Since the Election in May, Sheffield Green Party councillors have:

Formed the first ever co-operative council administration

Cllrs Ruth Mersereau and Douglas Johnson
Cllrs Ruth Mersereau and Douglas Johnson

“If the results of the It’s Our City referendum are not reason enough, then the multiple crises we face – the Covid-19 pandemic, inadequate local government funding, and the climate and nature emergencies – all surely combine to highlight the need for elected representatives to join forces in an unprecedented co-operative effort to work for the common good of the people of Sheffield.” – Cllr Alison Teal (Nether Edge & Sharrow, Council Executive Member for Sustainable Neighbourhoods, Wellbeing, Parks and Leisure)

Committed the Council to the ARUP “Pathway to Zero Carbon” recommendations – and called a nature emergency

“The Climate Emergency threatens our way of life, that’s well known. Less well known is the Ecological Emergency, equally as threatening, and intertwined with the former. The way we mistreat nature means floods are more likely, food will be harder to grow, and our beautiful green spaces will wither away. Declaring an emergency is a necessary first step to putting actions in place to help stop the decline” – Cllr Peter Garbutt (Nether Edge & Sharrow)

Secured an independent tree inquiry

“It is a clear decision that a street tree inquiry needs to go ahead without delay. This is an important moment for the council to learn and reflect and shape how things will be done in the future. The Council commits to being fully co-operative with the inquiry once the independent chair is appointed” – Cllr Douglas Johnson (City, Council Executive Member for Climate Change and Transport

Lobbied for the Waitrose recycling centre

“This looks like an exit strategy, where the John Lewis Partnership is looking for excuses, rather than helping to provide a public service. Many loyal customers will feel, yet again, let down by their lack of care for Sheffield and its residents. We ask them to reverse this decision and would be happy to work with them to find a solution”. – Cllr Peter Garbutt and Cllr Maroof Raouf (Nether Edge and Sharrow)