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Save Nether Edge Trees Supporters’ Meeting – 24th September 2018

The next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held on Monday 24th September 2018 at 8.00pm.

Please note the location
Terrace Room, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Nether Edge.

Hope to see plenty of you there.

Please arrive by 7.45pm for a prompt start at 8.00pm.

Many thanks for your continued support

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Sheffield People’s Petition

Many of us have been outraged by Sheffield Council’s plans for the city’s street trees, and appalled by it’s handling of the resultant protests.

The council currently operates using a ‘Strong Leader Model’. This means that many important decisions are made behind close doors, by just the council leader and the nine members of the cabinet, with the remaining councillors have no input. This effectively means that it is highly likely that your elected representative, and by extension you, have no voice on many important issues, including those affecting our environment.

Today the ‘It’s Our City’ campaign group have launched the ‘Sheffield Peoples Petition’. If just 5% of Sheffield residents sign, it will trigger a referendum on how our city council is run, and possibly force the council to adopt a more democratic governance model. One based on greater accountability and transparency.

“We, the undersigned, being local government electors for the area of Sheffield City Council, to whom this petition is addressed, seek a referendum on whether the council should be run in a different way by one or more committees made up of elected councillors.” – It’s Our City

I urge all Sheffield residents to sign the petition. This is an great opportunity to change and influence the way our city is run, in a way that goes way beyond the issue of street trees.

Please visit the petition at https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sheffield-peoples-petition.

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Save Nether Edge Trees Supporters’ Meeting – 27th August 2018

The next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held on Monday 27th August at 8.00pm.

Please note the location
Terrace Room, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Nether Edge.

Hope to see plenty of you there.

Please arrive by 7.45pm for a prompt start at 8.00pm.

Many thanks for your continued support

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Save Nether Edge Trees Supporters’ Meeting – 30th July 2018

The next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held on Monday 30th July at 8.00pm.

Please note the location
Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Nether Edge.

Hope to see plenty of you there.

Please arrive by 7.45pm for a prompt start at 8.00pm.

Many thanks for your continued support

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The New Injunction – What You Need To Know

The currently injunction against the prevention of tree fellings by direct peaceful protest, was due to expire in 25th July 2018.

Sheffield Council applied to revise and extend the injunction for a further 3 years.

Thirteen tree campaigners were sent letters informing them of the new injunction, and implying further legal action would be taken against them unless they signed a document saying that they agreed to abide by the new terms. None of them signed. At the injunction hearing on Thursday 12th July, Judge Robinson stated that the thirteen “were eminently justified in not signing”. 

For a more in depth report on the injunction hearing see here.

Ultimately, the council failed to bully campaigners, and were only granted an extra 18 months, rather than the 3 years they had requested. However the injunction was amended in one crucial way. Protesting by standing beside a wall or fence (Geckoing), is now Prohibited.

For a full description of what protesters can and cannot legally do under the terms of the new injunction, see Paul Brooke’s summary here.

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Save Nether Edge Trees Supporters’ Meeting – 25th June 2018

The next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held on Monday 25th June at 8.00pm.

It is expected that Counselor Lewis Dagnall, the new Cabinet Member for Environment, will be attending. So give some thought to some constructive questions you could put to him. 

Please note the change of location
Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Nether Edge.

Hope to see plenty of you there.

Please arrive by 7.45pm for a prompt start at 8.00pm.

 
Many thanks for your continued support

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Court Case Summary and Comments

Last week Sheffield Council brought another case against four campaigners, who they allege had breached the injunction.

Though the outcome of the case is still not fully confirmed, here is a brief summary of significant information to come out of the court case, and what it may mean for the future of the campaign. 

The barrister acting on behalf of Sheffield Council confirmed that Counselor Julie Dore had signed off on the court case, despite Counselor Lewis Dagnall saying publicly that the decision was solely the decision of officials, and that Councillors had no say in whether the cases were brought to court.

It appears that specific type of tactics campaigners have used to delay felling remain outside the terms of the injunction and able to continue to be used.

Two of the four accused were given suspended custodial sentences, the third was found guilty but with no sentence, and the the judge is still considering his decision on the fourth person.

The question of how much of the Council’s application for costs should be awarded against campaigners is still to be decided .

Over £4,800 has so far been raised via a crowdfunder setup to help cover court costs.
Clearly the outcome of the case isn’t good for the three individuals found guilty of breaching an injunction, and potentially significant costs may yet be awarded. But on the bright side, all three have avoided being imprisoned. 

Though many fear that felling will commence immediately, it is likely that the pause in felling will continue for many more weeks yet. Word has it that Amey is still finalising its detailed proposal to save more trees. Which once submitted, will still need to go through Council Officers, the Labour Cabinet and the wider Labour Party, before hopefully being proposed to the campaign as a solution.

In the meantime, please continue to support the campaign in any way you can. Donate to the crowdfunder, or attend a supporters meeting. 

It is hoped that Counselor Lewis Dagnall, the new Cabinet Member for Environment, will be at the next Save Nether Edge Trees supporters meeting, though this is yet to be confirmed.

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