Updates on roads and street tree issues from the grassroots!
Get involved and support the petitions – including the one below!!!
On Rustlings Road Trees from Catherine Montgomery:
Dear Professor Rotherham
I am pleased to see your support regarding the Rustling Road trees.
I walk my dog in the park every day and love the beautiful trees that make the walk so wonderful.
I have been away this week, with my partner. He took me to The Temple a Vivat Trust building surrounded by an ancient wood with a 500 year old Oak ,a Cedar of Lebanon ,which we think may have been planted by Capability Brown and a beautiful Sweet Chestnut. I was very lucky to experience this. Many people cannot go to such places, but they can walk in the parks in Sheffield, which bring joy and improve people’s quality of life reducing the stresses and strains of busy lives.
I was shocked to see that Sheffield Council, in their wisdom, appear to be ignorant of the importance of mature trees and seem to think it’s ok to destroy these and plant twigs!
On Roadside Cherries at Greystones from Katy Ferris:
I am a resident in Greystones S11 and supporting the campaign to save the Rustlings Road trees as well as the appeal for a citywide halt on tree felling whilst it is reviewed. I have also started a campaign to save the blossom tree outside our home on Cliffe Farm Drive, I have appealed to the council and streets ahead and they said the following:
‘We can confirm that one of our qualified tree inspectors has re-visited site and has provided the following information.
The tree roots are above the tarmac in the footpath. If we retained the tree, we would not be able to reconstruct the footway, as this would cause irreparable damage to the tree. This would ultimately lead to failure and pose a risk to the highway and members of the public. In addition, these roots are too large to carry out root pruning. Please be assured that any tree is only felled as a last resort.
All trees are replaced by a species that is suitable for the location and the local modern environment. The Golden Birch has been chosen to give a variation of species. It is aesthetically pleasing and will thrive in this location.’
We have responded to say that we are not happy – and I have started a petition on change.org – I am trying to get support for the petition and wondered if you would be willing to put it on your blog.
I have attached two photos to show the tree – AMEY/STREETS AHEAD claim it is damaging the path – we cannot see that, and it is our boundary wall they appear to be concerned about but we have not seen any movement.
In addition, on Greystones Roadside Verges from Nicola Gilbert:
1) Subject: Removal of Grass Verges
Dear Dr Rotherham
I am writing about Amey’s indiscriminate removal of grass verges in Greystones/Ecclesall. It contravenes SCC policy on grass verge protection attached.
We understand from Cllr Jayne Dunn that there will be a review and reinstatement of some verges. On what basis they are going to judge which verges to reinstate, and who is making the decision, is unknown.
I hope that you will do what you can to protect the important environmental, visual and amenity value of these green patches.
2) An update and more positive outcome:
Thank you for your interest and help in relation to Amey’s verge removal.
I thought you should have some good news. Last week some households in Greystones received a green card from Amey with the following:
“Streets Ahead Verge Reinstatement – B49 Greystones
We recently carried out work on the verges of your road which involved repairing some of the damaged areas of the verge with road planings.
Following discussions with the Council, this has been reviewed and we will now be removing the planings and replacing the planings with soil and seed. This work will be carried out in the next four weeks. Until the grass has grown back and is established we will protect the re-seeded verges. We would ask residents to refrain from parking on the verges in the future in order to prevent verge damage.
Thank you for your co-operation and sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
For latest updates please visit http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/greystones or
follow on twitter @sccstreetsahead#SAB49 ”
We are delighted that the verges will be reinstated. If you like, I will keep you informed regarding what transpires which will depend on weather, work quality, after-care and local residents looking after them.
By the way, your excellent blog is VERY worthwhile and informative.