with resistance by the community and Green Party campaigners.
Cllr Douglas Johnson said, “60,000 visits a year are made to the Walk-In Centre. It’s a good service and heavily used by city centre residents and students. I hel
ped the Students Unions get answers to theirquestionsand met with NHS officers to make our point that their consultation was totally flawed. They should think again.”Green Party Candidate, Martin Phipps, added, “I was in the public gallery when Labour councillors voted against a joint campaign to keep the Walk-In Centre open.”
In a separate move, Cllr Douglas Johnson led a cross- partycallfortheCouncil’s Health Scrutiny Committee to examine decisions of Sheffield’s Accountable Care Partnership on a formal basis.
Labour councillors on the committee voted against the Green proposal.
Yellow bikes for City
1,000 yellow bikes are now seen all over the city centre. All you need is a mobile app on your phone to hire them for 50p per half hour. You can leave these “dockless” bikes anywhere as long as they are parked safely.
Welcoming the scheme at the launch in January, Cllr Rob Murphy said,
“It’s great to see the yellow bikes across the city offering people a convenient alternative to short car journeys. I hope their success will show the appetite for cycling in Sheffield, help tackle our air pollution crisis, improve health and reduce congestion.”
We are now calling for transport spending to improve walking and cycling routes in the city.”
Show us the Contract!
Roads still in bad condition.
Sheffield’s controversial Highways PFI contract has made headlines across the country. Hundreds of roads have not been repaired. Many that have are already breaking up and costs now extend to the year 2057 – 20 years after the contract ends.
Even War Memorial trees, planted to remember soldiers killed in World War One, are being felled.
The Greens opposed the PFI from the start for being too expensive and inflexible and have called for the contract to be made public.
Green Councillor Rob Murphy said, “This Labour Council’s actions are shaming our city. Sheffield residents have a right to know what has been signed in their name.”
Cornish Street regained
The cobbled surface of historic Cornish St has finally been re- laid after Amey dug it up in September 2016.
“I’m glad it’s been laid to rest after the length oftime I have been chasing Amey for action,” said Cllr Douglas Johnson.
Green Action in City Ward
Putting the work in
Your local Green councillors are familiar faces at community meetings. Both Rob Murphy and Douglas Johnson also have 100% attendance at council and scrutiny meetings.
Martin Phipps comments, “To represent you properly in the Town Hall, you need your councillors to turn up!”
Tackling bad housing
Martin has been helping Rob and Douglas with casework from residents, including bad housing conditions in the city.
City ward councillors have funded a public access defibrillator to be sited at Craft & Dough in Kelham Island. The project included volunteers from the Community Alliance (KICA) and Industrial Museum. It will match other units in the city centre.
Help us Help!
People at risk of sleeping rough are vulnerable, particularly in the recent cold weather. Green Councillors have supported charities with grants via www.helpushelp.uk
Duchess Rd basketball court
Plans to revamp the basketball court are coming soon. Green councillors signed off funding for the project and have been in discussion with Shoreham TARA, St Mary’s Church and TimeBuilders, along with officers from different council departments.
Rob for Region Mayor
South Yorkshire Green Parties have selected City Ward Councillor Rob Murphy as their candidate for the Sheffield City Region Mayoral election on May 3rd.
Rob, who has spent 10 years serving here as a councillor, says “It’s an honour to be selected. I intend to give a voice to small businesses, bring transport improvements and prevent South Yorkshire turning into a ‘one party state’.
Labour currently run all the Councils in the region. Electing a Labour Mayor would be bad for democracy, scrutiny and good decision making.”
If you want to help Rob’s campaign please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
City centre resident stands for Greens in May’s Council elections.
“I live and work in the city centre, and love living here,” says Martin.
“City Ward is the heart of Sheffield, with people coming from all over to see what it has to offer in its theatres, its cinemas, its venues, its restaurants, its quirky independent businesses, alongside the bars, real ale pubs and nightlife.
“I am passionate about a safe city centre with clean air, accessible local healthcare, joined-up cycling routes, better public transport and a good quality of life.
“I want to work hard with our brilliant Green Party councillors in their work to help residents, hold the council to account and make small but real differences to people’s lives.”