Nine more arrested in Sheffield street tree felling protests

A further nine people, including a Green Party councillor, have been arrested in the latest protests against the felling of street trees in Sheffield.

Image: Fran Halsall
Image: Fran Halsall

Police were called as Sheffield City Council's contractor Amey tried to remove trees in Chippinghouse Road in the south of the city.

Green Party councillor Alison Teal, who represents the Nether Edge ward in which the street lies, was arrested alongside three other women and three men on Monday (6 February) and charged under the Trade Union and Relations Act.

A further two were arrested today (8 February) on the same charge even though they were standing in a private driveway with the owner's permission.

Former Green Party leader and prospective parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Central Natalie Bennett said: "These individuals were peacefully protesting the unnecessary loss of trees that help to clear Sheffield's polluted air, help prevent flooding, and improve the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors.

"Sheffield is known as the Green City, but around the world it is increasingly becoming known as the city that cuts down trees."

Sheffield City Council's Cabinet Member for Environment Councillor Bryan Lodge said: "The Council is very disappointed that this disruption of lawful highway work is continuing.

"We have had the programme endorsed by the Courts following legal action by the protest group but the disruption continues to cause unnecessary delay. This delay and disruption is likely to cost the Council Tax payers of Sheffield a significant amount of money."

The majority of residents on Chippinghouse Road "did not disagree" with the tree felling, he added.

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