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STAG Steering Group meeting: 7 May 2019

1. Matters arising 1.1 Disease issues – Paul B has contacted Dr Wilson. There is no easy route to a decision on whether to fell an individual tree with phytophthora. A discussion is needed on the technicalities in each case.

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 2 April 2019

1. Update about 3rd Party Fellings 1.1 At the previous STAG Steering Group meeting, there had been a lengthy discussion about 3rd party reasons for felling. Specifically, about the reasonable process relating to Insurance claims against street trees from residents

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 5 March 2019

1. Update on Inspections and recent conversations with Amey and SCC 1.1 Broadly positive feedback on new approach as all the Facebook updates etc show. 1.2 Amey drawing up recommendations to go to SCC. Most reports recommending to SCC that

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 5th February 2019

1. Joint Investigations 1.1 Amey teams are currently averaging one investigation per day. 1.2 Most of STAG observers have now seen at least one investigation. 1.3 Amey pavement crews have been authorised by Arbs to cut tree roots up to

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 8th January 2019

1. Joint Inspections with Amey 1.1 SG members involved in the talks updated SG on the conversations held with Amey followed by questions and discussions. 1.2 Chris Rust and Paul Brooke updated SG on the meeting they had held with

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Chatsworth Road – First Joint Tree Inspection

Paul Brooke, the STAG Chair reports: Very interesting morning observed by a happy crowd. So what was the issue with this tree? Before starting any work we discussed the displaced kerbs and cracked and raised tarmac around the lime tree.

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The Big Issue namechecks STAG!

STAG’s campaigning efforts have been recognised by The Big Issue in their list of Top 100 Changemakers. You’ll need to take my word for it as the print on the cover image is too small to read. We are all

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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

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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

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Joint Statement by Sheffield Council, Amey and STAG – 13th December 2018

Following more than two months of very detailed discussions between SCC, Amey and the STAG Steering Group, Sheffield City Council have announced a new approach to managing street trees within the 25 year ‘Streets Ahead’ highway management programme operated by

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Further update on STAG’s continuing discussions with SCC and Amey

Jointly agreed press statement following a morning of talks today (below). As campaigners are aware, the group from STAG Steering Group that have been engaged in the talks, have been trying to assist the Council in formulating a proposal on

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Update on STAG’s continuing discussions with SCC and Amey

We have had two sessions with SCC and Amey, totalling three days of meetings, with a three week gap to think about the information given to us in the two-day first session. At some point Sheffield Council will have to

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 11th September 2018

1. Finances Update 1.1 Chris gave an update on the state of STAG finances. 1.2 There was a brief discussion about whether we should use this opportunity to pay off any loans outstanding. However Chris confirmed that all the individuals

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Talks Update – joint press statement

Joint statement from Chris Rust and Paul Brooke, Co-Chairs of STAG and Councillor Lewis Dagnall, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene: “Representatives of Sheffield City Council and STAG have agreed to mediated talks, conducted by the Centre

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Update on Tree Talks

STAG Steering Group has been working with Cllr Lewis Dagnall on arrangements for the long awaited ‘talks’ and we can now confirm the details. The Bishop of Sheffield will chair a process of talks that will be independently facilitated by

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 28th August 2018

1. Notification Process for Urgent Fellings 1.1 Process still hit and miss. Earlier notification would be better than the current one or two days. 1.2 Specific problem identified with a tree in Wadsley with a sign for felling from 17th

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 31st July 2018

1. Funding Position 1.1 Chris summarised the latest position, having sent round the details a few days earlier. 1.2 There was discussion about which order various costs and demands should be paid. Options were agreed. 2. Discussions with the Council

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When is a target not a target?

Over the course of the last three years Sheffield has succumbed to the forces of post-truth politics. When the STAG campaign originally got off the ground most people, including myself, were under the impression that the Council planned to fell and

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Thoughts on the Council talks process

by Paul Selby (of Save Nether Edge Trees) First then, to the talks. I attach an image of the press release from STAG Steering Group about the talks. To be clear, there is still a huge degree of scepticism about

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Invitation to talks from Sheffield City Council, and STAG’s reply

A message from STAG Co-Chair Paul Brooke: Dear Tree Campaigners There has been some speculation on the promised talks between SCC, Amey and STAG representatives. In this post I’ve put pictures of the letters received from Cllr Dagnall and the

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Crowdfunder: street trees legal fund

We are currently collecting to support the small number of campaigners who are facing court costs after cases brought by Sheffield City Council.

Heartwood TiCL trail

Walk the Heartwood Trail and find Robert Macfarlane’s beautiful charms against harm hung from some of Sheffield’s threatened Street Trees. Designed by Jackie Morris.