STAG Steering Group meeting: 27th November 2018

1. Talks with Amey/SCC
1.1 A statement on the talks has been issued. Further announcements are expected soon.
1.2 A confidential discussion on progress took place.

2. Forestry Commission Investigation
2.1 Paul Selby gave a further update.

3. Fellings owing to Third-party damage claims
3.1 Meetings have been held with SCC concerning this.
3.2 According to SCC, assessments for third-party damage are done in two ways. Firstly, a full assessment over time. Secondly, through an assessment of direct damage. The second method is problematic because it doesn’t take account of the value of the trees.
3.3 According to Paul Billington’s figures 48 trees have been taken down for third-party damage. The discrepancy with figures obtained through FOI request is being pursued.
3.4 It is likely that some campaigners would protest at some of the more contested fellings in this category. Therefore it has been decided by SCC/Amey to only fell those in the emergency category for the time being until such time as there is a street tree strategy in place so decisions can be defended.

4. Malicious damage
4.1 It has been reported that person/s unknown have privately cut some branches off a street tree. Rebecca will check. Please encourage people to report any such occurrences.

5. AOB
5.1 Russell reported on an event to distribute a flyer “The 12 days of Amey” on the morning of 15 December.
5.2 The cabinet member will be meeting the public in the Winter gardens on 28 November at 6 pm.
5.3 there will be a stack stall at Sharrow Vale Christmas market on 2 December and Nether Edge Christmas market on 9 December.
5.4 One day conference on street heritage being held at Hallam University on 1 December.

 

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