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David Behrens: Why does this tree plan have to cost the taxpayer a packet?

BRITAIN, we learned this week, is seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking. It is a welcome statistic yet it worries me on one level. With fewer fag packets knocking around, what now will the Government do its arithmetic on the … Continue reading

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Gove accuses councils of vandalism over tree felling

Councils are committing “environmental vandalism” by felling thousands of trees unnecessarily, Michael Gove said yesterday. The environment secretary said that Britain’s forests were already “pathetically small” compared with the rest of Europe. He added that the problem was getting worse … Continue reading

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Sheffield Council ‘would consider ending PFI contract after tree furore’

SHEFFIELD Council leader Julie Dore has indicated the authority is considering ending the highly-controversial PFI highways deal which has involved the felling of thousands of street trees in the city. A source said Dore told a private meeting of Labour … Continue reading

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Sheffield trees dispute: Council legal costs hit £250k

Sheffield City Council has run up a £250,000 legal bill defending tree felling operations, the BBC has uncovered. The sum, which includes legal services, counsel fees and other costs, involves court hearings in 2016 and 2017 involving the Streets Ahead … Continue reading

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Michael Gove calls for end to ‘bonkers’ Sheffield tree felling plan during visit to city

ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY Michael Gove has asked Government officials to explore ways to stop the controversial cutting down of trees in Sheffield as part of a road improvement scheme. Mr Gove visited the city on Wednesday to see for himself the … Continue reading

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Council axe poised over Sheffield’s favourite tree, the Huntingdon Elm

A 120-year-old rare tree in South Yorkshire that came second in the Tree of the Year competition is to be felled. Sheffield city council has decided that the Huntingdon Elm tree in the Nether Edge area will be chopped down. … Continue reading

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End tree protests or face prison and damages – Sheffield Council’s warning to campaigners

Sheffield Council has threatened tree campaigners with potential imprisonment and “significant” claims for damages if they do not sign letters committing to ending direct protests for good. Seventeen people have now been sent ‘pre-action protocol letters’ by the council as … Continue reading

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