Sheffield City Council signed a contract worth £2 BILLION with a company to upgrade roads and streets unaware that the firm had a conviction for corporate manslaughter, a senior officer admitted in court today.
The admission came from the local authority’s head of highways, Paul Billington, as he gave evidence at the High Court where protesters face injunctions over the felling of trees.
Legal action is being taken over continued protests about thousands of trees being being chopped down as part of the council’s Streets Ahead contract with Amey.
Sheffield: ‘Council leaders put profit ahead of city trees’
Sheffield City Council has been influenced by “corporate and business responsibilities” in felling thousands of healthy trees despite widespread protests, a court heard.
The claims were made yesterday 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 £2bn Streets Ahead contract with Amey.