Today Rivelin Valley Road, the second longest Lime avenue in England, lost TWO of its majestic, healthy, over 100 year-old Lime trees. This avenue is situated in Paul Blomfield’s constituency who, only a week ago, said as part of a long statement:
“I would also like to see a pause in the work for more discussion to resolve the current conflict, putting the views of residents on affected streets first.”
Well Paul, it looks like that would be a “no” from SCC and AMEY.
Rivelin Valley Road was invaded mid morning with the now customary complement of large numbers of Police, Servoca Security employees, Amey barrier people and employees of Acorn Environmental Management Group – who actually cut the trees down.
By the end of the day this invasion resulted in two trees being felled and two people, who came to protest peacefully, being arrested.
Just to give you the feel of today here is a selection of comments posted on FB and various chats:
“SIA. Heras.Police on RVR”
“think they’re going for three trees”
“I’m at work…NO! NO! NO!”
“Have alerted Local Councillors”
“Live feed from Rivelin Valley Road shows Jeremy Willis really not looking pleased. He must have missed the memo about today being ‘International Day of Happiness’. “
On a Banner..“HONK FOR TREES”
“HONK!!!!!” From the many motorists who drove past showing their support
“South Yorkshire Police
PROTECTING the Fence
PROTECTING the Bouncers
PROTECTING the Contractors FROM
Peaceful People who just want to… PROTECT Healthy Trees”
“100 years to grow, and destroyed in 1 hour”
“Damn – they are ruining one of Britain’s best beauty spots.”
“A sad, difficult day.”
“15:45 All finished at Rivelin Valley Rd, Thanks everyone who came”
I think that means thanks to the Tree Protectors….
POWER TO THE PEACEFUL
WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY