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Council announces increase in numbers allowed at funerals

Up to 25 people will now be allowed to attend funerals in Sheffield following further relaxing of government restrictions.

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The changes, which apply to both chapel and graveside services, came in to effect from Monday. Previosuly only 10 mourners were permitted.

Sheffield City Council said other bereavement services have also resumed, including the burial of ashes, scattering of ashes and burial services in chapels.

Mourners attending a funeral service can be from different households, but where this is the case the two metre social distance rule must be adhered to.

For those who are unable to attend, Hutcliffe Wood and City Road chapels will continue to offer a live webcast of the funeral service free of charge.

South Yorkshire devolution deal set for approval

South Yorkshire's devolution deal will be finalised in Parliament later, four years after it was first announced.

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The county, under Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis, will have new powers and receive about £30m from Whitehall.

Local Government Minister Simon Clarke said the deal would "unlock real benefits for people across South Yorkshire".

Mr Jarvis said it would bring "significant transformations" across the county.

He added: "We have to make the most of the benefits devolution has to offer."

The order for the deal will be laid in Parliament after letters of agreement were submitted by the mayor and council leaders in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The deal is set to be approved and then the devolved money will be available, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

The mayor will have power over transport, strategic planning and skills in the region, plus £900m over 30 years.

Litter-strewn city park sparks 'clean and tidy' appeal

People are being asked to respect outdoor spaces in South Yorkshire during the current heatwave after one city park was pictured covered in litter this morning.

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Endcliffe Park in Sheffield is shown in one photograph strewn with rubbish after the popular spot was crowded with sun-worshippers yesterday - the hottest day of the year so far.

Sheffield City Council has appealed for people to respect communal areas such as parks and to keep them "clean and tidy".

In an earlier statement, the authority said: "We’ve put in extra resources and are working really hard to keep them looking lovely and safe for visitors, but we need everyone to do their bit.

"If the bins are full, please take your rubbish home and recycle what you can."

However, the council says that after seeing the latest pictures showing litter, it would see if further messages were necessary in a bid to tackle the problem over the summer.

Sheffield schools to reopen on Monday - Council

Schools in Sheffield are set to reopen to some children on Monday, two weeks after the city council delayed students attending due to coronavirus safety fears.

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Sheffield's director of public health, Greg Fell, has advised the council he now feels it's the right time to start to reopen the schools.

It comes after he said two weeks ago that he wasn't "assured the systems and plans put in place were sufficient" to reopen schools at the start of the month.

However, Mr Fell now believes schools have had time to test plans ensuring it is safe for children to return to their classrooms.

He also said he believes the NHS's Test and Trace system is now working in Sheffield, helping to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Councillor Abtisam Mohamed, cabinet member for education and skills, said: "Wider opening is an important step to ensuring more children get back to school and, in turn, their parents can return to work.

"However, we must remember the measures needed to make sure this is safe also limit the number of children who can attend at any one time. Each school and childcare setting has calculated the number of children that can be safely accommodated.

"Some of our schools are already at full capacity. This has been recognised by the government today in their announcement that all schools are not going to be fully open before the autumn term," he added.

School opening delayed over 'Test and Trace' concerns

Schools and nurseries in Sheffield are being advised to delay reopening until at least 15 June over concerns the government's "Test and Trace" programme is not yet "sufficiently well established and robust enough".

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The government said it was looking at opening some schools by 1 June, but the city council says it feels that is too early.

Abtisam Mohamed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said Sheffield Director of Public Health, Greg Fell, had advised the council the Test and Trace system "should be in place and working effectively for 14 days before schools and nurseries begin increasing their numbers".

Mr Mohamed added: "Whilst nationally the government is requesting that schools and nurseries start to increase the number of pupils attending over the coming weeks, in light of the Sheffield Public Health advice we do not yet feel assured that it is the right time and are advising our schools and nurseries to delay increasing numbers until the 15 June.

"We are acutely aware that many schools may have already put systems in place for increasing numbers of children prior to this date.

"However, our priority must always be ensuring the safety of our staff and the children is not compromised when the numbers are increased."

He said schools would remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable children.

Council 'oversight' leads to 5G mast approval in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council has apologised after it missed the planning deadline to stop a 5G mast being put up in the city.

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The council has 56 days from when it receives a planning application to decide whether to approve or refuse it.

However, after receiving three applications for mobile phone masts at Greenhill Parkway, Archer Road and Rustlings Road, the authority admits it didn't process them quickly enough.

As a result, Cornerstone & Vodafone Ltd, which made the application, can go ahead and build the masts due to what's called "deemed consent", the council says.

While two of the sites would have been approved, the proposal for a mast at Rustlings Road would have been rejected, the authority added.

In a statement, the council said it was now working with Cornerstone & Vodafone to "express our view that this is an inappropriate site for this mast and are actively working with them to discuss alternatives".

Councillor Bob Johnson said: "The council apologises for this mistake but hopes people will understand we are operating in extraordinary circumstances which have led to these oversights occurring.

"We understand residents’ depth of feeling about the location of these masts and we are sorry they were not properly determined within the time limit."