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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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The Greens Win In Nether Edge!

Congratulations to Alison Teal, the Nether Edge Green Councillor and prominent tree campaigner, for retaining her seat and increasing her majority by 1393 votes.

“Labour Councillors have previously claimed they have the democratic mandate for their disastrous plan to fell 17,500 trees. They cannot claim this after today.“
Paul Brooke – Co-Chair STAG Steering Group

The Labour run council also lost a total of four seats to other parties:

Broomhill and Sharrow Vale (Green Party)
City (Green Party)
Crookes and Crosspool (Liberal Democrats)
West Ecclesfield (Liberal Democrats)
See here for all results as they are announced.

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City Hall Rally – Saturday 7th April

A rally is to be held outside Sheffield City Hall next Saturday (7th April). The event, organised by Dave Dillner founder of STAG, will commence with a march around town before finishing back at the City Hall for speeches.

Speakers will include experts in arboricultural, environmental and ecological matters, as well as people from the world of entertainment, including Sheffield’s very own Jarvis Cocker.

Event:       Get Off My Tree
Date:         Saturday 7th April
Time:        9.45am
Location: Sheffield City Hall (Outside)

With the council announcing a pause in felling, and the elections coming up (coincidence?), this is a great opportunity to show the council that you oppose the felling of our healthy street trees. In addition, let’s show the world that despite the violence and intimidatory tactics being used against protesters, we remain a peaceful campaign.

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Council Pause Tree Felling Again

Sheffield Council has once again paused the tree felling program after yet more criticism.

Secretary of State, Michael Gove has again condemned the councils actions as “environmental vandalism”, saying that he will do “anything required” to help end the felling.

In recent weeks more and more Labour MPs have called for the council to sit down and talk to campaigners. Now Sue Hayman, the Labour Shadow Environment Secretary, has offered to mediate, reportedly with the support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

For further details click here.

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Save Nether Edge Trees Supporters’ Meeting – 26th March 2018

The next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held on Monday 26th March at 8.00pm.

As usual the location is the upstairs room at the Banner Cross Pub, 971 Ecclesall Road.

So far the agenda includes:

Ideas about how to get younger residents involved in the campaign
The People’s Audit
Discussion about the next full Council meeting
Brief talk by Alison Teal
Small group project around the 8th May local election
Please get in touch, using our contact form, if there is anything you would like to discuss or present. 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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Reminder: Save Nether Edge Trees Public Meeting Tonight!

Just a reminder that the next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held Tonight at 8.00pm.

As usual the location is the upstairs room at the Banner Cross Pub, 971 Ecclesall Road.

We will be giving updates on current initiatives, asking your opinions on a number of issues, including how political the group should be, as well as time for general discussion.

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 Public Meeting – 26th February 2018

The next Save Nether Edge Trees public meeting will be held on Monday 26th February at 8.00pm.

As usual the location is the upstairs room at the Banner Cross Pub, 971 Ecclesall Road.

We will be giving updates on current initiatives, asking your opinions on a number of issues, including how political the group should be, as well as time for general discussion.

If you have anything specific you would like to discuss, or any initiatives you would like to take forward, please contact us before the event using our contact form, so we can ensure we make time in the schedule.

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

 
Many thanks for your continued support

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