New row over felling of Sheffield's street trees

A further dispute has broken out in Sheffield between Amey and residents over the highways contractor's proposals to fell 31 mature street trees.

Image: Francesco De Comite
Image: Francesco De Comite

Removal of the trees, chiefly limes, on Rivelin Valley Road to the west of the city, is proposed as part of the council's five-year, £2bn Streets Ahead programme to resurface streets, improve lighting and replace trees.

Amey, the contractor carrying out the programme, says three of the trees are dead, one is decayed, six have structural problems and 21 are damaging the highway surface.

But residents say they intend to have an independent assessment of the trees' health. One, Helen Davison, said: "If we are told by our independent assessors that they are dangerous or dying then we have to accept that comes first, but with the trees on the pavement there is no excuse."

Sheffield City Council launched an independent tree panel earlier this month to assess tree-related work where more than half of residents express concern, but such work has continued while this is being set up.

A council representative confirmed that 31 of the 550 trees on the road were marked for felling and replacement. It has listed these on its website (pdf).

Hundreds of protesters marched in the city centre on Saturday 14 November to protest against tree losses brought by the works programme.

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