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Beauchief & Greenhill • Graves Park • Gleadless Valley • Sharrow & Nether Edge

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

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About South LAC

The South LAC covers 4 electoral wards:  Beauchief & Greenhill, Graves Park, Gleadless Valley and Nether Edge & Sharrow; stretching from Sharrow at the edge of the city centre to the south edge of Sheffield.

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It includes a number of vibrant shopping areas, including the bustling Chesterfield Road in Woodseats and both Heeley and St James Retail Parks. 

Just south of the city centre, Sheffield Antiques Quarter sits on the edge of Sharrow and Heeley and houses a number of independent retailers, with tempting treasures and retro finds. 


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The area sits across some of Sheffield’s many hills, with great views from the top of Gleadless Valley; it also houses two of the city’s largest parks.

Graves Park with great open spaces, leisure facilities, play areas and Graves Park Animal Farm; Meersbrook Park, with great views, historic buildings and lovely areas for games and walks.

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The area has a population of around 81,000 people and covers a diverse range of neighbourhoods: Woodseats, Gleadless Valley, Heeley, Meersbrook, Meadowhead, Sharrow, Nether Edge, Beauchief, Greenhill, Herdings, Norton, Norton Lees, Lowedges, Batemoor and Jordanthorpe.

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London Road in Sharrow is arguably Sheffield’s hub of international cuisine, with food from around the world available from a wide range of independent restaurants, takeaways and cafes. 

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The area has a wide range of housing, including privately owned, rented, social landlords and council managed properties. 

Councillor Simon Clement-Jones

Chair: Councillor Simon Clement-Jones

”I see my local councillor role as supporting people to get a fair deal from the council.  I enjoy helping the community with a range of issues from personal, neighbourhood, housing to parks and wildlife. I also look at wider issues that affect people and things people have an opinion on, such as cycleways.

As Chair, I can cast my net wider to help colleagues and their constituents. This is a brilliant opportunity to give the public a direct line into parks, highways and other directorates so we can help on the ground.  It’s about what LACs can achieve with the tools we’ve been given. I’ll support our Ward Councillors to get results residents want. 

I came to Sheffield in the 80s to do a Mechanical Engineering course.  I’ve worked in steelworks and at Forgemasters and I started my own business in 1999 in IT. I was first elected in 2004 and I’m now also the Deputy Chair of the Audit and Standards Committee.

Recent local campaigns have included saving the Atlantic Road outhouses where people store children’s bikes and a local libraries campaign to secure funding.

I’m really keen on the development of an effective walking and cycling infrastructure.  Housing is also a big part of what I do – getting repairs done, listening to neighbourhood disputes and helping with interventions, getting people to live together better and being good neighbours. I’m here to represent you to the council.  Not the other way around. 

I take my duty seriously as a corporate parent but in my own time I love to snowboard, scooter, vespa and I’m into science fiction!


Councillor Sophie Thornton

Vice Chair: Councillor Sophie Thornton

Area Ward Councillors 

• Cllr Ian Auckland • Cllr Sue Auckland • Cllr Steve Ayris

• Cllr Alexi Dimond • Cllr Peter Garbutt • Cllr Cate McDonald

• Cllr Maroof Raouf • Cllr Richard Shaw

• Cllr Alison Teal • Cllr Paul Turpin

What is going on in your area? 

Please join us at our first meeting

Wednesday 13 October, 6-8pm

Gleadless Valley Methodist Church, Blackstock Road, Sheffield S14 1FT

or call us on 0114 474 3635 

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 Simon Clement-Jones or Sophie Thornton 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