Kaltum Rivers is the Green Party candidate for Broomhill and Sharrow Vale Ward in the local elections on May 3rd.
“I have lived and worked in Broomhall since 2005. I’ve been active locally as a parent governor at Broomhall nursery and Hunters Bar school, community worker and activist supporting local people and projects while raising a family and completing an MA at the University of Sheffield.
As a children and young people’s development officer, I worked with all citywide statutory and voluntary sector organisations with a remit of children and young people’s welfare, education, health and safeguarding.
I am an active member of Broomhall Group of Groups, an umbrella group for all local community groups and projects including representatives from the two Sheffield Universities.
I have been a board member of Broomhall Forum, co-ordinating training for mothers around the issues of safeguarding children and ran mediation projects for families going through internal conflicts.
This ward is dominated by the hospitals and universities which have expanded rapidly in the last decade bringing serious traffic and dangerous air pollution issues. I will support the volunteer group BBEST who are creating a Neighbourhood Plan for the Broomhill area with built in planning protections. We all support the NHS and value our universities but expansion needs to take place in other areas of the city with good access – the Broomhill community cannot cope. The Minor Injuries Unit must stay at the Hallamshire where it is easily accessible.
Ecclesall Road dominates the southern part of the ward – people who live close to it love the vibrancy but have a lot to put up with – parking, traffic, air pollution. Constant traffic jams reflect poor transport planning and priority over past decades. People urgently need better public transport and safer cycling and walking options so they can choose to leave their cars at home. This would reduce congestion for all road users while improving dangerous air pollution and road safety. I support the retention of threatened healthy street trees that help us breathe clean air and make our communities more than just concrete and cars.
I will support the many neighbourhood community groups that have a vital role as austerity dismantles precious community support networks built over decades. The now firmly established Broomhill Community Library is a welcome success story but the loss of an active Broomhill Forum has been a real blow. We have a number of model community groups that welcome students each September and ensure our many mixed communities thrive.
Our communities are threatened by continuing austerity. I will work with local people to try and re-invigorate our community groups and tenants and residents associations and offer the support they want and need from local councillors.
Cllr Magid Magid has been a busy, effective Green councillor in this ward since 2016. I hope you will elect me as your local councillor in Broomhill & Sharrow Vale ward on May 3rd making this a two person team that can do a lot more for you and your communities.”
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