Seven Sheffield campaigners have been awarded more than £3,000 each in damages by South Yorkshire Police after an independent watchdog ruled they were wrongfully arrested during a tree-felling protest. The Independent Office for Police Conduct found South Yorkshire Police had no grounds to make the arrest. The seven were arrested and charged between November 2016 and February 2017. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Fewer trees are to be felled by Sheffield Council and private contractor Amey following talks with Sheffield Tree Action Group to end the long running dispute. Sheffield Council have put forward new plans to reduce the number of trees to be removed from Sheffield streets following a mediated dialogue chaired by the Bishop of Sheffield. Sheffield Live spoke to Councillor Lewis Bagnall, cabinet member for environment and streetscene and Paul Brooke, co-chair of Sheffield Trees Action Group.
The first of one hundred war memorial trees have been planted in Longley Park to commemorate those who lost their lives in the First World War. Further trees are to be planted in Firth Park, Greenhill and Herdings Park, and close to the Cholera Monument. Each of the plantings will be marked by a granite stone memorial with the inscription “lest we forget”. Sheffield Live ! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure, and to Chris Camps of Sheffield Sea Cadets.
Sheffield City Council have reversed plans to fell some of 300 trees originally earmarked for replacement and to phase in the work on others. The decision has come after several mediation meetings between council officials and tree campaigners. The Sheffield Trees Action Group, STAG, said they welcome the council decision but will continue to campaign to save healthy trees. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield council have sent letters to fourteen people, including Nether Edge and Sharrow councillor Alison Teal, threatening a further injunction to prevent tree felling protests. The campaigners have been asked to give a written undertaking not to engage in tree protests in order to avoid the Council taking legal action. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore and chief executive John Mothersole have been in fresh talks with Sheffield Trees Action Group to address complaints about tree felling. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Hundreds of tree campaigners gathered in a ‘funeral’ procession for trees cut down under Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead programme. Campaigners, led by a hearse, proceeded through Sheffield city centre to a protest rally with speeches from charities, academics and opposition councillors. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Council are seeking fresh prosecutions of tree campaigners for allegedly breaching a recent injunction relating to tree felling. Simon Crump from Myrtle Road and others were handed the legal notices today after crossing safety barriers on Meersbrook Park Road set up by council contractors undertaking tree felling works. The court injunction was issued in August to eighteen people including Councillor Alison Teal after they previously crossed safety barriers in a bid to stop the felling of trees. Baillor Jalloh 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.
The Sheffield Council injunction to prevent direct action by Sheffield tree protesters comes into force on Wednesday following the recent court decision. Campaigners trying to stop the felling of Sheffield trees have announced they will not appeal against the injunction. Protestors standing inside safety zones erected around the trees will risk immediate arrest. Sheffield Live!! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Green Party councillors Alison Teale and Douglas Johnson.