STAG Steering Group meeting: 11th December 2018

1. Matters arising
1.1 Leaf clearing – Darren Butt has offered to provide large sacks to any groups of residents who wish to do their own leaf clearance on their roads.

2. Talks with SCC and Amey
2.1 The latest version of the statement is now available.
2.2 Figures from SCC/Amey indicate that 83 trees have been saved. 49 are earmarked for further investigation. 173 are phased fellings to be done over a number of years. 60 of these are for felling in the first 12 months.
2.3 Given timescales and the promises made to talk with residents and allow joint investigations into those trees earmarked for phased fellings at present, this proposed process by SCC/Amey at least gives time to work with Amey staff to potentially make additional progress on removing some more of these trees from the proposed fellings lists.
2.4 The promise of a proper street tree strategy was welcome.
2.5 It is highly regrettable that SCC have refused to hold an independent enquire into events up until now. Questions on this will continue to go to SCC.

3. Consultations with Local Groups
3.1 Groups need to be informed of he categories and the phasing proposals.
3.2 The lists of trees in each category needs to be made available.
3.3 Consultations should make people aware of the different categories and their meanings and also that the phasing proposal means that local groups have the opportunity to influence the future.

4. Finances
4.1 Chris gave a report on the current financial position.
4.2 The hard work of various individuals in organising events and merchandising has brought in additional income lately.

5. Supporter conduct
5.1 A suggested new process for dealing with harassment was discussed.
5.2 Paul B and Chris will find some people who can take a balanced view on proposals and take forward.

6. Forestry Commission
6.1 Investigations continue.
6.2 The Woodland Trust will be in communication with the Forestry Commission about the matter.

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