September 2016 Meeting

A good public attendance 13th September at SRSB, Mappin Street, took part in a meeting covering a wide range of topics relevant to the City Centre. Over the summer we have had meetings with a range of organisations and reported on:

  1. Our successful objection along with others to Villa Mercedes application for a sexual entertainment venues licence to operate a lap dancing club in Suffolk Road, near Midland Station and the Leadmill.
  2. Meeting with Licensing on SCCRAG Cumulative Impact Policy proposals –
    • There is an investigation taking place led by Licensing into the need for a Cumulative Impact Policy for the West Street-Victoria Street-Devonshire Green area, where there have been many incidents of antisocial behaviour by members of the street community.
    • Submitting evidence of antisocial behaviour cause by a combination of alcohol, prescription drugs and ‘spice’ = chemical cannabis.
    • We also want the police to submit evidence to the investigation. Previously they have been neutral in licensing matters, but these problems have caused them a huge amount of extra work, so it makes sense for them to add evidence to the investigation.
  3. Meeting with Director for Public Health on health issues in the city centre, including Medical Services available inside the ring road – are there enough for the population and at suitable times? + the damage of 9% strength alcohol sales and air pollution levels.
  4. Meeting with the chair of Business Improvement District re City Centre issues and a change in BID board membership.
    • SCCRAG is pressing for a consultative group to be created, so BID maintains contact with the people living in the City Centre.
  5. Discussions with relevant authorities over drug and alcohol related problems in the Victoria St, Gell St and Convent Walk areas included in the other matters above.
  6. Tramlines: Generally it went well, but there were complaints about uncontrolled noise levels from the “Fringe” unofficial events.
    • When we raised this problem of excessive noise disturbing local residents the response was “But it is Tramlines weekend”.
    • After contacting Environmental Protection Service we have now been assured of a different approval process next year.
    • Before any Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is submitted for 2017 the operator must engage with Environmental Protection to discuss what control measures need to be put in place, which is likely to be a minimum of carrying out a sound check prior to the event starting and spot checks during the event (as with official Tramlines events).
    • If there is no prior engagement then EPS could look to object when TEN are submitted.
  7. University of Sheffield researchers have asked us to find for them to interview Sheffield families with three generations living in the city. They want young persons age 16+, parents and grandparents. Do we know any families that they can contact?

We welcome comments and evidence from people who have experienced these and other issues in the City Centre, and we take these up with the relevant authorities where an issue is shown to need attention. Email us at sccrag@gmail.com