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STAG Steering Group notes: 5th May 2020

1. Facebook Page Moderation 1.1 Mods are putting posts on approval overnight or if nobody is available. Traffic is low currently, apart from some pictures of primulas! 2. Meeting with Cllr Mark Jones 2.1 Christine explained that the non-street tree

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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: 13 August 2019

1. Heritage Walks 1.1 Paul Brooke updated members on the request/invite to STAG from Sheffield Heritage Week to organise tree/protest related walks. 1.2 Paul S and Jim Clarke will be leading a number of walks during that week, mainly in

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Forestry Commission Report July 2019

In 2018, the Forestry Commission launched an investigation into the legality of Sheffield City Council’s actions regarding the felling of street trees. Their decision has now been published: “Alleged illegal tree felling investigation report – Sheffield’s Streets Ahead programme”. Read

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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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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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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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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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Feedback from the University of Leicester street tree tour

Sheffield Street Trees and Heritage “In May 2018 STAG members supported a visit to some of the key campaign sites – and iconic street trees – for a group of undergraduate students from Leicester University. These BA Human Geography students

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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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STAG meeting with Police & Crime Commissioner

STAG Meeting with Police and Crime Commissioner, 30/01/18 At PCC Office, Carbrook, 3:30-4:30 pm Present: Dr Alan Billings, Police and Crime Commissioner His assistant taking notes Chris Rust, on behalf of STAG Steering Group Paul Brooke, Meersbrook Park Rd resident

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Important post-court case information

Terms of Injunction From Sheffield City Council: “Following the Judge’s judgement this week, could you please inform your supporters by social media prior to August 23 2017 that the council will continue to view STAG & protesters’ social media postings

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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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