contents of these pages are prepared by the New Deal executive team.
A Great Deal for
Some of you may have read the
recent articles in the Star suggesting that the City Council is
‘stepping in’ to sort out ‘problems’ within
BNDfC – I would like to take this opportunity to reassure
everyone that this couldn’t be further from the truth. The
Council has now recognised the progress that has been achieved by
New Deal and is entering into a partnership with us to bring more
and better services to the area – including better street
lighting, support for homeowners with maintenance, more street cleaners
and new community wardens.
Detailed negotiations between BNDfC and
the City Council have resulted in a three-year plan – Advancing
Together – in which Sheffield City Council has made a commitment
to continuing to deliver at least the level of services it already
provides, with BNDfC buying in a package of additional activity
to deliver significant improvements to local people’s lives.
Included in the agreement are substantial
renovations and improvements to Spital Hill, the Vestry Hall and
Sorby House – three key landmarks that we all want to see
improved to bring much-needed resources back into community use
and bring major benefits to the local environment. The City Council
will manage the delivery of these projects, which includes bringing
in large amounts of additional funding from other sources.
Other details of the agreement –
thought to be the first of this kind – include the City Council
covering all management overheads, so that all the BNDfC funding
will go directly on additional services, recruitment of local people
to fill newly created jobs, and a clear opportunity for local people
to have a significant influence on how the services are provided.
Since BNDfC was first established, people’s
priorities have remained constant – you have told us you want
cleaner, safer streets, with better lighting, community wardens
and a general upgrade of the area. This is a real opportunity to
make major progress and to quickly bring the visible and real improvements
that are important to you.
Our agreement with the City Council also
includes priority being given to recruiting local people. There
will be fifteen new jobs created immediately, with many more as
the work develops, and Jobnet on Spital Hill will be able to offer
support to local people in applying for the vacancies.
Overall, we believe this is an excellent
deal for Burngreave. Significant additional resources will be invested
in doing something which we know is a top priority for local people.
The overall development of future service delivery will be
firmly in the hands of local people through the NDC Theme Groups
and also through us, your community representatives on the Partnership
Board. It’s going to be a real breakthrough and should soon
be making a significant difference.
Rose Ardron, Chair of BNDfC Partnership