Councillors pick up the politics baton

Retiring and new councillors: L-r Outgoing councillor Jane Bird, her replacement in Shiregreen and Brightside ward Sioned-Mair Richards, Joan Barton, her replacement in Firth Park, Sheila Constance.
Retiring and new councillors: L-r Outgoing councillor Jane Bird, her replacement in Shiregreen and Brightside ward Sioned-Mair Richards, Joan Barton, her replacement in Firth Park, Sheila Constance.
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TWO new faces on Sheffield Council have a tough task - stepping into the shoes of some of the authority’s longest-serving members.

Labour councillors Joan Barton and Jane Bird clocked up more than half a century between them before retiring.

Replacing them are Sheila Constance, who has taken Joan’s place in Firth Park, and Sioned-Mair Richards, elected in place of Jane in Shiregreen and Brightside.

Sheila, 59, from Chapeltown, is a self-employed dress maker and has taken on extra help at her shop, Dress Maker’s Workshop, in High Green, so she can spend time on council business.

The mum-of-three said: “Joan has left a big pair of shoes to fill, having served 34 years. I don’t promise to be on the council as long as that but I’ll try to provide the same level of dedication as Joan gave over the years.”

Sioned, 54, married from Pitsmoor, who works as a researcher for Hughes and Hughes, a city-based company which advises voluntary sector organisations and small businesses, is also finding life ‘very busy’.

She said: “Fortunately, Jane hasn’t disappeared off the scene and is still there offering advice.”