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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.

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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 there recommendations, and the Council 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

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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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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

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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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Shocking Pictures Of Kenwood Park Road

Another in the series of shocking pictures have been released showing Kenwood Park Road, now and with the threatened trees removed.

The unbroken avenue of Lime trees will become treeless in some sections of the road when 24% of the healthy trees are felled later this year. All because the Council values straight kerb lines more than the trees

Please feel free to download and print copies of the files below to share amongst your friends and neighbours to show them how their Council is vandalising its green spaces.

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