Legal action against tree protesters is ‘last resort’, insists Sheffield Council

Sheffield Council has insisted it is taking campaigners to court as a ‘last resort’. Eight people will appear before a High Court judge in Leeds today faced with the prospect of being placed under injunctions brought by the authority.

The legal action is as a result of continued protests against tree felling as part of the council’s Streets Ahead contract with Amey.

The council says campaigners are protesting inside safety barriers ‘unlawfully’ and as a result holding up work – which is costing the taxpayer money. But some people are determined to stand up for their beliefs.

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 Sheffield tree protesters ‘simply wrong’, court told

THE actions of protesters campaigning against a tree felling programme in Sheffield were today described in court as “an affront to the rule of law.”

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Sheffield City Council withdraws interim injunction application against tree protesters, pending trial

SHEFFIELD City Council has withdrawn an application for an interim injunction against tree felling protesters, subject to a full trial.

The local authority had been seeking legal action against eight people in the High Court in Leeds today. The case was halted after a trial hearing date was brought forward to Wednesday of next week (July 26).

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Sheffield City Council withdraws tree protest injunction

Sheffield City Council has agreed to suspend a temporary injunction preventing tree protestors taking direct action to stop felling.

Instead, a full three day civil trial will take place at Leeds High Court from 26 to 28 July.

The decision means no further action will be taken against eight named campaigners and “unnamed people” who stop trees being cut down.

Both parties said they were “very pleased” with the outcome.

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