In late April the Sustainable Communities debate took place with a very diverse attendance of well over 100 people. Largely, they explained what the Sustainable Communities Act (SCA) is all about. The Council has appointed a SCA Panel, which is made up of seemingly random members of the public who do not individually have a lobbying or activist background. The Council organised the day to find out from the people in what ways Sheffield can become sustainable in a number of areas: financial, physical/structural, social and, of course, environmental. It seems that ideas can be put forth to the SCA Panel, who then advise the Local Council about how important the issues are, and the government is thereafter required to act upon the bill/legislation that comes out of this process.