Three Sheffield tree campaigners are due in court today for the start of a three day fight against the city council. The authority hopes to get an injunction against the campaigners, who it says have been protesting unlawfully against felling across the city.
The council says protests within safety barriers put up around trees are putting people in danger and constitute trespass.
Sheffield’s ‘tree three’ accuse council of being influenced by corporate sector in felling dispute
Sheffield City Council have been influenced by “corporate and business responsibilities” in felling thousands of healthy trees despite widespread protest, a court heard today.
The claims were made on the first day of a High Court hearing in which the local authority is seeking injunctions against three people.
The legal action comes over continued protests against tree felling as part of the council’s two BILLION pound Streets Ahead contract with Amey.
The council is seeking permanent injunctions against the defendants and ‘persons unknown’ at the trial, which is expected to last three days.