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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 12:07 pm
Campaigners trying to halt a “politically controversial” tree-felling programme in Sheffield have vowed to continue their fight despite losing a high court battle with council bosses.

A judge on Tuesday made orders barring residents from taking “unlawful direct action” to prevent the lawful felling of roadside trees. It is the latest development in a long-running row that last week prompted an intervention by the environment secretary, Michael Gove.

A number of Sheffield residents have been arrested trying to protect some of the 6,000 trees that are to be felled as part of a 25-year, £2bn highway maintenance scheme.

Council bosses say the programme is essential if the city’s 36,000 street trees are to be managed for future generations. It insists the trees earmarked for felling are dying, diseased or dangerous – a claim disputed by residents and campaigners.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 12:08 pm
In its high court claim, the council asked for orders barring three people – including one of its own Green party councillors – and “persons unknown” from “continuing to take unlawful direct action” or from encouraging others to take direct action.

The three named by council lawyers were Alison Teal, a councillor, and Calvin Payne, both of whom have previously been arrested and released without charge for standing in the way of council contractors as they prepared to fell trees; and David Dillner, a retired actor and founder of the Sheffield Tree Action Groups.

Mr Justice Males said the council was entitled to the injunctions sought. The judge said the tree felling was highly controversial and emphasised that his ruling dealt solely with the legal question of whether the council was entitled to injunctions.

He added: “I express no view, one way or the other, as to the merits of the council’s tree-felling programme or the objectors’ campaign. Those are social and environmental questions which are politically controversial and can only be resolved in a political forum. They are not a matter for this court.”

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Past Member (0)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 1:46 pm
plant more trees and do not cut them - especially the old ones! Thanks, Fiona

Lone F (56)
Thursday August 17, 2017, 2:05 pm
Noted with thanks

Ben O (129)
Friday August 18, 2017, 7:14 am
Right on! And, don't forget to plant more trees...

S J (124)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 1:42 am
Put people before highway, England. In solidarity. Meows Fiona

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 5:21 am
Noted, Thanks

Colleen L (3)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 1:27 pm
More power to them. Thanks Fiona

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday September 4, 2017, 3:48 am
Good for them

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 17, 2017, 6:48 am
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