Hundreds call for Jeremy Corbyn to intervene in Sheffield tree-felling row

More than 1,600 people have signed a petition calling for Jeremy Corbyn to intervene in the Sheffield tree-felling saga.

Campaigners are appealing for Mr Corbyn to “mediate” in the ongoing row over the felling of thousands of trees being carried out as part of a controversial Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deal overseen by Labour-led Sheffield Council.

Around 6,000 street trees are being removed and replaced with saplings as part of a £2.2bn highways improvement programme due to run for 25 years. Campaigners say many trees are being felled unnecessarily, with the increasingly-bitter row recently seeing the council being granted injunctions to stop protesters standing directly underneath threatened trees inside safety barriers to prevent their removal.

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