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Darnall • Manor Castle • Park & Arbourthorne • Richmond

About Local Area Committees (LAC)

Local Area Committees give you the chance to raise your views, share your opinion on what the council does in your area and contribute to making changes in your neighbourhood. 

As a resident living in East Sheffield, this is your opportunity to say what you would like to see improved.

Sheffield city centre
Manor castle

About East LAC

The East is made up of 4 wards: Darnall, Manor & Castle, Park & Arbourthorne and Richmond

The area has a population of 85,104 residents. The area has a diverse economic and cultural mix with domestic dwellings, shopping parades, light and heavy industry.

The East LAC includes Darnall, Manor Castle, Park & Arbourthorne and Richmond Wards. The four wards have an estimated 85,000 residents which is 15% of Sheffield’s total population. The area has a wide range of housing, including privately owned, rented, social landlords and council managed properties.  With lots of new development taking place across all four wards.

The wards are very diverse. An estimated 70% of the area’s residents are White British with 30% from an Ethnic Minority background. Like other areas across the city, East has pockets of deprivation and challenges with high unemployment and low-income households, but it a has diverse economic and cultural mix and vibrant local shops in some neighbourhoods.

Parts of the area are old industrial sites, but there are a number of major retail parks such as Meadowhall, Cineworld, Carbrook that attract city wide and out of city shoppers. The area is also home to the Olympic legacy park, Manor Lodge and Norfolk heritage park.


Councillor Mary Lea

Chair: Councillor Mary Lea

“I have represented Darnall Ward on the Council since 2003. Originally from Manchester where I trained as a nurse, I moved to this side of the Pennines, in 1981 and worked in Rotherham mental health services retiring in 2016. 

Talking to people when they are in difficult situations has always been part of the work I have done, not least as a Councillor and listening and patience are part of both jobs, whether that is for an individual, family or community. 

During lockdown I started listening to podcasts, history is my favourite subject, and I have been able to listen to many experts and some not so expert the latter being a good way of falling asleep.”


Councillor Anne Murphy

Vice Chair: Councillor Anne Murphy

“I am recently elected as the local councillor for the Manor & Castle ward. I have recently been appointed to the role of the new deputy chair for the East LAC. I am a socialist, a feminist and a great believer in co-operation and local politics on behalf of local people who live, understand, and know their local communities better than anyone on the outside looking in.

I want to represent the people who want to make a difference and make decisions about their own area from the ground up and not the top down. I resist policies and decisions that are taken by people who don’t live, understand, or know our communities and the issues the local people want to prioritise for their families.

I’m really looking forward to being part of the new group bringing democracy to our local communities in Sheffield through the work that the local area committees will be doing; to working with local people; to listening and working together to make our communities the best.”


Area Ward Councillors 

• Cllr David Barker • Cllr Mike Drabble • Cllr Terry Fox

• Cllr Dianne Hurst • Cllr Mazher Iqbal • Cllr Ben Miskell

• Cllr Zahira Naz • Cllr Sioned-Mair Richards • Cllr Jack Scott

• Cllr Sophie Wilson


What is going on in your area? 

Please join us at our first meeting

Wednesday 22 September, 6.30-8pm

EIS Coleridge Road, Sheffield S9 5DA

or call us on 0114 474 3621 

How you can get involved 

  • sign up to our local / citywide updates via GovDelivery or the NextDoor App 
  • complete a survey, share your views online or via the area social media pages
  • submit a question or raise an issue with your LAC (in person or online)
  • participate in ongoing activities about local priorities and budgets
  • contact Councillor Mary Lea or Anne Murphy to raise an issue
  • come along to a meeting to hear local discussions and updates
  • live stream the meeting or view a recording to watch a specific section