Pause on tree felling continues as talks extended
Representatives from Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Tree Action Group have decided to extend talks on street trees following mediation with the Bishop of Sheffield.
The council and STAG have, for the first time, been trying to reach a compromise over tree felling after years of disputes.
The council signed a £2.2bn contract with PFI contracter Amey to improve the city’s highways over 25 years, which included a target to fell 17,500 street trees.
Over the first five years of the contract the council and STAG have repeatedly clashed leading to arrests of protesters and the council taking members of the group to court for standing in ‘safety zones’ during works.
Sheffield Council and STAG to compromise over trees
Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Tree Action Group have committed to ‘mediated talks’ over street trees after years of being in direct opposition.
The talks will be overseen by the Bishop of Sheffield Pete Wilcox and take place on Thursday 27 and Friday 28, September, but will not be open to the public or press.
Ahead of the talks the two groups have issued their first ever joint statement. Councillor Lewis Dagnall, cabinet member for environment and streetscene, and Chris Rust and Paul Brook, co-leaders of STAG, said: “Representatives of Sheffield City Council and STAG have agreed to mediated talks, conducted by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, CEDR, and overseen by the Bishop of Sheffield, the Very Reverend Dr Pete Wilcox.
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