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The Independent Tree Panel Costs Revealed

Freedom of information requests have revealed just how much Sheffield council has spent on the advice from its ‘Independent Tree Panel’, which it often then ignored.

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Independent Tree Panel Result Summary – Final

Summary Of Results

Sheffield Council has now released all of the Independent Tree Panel’s recommendations, as well as its own response to those recommendations.

Adding these to the previously released information, here are the final summary statistics:

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The Final Independent Tree Panel Results

The final Independent Tree Panel result has been published, along with the council’s ultimate decision.

Thornsett Road

Please see the updated ITP page, for details and a summary of the ITP’s published results.

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Independent Tree Panel Result Summary – July 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 149 of these roads. These 149 roads had 787 trees for consideration.

Of the 787 trees:

44 (5.6%) were dead or had already been removed;
128 (16.3%) were dying or diseased so the ITP agreed with their removal;
615 (78.1%) were perfectly healthy so the ITP seriously considered them.
Of the 615 healthy trees the ITP recommended:

Saving 299 of them (48.6%), suggesting using one of the 14 free engineering solutions;
Saving a further 5 trees (0.8%) as special cases (The Vernon Road Oak, the Chelsea Road Elm, 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 311 of them (50.6%) as the damage to the road or pavement was too substantial
Of the 304 trees that the ITP recommended saving, the Council ignored them on 230 trees (75.7% of the time).

Of the 74 trees “saved” by the ITP process, five trees were incorrectly identified or listed by Amey and were therefore administrative errors, so 69 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:

4686 would have been healthy, 1314 would have been dead, dying, diseased, or already removed
2314 of the 6000 trees are being unnecessarily being felled
In summary:

Despite the lack of transparency, the ITP do at least 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 74 trees (9.4%) out of the 787 considered, only 69 of which (8.8%) is a genuine saving.
Click here for published ITP Results.

(as of 24.07.2017)

If you have found this information useful then please consider helping us protect your trees, by donating some money to the legal fund.  Just £2 could save your trees.

For more information about our legal battle, and for details of other ways to donate, please click here.

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The Latest Independent Tree Panel Results

Another batch of Independent Tree Panel results have been published, along with the council’s final decisions.

Aldam Way
Blayton Road
Crabtree Drive
East Bank Road
Ecclesall Road
Lathkill Road
Lees Hall Avenue
Montgomery Road
Oxford Street
Ridgeway Road
Smelter Wood Road
The Grove
Thorpe House Avenue
Woodstock Road

See the updated ITP page for details.

If you have found this information useful.  Please consider helping us protect your trees, by donating some money to the legal fund.  

To read all about the council’s planned injunction click here and here.

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More Independent Tree Panel Results

Another batch of Independent Tree Panel results have been published, along with the council’s final decisions. Brinkburn Drive Burngreave Street Cawston Road Crabtree Close Crawford Road Crescent Road Donnington Road Edgebrook Road (no 24) Firshill Avenue Green Oak Road Hampton

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The Latest Batch of Independent Tree Panel Results

Albert Road
Aldam Road
Banner Cross Road
Barker’s Road
Chelsea Road
Chesterfield Road South
Cromwell Street
Cruise Road
Furniss Avenue
Holdings Road
Laverdene Way
Psalter Lane
Rivelin Valley Road
Seabrook Road
Shepperson Road
Silver Hill Road
Sunnyvale Road
Thompson Road
Thorpe House Road
Tylney Road
Whirlowdale Crescent

See the updated ITP page for details.

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