Large in-tray for newly appointed Sheffield tree panel

Sheffield City Council's newly appointed Independent Tree Panel already has trees earmarked for felling on 36 streets to assess.

Image: Sam Saunders
Image: Sam Saunders

The council has said that any street on which over 50 per cent of residents have expressed concern over tree felling will be referred to the panel. It is already due to assess 36 such streets - over half of all the streets already surveyed.

Announced earlier this week, the panel consists of:

  • Andy Buck (chair), chief executive, Sheffield Citizens Advice and Law Centre;
  • Jacquie Stubbs, chair, Partners for Inclusion;
  • Phillip Duckett, consultant, STS Health & Safety;
  • David Graham, managing director of road safety and traffic engineering consultancy David A Graham Associates;
  • Andy Bagshaw, arboricultural consultant, JCA.

Buck said: "We will be meeting in the coming weeks to consider all the evidence and residents' concerns. If we need further evidence or information then we will ask for this. Once we have all we need we will present our advice to the Council."

According to the the council's tree panel webpage: "No timescales have been set as to how long the panel can or should take to assess all the details."

The decision to convene the panel came in response to widespread concern among the city's residents at the extent of tree felling under the council's partnership with highways contractor Amey.

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