Sheffield’s Leader and Deputy Leader took to Stagecoach Supertram today to talk with local people and get the Big City Conversation on track, as the citywide survey goes live online.
Sheffield City Council recently started The Big City Conversation across Sheffield. It’s a chance for people in the city to get involved and have a say on the things that matter to them.
The council want to hear from as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds, from every part of Sheffield, about the issues that affect them, their communities and their city.
Those who want to get involved can complete an online survey at http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/bigcityconversation
The survey will take just a few minutes to complete and will ask people about how they want to tell the council (and partners they work with) about the things they need, the things that affect them, and how they feel they can influence decisions around these issues.
In the last month, events have taken place in the Moor Market and the Town Hall, where councillors, Cabinet Members, and employees saw hundreds of people and got lots of feedback on things about Sheffield.
Today, Leader of Sheffield City Council, Julie Dore and Deputy Leader, Terry Fox hopped on to the Stagecoach Supertram blue route, which travels through several communities across the city, making a round trip from the city centre to Hillsborough.
Cllr Dore & Cllr Fox spoke to lots of passengers along the route to explain what the Big City Conversation is about and encourage them to get involved.
Councillor Fox said: “We’re out on the tram today because this route passes through several communities and we want to go to the people, not make you come to us.
“The Big City Conversation is about us hearing from as many people as possible so that we can better understand our residents’ needs and how they want to talk to us.
“Due to the General Election announced this week we’ve had to put our plans to go out in to communities on hold, but we’ll be out there in every part of the city once it has taken place.
“Everything that people tell us is useful and important and I hope we’ll get thousands of responses to the survey. We appreciate everyone who takes the time to get involved and help us make this city the best it can be.”
The council will hold events in every area of the city after the General Election in December. Information will be shared about events in the community once these have been arranged.
All information about the Big City Conversation, including the survey is at https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/bigcityconversation
Also, as part of the Big City Conversation, the cross-party Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee are working with the Deputy Leader to look at different approaches to how the Council makes decisions. The Committee, chaired by Cllr Mick Rooney, has launched a Call for Evidence which invites citizens, organisations and leading experts to give their views on good local decision making and the strengths and weaknesses of different systems.
The Call for Evidence is open until the 17th November and the Committee will report its findings back to Full Council on 8th January 2020. You can contribute here: https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/policy-improvement/osmcgov/