A NEWS UPDATE FROM MR DILLNER
The hearing for the judicial review in the ‘Save Sheffield’s Trees’ case is listed for 22nd March to be heard in the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Tomorrow, Friday 18 March, we are re-opening our crowdfunding campaign in order to raise £10,000 to cover further legal fees. The link will be the same as last time:
Sheffield City Council, the defendant, and Amey, the interested party, (who signed a £2.2billion contract with the City) are strongly contesting the case saying they (the City) did not have a duty to consult local residents on the tree felling proposals and that there is no environmental harm from the proposed tree felling.
They are also contesting that the Aarhus Convention applies to the claim saying the City’s action has nothing to do with environmental harm.
The Council and its contractor Amey have instructed a senior barrister and have lodged huge quantities of documentation – it is plain that we have a fight on our hands but there is a huge disparity of resources.
The firm Richard Buxton Environmental & Public Law and barrister Charles Streeten have stepped up to the plate and are making it possible for us to fight back by agreeing to work on a part conditional fee arrangement. We are re-opening the crowd funding so that we can try to cover their fees.
We are hugely grateful for your generosity! Without it, we wouldn’t have got this far in saving our trees, and hundreds of trees would already have been felled. The injunction gave them a reprieve.
Now we ask you please to consider giving a little more. Or just pass the link:
on to others, share widely, so that others can contribute too.
Small donations make a difference, any amount helps to cover our costs and save our trees.
PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY – THANKS – Ian