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LabourSheffield: Greener... and still listening

GreenSheffield.jpgLabourSheffield 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.LDTreePolicy.jpg

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.

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commented 2016-04-29 10:28:44 +0100
Do the “clear and meaningful ways in which residents can have their say,” include the use of the word “vexatious” to avoid answering questions that expose the truth?

Campaigners equates to concerned citizens of Sheffield. Understand that! Over 20,000 of us and counting.
You can blow out a candle but…you can’t blow out a fire!
You’re going to need a bigger hose!
And pretty soon!
commented 2016-04-28 23:09:19 +0100
Lies and spin. Lost my vote.

Labour is a mess.
commented 2016-04-28 11:14:30 +0100
The council have made a gross error of judgement in trying to portray this campaign as an issue of class,location and personal greed. It is quite clearly a campaign about the environment, local democracy,the ability or otherwise of our elected representatives to listen to the electorate of this city and the scrutiny that they must be subjected to. The fact is that councils of all political persuasions have had very little scrutiny and accountability over the last twenty five to thirty years. The wholesale lack of any kind of strategy to maintain the roads,pavements and trees led to the situation that we find ourselves in today. The signing of a contract which allows the destruction of a green heritage bequeathed to the people of this city by our Victorian forefathers is the sole responsibility of past and present SCC Councillors. To obfuscate, show disrespect to the electorate and now try and divide people on the basis of some outmoded and outdated ideas of class and perceived wealth is as absurd as it is grotesque.
commented 2016-04-28 10:34:51 +0100
From Steve Eccleston’s first witness statement, para 35: “It should be noted that the tree forum was never intended to provide a means of public participation in the process of determining tree maintenance under the Streets Ahead scheme. It was envisaged as a place where a panel of experts could debate issues and why the Council was taking the actions it was.”

From Andrew Walshaw’s second witness statement, para 10: “The survey was not a consultation mechanism.”
commented 2016-04-28 10:30:31 +0100
“the legal challenge route has already cost local taxpayers at least an estimated £80,000” Surely if the court found in their favour their costs are covered? Lies again?
commented 2016-04-28 10:25:10 +0100
How can you possibly say you are still listening when the entire premise of your legal case regarding the consultation was that you were never obliged to listen, and were never listening in the first place? That every time you used the word ‘consultation’ you never actually meant consultation?
LabourSheffield posted about LabourSheffield: Greener... and still listening on LabourSheffield's Facebook page 2016-04-28 08:25:57 +0100
LabourSheffield: Greener... and still listening. Court ruling an opportunity to work together for a greener tomorrow.

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