Ruth Mersereau was elected as a councillor for City Ward in May 2019.
City ward is a fantastic area, with a thriving arts and music scene, interesting heritage buildings and museums, and great restaurants, bars and nightlife.
However, it could be even better with, for example, more green spaces, cleaner air, cleaner streets, protected historic buildings and thoughtful planning.
There’s a lot to be done to improve the cleanliness of the city centre, making sure the Council/Amey are properly meeting their obligations to keep the streets clean and bins emptied regularly.
I’ve been campaigning for healthier air quality, better maintained roads, joined-up cycle routes and improved public transport.
There is a very visible problem with rough sleeping, homelessness and begging in Sheffield, and
although there are a lot of great organisations doing good work, more still needs to be done – this issue should be a bigger priority for the Council.
I am active in the local community, attending residents’ groups across the ward, in Kelham
Island, the City Centre and Shoreham Street. I’ve been really inspired by the work of these
community groups, and I want to continue listening to and supporting residents in improving their lives and neighbourhoods.
I’m delighted to have been elected to join the fantastic existing Green Party councillors in Sheffield in their work in helping residents and calling for changes that would really make a difference, such as: helping Universal Credit claimants, helping young care leavers with council tax, calling for an end to private profit in the NHS, transparency in council PFI contracts and making our streets cleaner and safer for children and adults.
As a Green Party councillor, I am able to freely represent views of City Ward residents, and
hold the Labour Council to account. Green councillors really make a difference.