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South East

Woodhouse • Birley • Beighton • Mosborough

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 South East Sheffield, this is your opportunity to say what you would like to see improved.

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Woodhouse train station

About South East LAC

The South East is made up of the four wards of Beighton, Birley, Mosborough and Woodhouse, and includes the neighbourhoods of Base Green, Hackenthorpe, Sothall, Handsworth, Halfway and Frecheville.

The area has a population of 69,558 (ONS 2019 – Mid-year estimates) and is made up of historic farming and mining villages, woven together with more modern suburban townships.

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Local Facilities - The area is the home of the Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre and Retail Park, the  centres provide a wide range of shops and a market.

There are also thriving local shopping centres in the villages of Woodhouse, Mosborough and Handsworth.

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Parks and Open Spaces - The Shirebrook valley is a large open space at the heart of the area, providing just over 100 hectares of woodland and open space. The Frecheville Pond is a picturesque local park in the middle of the village.

To the east of the area along the border with Rotherham, sits the Rother Valley Country Park, which is a popular open space for people across Sheffield. 

Around 4.8% of land in the South East are green spaces that the public can access which is a significantly higher proportion than the national average.

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Population - The South East has a population of 69,558. Each Ward has a similar population size with Beighton having the greatest number of residents (18,434) and Mosborough the fewest (16,863). 

The population of South East Sheffield is largely White British with 94.1% of residents identifying as such. Woodhouse is the most diverse of the four Wards in the South East with a minority ethnic population of 8.1% (Woodhouse profile). 


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Industry - Befitting of Sheffield’s industrial identity, the largest sector of employment for people living in the South-East is manufacturing, with 18.9% of people in employment working in this industry.

The second largest sector is the retail industry (17.6%). The retail industry is also the second largest business sector in the area with 12.9% of all local businesses being retail based, an example being Crystal Peaks shopping centre.


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There are 31,382 dwellings in the South East, the majority of which are semi-detached (46.9%). A significant proportion of the properties were built following the Second World War between 1945 and 1999 (23,245 – 73%). 


Councillor Tony Downing

Chair: Councillor Tony Downing

“I am a retired bus driver and former trade union branch vice chair with Unite the union and this gives me the time and flexibility to get involved with the community that I live in and represent. I have just completed two years as the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, which in my view has been one of my biggest and rewarding achievements.

I like to think of myself as someone who can communicate and listen to people’s concerns, problem solving and promoting community cohesion.

Outside of being a councillor, I like to relax spend time with my family - as someone who has worked all my life this is important to me. Fun fact: I am a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday fan.”



Councillor Jackie Satur

Vice Chair: Councillor Jackie Satur

“I was born in Attercliffe and have lived in Woodhouse for 37 years and was first elected to represent Woodhouse on Sheffield City Council in August 2010. During my working career I have held several posts, latterly with the School of Midwifery and then the University of Sheffield’s Medical School as their Interview and Open Day Co-ordinator. I retired after 22 years to be a full time Councillor.

I believe in strong local communities recognising that education, particularly of our young, is vital in creating strong communities which is why I was an active School Governor at Brunswick Community Primary School for 16 years, sitting on the Finance committee and as a Safeguarding Governor.


Area Ward Councillors 

• Cllr Denise Fox • Cllr Bryan Lodge • Cllr Bob McCann

• Cllr Karen McGowan • Cllr Kevin Oxley • Cllr Mick Rooney

• Cllr Chris Rosling-Josephs • Cllr Gail Smith

• Cllr Paul Wood • Cllr Ann Woolhouse


What is going on in your area? 

Please join us at our first meeting

Tuesday 28 September, 6-8pm

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service Training Centre, Beaver Hill Road, Sheffield S13 9QA  

or call us on 0114 474 3646 

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 Tony Downing or Jackie Satur 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