Like thieves in the night they came to cut down the trees…….

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Like thieves in the night they came to cut down the trees…….

I am not sure whether it is just me or has the whole world gone mad …first, Boris and Gove with Farage as a bizarre Brexit threesome, then Trump, and now ordinary Sheffield citizens woken from their beds in the early hours of the morning by AMEY, SCC and a hefty bunch of policemen. This is more like something from Putin’s Russia, or from 1930s Germany; madness, pure madness.

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Following the earlier arrests of peaceful protestors, the residents of Rustlings Road were rudely awoken in the early hours and threatened that if they did not immediately move their (legally) parked cars then the cars would be forcibly moved and they would be arrested – and some were.

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This really is a world gone quietly mad.

The legislation being used to execute these arrests is something introduced by Margaret Thatcher to suppress union demonstrations and the irony of this being applied by a Labour-controlled local authority on its own electorate seemed lost on SCC. Furthermore, the original arrests of protestors were during the week when Government announced there would be no enquiry into police brutality at Orgreave. (But as Norman Tebbit said on radio the other week, ‘we know the police behaved admirably and with restraint, and the miners behaved abominably, so why do we need to waste time looking into this’…….ah another unbiaised and reasonable viewpoint!).

Again, does nobody see the acute irony in all of this? Of course if there was nothing done wrong during the 1980’s miners’ strike, then even without an enquiry, we could just release the Cabinet Papers so we could all see what was said and by whom……… unless there really is something to hide?
Anyway, back to trees and the increasing use of extreme and wholly undemocratic processes by the authorities to force their will on a reluctant population – all of course paid for by us! Bizarre!

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Just a thought too, if you receive a loud knock on your front door at 2 am in the morning and are met by a large policeman bearing a message, then I think it is fair to assume you will fear the worst – and not that someone wants you to move your car so they can cut down your tree at your expense…….madness, absolute madness!

So what next?? – why not build dams across the river valleys and spend another £80 million of taxpayers’ money  – oh, and the problem is…….it won’t work but will wreak untold damage on irreplaceable heritage and ecology, and damage the local tourism and leisure economies. Apart from that, this is another cracker!

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Images of trees felled previously  – pictures from Rob McBride and others

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14 Responses to Like thieves in the night they came to cut down the trees…….

  1. Karon Mayor says:

    I really can’t understand how they can get away with this??? It is very underhand, if people didn’t trust the council before this will certainly strengthen their beliefs!

  2. Nimby says:

    Speechless! Gob-smacked! Sheffield City Council shame on you, your green credentials have gone through the shredder for sure!

  3. Technotronic says:

    FELLING: SCC/AMEY INCOMPETENCE AND DECEIT

    ***

    A LETTER TO THE STAR

    At the start of the week, on Tuesday 22nd November, 2016, the following letter arrived in my inbox. The author has given permission for me to post it here, in its entirety, for your benefit.

    ***

    ‘Following the 5:00am raid on 17th November 2016, to fell healthy, structurally sound, mature street trees on Rustlings Road, households on streets in many parts of the city have received a letter from Sheffield City Council (SCC) inviting a household representative to complete an online survey to indicate whether or not the household agrees to tree felling proposals for their street. The letter presents a number of assertions, each of which are intended to foster support for felling. In this letter, I will briefly tackle the matter of sustainable management, with the intention of enabling households to develop a more informed opinion.

    THE COLLECTIVE TREE AND WOODLAND COVER OF THE CITY REPRESENTS AN URBAN FOREST, as defined by “The UK Forestry Standard: The governments’ approach to sustainable forest management” (UKFS) and the UNITED NATIONS (FAO Forestry Paper 178). The latter clearly states that STREET TREES ARE PART OF THE URBAN FOREST. It states: “URBAN FORESTS ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE”. The UKFS defines a sustainable approach as:

    “The stewardship and use of forests and forest lands
    In a way, and at a rate, that MAINTAINS… their
    potential to fulfil, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE,
    relevant ECOLOGICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONS,
    at local, national, and global levels..”

    THE URBAN FOREST IS DEFINED BY AREA OF CANOPY COVER and trees outside woodland contribute the most to that, as they have larger crowns. According to SCC guesstimates, trees outside woodland account for about 56% of Sheffield’s trees. THE MAGNITUDE AND VALUE OF ECO-SYSTEM SERVICE BENEFITS (e.g. grams of nitrogen dioxide captured per year*) that trees afford to the environment and communities, associated with functions (e.g. filtration of airborne pollutants), IS DEPENDENT ON THE SHAPE SIZE AND DISTRIBUTION OF CANOPY COVER. This is why the felling of so many thousands of healthy, structurally sound, mature trees is so controversial. MASS FELLING DIMINISHES CANOPY COVER. It does not maintain it. I have met with SCC’s CABINET MEMBER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (Cllr BRYAN LODGE) and Amey’s Operations Director (Darren Butt: responsible for all highway maintenance until 2037). Neither recognise nor accept that STREET TREES ARE PART OF SHEFFIELD’S URBAN FOREST. This is why they have wrongly set their own definition of sustainable tree population management: “one-for-one replacement”. It takes no account of the impact of proposals on canopy cover. According to the Chairman of the Arboricultural Association (Keith Sacre: Chartered Arboriculturist), 60 TREES WOULD NEED TO BE PLANTED TO REPLACE THE LEAVES LOST BY FELLING JUST ONE MATURE LONDON PLANE TREE. Furthermore, neither SCC nor Amey (the contractor for the £2.2bn, city-wide highway maintenance project) have valued Sheffield’s highway trees, or any of the range of benefits they afford to neighbourhoods and communities. THE MEAN CAPITAL ASSET VALUE FOR AMENITY TREES (CAVAT) FOR THE EIGHT TREES FELLED ON RUSTLINGS ROAD WAS £19,933, as assessed by the inventor of the nationally recognised and accepted CAVAT method: Mr Christopher Neilan (Landscape Officer & Arboriculturist).

    When I met Cllr Lodge, on 1st August, 2016, and complained about the APPARENT DISREGARD FOR COMPLIANCE WITH CURRENT GOOD PRACTICE, BY THE STREETS AHEAD TEAM (SCC & AMEY), when undertaking works in close proximity to highway trees, and an apparent absence of adequate supervision, monitoring, auditing and enforcement, Cllr LODGE responded:

    “We’re having to shave back on where we’re monitoring. So, the money for the maintenance side is in there, but the monitoring – the client management side – is not part of that, and that’s where we’re having to make funding cuts… THE MONEY THAT WE NEED TO MONITOR THAT CONTRACT IS NOT THERE, because we try to make savings and…where people have left, we haven’t replaced. We’ve done vacancy management, so WE HAVEN’T GOT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THAT CLIENT MANAGEMENT TEAM WHICH WE OUGHT TO HAVE.”

    Cllr LODGE INFORMED THAT SCC HAD FINED AMEY OVER £2m DURING 2015, for neglect to meet agreed standards. He added that SCC were “just in the process of taking some action against Amey”, for the same reason. If felling is genuinely a “last resort”, all but one of the trees felled on Rustlings Road should have been retained. Cllr LODGE LED ME TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE £2m COULD BE USED TO RETAIN TREES ON RUSTLINGS ROAD, SPECIFICALLY. In October 2015, Amey’s Operations Manager (JEREMY WILLIS: responsible for highway trees), stated:

    “Firstly, I would like to stress that we are not removing any trees unless it is absolutely necessary.
    …there is no financial gain for Amey to remove trees. In fact the opposite is true, as IT IS MORE COSTLY TO FELL AND REPLACE A TREE THAN MAINTAIN IT IN THE CURRENT POSITION.”

    THE TREES ON RUSTLINGS ROAD WERE FELLED BECAUSE, LIKE MOST MATURE HIGHWAY TREES IN SHEFFIELD, THEY WERE ASSOCIATED WITH DAMAGE TO THE FOOTWAY AND KERB. With regard to such damage, at the second (most recent) meeting of the “bi-monthly” Highway Tree Advisory Forum (2nd Sept, 2015), SCC’s Head of Highway Maintenance (STEVE ROBINSON) promised: “…if an engineering solution can be applied, then it will be applied. …a tree is removed as a last resort”. He added: “THE COUNCIL HAS A DEFENCE UNDER THE HIGHWAYS ACT – SECTION 58 DEFENCE UNDER THE HIGHWAYS ACT – OF NOT HAVING SUFFICIENT FUNDING TO DEAL WITH ALL THOSE DEFECTS.”

    Previously, I have criticised SCC and Amey: “BOTH AMEY AND SCC HAVE NEGLECTED TO COMMISSION OR DRAUGHT ANY ALTERNATIVE HIGHWAY ENGINEERING SPECIFICATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION FOR USE AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO FELLING”. This is supported by the conclusions of an investigation by the Information Commissioner, published in February 2016. On 5th October, 2016, SCC’s DIRECTOR OF PLACE (SIMON GREEN: responsible for HIGHWAYS and PLANNING) responded: “The Council has not needed to commission any alternative engineering solutions”. On 1st August, 2016, Cllr LODGE INFORMED ME THAT USE OF ALTERNATIVE SPECIFICATIONS WOULD REPRESENT A “DEVIATION” FROM THE AMEY CONTRACT AND THAT THEIR USE HAD NOT BEEN BUDGETED FOR. He asserted that the use of such specifications was unaffordable and therefore not a reasonably practicable option. THIS IS CONTRARY TO THE RANGE OF “NATIONAL BEST PRACTICE” THAT SCC & AMEY CLAIM TO COMPLY WITH AND AIM TO “BUILD ON”.

    In December 2015, communicating on behalf of Mr Green, SCC’s Director of Development Services stated: “I can advise that the scope of the UKFS and Guidelines does not extend to the management of individual trees (arboriculture)”. In October 2016, the South Yorkshire Forest Partnership (SYFP: the partnership responsible for the South Yorkshire Community Forest) finally closed, when SCC withdrew support. The FYFP Director (Johanna Mawson) commented:

    “Also for SYFP ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES HAS BEEN THE LACK OF ANY STRATEGIC WORKING CONTEXT FROM WITHIN COUNCIL, IN OUR CASE THE PLACE DIRECTORATE, AND SPECIFICALLY IN RESPECT TO THE KEY CHALLENGES FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND PROJECTS. …There is also no committed resource for the Green Commission and no delivery strategy in place. All capacity for developing environmental sustainability for Sheffield has been eroded at an alarming rate”.

    SCC’s Green Commission was a group set up “to recommend how to make the city sustainable” and develop a twenty-year plan for SCC’s approach to policies for and management of green infrastructure (Cllr Lodge is co-Chair). A final report was published in February 2016; it includes a Venn diagram that presents economic, health/social and environmental benefits as a “triple bottom line”, with SUSTAINABILITY at the core.

    The UK Government has existing international and European commitments to apply the precautionary principle:

    “WHERE THERE ARE THREATS OF SERIOUS OR IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE, LACK OF FULL SCIENTIFIC CERTAINTY SHALL NOT BE USED AS A REASON FOR POSTPONING COST-EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION.”

    To quote the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (“the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations”):

    “THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE IS ONE OF THE KEY ELEMENTS FOR POLICY DECISIONS CONCERNING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT. IT IS APPLIED IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE THERE ARE REASONABLE GROUNDS FOR CONCERN THAT AN ACTIVITY IS, OR COULD, CAUSE HARM BUT WHERE THERE IS UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE PROBABILITY OF THE RISK AND THE DEGREE OF HARM.”

    However, in September 2015, the STREETS AHEAD team asserted:
    “Government summit commitments of this kind (i.e. Rio Earth Summit 1992) are not binding on local authorities unless and until they are incorporated into legislation.”

    In December 2015, COMMUNICATING ON BEHALF OF MR GREEN, this opinion was supported by SCC’s Director of Development Services. He stated:
    “agreements in EU conventions are not binding upon Local Authorities unless written into statute.”

    The Director was responding to the following criticism:
    “The Council have failed to comply with both the Arhus Convention and European Directive 2001/42/EC”.

    THE DIRECTIVE REQUIRES APPLICATION OF THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE.

    UNLESS THERE IS A CHANGE IN THE ATTITUDE OF DECISION-MAKERS, SHEFFIELD STANDS TO LOSE ALMOST ALL ITS 25,877 MATURE HIGHWAY TREES as a result of disregard for current good practice when undertaking works in close proximity to trees. Firm Government guidance and adequate legislation is urgently required and long overdue.

    * NO2: a pollutant associated with road transport, resulting in increased heart and respiratory problems, and increased mortality rates.

    D.Long (BSc Hons Arb), Sheffield.’

    Source:
    https://www.stocksbridgecommunity.org/comment/698#comment-698

  4. Technotronic says:

    ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION REBUKE SCC & AMEY

    “THE ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION COMMENT ON THE HANDLING OF THE FELLING OF TREES ON RUSTLINGS ROAD AND THE COUNCIL’S TREE MANAGEMENT POLICY.”

    “Street Trees in Rustlings Road, Sheffield

    Last Updated: 24/11/2016

    The Council have a legal responsibility to remove trees which are in a seriously diseased or dangerous condition. The removal of trees which are not dangerous but are merely seen to be “damaging” (to the pavement or nearby walls) or “discriminatory” (causing alleged obstruction to people with visual or physical impairments) has to be questioned. WE WOULD HOPE THAT ALL ALTERNATIVES TO REMOVAL WOULD HAVE BEEN FULLY CONSIDERED AND EXPLAINED TO ALL STAKEHOLDERS BEFORE ANY ACTION WAS TAKEN.

    FURTHERMORE, WE REITERATE THE IMPORTANCE OF COUNCILS, LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND ANYONE WITH TREES UNDER THEIR STEWARDSHIP TO STRIVE FOR AND ADVOCATE THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF TREES, as well as highlighting the need for clear lines of communication and collaboration between all relevant parties before such crucial decisions are made.”

    SOURCE:
    http://www.trees.org.uk/News-Blog/News/Street-Trees-in-Rustlings-Road,-Sheffield

    *****

    “Speaking at the Arboricultural Association National Amenity Conference, Lord de Mauley, PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND SCIENCE has recognised the Association as the representative body for the tree care profession and ‘THE VOICE OF ARBORICULTURE’.”
    (Arboricultural Association, 2014)

    *****

    PREVIOUSLY…

    “…we are unable to comment on Sheffield in any specific way, but… WE ARE …CONCERNED AT THE LEVEL OF UNNECESSARY TREE LOSS THAT MAY RESULT FROM OVER-ZEALOUS INTERPRETATIONS OF HIGHWAY MANAGEMENT STANDARDS.

    The AA position on trees in streets closely reflects the very strong research evidence and government guidance that trees MUST be properly and fairly accounted for in the urban management decision-making process.

    THE RECENT LONDON I-TREE PROJECT VALUED LONDON’S STREET TREES AT £6 BILLION and identifies and quantifies the wider benefits they bring (eco system services) in respect of storm water alleviation, carbon storage and pollution removal. This report clearly demonstrates that in the light of the benefits that trees bring, THERE CAN BE NO CREDIBLE CASE TO ADOPT AN AUTOMATIC PRESUMPTION TO REMOVE TREES CAUSING LOW LEVELS OF DAMAGE TO INFRASTRUCTURE.

    …the Arboricultural Association would urge all managers involved in this sphere to appreciate the importance of trees in streets, and particularly their beneficial effects on human wellbeing and health, flood buffering and their ability to make urban environments more pleasant places to live and work. WE ACTIVELY ADVOCATE THAT when tree removal is being considered, in addition to the maintenance costs associated with the presence of street trees, the BENEFITS ARE ALSO PROPERLY FACTORED INTO THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. THIS PARTICULARLY APPLIES TO INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE, WHERE THE HIGHWAYS GUIDANCE CLEARLY IMPLIES THAT A FLEXIBLE AND BALANCED ASSESSMENT IS REQUIRED.”
    (Barrell, 2016a)

    *****

    “The Arboricultural Association has in its members a wealth of knowledge about the practical aspects of planting and caring for trees…”
    (Framlingham, 2015)

    *****

    “ABOUT US:

    AS THE LEADING VOICE ON ALL MATTERS ARBORICULTURAL IN THE UK, the AA provides a home and membership for all those employed within the sector; championing the SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT of trees in places where people live work and play – FOR THE BENEFIT OF SOCIETY.

    We provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put our members – in the UK and overseas – at the peak of their profession.”

    Source:
    http://www.trees.org.uk/About-Us

    *****

    REFERENCES:

    (FROM THE SORT LETTER dated 29th January, 2016:
    https://www.stocksbridgecommunity.org/sites/default/files/files/SORT%20LETTER%20TO%20THE%20CABINET%20MEMBER%20FOR%20ENVIRONMENT%20AND%20TRANSPORT_29th%20January%2C%202016_v51.6_Corrected_1.pdf )

    ***
    Arboricultural Association, 2014. Defra recognizes Arboricultural Association as the ‘Voice of Arboriculture’. [Online]
    Available at:
    http://www.trees.org.uk/aa/news/Defra-recognizes-Arboricultural-Association-as-the-Voice-of-Arboriculture-323.html [Accessed 25 September 2014].

    ***
    Barrell, 2016a. Jeremy Barrell comments on the Sheffield Street Trees issue. [Online]
    Available at:
    http://www.trees.org.uk/News-Blog/News/Jeremy-Barrell-comments-on-the-Sheffield-Street-Tr [Accessed 18 January 2016].

    ***
    Framlingham, M., 2015. Queen’s Speech — Debate (4th Day) – in the House of Lords at 3:24 pm on 2nd June 2015: House of Lords Debate (c381). [Online]
    Available at:
    http://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2015-06-02a.298.8&s=speaker%3A10370#g381.0 [Accessed 4 June 2015].

  5. Technotronic says:

    ANNIVERSARY – THE RUSTLINGS ROAD MASSACRE

    This Sunday – 17th November 2019 – will mark the third anniversary of the night felling raid on Rustlings Road.

    On Thursday, 17th November 2016, 8 trees on rustlings road were felled (7 healthy & structurally sound). Two pensioners and a third person were arrested (SORT campaigners).

    Below, you will find links to associated media coverage.

    SHEFFIELD LIVE – 22nd November, 2016
    “Harrassment of councillor’s family condemned by tree campaigners”
    http://web.sheffieldlive.org/harrassment-of-councillors-family-condemned-by-tree-campaigners/?autoplay=1

    BBC RADIO 4
    “PM: Eddie Mair with interviews, context and analysis.”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08296js

    BBC RADIO 2
    “JEREMY VINE: Freebies and Cryogenics: Paddy discusses the arrest of two women for protesting against the removal of trees…”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b081npn7

    RADIO SHEFFIELD
    “Toby Foster at Breakfast: Tree felling: The Cabinet Member for the Environment at Sheffield City Council discusses tree feeling.”

    ITP PETITION
    “Sheffield Independent Tree Panel, please resign now to reject your sham role”
    https://www.change.org/p/members-of-the-sheffield-independent-tree-panel-sheffield-independent-tree-panel-please-resign-now-to-show-that-you-won-t-be-ignored?recruiter=9757195&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_for_starters_page&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-no_msg

    ITV – 17th November 2016
    “Several arrested over Sheffield tree-felling protest”
    http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2016-11-17/several-arrested-over-sheffield-tree-felling-protest/

    BBC – 17th November 2016
    “Dawn tree felling in Sheffield sparks outrage”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-38012189

    EXPRESS – 17th November 2016
    “Three people arrested in tree felling protest after residents woken at 2am to move cars”
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/733303/Tree-felling-protest-residents-woken-move-cars-three-arrested-Sheffield

    TELEGRAPH – 17th November 2016
    Two women in their 70s arrested in dawn stand-off with ‘sneaky’ council tree fellers
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/17/two-women-in-their-70s-arrested-in-dawn-stand-off-with-sneaky-co/

    THE SUN – 17th November 2016
    “GRANNIES IN THE NICK Two OAPs arrested after coming to blows with council workers over secret tree-cutting plans”
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2208611/two-oaps-arrested-after-coming-to-blows-with-council-workers-over-secret-tree-cutting-plans/

    BBC – 18th November 2016
    “Sheffield trees felled to ‘save £50,000 repair cost’”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-38024846

    DAILY MAIL – 18th November 2016
    “Arrested pensioners defiant after protest over tree-felling ‘dawn raid’”
    Read more:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3945076/Pensioners-arrested-dawn-tree-felling-stand-off.html#ixzz4QmAmFrug

    THE GUARDIAN – 21st November 2016
    A dawn raid, dissenters silenced: is this a war on trees?”
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/21/dawn-raid-war-on-trees-sheffield

    *****
    ON THURSDAY, 17th NOVEMBER, 8 TREES ON RUSTLINGS ROAD WERE FELLED (7 HEALTHY & STRUCTURALLY SOUND)
    THREE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED, INCLUDING TWO PENSIONERS.

    Here are a few links to local news coverage in The Star & Sheffield Telegraph newspapers::

    Thursday, 17th November 2016

    Protesters arrested as Sheffield tree fellers start cutting down trees in ‘middle of the night’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/protesters-arrested-as-sheffield-tree-fellers-start-cutting-down-trees-in-middle-of-the-night-452514

    https://web.archive.org/web/20191109190945/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/protesters-arrested-as-sheffield-tree-fellers-start-cutting-down-trees-in-middle-of-the-night-452514

    ‘UPDATE: Three arrested in tree felling protest on Sheffield street’
    https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/update-three-arrested-in-tree-felling-protest-on-sheffield-street-452513

    https://web.archive.org/web/20191109190912/https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/update-three-arrested-in-tree-felling-protest-on-sheffield-street-452513

    ‘Police ‘advice’ led to early morning tree felling in Sheffield’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/police-advice-led-to-early-morning-tree-felling-in-sheffield-452540

    ‘Sheffield MP demands answers over early hours tree felling’
    https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/sheffield-mp-demands-answers-over-early-hours-tree-felling-452524

    https://web.archive.org/web/20191109190913/https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/sheffield-mp-demands-answers-over-early-hours-tree-felling-452524

    ‘Arrested Sheffield pensioners vow to continue tree protests’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/arrested-sheffield-pensioners-vow-to-continue-tree-protests-452625

    https://web.archive.org/web/20191109190914/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/arrested-sheffield-pensioners-vow-to-continue-tree-protests-452625

    ‘Sheffield pensioner arrested in tree felling protest ‘wanted to make a stand’
    https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/sheffield-pensioner-arrested-in-tree-felling-protest-wanted-to-make-a-stand-452509

    https://web.archive.org/web/20191109190914/https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/sheffield-pensioner-arrested-in-tree-felling-protest-wanted-to-make-a-stand-452509

    ‘Busy Sheffield road flooded’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20161118151913/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/busy-sheffield-road-flooded-1-8244129

    Friday, 18th November 2016

    ‘TREE-FELLING- all you need to know about the ‘anti-terrorist operation’ against Sheffield protestors’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20161119140935/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/tree-felling-all-you-need-to-know-about-the-anti-terrorist-operation-against-sheffield-protestors-1-8245440

    *****
    THE FALLOUT:

    Thursday, 19th November 2015

    ‘VIDEO: ‘What happened to us keeping it green?’ Sheffield stars Toddla T and Coco back city’s tree campaign’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20151226185844/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/video-what-happened-to-us-keeping-it-green-sheffield-stars-toddla-t-and-coco-back-city-s-tree-campaign-1-7579348

    Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

    ‘Not the last resort’ (Anon)
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/not-the-last-resort-452198

    https://web.archive.org/web/20191115150252/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/not-the-last-resort-452198

    ‘Furious’ residents slam plans to axe WWI memorial trees in Sheffield
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/furious-residents-slam-plans-to-axe-wwi-memorial-trees-in-sheffield-452158

    https://web.archive.org/web/20191104040738/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/furious-residents-slam-plans-to-axe-wwi-memorial-trees-in-sheffield-452158

    Friday, 25th November 2016

    ‘Council admits ‘we got it wrong’ after dawn raid on Sheffield trees’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/council-admits-we-got-it-wrong-after-dawn-raid-on-sheffield-trees-451473

    https://web.archive.org/web/20191115152235/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/council-admits-we-got-it-wrong-after-dawn-raid-on-sheffield-trees-451473

    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/sheffield-city-council-apologise-for-tree-felling-at-last/

    Saturday, 26th November 2016

    ‘Sheffield trees: Hundreds chant for councillor’s resignation at protest rally’
    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-trees-hundreds-chant-for-councillor-s-resignation-at-protest-rally-1-8260725

    https://web.archive.org/web/20161129093226/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-trees-hundreds-chant-for-councillor-s-resignation-at-protest-rally-1-8260725

    Monday 28th November 2016

    ‘Labour members demand tree felling assurances from Sheffield Council leader’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20181121035106/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/labour-members-demand-tree-felling-assurances-from-sheffield-council-leader-1-8263099

    Wednesday, 30th November 2016

    ‘Urgent’ campaign to save Sheffield war memorial trees
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/urgent-campaign-to-save-sheffield-war-memorial-trees-451776
    https://web.archive.org/web/20191104040738/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/urgent-campaign-to-save-sheffield-war-memorial-trees-451776

    Friday, 9th December 2016 (DL)

    ‘City tree destruction’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/city-tree-destruction-451082

    https://web.archive.org/web/20191104160701/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/city-tree-destruction-451082

    The original version (‘City-wide Tree destruction’), prior to editing by The Star:
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/713.html#comment-713

    Monday, 9th January 2017 (AR)

    ‘Leaves rustling ever louder’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/leaves-rustling-ever-louder-449917

    https://web.archive.org/web/20191109190913/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/leaves-rustling-ever-louder-449917

    Friday, 13th January 2017 (PP)

    ‘Distortions and untruths’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/distortions-and-untruths-449420

    15th January 2017 (PP)

    ‘I’m sick of distortion over city trees policy’
    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/your-say/i-m-sick-of-distortion-over-city-trees-policy-1-7676934

    Saturday 21st January 2017 (DL)
    (the day of the first STAG conference)

    The original version (‘Street Tree Massacre – a response to Cllr Peter Price’), prior to editing by The Star:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/the-farce-continues/#comment-1542

    Thursday, 2nd March 2017

    ‘BREAKING: Charges dropped against Sheffield councillor and eight other campaigners arrested over city tree-felling’
    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/breaking-charges-dropped-against-sheffield-councillor-and-eight-other-campaigners-arrested-over-city-tree-felling-1-8418350

    https://web.archive.org/web/20170702150517/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/breaking-charges-dropped-against-sheffield-councillor-and-eight-other-campaigners-arrested-over-city-tree-felling-1-8418350

    Saturday, 4th March 2017

    ‘Tree protests ‘wasting millions of taxpayers’ money’, claims Sheffield councillor’
    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/tree-protests-wasting-millions-of-taxpayers-money-claims-sheffield-councillor-1-8421508
    https://web.archive.org/web/20170304202218/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/tree-protests-wasting-millions-of-taxpayers-money-claims-sheffield-councillor-1-8421508

    Monday, 6th March 2017

    ‘Tree charity to stop working with Sheffield Council until felling ‘suspended’’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/tree-charity-to-stop-working-with-sheffield-council-until-felling-suspended-445206

    https://web.archive.org/web/20170306211406/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/tree-charity-to-stop-working-with-sheffield-council-until-felling-suspended-1-8424298

    *********************
    SCC & AMEY: IGNORANCE

    The Council and Amey had been ignoring people for well over a year:

    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/09/23/dave-dilner-speaks-out-about-sheffield-street-trees/comment-page-1/#comment-2785
    (also see the subsequent media archive)

    Wednesday 27th May 2015
    ‘Residents outrage over tree felling decision in Sheffield street’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150529020510/http://www.thestar.co.uk:80/news/residents-outrage-over-tree-felling-decision-in-sheffield-street-1-7281703

    Friday 29th May, 2015:
    ‘The great tree felling debate flares again in Sheffield’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150726052725/https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/the-great-tree-felling-debate-flares-again-in-sheffield-1-7284189

    Tuesday 2nd June 2015
    ‘Sheffield tree row – Nick Clegg urges council to do ‘everything possible to avoid felling’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150820110034/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-tree-row-nick-clegg-urges-council-to-do-everything-possible-to-avoid-felling-1-7290269

    Thursday 4th June 2015 (a letter from SORT)
    ‘Save our trees, have your say’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/save-our-trees-have-your-say-1-7292659

    The original version (addressed to Sheffield City Council’s Head of Highway Maintenance & others, dated 31st May, 2015), prior to editing by The Star:
    https://www.change.org/p/sheffield-city-council-streetsahead-sheffield-gov-uk-save-the-12-trees-on-rustlings-road-sheffield/u/10951593

    Monday 29th June 2015 (GPS)
    ‘Greens Demand Answers On Streets Ahead Contract’
    http://archive.sheffieldgreenparty.org.uk/2015/06/29/greens-demand-answers-on-streets-ahead-contract/

    Wednesday 1st July 2015
    ‘SHEFFIELD TREES: We will carry on our fight, campaigners vow after no action taken on 10,000-strong petition’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150703003200/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-trees-we-will-carry-on-our-fight-campaigners-vow-after-no-action-taken-on-10-000-strong-petition-1-7337321

    Saturday 4th July 2015
    ‘Still room for compromise’ over Sheffield trees debate – says former MP David Blunkett
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150812132214/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/still-room-for-compromise-over-sheffield-trees-debate-says-former-mp-david-blunkett-1-7340615

    Monday 12th October 2015 (GPS)
    ‘Labour rejects call to rethink Tree Forum’
    http://archive.sheffieldgreenparty.org.uk/2015/10/12/labour-rejects-call-to-rethink-tree-forum/

    *****
    SOME EARLIER NEWS:

    Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

    ‘Police called to protesters fighting against tree felling in Sheffield’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/police-called-to-protesters-fighting-against-tree-felling-in-sheffield-452775

    ‘Sheffield tree protesters arrested’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-tree-protesters-arrested-453187

    ‘Sheffield tree protesters released from police custody’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-tree-protesters-released-from-police-custody-453000

    *****
    Of interest: ‘NOT THE LAST RESORT’
    (a letter from a SORT campaigner, published in The Star, on Wednesday, 23rd November 2016
    https://web.archive.org/web/20191115150252/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/not-the-last-resort-452198

    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/sheffield-city-council-apologise-for-tree-felling-at-last/comment-page-1/#comment-3885

  6. Technotronic says:

    ANNIVERSARY – THE RUSTLINGS ROAD MASSACRE

    Today – 26th November 2019 – is the third anniversary of the ‘LODGE OUT’ rally, by SORT & STAG, in Endcliffe Park.

    NEWS:
    Saturday, 26th November 2016
    ‘Sheffield trees: Hundreds chant for councillor’s resignation at protest rally’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20191118025907/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-trees-hundreds-chant-for-councillors-resignation-at-protest-rally-452030

    Saturday, 10th March 2018
    ‘Sheffield Council forced to reveal target to remove 17,500 street trees under PFI deal’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20191123032550/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-council-forced-reveal-target-remove-17500-street-trees-under-pfi-deal-49158

    Councillor Bryan Lodge (SCC Cabinet Member For Environment And Streetscene), on BBC Radio Sheffield:
    https://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/news/sheffield-city-council-announce-felling-17500-street-ttees.html

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/1115427265301028/

    Following the Endcliffe Park Rally, Councillor Lodge lingered in office, like a foul stench, for another year and a half, until the Forestry Commission made him realise that he could face criminal charges:

    MONDAY 26th MARCH 2018
    ‘Sheffield council pauses tree-felling scheme after criticism’
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/26/sheffield-council-pauses-tree-felling-scheme-after-criticism

    Tuesday, 27th March 2018
    ‘Police chief’s ‘regret’ over tree protest arrests’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20191109004826/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/police-chiefs-regret-over-tree-protest-arrests-436880

    Wednesday, 9th May 2018
    ‘The job no Sheffield politician wants’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20191123021742/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/job-no-sheffield-politician-wants-293650

    FORESTRY COMMISSION (FC) – 18th July 2019
    ‘Sheffield Tree Felling Investigation Report’
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/alleged-illegal-tree-felling-investigation-report-sheffields-streets-ahead-programme

    SELECTED EXTRACTS:

    “THE FC WROTE TO SCC on 26 MARCH 2018…

    That correspondence included A REQUEST TO SUSPEND ALL TREE FELLING OF STREET TREES IN SHEFFIELD that SCC was responsible for UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE excepting the need to fell trees which pose an immediate danger to the public.”
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/foi_policing_sheffields_trees_pr#comment-89295

    PAGE 5:
    “SECTION 9(4)(b) OF THE ACT PROVIDES AN EXCEPTION TO THE NEED FOR A LICENCE where a person, or organisation, is placed under a duty by another Act of Parliament (or Statutory Instrument, such as Regulations, Orders etc., made under an Act). Attention should be drawn to the word “obligation” above. It is considered that “obligation” is synonymous with the word “duty”.

    A STATUTORY “POWER” TO DO SOMETHING IS INSUFFICIENT TO ENGAGE SECTION 9(4)(B). THERE MUST BE AN IMPERATIVE TO DO SOMETHING, NOT JUST THE OPTION TO DO IT.”

    PAGE 23:
    “Despite the above, SCC CONSISTENTLY CHOSE TO MEET THEIR DUTIES UNDER THE HIGHWAYS ACT BY FELLING TREES, RATHER THAN BY MAINTAINING THEM IN SITU. Often this has been in the face of local objections, hence the formation of the STAG. Had some of the above methods been adopted instead, the FC would likely not have been obliged to assess the maintenance programme for alleged illegal felling.”
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/statement_to_the_media_respondin#comment-89116

    Friday, 19th July 2019
    ‘Five damning findings from the Sheffield trees investigation’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20191115174510/https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/five-damning-findings-sheffield-trees-investigation-485487

    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/five-damning-findings-from-the-sheffield-trees-investigation-1-9887942

    ‘Sheffield Council avoids prosecution over controversial tree-felling work ‘which fell far short of good practice’
    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/sheffield-council-avoids-prosecution-over-controversial-tree-felling-work-which-fell-far-short-of-good-practice-1-9887252

    Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 (RJB)
    ‘Letter: It really didn’t need to be that way’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20191108010439/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/opinion/letter-it-really-didnt-need-be-way-487437

    Monday, 29th July 2019 (RJB)
    ‘Letters: Apology from them would be welcome’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20191122034730/https://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/opinion/letters-apology-them-would-be-welcome-487142

    22nd May 2019
    ‘EUROPEAN ELECTIONS & YORKSHIRE’S INCOMPETENT POLITICIANS’
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/good-news-and-bad-for-sheffields-street-trees/comment-page-1/#comment-3802

    QUOTE:
    “In the case of R (Dillner) v Sheffield CC and Amey Hallam Highways Ltd (2016)*, Sheffield’s politicians went to the High Court of Justice…

    Commenting on the £2.2bn project, SECTION 195 of the judgement states:

    ‘…THE ONLY PERSON OR BODY WITHIN THE COUNCIL WITH THE POWER TO TAKE ACTIONS OR MAKE DECISIONS WITH REGARD TO THE WORKS WAS THE CABINET MEMBER responsible. In particular the full Council had no power to do so.'”

    For further detail, see:

    Click to access dillner-v-scc-judgment.pdf


    &
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/492.html#comment-492

  7. Technotronic says:

    IN DEFENCE OF ILLEGAL FELLING: THE SCC SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST CITIZENS

    ITV News – ‘Sheffield tree-felling programme temporarily halted’ (26th March 2018)
    https://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2018-03-26/sheffield-tree-felling-programme-temporarily-halted/

    https://web.archive.org/web/20180916032748/http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2018-03-26/sheffield-tree-felling-programme-temporarily-halted/

    *****
    THE YORKSHIRE POST – 26th MARCH 2018

    (the date that THE Forestry Commission advised Sheffield City Council to ‘suspend’ all felling of highway trees until further notice*)

    “SHEFFIELD COUNCIL HAS TONIGHT BLAMED THE ‘INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS TACTICS’ OF CAMPAIGNERS AS IT CONFIRMED CONTROVERSIAL WORK TO FELL THOUSANDS OF SHEFFIELD’S STREET TREES HAS BEEN PARTLY PUT ON HOLD FOLLOWING GROWING STREET PROTESTS AND MAJOR POLITICAL PRESSURE.

    It follows several weeks in which dozens of police officers have been accompanying private security guards to felling operations, with almost 20 arrests of campaigners protesting against the removal of trees.

    POLICE WEARING RIOT GEAR WERE DEPLOYED earlier this month to remove one protester who was crouching under a partially-raised cherry picker truck due to be used in a tree-felling operation, with other arrests for alleged assault and criminal damage.

    A 73-YEAR-OLD RETIRED FIREMAN WAS ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF WITNESS INTIMIDATION of a security guard in relation to a previous assault allegation, while last week a woman was arrested for blowing a toy horn under the Public Order Act.

    The following day, A VICAR CARRYING A TAMBOURINE AND A WOMAN WITH A PINK RECORDER WERE ARRESTED, one for obstructing the highway and the other on suspicion of obstructing a constable.

    ON FRIDAY, ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY MICHAEL GOVE WARNED OF POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION while The Yorkshire Post revealed that

    LABOUR LEADER JEREMY CORBYN WAS FULLY SUPPORTING CALLS BY HIS SHADOW ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY SUE HAYMAN FOR THE WORK TO BE PUT ON HOLD and talks to take place between the council and campaigners.

    EARLIER THIS MONTH, a year-long Freedom of Information battle by campaigners resulted in SHEFFIELD COUNCIL BEING ORDERED BY THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER TO REVEAL ITS CONTRACT WITH PRIVATE FIRM AMEY CONTAINS A TARGET TO FELL 17,500 OF THE CITY’S 36,000 STREET TREES and replace them with saplings by the end of the contract in 2037.

    After the NEWS THAT WORK WAS TO BE TEMPORARILY ‘PAUSED’ BECAME PUBLIC AT LUNCHTIME, campaigners said they hoped negotiations could begin.

    But a statement issued by SHEFFIELD COUNCIL THIS EVENING SAID WORK WAS ONLY BEING PUT ON HOLD SO AMEY COULD REVIEW HOW FELLING IS CONDUCTED. IT SAID THE MOVE FOLLOWS ‘INCREASINGLY DANGEROUS TACTICS’ FROM CAMPAIGNERS in recent months and added trees deemed to be dangerous will still be removed as the review takes place.

    No timescale has been given for how long the ‘pause’ will last for and Amey is yet to comment.

    A council spokeswoman said:
    […]
    ‘Given the increasingly dangerous tactics that have been seen in recent months, Amey have had to employ security staff at tree replacement sites.

    ‘In the interests of both residents and staff, AMEY ARE EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE WORK AND WILL PRESENT THESE OPTIONS TO THE COUNCIL. During this review period, only trees which are dangerous will be worked on.

    ‘Any necessary emergency work will continue to be carried out in this time and THE WIDER PROGRAMME WILL RESUME ONCE THIS REVIEW IS COMPLETE.’
    […]
    But Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for environment at Sheffield Council, said on Friday that the contract was ‘delivering what the people of Sheffield want’.
    […]
    The halt is the second time works have been paused in the last few months.

    Amey didn’t carry out any tree felling for around four weeks following clashes between protesters and security staff on Meersbrook Park Road on January 22.

    It follows the council winning a High Court injunction last year banning direct action protests in which people stood directly under threatened trees. IN JANUARY, AMEY ANNOUNCED IT WOULD BE BRINGING IN A “SPECIALLY-TRAINED STEWARDING TEAM” TO FORCIBLY REMOVE PROTESTERS who broke the injunction. The security team had been working for less than two weeks before clashes on Meersbrook Park Road resulted in both staff and protesters making assault allegations.

    Work only resumed in late February after SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE AGREED TO PROVIDE A HIGHER POLICE PRESENCE – LEADING TO OVER 30 OFFICERS BEING DEPLOYED TO TREE-FELLING OPERATIONS in recent weeks.
    […]
    Sheffield Council insist the 17,500 figure contained in the contract is not a target and it estimates 10,000 trees will be removed and replaced with saplings over the course of the contract, which has been in operation since 2012.”

    SOURCE:
    ‘Sheffield Council blames ‘increasingly dangerous’ protesters as partial tree-felling halt called’:
    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/sheffield-council-blames-increasingly-dangerous-protesters-as-partial-tree-felling-halt-called-1-9083268

    * SHEFFIELD TREE FELLING INVESTIGATION REPORT:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/alleged-illegal-tree-felling-investigation-report-sheffields-streets-ahead-programme

    https://web.archive.org/web/20190724045225/https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/alleged-illegal-tree-felling-investigation-report-sheffields-streets-ahead-programme
    *****
    The above extract from The Yorkshire Post was accessed on 31st August 2019, at:
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/foi_policing_sheffields_trees_pr#comment-89297

    For detail and EVIDENCE THAT SCC & AMEY PROVIDED FALSE STATEMENTS TO TO SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE, and evidence that ALL neglected to apply due diligence (the level of care expected of reasonably skilled representatives of their respective professions) in communications, use the following link and view subsequent posts:
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/foi_policing_sheffields_trees_pr#comment-89289

    If that doesn’t work, use this link:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20191122223652/https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/foi_policing_sheffields_trees_pr

    For video coverage of some of the incidents mentioned, and associated comments, see:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2017/12/25/the-face-of-protest/#comment-2774

    *****
    FROM THE YORKSHIRE POST (regional newspaper)

    7th FEBRUARY 2019 :
    ‘NO PROOF FOR ‘LURID’ ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SHEFFIELD TREE CAMPAIGNERS MADE IN PANEL’S POLICE REVIEW’:
    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/no-proof-for-lurid-allegations-against-sheffield-tree-campaigners-made-in-panel-s-police-review-1-9582362

    Selected extracts:
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/foi_policing_sheffields_trees_pr#comment-89293

    8th FEBRUARY 2019:
    ‘THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT: HOW FALSE ALLEGATIONS ABOUT PEACEFUL PROTEST PUT SHEFFIELD TREE POLICING TACTICS BACK IN SPOTLIGHT’:
    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/analysis/the-butterfly-effect-how-false-allegations-about-peaceful-protest-put-sheffield-tree-policing-tactics-back-in-spotlight-1-9583044

    Selected extracts:
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/foi_policing_sheffields_trees_pr#comment-89294

    23rd MAY 2019 :
    ‘NO EVIDENCE FOR POLICE CLAIM THAT ‘PROFESSIONAL’ SHEFFIELD TREE PROTESTERS WERE TRYING TO INJURE WORKERS’:
    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/no-evidence-for-police-claim-that-professional-sheffield-tree-protesters-were-trying-to-injure-workers-1-9785987

    Selected extracts:
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/foi_policing_sheffields_trees_pr#comment-89298

    NOTE THAT IT TOOK THE BEST PART OF A YEAR FOR THE SCC & AMEY LIES TO BE EXPOSED AS SUCH

  8. Technotronic says:

    VIDEO
    Friday 19th January 2018 – MEERSBROOK PARK ROAD

    A Conversation with a Police Officer about South Yorkshire police strategy for effectively policing protests. The Officer is probed to explain why it is ok for hired thugs (with a Security Industry Authority [SIA] licence) to forcibly remove peaceful protestors that have NOT breached a high court injunction. The Officer refuses to clarify whether or not South Yorkshire Police regard such force – which can and has included wilfully inflicting pain – is classed as reasonable. He implied that so long as the thugs have an SIA licence, South Yorkshire Police will fully support all their acts and omissions. The Officer asserts that it is for a court to decide whether or not inflicting pain on peaceful, law-baiding citizens is lawful or not. The Officer’s wilful obfuscation clear implies that South Yorkshire Police are unwilling to assess whether or not force is reasonable and on that basis would not intervene to prevent or stop thugs intent on using pain as a means to enable a safety zone to be set up. The High Court Injunction that Sheffield City Council were awarded only applied to an existing, completely enclosed safety zone (a fully enclosed work site). The judge that awarded the injunction made it clear that existing site features – such as a wall, fence ditch or embankment – may NOT be regarded as forming an integral part of an enclosure.

    VIDEO
    Wednesday 17th January 2018 – MEERSBROOK PARK ROAD

    Paul Brooke (Co-Chairman of Sheffield Tree Action Groups) explains the High Court Injunction. Amey’s hired thugs are seen using pain as a means to clear a site and facilitate establishment of a legally enforceable safety zone:

    Louise Haigh MP stands by and, like South Yorkshire Police, stands by like a chocolate fireguard:

    VIDEO
    The week commencing 22nd January 2018 – MEERSBROOK PARK ROAD

    South Yorkshire Police turn a blind eye to physical assaults by Amey’s hired thugs. The police also refuse to talk to concerned citizens.

    VIDEO
    Wednesday 21st March 2018 – RIVELIN VALLEY ROAD
    ‘Geckoing’: a safety zone is being set up beside an elderly peaceful protestor. South Yorkshire Police assist Amey’s thugs in forceful removal of the elderly citizen.

    VIDEO
    20th March 2018 – RIVELIN VALLEY ROAD

    Video and summary from Bana Man:

    “Planned arrest for section 303 of the highways act 1980…
    Not usually an arrest able offence, due to it being a summary offence. However, if you don’t give your personal details over to the police when they ask you, they can then arrest you for failing to”

    *****
    Of Interest:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2017/12/25/the-face-of-protest/comment-page-1/#comment-2774

    • ‘THE STREET TREE FELLING QUOTA & PENALTIES’: https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/12/07/a-wild-christmas-cheer/comment-page-1/#comment-3949

    • ‘THE FELLING TARGET / QUOTA FOR THE £2.2BN ‘STREETS AHEAD’ HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE PROJECT (Amey PFI Contract)’
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/latest-from-deepa-and-the-trees-campaign/comment-page-1/#comment-4081

    • VERY IMPORTANT TREE NEWS:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/a-review-of-some-publications-from-the-past/comment-page-1/#comment-2828

    • CRIMINALITY, GROSS INCOMPETENCE & MALADMINISTRATION:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/breaking-news-leading-city-councillor-responsible-for-the-tree-felling-programme-has-resigned/comment-page-1/#comment-3744

    • NEWS, GOVE & THE FELLING QUOTA (2018 & 2019):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/sheffield-tree-campaign-back-in-the-national-news-in-the-guardian/#comment-2674

    • GOOD RIDDANCE TO YEARS OF TOXIC LEADERSHIP & GROSS INCOMPETENCE, MISCONDUCT, MALADMINISTRATION & MALFEASANCE
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/good-news-and-bad-for-sheffields-street-trees/comment-page-1/#comment-4043

    • GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/12/13/a-christmas-message-from-the-peak-district/comment-page-1/#comment-3849

    • NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS TO DELIVER A GREEN BREXIT:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/george-monbiot-addresses-the-sheffield-street-tree-issues/comment-page-1/#comment-1919

    • ‘SCARBOROUGH’S STREET TREES’
    (a letter that Mr Long sent to Scarborough News, dated 5th April, 2019. Not printed)
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/stumped-urban-tree-mismanagment-environmental-scientist-ian-d-rotherham-march-2019/comment-page-1/#comment-3347

  9. Technotronic says:

    STAG (Sheffield Tree Action Groups) FACEBOOK
    Comment from CHERRY PICKER (Mary Marshall RIP) 28th May 2017:
    “Posted this on the Yorkshire Post discussion site yesterday.
    (But having read about the person who ‘wedged’ the THR tree I think it’s possible that the other ‘wedged’ tree might not have been Amey, so the bit about ‘maiming trees’ may have been unfair, in which case I apologise to the arborists, who are mostly really good guys who are in a bad position, and I’ll say that on the YP too.)

    Sheffield City Council plan to cut down some of the most beautiful green suburbs in the country. The reasons they give do not make sense, either in arboricultural or highway engineering terms. That sounds like a rather wild claim, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you read this and thought that was an exaggeration. Come and look at what is happening in Sheffield and you will see that it is not.

    Sheffielders have a strong sense of place. It is one of the reasons why our city has avoided rioting (when nearby cities rioted) and has not shown the worst aspects of social division, even though we have areas of significant deprivation. That’s because we feel that Sheffield is ours. Our city. Yet Sheffield City Council and Amey PLC are hell-bent on destroying one of our city’s most outstanding features, our magnificent tree-lined streets.

    THIS WEEK, INSTEAD OF LISTENING TO THE CITIZENS WHO VOTED THEM INTO THE COUNCIL-CHAMBER, THEY HAVE BROUGHT IN SECURITY GUARDS TO COME AND FILM US SECRETLY, DISGUISED AS TREE-SURGEONS. Can you imagine what this feels like, to be spied-on in your own streets, when even the South Yorkshire Police have accepted that arresting peaceful campaigners is pointless because we are not breaking the law and the courts refuse to try us?

    And all because we don’t want Amey to destroy avenues of cherry-blossom so lovely they take your breath away and people come from miles around to see them? Or ancient oaks that have stood for centuries on forgotten boundary-lines? Or towering limes that soften the brick and tarmac? Or Living War Memorials planted by the grieving survivors of young men whose bodies were never returned from WW1?

    This week Sheffield City Council has brought in crews from other cities and secret enforcers to spy on the peaceful protests of grandmothers and children. A senior manager in Amey is alleged to have assaulted a cheerful and urbane campaigner when he was doing nothing even remotely provocative.

    ARBORISTS HAVE been told to work 13-hour shifts in the boiling heat with dangerous machinery. They have FELLED TREES IN ‘HIT-AND-RUN’ STRIKES without safety-barriers that could have killed passers-by. THEY HAVE DRIVEN AROUND IN UN-MARKED CARS NIPPING-OUT WITH THEIR CHAIN-SAWS TO MAIM TREES SO BADLY THAT THEY HAVE TO BE FELLED because they are dangerous. This is more horrible than anyone could imagine who has not seen it for themselves.

    What we want is a halt to indiscriminate felling. We want SCC and Amey to talk to our arboricultural experts and finally agree to an expert-lead tree-policy that will make sound arboricultural and civic sense.

    They don’t have to secretly film us to find out what we are about. All they have to do is listen when our 6,000 plus members* try to tell them. Or listen to any Sheffield taxi-driver or primary-school child. We want our trees to be looked after because we love them and they are ours.”

    SOURCE:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/773242872852804/

    * See ‘COOKED’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/important-update-from-deepa-shetty-on-behalf-of-stag/comment-page-1/#comment-4160

    *****
    NOTE:

    Mary was a huge supporter of the STAG effort. Sadly, with her passing, all her comments appear to have been deleted from STAG Facebook. That’s a real shame, as she made some valuable, insightful contributions.

    To clarify, THR = Thorpe House Rise. To see what Mary was talking about, see the following STAG Facebook contribution by Patri Loreto, dated 29th May 2017:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/772408922936199/

    http://web.archive.org/web/20200418021730/https://www.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/772408922936199/?comment_id=772763126234112

    ‘Wedged’ is a reference to the practice of cutting a gob in a stem and then doing a runner. It was one of the methods that Sheffield City Council appear to have authorised and encouraged ‘Streets Ahead’ contractors to use, to mutilate street trees so that they could be categorised as ‘dangerous’ and be felled as a priority, exempt from the ‘best practice’ and ‘last resort’ policy commitments (and exempt from statutory controls imposed by the Forestry Act**). See:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/770906453086446/?comment_id=770948859748872

    http://web.archive.org/web/20200418020824/https://www.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/770906453086446/?comment_id=771996926310732&reply_comment_id=772000726310352

    ** CRIMINALITY, GROSS INCOMPETENCE & MALADMINISTRATION
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/breaking-news-leading-city-councillor-responsible-for-the-tree-felling-programme-has-resigned/comment-page-1/#comment-3744

    *****
    ALSO SEE:

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/569406/response/1481194/attach/html/4/FW%20Covered%20by%20LP%20not%20subject%20to%20FOI%20Mon.pdf.html

    • THE STREET TREE FELLING QUOTA & PENALTIES (Billington):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/12/07/a-wild-christmas-cheer/comment-page-1/#comment-3949

    • ‘THE FELLING TARGET / QUOTA FOR THE £2.2BN ‘STREETS AHEAD’ HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE PROJECT (Amey PFI Contract)’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/latest-from-deepa-and-the-trees-campaign/comment-page-1/#comment-4081

    • ANNIVERSARY – THE RUSTLINGS ROAD MASSACRE:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/like-thieves-in-the-night-they-came-to-cut-down-the-trees/comment-page-1/#comment-3886

    • SORT – A NEWS ARCHIVE (mainly video):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/09/23/dave-dilner-speaks-out-about-sheffield-street-trees/comment-page-1/#comment-2688

    • NEWS – SEE SECRECY, SPIN & OBFUSCATION – PART 3 of 3:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/a-review-of-some-publications-from-the-past/comment-page-1/#comment-4147

    • IN DEFENCE OF ILLEGAL FELLING: THE SCC SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST CITIZENS:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/like-thieves-in-the-night-they-came-to-cut-down-the-trees/comment-page-1/#comment-3903

    • NEW STRATEGY AIMS TO PROTECT SHEFFIELD’S STREET TREES FOR GENERATIONS:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/get-involved-with-the-national-garden-bird-survey/#comment-4184

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