Oh dear ….. more rubbish!!
I just saw the letter from Bob Jeffry and others – How bizarre and misinformed! They have totally missed the points – and indeed I don’t believe they have been to any of our meetings held now over a period of more than 2 years.
The issue of affluence is totally misleading – there are protests across less affluent areas too – Sharrow, Handsworth, Gleadless Valley, Meadowhead, Heeley, Meersbrook, Stocksbridge, Greenhill, etc. True, less affluent communities often have less voice and are seldom heard but that is a separate issue. Many poorer communities will suffer the most from the current proposals – Burngreave, Page Hall, Darnall, and the rest – where the environmental quality, quality of life and therefore health will be badly affected.
The letter says nothing about issues of local environmental democracy – lack of effective consultation and local community empowerment etc. Lack of transparency or access to information because of public-private partnerships – a fog of misinformation descends.
Nor do they recognise the support for the campaign from national experts – including the people who wrote the national urban tree guidance – have those who signed the letter actually read the ‘Trees In Towns’ Guidance’? – if not, then they should!! That is the gold standard and nationally accepted protocol.
There has been widespread verification of the campaign – by bodies such as the Woodland Trust and the Ancient Tree Forum – and take up by communities across the UK – this is now a national issue.
The letter makes no mention of the adverse economic effects of damaging Sheffield plc, of the real impacts on flood risk and climate mitigation, on local biodiversity, on house values, on quality of life, on people.
Furthermore, the letter makes no reference to the fact that when it was put to them over the Gleadless oak trees and the infamous case of the 450-year old Deepcar oak, the City Council’s and Amey’s ‘experts‘ did not actually understand the concept of historic and heritage trees…………..!
To Bob and the others, please do your research and get your facts right before voicing silly, misinformed comments. Just my opinion of course!
Professor Ian D. Rotherham