Sheffield Street Trees – welcome support from eminent environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt

Sheffield Street Trees – welcome support from eminent environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt

http://www.jonathonporritt.com/blog/why-sheffields-trees-matter-all-us

 

Please read and forward to others……thanks Ian 

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  1. Technotronic says:

    AMEY: PFI INCOMPETENCE

    (CONTENT BANNED BY MODERATORS ON THE GUARDIAN WEBSITE)

    On 17th August 2017, The Star (a Sheffield newspaper) reported:

    “The council has warned that IT MUST NOW COMPLETE WORK TO REMOVE AND REPLACE 6,000 STREET TREES BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, with around 500 left to still be removed. IF NOT, IT SAYS IT WILL BE IN BREACH OF ITS PFI CONTRACT WITH AMEY, which is due to move into a 20-year “maintenance” phase from the start of the next year.”

    SOURCE:
    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-council-claims-it-may-have-to-pay-millions-if-500-trees-not-axed-by-new-year-1-8707287

    *****
    On 17th August 2017, BBC News reported:

    “A council says it is facing a possible multi-million pound bill if it fails to complete controversial tree felling work by the end of the year.

    Work to replace about 500 trees must be carried out or Sheffield City Council says it will face penalty charges and have to fund the incomplete work.

    Councillor Bryan Lodge said the costs ‘could be into the millions’.
    […]
    ABOUT 5,500 TREES HAVE BEEN FELLED IN SHEFFIELD since the start of a £2.2bn 25-year programme of works, having been assessed as either dangerous, dead, diseased, dying, DAMAGING or discriminatory.
    […]
    Mr Lodge said as a result of the delays THE COUNCIL NOW NEEDED TO “ACCELERATE THE WORK” IN ORDER TO AVOID ANY FINANCIAL PENALTIES.

    He told BBC Radio Sheffield: ‘WE HAVE A CORE INVESTMENT PERIOD THAT ENDS AT THE END OF THIS YEAR and we need to get on with [the work] and complete the programme.’ ”

    SOURCE:
    “Sheffield tree felling delays could cost ‘millions’ says council”:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-40962193

    *****
    On 16th October 2017, BBC News reported:

    “The felling is part of the £2bn Sheffield-wide maintenance project Streets Ahead to upgrade roads, pavements and bridges.

    About 5,500 trees have been cut down since 2012.”

    SOURCE:
    “Protester climbs Sheffield’s Vernon Oak to prevent felling”:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-41634518

    *****
    On 16th October 2017, The London Economic reported:

    “Since the Sheffield’s “Streets Ahead” project began in 2012 5,600 trees have been felled with
    400 SET FOR REMOVAL BY THE END OF THE YEAR.”

    SOURCE:
    “Activist scales iconic 150yo tree in bid to save it from felling as long-standing tree row continues”:

    https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/activist-scales-iconic-150yo-tree-bid-save-felling-long-standing-tree-row-continues/16/10/

    *****
    On 16th October 2017, The Star (a Sheffield newspaper) reported:

    “The protest comes in the midst of a bitter row between activists and Sheffield City Council over a 25-year highways maintenance project with a private contractor which will see thousands of trees felled.

    SINCE THE SHEFFIELD’S STREETS AHEAD PROJECT BEGAN IN 2012 5,600 TREES HAVE BEEN FELLED, WITH 400 SET FOR REMOVAL BY THE END OF THE YEAR.”

    SOURCE:
    “Campaigner climbs 150-year-old Sheffield Vernon Oak tree to save it from the chop”:

    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/campaigner-climbs-150-year-old-sheffield-vernon-oak-tree-to-save-it-from-the-chop-1-8807373

    *****
    GRAEME SYMONDS: THE AMEY NETWORK DIRECTOR
    RESPONSIBLE (until recently) FOR CORE INVESTMENT WORKS (LIGHTING & RESURFACING)

    “Sheffield City Council has won the money from government to transform and maintain the roads over a quarter-of-a-century, and three contenders have to complete detailed bids by December.

    If Amey wins, it will be responsible for the largest private finance initiative (PFI) contract in the council’s history. It includes 2,000km of road, 65,000 streetlights, …35,000 HIGHWAY TREES, 3,666km of footways, more than 2m sq m of urban grass verges and will mean improving about 85 per cent of the city’s streetlights …DURING THE FIRST FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS.

    ’The importance of this contract for Sheffield cannot be underestimated. It has the potential to have an immense impact on the city, not just over the next 25 years, but for generations to come,’ said GRAEME SYMONDS, AMEY PROJECT DIRECTOR FOR THE SHEFFIELD HIGHWAYS MAINTENANCE PFI.
    […]

    HE HAS WORKED ON CREATING A SIMILAR, 2.7bn PROJECT IN ***BIRMINGHAM***, where Amey has been named the preferred supplier – although Mr SYMONDS emphasises the firm has to ‘get under the skin of Sheffield’ rather than merely importing the techniques used in Britain’s second city – with the project due to start in April and run for 25 years.
    […]

    ***** And, he is at pains to add, the PFI provider bears the risk. ‘IF YOU DO SOMETHING THAT GOES WRONG, THEN IT IS UP TO US TO PUT IT RIGHT AND THE TAXPAYER WILL NOT BE PUT AT RISK – that is a fundamental part of it.’ *****
    […]

    This might be good news for people living and working in Sheffield, but what about the other ripples of such a transformational scheme – disruption, noise, delays and the cost to the environment?

    Most people would want to see their city improved, BUT NOT BY HAVING THEIR ROAD DUG UP FOR MONTHS ON END.

    Mr Symonds is realistic, accepting that life will be more complex for motorists for a while but saying Amey has already planned how to mitigate this – for example, it says it will never work on parallel streets at the same time.

    ‘You cannot develop a programme of this scale without some sort of disruption (but] we don’t focus all our resources in one area so we won’t bring the area to a halt. For example, ***** YOU MAY HAVE A DAY OR TWO OR A WEEK OR TWO OF SOME INCONVENIENCE ***** but it will be outweighed by 25 years of improvements.’
    […]

    SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL HAS CITED SEVEN KEY WAYS TO IMPROVE THE AREA:
    […]

    HIGHWAY TREES REPLACED AND BETTER MAINTAINED.
    […]

    GRAEME SYMONDS, THE MAN BEHIND AMEY’S PLANS FOR SHEFFIELD’S HIGHWAYS, intends to relocate to the city from HERTFORDSHIRE if the firm’s tender is successful.

    The married father of three, who LIVES OUTSIDE BEDFORD, started his career as a civil engineer at Breheny, in Ipswich…

    He went on to work in local government in Carlisle and Kendal, in ***** CUMBRIA. ***** Mr SYMONDS …joined Amey in 2002.”

    SOURCE:
    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/putting-sheffield-on-road-to-the-future-1-2308493

    *****
    i News, 31st March 2017:

    “Britain’s beloved street trees are being felled at a rate of nearly 60 a day, it can be revealed, amid fears council chainsaw gangs are stripping the nation’s leafy suburbs of their Victorian and Edwardian boughs to save money.
    […]
    The news comes after campaigners IN BIRMINGHAM lost a hard-fought fight last month to save the city’s oldest tree, aged at least 90-years-old, which is just one of 9,200 TREES FELLED in the city IN THE PAST SEVEN YEARS.”

    SOURCE:
    https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/environment/revealed-suburban-trees-felled-rate-58-day/

    *****
    Icebat, 11th September 2017 22:17 hrs

    “AMEY HAVE CUT DOWN A LOT OF TREES IN BIRMINGHAM TOO. A BIT MORE STEALTHILY THAN IN SHEFFIELD – THEY SEEM TO REMOVE ONE TREE PER STREET EACH YEAR, rather than doing whole streets at once – but it’s still adding up. My small street had five mature trees when I moved here in 2013; we’re now down to one (will that one survive this felling season, I wonder?). It’s pretty sad.
    To make matters worse, I was originally told they were going to ‘replace’ the trees by planting new ones in a nearby park instead of on the street, which isn’t the same at all. (I just kept complaining and in the end new trees were planted on the street… so now we just news to wait 30 years for them to grow.)”

    SOURCE:
    Comment left on The Guardian website, under an Opinion piece by Patrick Barkham (Put a price on urban trees – and halt this chainsaw massacre):

    https://discussion.theguardian.com/comment-permalink/105065043

    *****
    The Sunday Times – July 10th 2016:

    “Engineering giant AMEY HAS SET ASIDE £55M TO COVER A ROW WITH BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL OVER A £2.7BN DEAL TO FIX THE CITY’S ROADS.

    AMEY, OWNED BY SPAIN’S FERROVIAL, WON THE 25-YEAR DEAL IN 2009. The council is embroiled in a High Court row with Amey over contract issues that reportedly stem from problems with pothole repairs. The agreement covers more than 1,500 miles of road.

    Amey’s annual report showed the company has set aside £55m to cover the impact of an ‘unfavourable resolution’ to the court case, and cut its profit forecasts.”

    SOURCE:
    http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/engineer-amey-digs-55m-hole-5xbvvj8qb

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