Students and locals to have their say on how to improve West Street and Devonshire Green in Sheffield

Is your wellbeing being affected by the number of licensed premises on West Street and Devonshire Green? The council want you to have your say.

A six-week consultation has been launched by Sheffield City Council after concerns were raised by local residents, and health and welfare groups, about the rise in crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.

During the day, these areas offer a wealth of boutiques, vintage stores and independent retailers.

At night, an abundance of bars and restaurants in a compact space have made it a lively part of town.

The neighbourhood is a particular favourite for students, being situated between both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam campuses.

Tom Vickery, 21, a student at the University of Sheffield said: “It’s so easy to spend a whole night there, however it does tend to get quite rowdy.”

The questionnaire asks people to share any anti-social behaviour they may have witnessed along with the kind of licensed premises they’d like to see open.

It also asks whether there should be a stronger presence of police, more CCTV cameras, and if too much alcohol is being sold.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, a Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene, said: “We will get a clearer picture of what people love about the area, identify any issues in more detail and ask them what solutions they want us to consider to make it better for anyone.”

The evidence from the survey is going to impact on whether a Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) will be introduced in the neighbourhood.

CIP’s are policies that ensure new licensed traders wanting to come into the area, prove that they won’t be adding to the existing problem.

Mr Vickery added: “It would be a shame to see the scene change because of a few people who can’t drink responsibly.”

Councillor Lodge added: “Whilst CIPs have been used successfully in other cities we want to know if it is right for Sheffield or if there are better ways to create an environments that will make more people come to West Street and Devonshire Green and see the area flourish.”

The Council urges both students and locals to have their say on the matter.

The Survey is open until 13 December 2017 and can be found at: https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/place-business-strategy/cumulative-impact-policy

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