LabourSheffield have welcomed the legal ruling allowing the policy of managing the city’s 36,000 street trees to continue in full. It means the much called for improvements to roads and pavements can continue, whilst protecting the tree stock for tomorrow’s Sheffielders.
But the judgement doesn’t mean we’ll stop listening to residents. Quite the reverse. We’ve set up clear and meaningful ways in which local residents can have their say. We hope that they will make use of the Independent Tree Panel that was created by Labour for this purpose.
We particularly hope that campaign groups will now use the thorough consultation mechanisms available responsibly to continue their involvement. Whilst we’d support every Sheffielder in exercising their rights, the legal challenge route has already cost local taxpayers at least an estimated £80,000 at a time of relentless Tory cuts.
We’re especially disappointed with the opportunistic attempts by opposition parties to misrepresent our policy. The Lib Dems in particular, with an officially recognised financially dangerous and incompetent plan for the future of Sheffield, have grasped this issue in a desperate attempt to cover their lack of credible ideas. They’ve conveniently forgotten that the Streets Ahead Policy is one they started when they were briefly and aimlessly in control of the Council. The Lib Dems have used their representatives in both Houses of Parliament and the Council to try and spread misinformation on this issue. They owe the people of Sheffield an apology.
The full details of LabourSheffield’s policy on trees is available here.
The Lib Dems have helpfully produced an in depth video addressing the key issues which can be viewed for comparison.