STAG Steering Group notes: 3 March 2020

1. Tree Huggers Celebration event.
1.1 In total around £350 to £400 was raised from the Pizza company, donations on the night, and sales of merchandise.

2. Street Tree Strategy.

2.1 Paul S gave an update. The draft document will be published next week for Cabinet scrutiny.

3. Trees identified for felling in 2020 by Amey.

3.1 All but 9 of the 193 trees identified have been visited by STAG SG members to confirm or query Amey recommendations. The remaining 9 will be done shortly.
3.2 Of the 184 viewed, we’ve asked for further information about 17%. The rest are not being contested as are clearly dead or seriously compromised.

4. Hanover Way Cycle Crossing.

4.1 This is not a specific street tree led issue, albeit 5 street trees will be felled.
4.2 STAG have formally disagreed with the proposal and suggested an alternative solution.
4.3 The Council have however decided to proceed. As mitigation, they have agreed to plant 15 new big trees nearby to compensate for the 5 to be felled.

5. Trees listed for felling for subsidence on Canterbury Avenue and Wisewood Avenue.

5.1 The consensus was to raise serious concerns with SCC and Amey about these proposed fells. There appears to be no real evidence that the trees are causing subsidence

6. Legal Case.

6.1 Little progress since last month. Paul S kindly offered to take the work on solely rather than working with Paul Brooke as he is currently overloaded.

7. The DEFRA Environment Bill and the “Sheffield clause”.

7.1 The draft Bill includes a “duty to consult” on street tree felling, which has been dubbed the “Sheffield clause”.
7.2 There was a debate about what it really meant, as the legal wording of the proposed bill hasn’t yet been published. It was agreed that, depending upon the drafting, it may align with our views.

8. LGO work.

8.1 No further progress.

9. Tree Disease Symposium.

9.1 Good progress has been made. Date and location firmed up and it will soon be advertised.
9.2 Jeremy Barrell will be the keynote speaker

10 Court Cases.

10.1 There was a discussion about the implications for the campaign of a particular case.

11. Implications for STAG of SNET planning to close the Nether Edge Tree Fund Account.

11.1 Paul S outlined how SNET planned to close the account at some point in the next 12 months as SNET morphed into the new local environmental group
11.2 This increases the pressure on STAG to set up its own account, with a constitution and trustees.

12. City wide TPO application.

12.1 Paul Brooke updated on progress. It will be sent in the next week or so.

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