Another one on the Sheffield Street-trees – City Council to apologise

Another one on the Sheffield Street-trees – City Council to apologise – for the wrongful withholding of information from local citizens……..

Well done to Sally Goldsmith for pursuing this one……..

Ian

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  1. Sally Goldsmith says:

    Thanks Ian. It’s been in Yorkshire Post, Star, RDio Sheff, And Guardian and Times this morning. Maybe others.

    Tweeted your research article by the way. Bloody great!

    Sallyx

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Technotronic says:

    “MATURE TREES SAVE LIVES”

    A Letter dated 20th February 2019, sent to THE STAR & THE YORKSHIRE POST (newspapers)
    SOURCE:
    https://www.change.org/p/sheffield-city-council-streetsahead-sheffield-gov-uk-save-the-12-trees-on-rustlings-road-sheffield/u/24199147

    *****
    “On 21st January, The Star reported Cllr Jack Scott’s disapproval of the Government’s Clean Air Strategy [1]. The hypocrisy is beyond belief! Cllr Scott is currently Sheffield City Council’s (SCC) Cabinet Member for Development & Transport. He seems to be handed a different Cabinet position each year. In 2014, as Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, he refused to honour the policy commitment to have a tree strategy, then 4yo [2], stating:

    ‘We do not presently have a strategy solely for trees. My view is that this wouldn’t be very helpful given they are an intrinsic part of the broader environment and ecology… In my view, current documents are sufficient.’ [3]

    Fortunately, on 12th December 2018, SCC adopted a tree strategy [4], after more than three years of campaigning by the Sheffield Tree Action Groups (STAG) [5]; 11yrs after an independent consultancy advised SCC to have a tree strategy, to guide and inform policy and decisions that affect highway trees [6]. Arguably, neglect to honour the commitment sooner has led to SCC squandering in the region of £1m on conflict with STAG and the loss of around 4,000 mature street trees that were in good condition, structurally sound and could have remained for many years [7], scrubbing pollutants from the air we breathe [8] and providing a range of other valuable benefits to neighbourhoods and communities [9]. Acting on advice from Sheffield’s first tree group – SORT (Save Our Roadside Trees), the value of four of these ‘eco-system services’ has been assessed [4]. The tree strategy reports that Sheffield’s trees provide benefits worth at least £40.3 million per year. That includes the yearly filtration of 374 tonnes of pollutants from the air we breathe. Alone, that is worth £2.3m each year! [4] The pollutants include particulate matter, ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide & sulphur dioxide. Sheffield’s trees also currently store 545,000 tonnes of carbon – a service worth £34.8 million – and they sequester an additional 21,800 tonnes per year – a service worth £1.39 million [4].

    On 5th July 2017, a Save The Trees of Millhouses petition was ‘debated’ at a meeting of full Council [10]. Representing petitioners, Dr Phil Yates said [11]:

    ‘Millhouses has some of the most polluted areas in Sheffield and the residents feel that we need all the mature street trees we have to combat. Planting trees alongside roads would reduce nitrogen dioxide, and retaining trees would help reduce this as well.
    […]
    We, the people of Millhouses, wish to keep our healthy, mature street trees, which help reduce dangerously high levels of pollution in the air. We acknowledge that many people do not have perfect pavements but that is preferable to the increasing levels of respiratory disease.’

    In response, as the SCC Cabinet Member for Transport & Sustainability, Cllr Scott said [12]:

    ‘you are absolutely right to say this is a very serious situation. To quote: 600 deaths in Sheffield each year …for poor air quality. This administration is very, very clear that it is A FUNDAMENTAL SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUE rather than a technical or information issue. ….The whole issue regarding air quality isn’t to do with trees. … There are 36,000 street trees in our city. We can double that; we can triple that – it would have a negligible impact on the air quality and keeping Sheffield green.
    […]
    The real challenges, I’m afraid – the solutions to poor air quality – they’re not easy, they’re not simple, they’re not cheap, and many of them are not popular.
    […]
    We take it hugely seriously. We are the only Council in the entire country, for example, to move a school – I have to say, in the face of some significant local opposition – on the basis, substantively, of poor air quality. So, trees do improve air quality but, actually, the answer isn’t to, err, plant more trees.’

    Sadly, Cllr Scott made even more of a fool of SCC when he spoke on BBC Radio Sheffield, on 6th December 2017. Quote [13]:

    ‘There is a very quick science point as well, which is that trees do make a difference to nitrogen oxide and dioxide emissions – that’s absolutely true. They don’t do anything for particulate matter, which is like soot. They can’t absorb that, so, even if we left them, we do nothing on PM – particulate matter; and that’s a huge problem in our city as well…’.

    In 2015, ‘Valuing London’s Urban Forest: Results of the London i-Tree Eco Project’ was published [14]. The document reports that the trees of Greater London ‘remove’ 452 tons of particulate matter from the air each year – a service with a value of more than £64 million. To quote from the document:

    ‘A study in the West Midlands suggests that DOUBLING TREE COVER ACROSS THE REGION WOULD REDUCE THE CONCENTRATION OF FINE PM10 PARTICLES BY 25%. This could prevent 140 air pollution related premature deaths in the region every year’

    Between 2011 and 2013, health costs associated with poor air quality in Sheffield increased by £65m each year [15]. In 2012, an SCC report informed:

    ‘A key message from leading respiratory and cardio-vascular physicians as well
    as environmental health experts; is that MODEST REDUCTIONS IN POLLUTION WOULD LEAD TO SIGNIFICANT HEALTH GAINS. Overall, the adverse effects of POOR AIR QUALITY are such that it HAS A BIGGER IMPACT ON LIFE EXPECTANCY THAN ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS OR PASSIVE SMOKING’. [16]

    At least there is now a strategy, to guide and inform policy-makers and decision-makers. Whether it is adequate is another matter for debate, but there is a commitment to review the strategy on an annual basis and update following any significant change in legislation, policy or best practice. In theory, that should help safeguard against further unnecessary losses and SCC reliance on secrecy, misrepresentation, fear-mongering, lies and division. The strategy should ensure SCC can fulfil its commitment to the sustainable stewardship and use of Sheffield’s trees – the urban forest [17].

    The people of Sheffield deserve politicians that will ensure that the Council’s acts and omissions are based on evidence and supported by sound reasoning, rather than faith, belief, or party political bias.

    Yours sincerely,

    D.Long – Upper Don, Sheffield”

    (References are provided below)

    *****
    FOOTNOTE:
    The letter would have been sent a couple of weeks sooner, but submission was delayed due to unforeseen personal circumstances. Since the letter was written, Cllr Jack Scott has been suspended from the Sheffield City Council Cabinet. For detail, see:
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/politics/sheffield-councillor-jack-scott-suspended-from-labour-party-1-9593298

    *****
    REFERENCES:
    1)
    A news item in The Star newspaper, also accessible online:
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/government-s-air-pollution-plan-branded-absolutely-hopeless-by-sheffield-council-chief-1-9538338

    2)
    Sheffield’s Great Outdoors: Green and Open Space Strategy 2010 – 2030 (see page 15):
    https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/parks-sport-recreation/open-space-strategy.html

    https://1drv.ms/b/s!AsWguV74n6x7hldMtsEXeF2N4E6L

    3)
    An e-mail from Cllr Jack Scott, sent to Mr D.Long (Sheffield arboriculturist). See:

    Click to access GTOS_2017_Sheffield_Melbourne%20Rd%20Oak_1.pdf

    https://1drv.ms/b/s!AsWguV74n6x7hDCzv55DCOkuLdK-

    4)
    SCC – 5th December 2018 – ‘Sheffield Trees and Woodlands Strategy 2018-2033 – A vision for Sheffield’s Urban and Rural Forest ’
    (Sheffield’s first tree strategy – thanks to the SORT campaign):
    http://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=18184

    https://1drv.ms/f/s!AsWguV74n6x7i1Tk8Da2cjHgSE1o

    5)
    A Letter From Save Our Rustlings Trees (SORT) – Sheffield’s first tree group ( later renamed Save Our Roadside Trees), addressed to Sheffield City Council’s Head of Highway Maintenance & others , dated 31st MAY, 2015:
    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

    Other SORT communications can be accessed via these links:
    http://stocksbridgecommunity.org.archived.website/news/sheffield-city-council-announce-felling-17500-street-ttees.html

    https://1drv.ms/f/s!AsWguV74n6x7hRa_tJ6oC09M-dDS

    6)
    ‘Sheffield City Highways Tree Survey 2006 – 2007’, supplied by Philippa Burdett (secretary to the SCC Cabinet Member for Environment & Streetscene), in an e-mail dated 15th July 2016, addressed to Mr Long (shared by Mr long):

    Click to access Elliott_SCC_Highway%20Tree%20Survey%202006-07.pdf

    https://1drv.ms/u/s!AsWguV74n6x7lV7OShckdy3T2HuR

    7)
    See page 51 of the letter from SORT, addressed to Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, dated 29th January, 2016. It was DISTRIBUTED TO EVERY COUNCILLOR in the city by SCC’s John Turner (Democratic Services Legal and Governance Resources), on 1st February, 2016, to encourage informed “debate” at the meeting of full Council, on 3rd February, 2016:

    Click to access SORT%20LETTER%20TO%20THE%20CABINET%20MEMBER%20FOR%20ENVIRONMENT%20AND%20TRANSPORT_29th%20January%2c%202016_v51.6_Corrected_1.pdf

    In addition to the above, listen to the audio file named:
    ‘HTAF 1_23rd_July_2015_Steve_Robinson – SCC Head of Highway Maintenance_Elliott_6Ds_Accountability_Specification_NO OTHER RECTIFICATION_150723_002_8’

    The audio clip is from the first “bi-monthly” Streets Ahead Highway Tree Advisory Forum meeting, held on 23rd July 2015; it can be accessed via this link:
    https://1drv.ms/u/s!AsWguV74n6x7lWG5-Qrn_JQe6QN6

    8)
    Improving Air Quality:

    Click to access urgp_evidence_note_006_Improving_air_quality.pdf

    9)
    Forest Research, 2018. Urban Tree Manual. [Online]
    Available at:
    https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/urban-tree-manual/
    [Accessed 20 February 2019].

    Forestry Commission, 2017. Research Report: Delivery of Ecosystem Services by Urban Forests. [Online]
    Available at:
    https://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/publications.nsf/DocsByUnique/C6012A43737014C5802580BA00310280
    [Accessed 20 February 2019].

    National Health Service Forest, n.d. NHS Forest: Evidence of Benefits. [Online]
    Available at:
    http://nhsforest.org/evidence
    [Accessed 26 October 2016].

    United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization , 2016. FAO Forestry Paper 178: Guidelines on urban and peri-urban forestry. [Online]
    Available at:
    http://www.fao.org/forestry/urbanforestry/87038/en/
    [Accessed 20 February 2019].

    Urban Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee, 2016. Introducing England’s Urban Forests. [Online]
    Available at:
    https://www.forestry.gov.uk/urbanforestry
    [Accessed 20 February 2019].

    Also see:
    UK Government, 2018. Guidance: Urban Forestry. [Online]
    Available at:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/urban-forestry
    [Accessed 20 February 2019].

    10)
    On 5th July 2017, the SAVE THE TREES OF MILLHOUSES PETITION (1,671 signatures) was ‘debated’ at a meeting of full Council in Sheffield Town Hall. The minutes of the meeting can be accessed via the following link (see pages 13 & 14):
    http://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=154&MId=6361

    11)
    A transcript of a speech by Dr Phil Yates , on 5th July 2017, during a meeting of full Council in Sheffield Town Hall. Dr Yates spoke on behalf of the Save The Trees Of Millhouses petitioners. The transcript was provided by Technotronic, on 16th August 2018, posted online at Professor Ian Rotherham’s Blog:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/ecos-article-on-sheffield-street-trees-2018/comment-page-1/#comment-2407

    In addition to the above, listen to the audio files named:
    ‘Dr Phil Yates – 5th July 2017 – SAVE THE TREES OF MILLHOUSES PETITION – 1,671 signatures_170705_004_1_02’:
    https://1drv.ms/u/s!AsWguV74n6x7lXTjBXxKNX9EvpBa

    Dr Phil Yates – 5th July 2017 – SAVE THE TREES OF MILLHOUSES PETITION – 1,671 signatures_170705_004_1_04
    https://1drv.ms/u/s!AsWguV74n6x7lXM9uwnCgPB-I_pH

    12)
    A transcript of a speech by the SCC Cabinet Member for Transport & Sustainability – Cllr Jack Scott (Labour) – on 5th July 2017, during a meeting of full Council in Sheffield Town Hall. Cllr Scott was responding to a speech by Dr Phil Yates – spokesman for the Save The Trees Of Millhouses petitioners. The transcript was provided by Technotronic, on 16th August 2018, posted online at Professor Ian Rotherham’s Blog:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/ecos-article-on-sheffield-street-trees-2018/comment-page-1/#comment-2407

    In addition to the above, listen to the audio file named:
    ‘Cllr Jack Scott – SCC CABINET MEMBER FOR TRANSPORT & SUSTAINABILITY – 5th July 2017 – Response to Dr Yates & STOMP_170705_004_4_01’:
    https://1drv.ms/u/s!AsWguV74n6x7lXUyrBmyOVUhtjqr

    13)
    A transcript of a speech by the SCC Cabinet Member for Transport & Sustainability – Cllr Jack Scott (Labour) – on BBC Radio Sheffield, on 6th December 2017. The transcript was provided by Technotronic, on 16th August 2018, posted online at Professor Ian Rotherham’s Blog:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/ecos-article-on-sheffield-street-trees-2018/comment-page-1/#comment-2407

    An audio clip can be accessed on Youtube:

    14)
    Treeconomics, 2015. Valuing London’s Urban Forest: Results of the London i-Tree Eco Project. [Online] Available at: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/2890-Forest_Report_Pages.pdf/$FILE/2890-Forest_Report_Pages.pdf [Accessed 31st January 2019].

    15)
    House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, 2011a. Air quality: A follow up report. Ninth Report of Session 2010–12. Volume 1. [Online]
    Available at:
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmenvaud/1024/1024.pdf [31st January 2019].

    House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, 2011b. Air quality: A follow up report. Ninth Report of Session 2010–12. Volume 2. [Online]
    Available at:
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmenvaud/1024/1024vw.pdf [31st January 2019].

    16)
    Sheffield City Council, 2012. Air Quality Action Plan 2015. [Online]
    Available at:
    https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/content/dam/sheffield/docs/pollution-and-nuisance/air-pollution/air-quality-management/Air%20Quality%20Action%20Plan%202015.pdf [Accessed 31st January 2019].

    17)
    Sheffield City Council, 2011. Sheffield City Strategy 2010–2020. [Online]
    Available at:
    https://1drv.ms/b/s!AsWguV74n6x7lXD88vrcZNR75JLD
    [Accessed 5 February 2019].

    SCC – 26th February 2016 – Sheffield’s Green Commitment – The Final Report of The Sheffield Green Commission”

    Click to access Sheffield%20Green%20Commitment%20Report_FINAL.pdf

    SCC – 15th March 2017 – “Growing Sustainably: A Bold Plan For A Sustainable Sheffield”: http://democracy.sheffield.gov.uk/documents/s25838/Growing%20Sustainably%20Green%20Commission%20Report%201.pdf

    Sheffield City Council, 2018. Green City Strategy. [Online]
    Available at:

    Click to access 10-%20Green%20City%20Strategy%20Appendix%201.pdf


    [Accessed 31 January 2019].

    *****
    NOTE:

    On 5th December 2018, The Star reported that Cllr Scott’s role within the SCC cabinet had changed to Cabinet Member for Development & Transport:
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/our-towns-and-cities/sheffield/cabinet-for-transport-development-my-mission-in-life-is-to-make-sheffield-the-best-it-can-be-1-9478623

  3. Technotronic says:

    FORESTRY COMMISSION WEBSITE CHANGE – Further corrections

    Recently, the Forestry Commission closed its old website. The content is now spread across several new websites. Notification of this change appears to have been quietly announced online, on 18th July 2018:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ealert-5-july-2018-our-website-is-moving-to-govuk

    Notification of change to the Land Information Search system was quietly announced on 5th December 2018 (the tool is significantly less user friendly and less useful):
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ealert-5-december-2018-new-map-browser-and-land-information-search

    As a result of Forestry Commission changes, a number of the hyperlinks provided in the references section of the above letter – the letter named ‘MATURE TREES SAVE LIVES’ – no longer work. Forestry Commission content has been distributed across a number of substitute sites and some content is missing. Here are substitute links to replace the hyperlinks that no longer work:

    9)
    Forest Research, 2018. Urban Tree Manual. [Online]
    Available at:
    https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/urban-tree-manual/
    [Accessed 18 May 2019].

    Forestry Commission, 2017. Research Report: Delivery of Ecosystem Services by Urban Forests. [Online]
    Available at:
    https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/research/delivery-of-ecosystem-services-by-urban-forests/
    [Accessed 18 May 2019].

    Urban Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee, 2016. Introducing England’s Urban Forests. [Online]
    Available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/700468/IntroducingUrbanForest_FINAL_Sept16.pdf
    [Accessed 18 May 2019].

    14)
    Treeconomics, 2015. Valuing London’s Urban Forest: Results of the London i-Tree Eco Project. [Online] Available at:

    Click to access 2890-Forest_Report_Pages.pdf


    [Accessed 18 May 2019].

    *****
    STAR CHANGES

    The Star (Sheffield newspaper) website has recently been revamped. The changes appear to have only been announced on 13th May 2019:

    https://newsletters.thestar.co.uk/new-website-coming-soon-w1?ecid=ACsprvu4rCxZrffhVptEAyE9x4yV6wZ0SPdSwQ4__9eRMyXyxbAyfchX08WEmYpRrn0sLiBeyqv2&utm_campaign=thestar-beta-2019&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=72612619&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–rLNQhQDIpGHs-LVlTv_nT0k86V6JtK6XkixP6hR3Gp8fhPCO0fRhYpAzEcjDMYa2PMK-o5QNOW1fYd3DKnB7FEVbG239S9N5IZMotuWND6tIgmT0&_hsmi=72612619

    As a result of changes to The Star website, hyperlinks previously provided, to access their content, no longer work. However, if you copy and paste a link in the address bar of a web-browser, a search engine – such as Google – should list the news item. In the case of Google, to the right of the item, you will spot a downward-pointing arrow. Click on it and it should provide the option to view a ‘cached’ (archived) version of the original news item.

    The following are of interest:

    • The Star – 5th May 2017
    ‘REVEALED: AIR POLLUTION HOT SPOTS IN SHEFFIELD WHERE DEADLY FUMES ARE MORE THAN TWICE LEGAL LIMIT’:
    https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:fP69ZKcivWsJ:https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/revealed-air-pollution-hot-spots-in-sheffield-where-deadly-fumes-are-more-than-twice-legal-limit-1-8533487+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=firefox-b-d

    QUOTE:
    “AIR POLLUTION CAUSES AN ESTIMATED 500 PREMATURE DEATHS IN SHEFFIELD EACH YEAR, according to Sheffield Friends of the Earth.”

    “REVEALED: AIR POLLUTION HOT SPOTS IN SHEFFIELD WHERE DEADLY FUMES ARE MORE THAN TWICE LEGAL LIMIT”

    “Dangerously high levels of nitrogen dioxide have been recorded around the city as part of a community monitoring scheme.
    The concentration of the noxious gas breaches the European Union threshold of 40 micograms per cubic metre at dozens of sites across Ecclesall, Crookes, Darnall, Tinsley and other areas.
    […]
    Those include primary schools in Nether Edge, where PUPILS ARE BREATHING IN A HARMFUL SOUP OF SMOG ON A DAILY BASIS.
    […]
    The latest readings, published at the beginning of May, were taken from monitors placed across Sheffield as part of the East End Quality of Life Initiative.They show AVERAGE NO2 LEVELS AT NUMEROUS LOCATIONS DURING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.
    […]
    SHEFFIELD’S MOST POLLUTED SPOTS

    (AREAS WHERE AVERAGE NITROGEN DIOXIDE LEVELS EXCEED EU LIMIT)

    • ABBEYDALE ROAD CORRIDOR
    Butterworth Cycles, S7 1TA
    Abbeydale Road/Carterknowle Road
    Abbeydale Road, S7 2BH
    Chippendale, Abbeydale Road/Archer Road S7 2BJ
    La Scala, Abbeydale Road
    Abbeydale Road South/Abbey Lane

    • CROOKES AND BROOMHILL
    Crookes Road (opp Hoole Road) S10 5BB
    Newbould Lane/Watson Road
    Manchester Road/Fulwood Road junction

    • DARNALL
    Shop Front Parkway R/A S9 4AE

    • ECCLESALL (January and February only)
    Books on the Park S11 8TG
    Ecclesall Fisheries (over 50)

    • HILLSBOROUGH/MALIN BRIDGE/WALKLEY
    Walkley Road/South Road (March only) (over 50)

    • KELHAM ISLAND
    Wicker
    Lady’s Bridge
    Penlstone Road

    • NETHER EDGE
    Nether Edge School
    Holt House School

    • PENlST0NE ROAD
    Penlstone Road/Bickerton Road
    Catchbar Lane traffic light
    Winster Road
    Penlst0ne Road/Dixon Lane

    • SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
    Sheaf Street 2
    Sheaf Street station side
    Station taxi rank 1
    Station taxi rank 2
    Fitzalan Square

    • SHEFFIELD STATION
    14 monitors all exceed legal cap

    • TINSLEY FORUM
    Town Street
    Siemens Close (M1 end)
    Old Tinsley Infants School”

    *****
    • The Star – 3rd March 2018

    ‘JUDGE RULES MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO TACKLE SHEFFIELD’S AIR POLLUTION PROBLEM’:
    https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:25z2v1cEAdsJ:https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/judge-rules-more-needs-to-be-done-to-tackle-sheffield-s-air-pollution-problem-1-9046178+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=firefox-b-d

    QUOTE:
    “A landmark court case has ruled the Government must do more to tackle the problem of air pollution in Sheffield.

    Recent figures showed air pollution in the city is up to two-and-a-half times the legal limit, with some areas having dangerously high levels of nitrogen dioxide.”
    […]
    “Figures showed last year that the concentration of nitrogen dioxide gas breaches the European Union threshold of 40 micograms per cubic metre at dozens of sites across ECCLESALL, CROOKES, DARNALL, TINSLEY AND OTHER AREAS.”

  4. Technotronic says:

    AIR QUALITY, THE SCC HIGHWAY TREES ADVISORY FORUM, STRATEGY, & THE FUTURE

    The following contribution is one that I intended to post in February 2018 but never found time to.

    *****
    Words From Sheffield’s Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport (Cllr Terry Fox: replaced by Cllr Bryan Lodge)

    The following quotes are transcribed from an audio recording of Councillor Terry Fox (SCC Labour Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport 2015 – 2016) speaking at the second meeting of the “bi-monthly” HIGHWAY TREE ADVISORY FORUM (HTAF), on 2nd September, 2015 [1]. That was the most recent HTAF meeting – over a year and a half ago. Despite SCC continuing to market the HTAF on their website, as spin that they “consult” citizens, NO FURTHER MEETINGS HAVE BEEN OFFERED OR ANNOUNCED SINCE SEPTEMBER 2015. All enquiries about it remain ignored.

    “AIR QUALITY ACTUALLY SITS IN MY PORTFOLIO….I’M DEVELOPING THE STRATEGY FOR LOW EMISSION ZONES ACROSS THIS CITY, and we will be going out with a discussion document for that discussion and I hope that you all take part in that discussion, and feedback will be most welcome…WE ARE ALSO WORKING ON OUR AIR QUALITY ACTION PLAN…

    We are looking at our climate change, WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR TREE STRATEGY; WE ARE WORKING THAT, THAT WILL COME TO OUR NEXT FORUM, and we will have a working part of that forum to have an input in to that. Erm, we will work through that, how that will be coming, because in November, obviously, it’s the planting season as well, I think IT’S ONLY RIGHT THAT WE HAVE THAT DISCUSSION: A) ABOUT THE SPECIES WE ARE PLANTING, AND B) THE, ERR, TREE STRATEGY; so we will get to that. [2]
    […]
    Just to clarify, WE’RE NOT HAVING THE CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSION AT THE FORUM; what I’ve said – at the next forum is we’ll bring the blue-print that Dave Aspinall, and for those people that were at the first, is now tasked, and WE WILL BRING A DRAFT, SO THAT WE CAN ALL COMMENT on the city tree [strategy]. IT WON’T, UNFORTUNATELY, BE AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE: I’M DISCUSSING THAT ELSEWHERE.” [3]

    Someone in the audience pointed out:
    “you can’t separate them, it’s ridiculous – absolutely ridiculous”.

    Fox responded by commenting that he was waiting for a report from the “HEALTH & WELL-BEING BOARD” before he could “DEVELOP THIS EVEN FURTHER”.

    It is now 7th February 2018 – OVER TWO YEARS SINCE Cllr Fox made the above comments. THE “NEXT FORUM” MEETING (the “bi-monthly” SCC/Amey Highway Trees Advisory Forum) HAS YET TO BE ANNOUNCED. All enquiries about it have been ignored, by Cllr Fox, Cllr Bryan Lodge (his successor) and Cllr Julie Dore (Leader of SCC).

    *****
    REFERENCES:

    1)
    The audio files from which the above quotes were transcribed can be accessed via the following link:
    https://1drv.ms/u/s!AsWguV74n6x7pGOpAr-Z6B5OYhFU?e=Tob25S

    2)
    From the audio file (2min 48s duration) named:
    ‘12 – HTAF 2 – 2nd_September_2015 – Chair – Labour – Cllr Terry FOX – R3_AIR QUALITY_HTAF3 – 150902_001’

    3)
    From the audio file (1min 21s duration) named:
    ‘18 – HTAF 2 – 2nd_September_2015 – Chair – Labour – Cllr Terry FOX – R7_STRATEGY_Air Quality – 150902_001’

    NOTE:
    For good measure, two more files also shared:

    4)
    3min 34s duration
    ‘7 – HTAF 2 – 2nd_September_2015 – STAG Founder – David Dillner – Q1_Air Quality_TiT2_Benefits_Climate – 150902_001’

    5)
    3min 07s duration:
    ‘14 – HTAF 2_2nd_September_2015 – Possibly Julie Bodle – Q5_ Air Quality_NHS – 150902_001’

    *****
    ITEMS OF INTEREST:

    1.)
    AUDIO FILES OF THE SCC CABINET MEMBER FOR ENVIRONMENT & TRANSPORT [Cllr TERRY FOX], AND LOUISE HAIGH MP, on BBC Radio Sheffield, SMEARING AND BELITTLING CAMPAIGNERS, earlier on the day, on 2nd September 2015, prior to the second (final) meeting of the SCC/Amey Highway Trees Advisory Forum, can be accessed via the following link:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/more-tree-troubles/comment-page-1/#comment-3742

    2.)
    ‘News items spanning the 2012 to 2020 period: PART 4 of 4
    (SEE ITEM #99 – Wednesday, 4th September 2019:
    ‘NEW DEPUTY LEADER FOR SHEFFIELD COUNCIL’)
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/12/07/a-wild-christmas-cheer/comment-page-1/#comment-3960

    3.)
    Wednesday, 13th July 2016
    ‘SHEFFIELD TREE CAMPAIGNERS QUESTION COUNCIL ‘FLEXI-PAVING’ FIGURES’
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-tree-campaigners-question-council-flexi-paving-figures-456370

    https://web.archive.org/web/20160812112106/http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-tree-campaigners-question-council-flexi-paving-figures-1-8012728

    4.)
    FLEXI-PAVE & SCC/AMEY CRIMES (includes links to audio evidence)
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/latest-from-deepa-and-the-trees-campaign/comment-page-1/#comment-4127

    5.)
    FOR MORE ABOUT THE HIGHWAY TREES ADVISORY FORUM, SEE:

    a.)
    ‘AN E-MAIL FROM THE CO-AUTHOR OF SHEFFIELD’S FIRST ADOPTED TREE STRATEGY
    (includes links to letters providing detail of the struggle to get SCC to adopt a strategic approach to tree population stewardship)’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/stumped-urban-tree-mismanagment-environmental-scientist-ian-d-rotherham-march-2019/comment-page-1/#comment-4077

    b)
    ‘SHEFFIELD TREE ACTION GROUPS (STAG) FACEBOOK: contributions posted by HELEN MCILROY’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/the-scandal-over-sheffelds-trees-grows-with-16000-indicated-for-the-chop/comment-page-1/#comment-4242

    6.)
    ‘COOKED’
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/important-update-from-deepa-shetty-on-behalf-of-stag/comment-page-1/#comment-4160

    7.)
    ‘TREES: JUGGLING SUSTAINABILITY, RISK & FEAR’
    (a letter that Mr Long sent to The Star, dated 13th April 2018. Not printed):
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/chris-packham-in-sheffield-to-see-for-himself/comment-page-1/#comment-2176

    8.)
    ‘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

    9.)
    ‘SCC, GUNTON & TREECONOMICS – SHEFFIELD’S STREET TREES VALUED AT OVER £340 MILLION’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/stumped-urban-tree-mismanagment-environmental-scientist-ian-d-rotherham-march-2019/comment-page-1/#comment-4137

    10.)
    MORE FROM MR DILLNER
    (Founder and former Chairman of SHEFFIELD TREE ACTION GROUPS – STAG)

    a.)
    At Sheffield Town Hall (25th April 2017):

    http://web.archive.org/web/20200421095747/https://www.facebook.com/dave.dillner/posts/10208594654279069?comment_id=10208594752521525

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/1195604567283297/

    http://web.archive.org/web/20200421100256/https://www.facebook.com/groups/392913244219104/permalink/1195604567283297/?comment_id=1196484563861964

    b.)
    A Transcript of Selected Speeches From “THE SILENT KILLER: AIR POLLUTION – Q&A” Session at Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, on Monday 22nd May 2017:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/on-the-value-of-urban-trees-with-large-crowns/comment-page-1/#comment-3188

    11.)
    FOR MORE ABOUT THE HIGHWAY TREES ADVISORY FORUM, SEE:

    a.)
    ‘AN E-MAIL FROM THE CO-AUTHOR OF SHEFFIELD’S FIRST ADOPTED TREE STRATEGY
    (includes links to letters providing detail of the struggle to get SCC to adopt a strategic approach to tree population stewardship)’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/stumped-urban-tree-mismanagment-environmental-scientist-ian-d-rotherham-march-2019/comment-page-1/#comment-4077

    b.)
    ‘SHEFFIELD TREE ACTION GROUPS (STAG) FACEBOOK: contributions posted by HELEN MCILROY’:
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/the-scandal-over-sheffelds-trees-grows-with-16000-indicated-for-the-chop/comment-page-1/#comment-4242

    *****
    c.)
    NOTE:

    The minutes of all [two] meetings of the Highway Trees Advisory Forum (HTAF) were supposed to be published, and made publically accessible, on the SCC website, along with all SCC & Amey HTAF presentations. However, as you can see from the archived webpage (saved on 23rd February 2017), nothing from the second meeting was ever shared on the SCC website. The archived webpage (which states that the webpage was: “Modified Sep 7, 2015 3:52:20 PM”) can be viewed using the following link:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20170223234651/https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/in-your-area/report_request/trees/highway-tree-advisory-forum.html

    To date there has not been a third meeting of the ‘bi-monthly’ Highway Trees Advisory Forum (HTAF) since the second meeting that took place on 2nd September 2015, despite the fact that the SCC website continued to display the following invitation, AT LEAST UNTIL 13th March 2018 (OVER 22 MONTHS SINCE THE HIGH COURT CASE during which SCC informed the Judge that the HTAF “still exists”*) :

    “Anyone who cares about the trees on Sheffield’s streets can come along to the Highway Tree Advisory Forum meeting.

    The forum has been set up to give people an opportunity to hear from a variety of experts from various fields from across the city to debate how highway trees should be managed.”

    SOURCE:
    https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/roads-pavements/managing-street-trees.html
    http://web.archive.org/web/20180313031536/https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/roads-pavements/managing-street-trees.html
    (the archived webpage states: “last modified on 06 February 2018 11:17AM”)

    * for detail, see 11b (item 26), in the ‘Items of Interest section below.

    *****
    THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT, OR NEWS, OF A THIRD HTAF MEETING, SINCE 3rd DECEMBER 2015. See:

    Wednesday, 4th November 2015
    ‘TREES: NEW INDEPENDENT PANEL TO LOOK AT SHEFFIELD RESIDENTS’ VIEWS’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20180708213900/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/trees-new-independent-panel-to-look-at-sheffield-residents-views-1-7552269

    Thursday, 3rd December 2015
    ‘SHEFFIELD PROTESTERS AND PUPILS MARK NATIONAL TREE WEEK AMID FELLING CONTROVERSY’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20151212195033/https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-protesters-and-pupils-mark-national-tree-week-amid-felling-controversy-1-7604561

    Monday, 28th December 2015
    ‘ROW OVER SHEFFIELD TREE FELLING SET TO RAMP UP IN 2016’
    https://web.archive.org/web/20151229155856/http://www.thestar.co.uk:80/news/row-over-sheffield-tree-felling-set-to-ramp-up-in-2016-1-7641587

    AS Sheffield City Council have refused to communicate about their plans for the HTAF, it is not possible to questions like when? Why? Who? What? Where? However, with a new sub-strategy for highway trees – ‘SHEFFIELD PARTNERSHIP STREET TREE WORKING STRATEGY (published on Tuesday 10th March 2020) – gives SCC commitment to form a HTAF substitute: the “Sheffield Street Tree Partnership”. See the following news items:

    Wednesday, 11th March 2020 (The Star)
    ‘COUNCIL AND CAMPAIGNERS REVEAL NEW STRATEGY TO PROTECT SHEFFIELD’S STREET TREES FOLLOWING FELLING CONTROVERSY’
    https://ianswalkonthewildside.wordpress.com/2019/12/07/a-wild-christmas-cheer/comment-page-1/#comment-4135
    &
    Thursday, 2nd April 2020 (Essential Arb)
    ‘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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