Objections to Sheffield assemblies axe

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PLANS to end Sheffield Council’s community assemblies have drawn public opposition in a consultation exercise.

Officials have asked members of the public for their views on its plans, which are designed to save £2.6 million a year through cuts to support staff and the withdrawal of grants handed out by the assemblies.

The council plans to offer £500,000 to help councillors work in their individual wards instead. But 63 per cent of people who gave their views opposed the plan, while only 26 per cent were in favour.

Coun Alison Brelsford, opposition Liberal Democrat communities spokeswoman, called on ruling Labour councillors to reprieve the seven assemblies, which each cover a district of Sheffield and allow localised decisions.

The council’s cabinet has not yet discussed the consultation results.