Sheffield Council has revealed up to 17,500 trees could be felled by private contractor Amey, after publication of the street maintenance contract details at the demand of the Information Commissioner. The disclosure follows repeated freedom of information requests by campaigners. Sheffield Council claim the quantity is not a target and that current estimates are for 10,000 trees to be replaced over the 25 year contract period. Baillor Jalloh spoke to tree campaigner Paul Selby whose complaint to the Information Commissioner led to the revelation.
Liberal Democrat peer, Paul Scriven, is demanding South Yorkshire Police explain the deployment of dozens of police officers on Abbeydale Park Rise on Monday, when a row began between tree campaigners and council contractor Amey. Sheffield Live! reporter, Baillor Jalloh, spoke to Lord Scriven.
Around twenty protesters stormed the council chamber at Sheffield Town Hall following a three and a half hour meeting on Wednesday. Tree campaigners demanded to see the £2 billion contract between Amey and Sheffield City Council that has led to the city-wide felling of trees. The group continued a sit in at the Town Hall until the early hours of Thursday morning. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Paul Turpin, a Sheffield Green Party member involved in the protest.
Sheffield Council contractors Amey have said any tree protesters found to be in the safety zone attempting to slow down tree felling work will be removed using “reasonable force”. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
A group of tree campaigners mounted a protest by tying themselves together outside the depot of Acorn a sub-contractor in Darnall connected to tree felling programme in Sheffield. Acorn provides chipping machines to main contractor Amey. The action was part of the ongoing row over the decision to fell many of the city’s street trees. The blockade at the site involved nine protesters connected by climbing rope and preventing workers from leaving the depot. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Tree campaigner, Martin Young, involved in a stand-off with Council contractors, said he was given no notice of removal of the vehicle from Lismore Road. Sheffield Council said signs were put up in the area warning residents to remove their vehicles to allow tree felling works to continue. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Tree protestor Calvin Payne has been found to be in contempt of court for using social media to incite people to breaking a high court injunction to stop interference in the felling of trees. A case against Green Party Councillor Alison Teal relating to the same high court injunction was dismissed and a third case is to be heard next week. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield tree campaigners were out in force on Wednesday at a peaceful early morning picket of contractors Amey at their Olive Grove depot. The action follows the coming into force of a High Court injunction which prevents tree protesters from standing within safety barriers of trees scheduled for felling. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed was at the scene.
Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment, has defended Sheffield Council’s decision to serve legal notice on 17 tree campaigners including Green Party councillor Alison Teal. Lodge said the council had no other option but to take legal action to prevent protesters delaying the tree felling work. He claimed trespassing across temporary work barriers had the safety of protesters and Amey workers at risk. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Nether Edge and Sharrow councillor, Alison Teal, Green Party, has been served with notice of a proposed legal action to restrict involvement in protests against Sheffield Council’s tree felling programme. The authority is seeking a civil injunction to stop Teal and other tree campaigners from taking part in future protests unless they promise not to engage in direct action to disrupt tree felling by Amey workers. Teal was previously arrested for protesting against tree removals on Chippinghouse Road but charges were later dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!