Council launches high-court defence against Sheffield Tree Action Group.

By Emily Hodgson @Emilyjoyhodgson

The council and Sheffield Tree Action Group (STAG) have been at loggerheads over the felling of trees across the city.

STAG have been campaigning since 2014 when they first tried to stop the felling of trees which was to make way for a bus stop in Heeley, Sheffield.

The chairman of STAG, David Dillner, has since launched a high-court injunction stopping the council from felling trees for a three-month period.

David Dillner said: “Our main thrust is to see Sheffield City Council adopt an acceptable tree strategy using cost benefit analysis, Environmental Impact Assessment and adhering to the precautionary principle as well as all other NJUG guidelines during works and whilst setting up the strategy impose an immediate moratorium on all but the most dangerous trees.”

“We have taken actions too numerous to mention to get the council to see our point of view and have been frustrated from start to finish. This finally resulted in my taking action in the High Court.”

Days before the defence was launched STAG protested outside of Sheffield Town Hall wearing DIY gas masks to make the point that when the council cut down trees, they’re denying the public of clean air.

The campaign movement outside of Sheffield town hall.
The campaign movement outside of Sheffield town hall.

The council cannot currently comment on the matter as part of the high court case.

The story has attracted national news, with it recently being featured on BBC’s The One Show.

Click here to see speaker David Dillner, Professor Fionn Stevenson and Nick Sanford and what they had to say outside of the town hall.

 

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