Independent Tree Panel Result Summary – June 2017

Summary Of Results

Sheffield Council has released the latest Independent Tree Panel recommendations, and the Council response to those recommendations. Adding these to the previously released information, here are the summary statistics:

150 roads have been referred to the ITP, but so far the ITP recommendations have only been published for 99 of these roads. These 99 roads had 461 trees for consideration.

Of the 461 trees considered:

  • 26 (5.6%) were dead or had already been removed;
  • 90 (19.5%) were dying or diseased so the ITP agreed with their removal
  • 339 (73.5%) were perfectly healthy so the ITP seriously considered them.

Of the 339 healthy trees the ITP recommended:

  • Saving 146 of them (43.1%), suggesting using one of the 14 free engineering solutions;
  • Saving a further four trees (1.2%) as special cases (The Vernon Road Oak, a rare Italian Alder on Kenbourne Road, a “magnificent” London Plane on Vainor Road), and one on Spring Hill Road, using one of the additional engineering solutions;
  • Felling 189 of them (55.8%) as the damage to the road or pavement was too substantial
  • The ITP advice was missing for a further tree

Of the 150 trees that the ITP recommended saving, the Council ignored them on 131 trees (87.3% of the time).

Of the 19 trees “saved” by the ITP process, five trees were incorrectly identified or listed by Amey and were therefore administrative errors, so only 14 are “genuine saves.”

In nearly all cases where the Council decided to ignore ITP recommendations to save, they have been vague about why, and have seemingly accepted Amey advice, unquestioned.

Extrapolating these numbers across the 6000 trees being felled in the first five years of the 25 year PFI contract:

  • 4602 would have been healthy, 1398 would have been dead, dying, diseased, or already removed
  • 2186 of the 6000 trees are being unnecessarily being felled

In summary:

  • Despite the lack of transparency, the ITP did at least at first seem to be genuinely independent;
  • The Council have questionable engineering expertise, and so are pretty much forced to accept Amey advice above the ITP advice;
  • So far the process has only saved 19 trees (4.6%) out of the 412 considered, only 14 of which (3.4%) is a genuine saving.

Click here for published ITP Results.

(as of 16.06.2017)
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Some More Independent Tree Panel Results

Burlington Road
Derriman Close
Derriman Drive
Endcliffe Grove Avenue
Greenland Drive
Greenland Way
Kenwell Drive
Malton Street
Pexton Road
Pleasant Close
Rushley Road
Ryle Road
Ryle Road
Sheldon Road
Sheldon Road
Silverdale Croft
Twentywell Rise
Twentywell View
Wath Road
Wath Road
Wollaton Avenue
Wollaton Drive

See the updated ITP page for details.

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Independent Tree Panel Result Summary – May 2017

Sheffield Council have rapidly been publishing Independent Tree Panel results of late. The following is a summary of their recommendations, and the Council’s response to those recommendations, taking into account previously released information.

summary statistics:

150 roads have been referred to the ITP, but so far the ITP recommendations have only been published for 64 of these roads. These 64 roads had 305 trees for consideration.

Of the 305 trees:

– 22 (7.2%) were dead or had already been removed;
– 55 (18%) were dying or diseased so the ITP agreed with their removal;
– 228 (74.8%) were perfectly healthy so the ITP seriously considered them.

Of the 228 healthy trees the ITP recommended:

– Saving 97 of them (42.5%), suggesting using one of the 14 free engineering solutions;
– Saving a further three trees (1.3%) as special cases (The Vernon Road Oak, a rare Italian Alder on Kenbourne Road, and a “magnificent” London Plane on Vainor Road) using one of the additional engineering solutions;
– Felling 128 of them (56.1%) as the damage to the road or pavement was too substantial
– The ITP advice was missing for a further tree

Of the 100 trees that the ITP recommended saving, the Council ignored them on 94 trees (94% of the time).

Of the 6 trees “saved” by the ITP process, only one is a genuine “saving.” The other five trees were incorrectly identified or listed by Amey and were therefore administrative errors.

In nearly all cases where the Council decided to ignore ITP recommendations to save, they have been vague about why, and have seemingly accepted Amey advice, unquestioned.

Extrapolating these numbers across the 6000 trees being felled in the first five years of the 25 year PFI contract:

– 4488 would have been healthy, 1512 would have been dead, dying, diseased, or already removed
– 1966 of the 6000 trees are being unnecessarily being felled

In conclusion:

– Despite the lack of transparency, the ITP did at least at first seem to be genuinely independent;
– The Council have questionable engineering expertise, and so are pretty much forced to accept Amey advice above the ITP advice;
So far the process has only saved 6 trees (2%) out of the 305 considered, only one of which (0.3%) is a genuine saving.

Click here for published ITP Results.

(as of 27.05.2017)
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Yet More Independent Tree Panel Results

They’re coming thick and fast now. Another 17 results published.

Adelaide Road
Aldred Road
Cannon Hall Road
Cox Place
Fulton Road
Glebe Road
Glentilt Road
Hartley Brook Road
Hawksley Avenue
Hollythorpe Rise
Lees Hall Road
Marlcliffe Road
Meersbrook Park Road
Milden Road
Mona Road
Spring Hill Road
Willis Road

See the updated ITP page for details.

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Western Road Wins Great Trees Of Sheffield

The Great trees Of Sheffield competition has been won by the threatened memorial trees on Western Road in Crookes.

The competition was set up by Rob McBride, “The Tree Hunter” as a way of celebrating Sheffield’s wonderful trees, and has been backed by celebrities such as Jarvis Cocker.

The Results

For more information see here and here.

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Another Batch Of Independent Tree Panel Results

Another 9 Independent Tree Panel (ITP) results have been released.

Hunter House Road
Rundle Road
Sackville Road
Steade Road
Stockarth Lane
Upper Albert Road
Vainor Road
Warminster Crescent
Woodbank Crescent

See the updated ITP page for details.

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More Independent Tree Panel Results Published

Another batch of Independent Tree Panel (ITP) results have been published.

Agden Road
Albany Road
Argyle Road
Binfield Road
Bower Road
Brighton Terrace Road
Hollythorpe Crescent
Kenbourne Road
Lismore Road
Springvale Road

See the updated ITP page for details.

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