Sheffield tree campaigners taking legal advice on challenging protest injunctions

Tree campaigners are taking legal advice after it emerged a Sheffield Council officer significantly underestimated the number of trees that were due to be felled in the city when giving evidence to a court hearing that resulted in protest injunctions being issued.

The Yorkshire Post reported yesterday that Paul Billington, director of culture and environment at Sheffield Council, had provided a statement to a High Court hearing in Leeds last summer which said 6,000 trees were to be removed in the city and replaced with saplings as part of a £2.2bn highways maintenance contact with private firm Amey signed in 2012.

But previously-redacted parts of the PFI contract made public last week on the orders of the Information Commissioner revealed it contains a target to replace 17,500 trees by the end of its 25-year term.

Read more at: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/sheffield-tree-campaigners-taking-legal-advice-on-challenging-protest-injunctions-1-9061557

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2 thoughts on “Sheffield tree campaigners taking legal advice on challenging protest injunctions

  1. He did not “underestimate the number of trees ” – he simply breathed a sigh of relief as he hived off more of his responsibilities to the private sector without relinquishing any of his bloated salary. He also allowed the City ratepayers to be royally rogered by Amey who are truly “smoke and mirror” artists who should be recognised as Snake Oil Salesmen of the century !!

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