Breaking News: New feature on street tree issues

Breaking News: New feature on street tree issues

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5801627/Great-tree-massacre-Councils-cut-110-000-trees-desperate-bid-save-money.html

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2 Responses to Breaking News: New feature on street tree issues

  1. Sally Goldsmith says:

    Think this was originally in the Times Ian.

    Sallyx

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Technotronic says:

    HELP!

    Will you help Save Our Roadside Trees (SORT) prevent the felling of Sheffield’s THOUSANDS of healthy, structurally sound, mature street trees?

    17,500 street trees in Sheffield are scheduled for felling.

    That is 67.6% of all MATURE street trees.

    73.8% of the street tree population (25,877 trees) were fully grown, mature trees when the Amey PFI felling programme began in August 2012.

    To date, over 5,000 healthy, structurally sound, mature street trees have been felled over a five year period.

    Around 6,000 street trees have been felled so far.

    Most of the trees are felled because they are associated with minor damage to paths (footways) and carriageway edging (kerb stones).

    Please sign Deepa’s petition, to help encourage the local authority (Sheffield City Council) to adopt a STRATEGIC, SUSTAINABLE approach to the stewardship of Sheffield’s URBAN FOREST* and all its tree populations.

    *****
    Petition:

    http://chn.ge/1dtg74B

    Or:
    https://www.change.org/p/sheffield-city-council-streetsahead-sheffield-gov-uk-save-the-12-trees-on-rustlings-road-sheffield

    *****
    To date, the SAVE OUR ROADSIDE TREES (SORT) petition has OVER 16,000 SUPPORTERS. However, growing numbers indicate growing, continued support and indicate the reach of media attention and wider support. One thing that Councillors really can’t stand is negative publicity. So, the more they get, the greater the likelihood of positive change and a strategic approach that will help initiate, encourage and support responsible, sustainable management that accords with current, nationally recognised and widely accepted good practice.

    The online SORT petition went live on 25th May, 2015. At 12:30am, on 1st July, 2015, the online petition had 4,693 signatures and was supplemented by >5,307 on paper. At the end of 2015, it had 6,047 signatures (supplemented by ~8,800 on paper). Currently, the petition has over 16,000 signatures.

    KEY SORT COMMUNICATIONS:

    A letter from Save Our Roadside Trees (SORT), dated 31st May, 2015 (published in The Star):

    https://www.change.org/p/sheffield-city-council-streetsahead-sheffield-gov-uk-save-the-12-trees-on-rustlings-road-sheffield/u/10951593?recruiter=false&utm_source=share_update&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

    Edited by The Star:
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/save-our-trees-have-your-say-1-7292659

    ***
    An abridged version of the Save Our Roadside Trees (SORT) petition hand-out that was DISTRIBUTED TO EVERY COUNCILLOR in Sheffield by SCC’s John Turner (Democratic Services Legal and Governance Resources), prior to presentation of the petition at the meeting of full Council on 1st JULY, 2015 (the original was 29 pages):
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/sites/default/files/files/SORT_Petition%20Handout%20-%20distributed%20to%20EVERY%20Cllr_on%2026th%20June%202015_v4d_1.pdf

    On 25th June 2015, the original 27 page version was submitted to the SCC GREEN COMMISSION as “evidence” for consideration by the Commission, to supplement earlier feedback ( https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/the-sheffield-street-trees-campaign-grows-as-dissatisfaction-comes-to-a-head/#comment-916 ). An amended version was submitted, on 29th of June, 2015 – http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/322.html#comment-322 ).

    On 30th June, 2015, acting “for the GREEN COMMISSION team”, Heather Stewart (Project Officer in the SCC Capital Delivery Service Department) confirmed acceptance of the document (a PDF) as “evidence”. The result of the Green Commission was “SHEFFIELD’S GREEN COMMITMENT – THE FINAL REPORT OF THE SHEFFIELD GREEN COMMISSION “: published eight months later, on 26th February, 2016:
    https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/content/dam/sheffield/docs/planning-and-development/city-wide-plans-and-reports/Sheffield%20Green%20Commitment%20Report_FINAL.pdf

    Or:
    https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/place-business-strategy/sheffield-green-commission/supporting_documents/Sheffield%20Green%20Commitment%20Report_FINAL.pd f

    The outcome of the Final Report was “Growing Sustainably: A Bold Plan For A Sustainable Sheffield”:
    http://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/documents/s25838/Growing%20Sustainably%20Green%20Commission%20Report%201.pdf

    The report is by Laraine MANLEY (SCC Executive Director for the “Place” portfolio, which included responsibility for the £2.2bn, city-wide, Streets Ahead highway maintenance project). THE “BOLD PLAN” NEGLECTS TO MAKE ANY MENTION WHATSOEVER OF SHEFFIELD’S URBAN FOREST, TREES, VEGETATION, OR GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE.

    Along with John MOTHERSOLE (SCC Chief Executive) & Simon Green (her predecessor), MANLEY WAS AMONGST THE FIVE PEOPLE ON THE SCC HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE PFI PROJECT BOARD that was responsible for making and presenting the business case for the £2.2bn Streets Ahead project to the Department for Transport: the case that misrepresented the findings of the independent report that SCC claim was used to make the business case.

    To quote from the business case (page 16):

    “Although all essential safety work identified from the survey has been or will be undertaken by the Council prior to the start of the Project, a large proportion of the mature and over-mature trees (75% OF THE STOCK) ARE NOW READY FOR REPLACEMENT WITH YOUNGER TREES OF A MORE APPROPRIATE SPECIES for use on the highway.
    […]
    There are about 1,000 GAPS WHERE OVER-MATURE OR DAMAGED TREES HAVE ALREADY BEEN REMOVED for safety reasons, but funding has not been available for replacement. THESE GAPS WILL BE FILLED as part of the Project.”

    Source:
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/sites/default/files/files/SCC_Highway-Maintenance-PFI-Project-Outline-Business-Case–PDF–526-KB-.pdf

    Also see:
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/sites/default/files/files/Elliott_SCC_Highway%20Tree%20Survey%202006-07.pdf

    SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL / AMEY: DECEIT & MISINFORMATION
    (A letter to Sheffield Telegraph, dated 15th November, 2016):
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/843.html#comment-843

    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/sites/default/files/files/SCC_Kirby_2010_Streets%20Ahead%20PFI_CIHT.org_.uk_.pdf

    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/sites/default/files/files/SCC_Platt_2011_Streets%20Ahead%20PFI_studylib.net_.pdf

    ***
    THE SORT LETTER DATED 14th JULY 2015 (32 pages):
    https://bit.ly/2IhUA1B

    Or:
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/sites/default/files/files/SORT%20Letter%20To%20The%20Cabinet%20Member%20For%20Environment%20%26%20Transport.%2014th%20July%2c%202015_v4D1c.pdf

    ***
    THE SORT LETTER DATED 29th JANUARY, 2016 (140 pages, with 238 pages of appendices):
    https://bit.ly/2L5AQga

    Or:
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/sites/default/files/files/SORT%20LETTER%20TO%20THE%20CABINET%20MEMBER%20FOR%20ENVIRONMENT%20AND%20TRANSPORT_29th%20January%2c%202016_v51.6_Corrected_1.pdf

    ***
    A letter from Save Our Roadside Trees (SORT), dated 11th July, 2016, addressed to Simon Green (then SCC Executive Director for the “Place” portfolio, to which the Planning and Highways departments report – Laraine Manley’s predecessor) and David Caulfield (then SCC Director of Development Services, “responsible for highway related-matters” – Paul Billington’s predecessor), sent on 11th July, 2016:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/sheffield-tree-campaign-back-in-the-national-news-in-the-guardian/#comment-1311

    ***
    SORT NEWS UPDATE, dated 8th November 2016:
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/676.html#comment-676

    Or:
    https://www.change.org/p/sheffield-city-council-streetsahead-sheffield-gov-uk-save-the-12-trees-on-rustlings-road-sheffield/u/18390599

    ***
    FURTHER INFORMATION:

    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

    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/row-over-sheffield-tree-felling-set-to-ramp-up-in-2016-1-7641587

    http://web.sheffieldlive.org/harrassment-of-councillors-family-condemned-by-tree-campaigners/

    RECKLESS TREE FELLING: OPENNESS, TRANSPARENCY & JUSTICE
    (A letter to the Sheffield Telegraph, dated 23rd November, 2016):
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/717.html#comment-717

    FELLING: SCC/AMEY INCOMPETENCE AND DECEIT
    (A letter to The Star, Sheffield Telegraph, Yorkshire Post & the Guardian, dated 29th November 2016):
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/713.html#comment-713

    HOW TO RETAIN MEMORIAL TREES
    (A letter to The Star, dated 6th December 2017):
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/845.html#comment-845

    STREET TREES & HIGHWAY RESURFACING:
    (A letter to The Star, Sheffield Telegraph, Yorkshire Post, dated 13th December 2017):
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/846.html#comment-846

    TREES: JUGGLING SUSTAINABILITY, RISK & FEAR
    (A letter to The Star, dated 13th April 2018):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/chris-packham-in-sheffield-to-see-for-himself/comment-page-1/#comment-2176

    TREE MASSACRE – A FEW FACTS
    (A letter to Sheffield Telegraph, dated 10th April 2018):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/chris-packham-in-sheffield-to-see-for-himself/comment-page-1/#comment-2180

    HOW SCC & AMEY GET IT SO WRONG
    (A letter to The Star, dated 22nd November, 2016):
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/701.html#comment-701

    ANDY NOLAN – FORMER SCC HEAD OF ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY
    (A blog dated 26th February 2016):
    https://aardvarknoseface.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/sheffields-green-commitment-again/

    QUOTE:
    “10 years ago, as Head of Environmental Strategy, I had a team of 8 officers in place to develop the City’s Environmental Excellence Strategy. Today, there are no members of staff identified to deliver this piece of work.”

    JOHANNA MAWSON – DIRECTOR SOUTH YORKSHIRE FOREST
    (CLOSURE OF THE SOUTH YORKSHIRE FOREST PARTNERSHIP – SYFP Partners Briefing, dated 29th October 2016):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/sheffield-live-the-big-debate-on-protecting-sheffield-from-the-floods-with-ian-rotherham-and-nigel-slack/#comment-1616

    QUOTE:
    “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 and although austerity is a factor lack of proactive positive management is a more fundamental problem.”

    *****
    COMMENT ON SUSTAINABILITY:

    MANAGEMENT BY NUMBERS:
    (A letter to The Star, Sheffield Telegraph & Yorkshire Post, dated 24th June 2016):
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/comment/524.html#comment-524

    JEREMY BARRELL: Managing Director at Barrell Tree Consultancy
    (A blog entry posted at the Institute of Chartered Foresters website, dated 7th February 2017):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/on-the-value-of-urban-trees-with-large-crowns/#comment-1644

    Mr LONG: Sheffield Arrboriculturist & Urban Forester
    (Comment dated 3rd October 2017):
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/environmental_and_ecological_ass#comment-80486

    Also see:
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/sites/default/files/files/AMEY%20ESA%20-%20Environmental%20Scoping%20Assessment%20-%20A22%20Ecclesall%20-%20ESA%20-%20V02.pdf

    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/sites/default/files/files/AMEY%20ESA%20-%20Environmental%20Scoping%20Assessment%20-%20B54%20Carterknowle%20-%20ESA%20-%20V02.pdf

    HARRY WATKINS: Principle consultant in landscape archetecture at “Rootstock”
    (Selected extracts from a blog entry, dated 9th March 2018):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/the-battle-for-sheffields-trees-the-guardian-26th-feb-2018/comment-page-1/#comment-2093

    UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
    (A statement on Sheffield’s trees from staff at the Department of Landscape, dated 21st December 2016 – AFTER 19 MONTHS OF SILENCE)
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/important-update-from-deepa-shetty-on-behalf-of-stag/comment-page-1/#comment-1499

    AN UPDATE FROM PROFESSOR NIGEL DUNNETT
    (BBC Look North – 28th July 2017):

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