Sheffield City Council overturns tree felling injunction

Following a hearing yesterday (22 March) in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Sheffield City Council has overturned an interim injunction brought by campaigning group Save Sheffield's Trees preventing the council felling any more street trees in the city.

However the court reserved judgement on the case and indicated that an expedited judgement will be handed down in 10 days' time.

The council maintained it did not have a duty to consult local residents on its tree felling proposals, and that these would not cause environmental harm.

Its executive director for place Simon Green said: "We are delighted that the court has agreed with the council's case to have the tree injunction lifted. However, we have been clear throughout that we want to make sure that our work with communities on this issue is right, so we will not resume the full street tree replacement programme until we have had the court's final decision. We will of course continue to assess our trees and replace those that are dangerous."

Campaigner Dave Dillner, whose legal action led to the injunction being granted, said: "I am extremely concerned at the lifting of the injunction because of the risk to the trees the campaign has fought so hard to protect and I now put my hope in the City acting responsibly during the period before the judgement is handed down."

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