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STAG Steering Group notes: 7 April 2020

1. Amey continuing to work during the “lockdown” 1.1 Concerns were expressed about Amey continuing to do various non-essential work during the “lockdown” period. This includes working practices that allow for no social distancing, two people in the same van, etc.

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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

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 3 December 2019

1. Matters arising 1.1 TPO – Paul passed round a brief note that will form the basis of this ongoing work.1.2 Loan to Sarah Deakin for merchandise approved. 2. Pro Active Legal Work 2.1 Paul S updated on this. 3.

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 5 November 2019

1. Tree Disease Conference 1.1 Caroline Millman met with Ian Rotherham to discuss ideas. He agreed he would be willing to help STAG organise the conference. 1.2 The exact nature of the conference remains to be decided but main priorities are

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 1 October 2019

1. Treasurers Update 1.1Chris Rust, STAG Treasurer, attended the full Steering Group meeting, and provided a verbal financial update. All supporters loans have now been repaid. 2. Merchandise Sales and Documentary film funding. 2.1 There was a long discussion about the

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 3 September 2019

1. Matters Arising 1.1 Paul B approved payment to Jaq Pixelwitch for her film about the campaign. 1.2 Rebecca/Paul B still looking at framework complaint letters for people to use. 2. Tree Review with SCC/Amey 2.1 Hugh, Paul B, Heather,

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STAG Steering Group meeting: 4 June 2019

1. Actions from the last STAG Steering Group meeting 1.1 Paul Brooke had followed up with Dave Dillner about whether STAG had been set up as a Woodland Trust Charter branch. 1.2 Dave confirmed it had been, in his name,

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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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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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Posted in Blog, Council tree talks, Streets Ahead contract analysis

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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Posted in Letters to and from Sheffield City Council

What does the new Injunction mean?

by Paul Brooke, STAG co-chair. From the outset the legal advice to us was that the Council would be able to make an area around a tree to be felled subject to the Injunction and that the Persons Unknown definition

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Posted in Blog, Court cases, Legal notices

A welcome dose of transparency from Sheffield City Council

Analysis by Paul Selby Since I became active in the tree campaign over 31 months ago, I have fought for transparency around the PFI contract, for all that can be legally released unredacted to be released. I work in the

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Injunction renewal hearing – 12th July 2018

SHEFFIELD HIGH COURT, 12 July 2018 report by Sheldon Hall New readers start here: On 21 June, thirteen tree campaigners were sent letters by Sheffield City Council, asking them to sign an undertaking based on a reworked version of the

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Posted in Court case reports, Court cases

Injunction renewal hearing – 11th July 2018

SHEFFIELD HIGH COURT, 11 July 2018. report by Sheldon Hall. Undramatic scenes punctuated the inaction at today’s tedious non-hearing at Sheffield High Court. Boredom ran high as anti-climax followed breathlessly on anti-climax and non-event piled on non-event before culminating in

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Judge dismisses council’s application to send Sheffield tree protester to jail – Yorkshire Post

Sheffield Council’s application to send an anti tree-felling protester to jail for contempt of court has been dismissed by a judge – with his ruling highlighting the chaotic scenes which unfolded between security guards and campaigners on a normally quiet

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First report from the Crown Court – 5th June 2018

It was a day of two gasps, bracketed by a pair of curve balls. The trial of Paul Brooke, Benoit Compin, Simon Crump and Fran Grace began with a lengthy preamble about procedural technicalities. Also discussed was the question of

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Sunday Times investigation: 110,000 trees lost to council axemen | News | The Sunday Times

More than 110,000 trees have been chopped down in three years by councils across the UK — equivalent to a sixth of the size of Sherwood Forest. A Sunday Times investigation, using freedom of information (FoI) requests, has revealed that

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New Sheffield trees political boss promises ‘compromise’ with campaigners – Yorkshire Post

The new politician in charge of Sheffield’s contentious tree-felling programme has says he hopes to find a “compromise” with campaigners on the issue. Labour councillor Lewis Dagnall told BBC Radio Sheffield he would be taking a “fresh approach” to the

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Sheffield trees: Jarvis Cocker brands felling ‘crazy’ – BBC News

Musician Jarvis Cocker has described the felling of thousands of trees in his home city of Sheffield as “crazy”. The former Pulp frontman is joining singer-songwriter Richard Hawley to DJ at an event raising funds for the Sheffield Tree Action

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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.

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