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I always thought that trees were protected and could only be taken down if they were deseaded or a danger to the public trees should be left alone some of these may be over 100 year old so keep your chain saws off them

 

Unfortunately that is not the case.

 

In most of Sheffield trees have absolutely no protection at all, and can be removed without informing anybody. The street trees are different in that they are on public property and therefore in the remit of the council.

 

In conservation areas trees have a level of blanket protection, in that the council needs to be informed about any work to a tree (apart from I believe urgent work that would leave the tree unsafe should it not be undertaken). The council then decide whether the tree is worthy of a Tree Preservation Order.

 

A Tree Preservation Order prevents people from pruning, lopping or felling a tree without prior permission, with a hefty fine if you do (I believe up to something like £20,000, although this is rarely enforced). Trees with TPOs can still be felled if they are diseased or become dangerous. They can also be felled if the council decides that they can, for example if they are in the way of a big development - the loss of a significant tree might be deemed a necessary loss when judged against the positives gained from the development.

 

In April 2012 there were changes to Tree Preservation Order regulations, although I do not believe this is widely known, as councils are still operating under the old rules.

 

The new regulation omits 'dying' as a reason why consent need not be given by the council to fell the tree. It is obviously very difficult to judge whether a tree is dying (technically everything is dying from birth) and so the difficulty in assessing whether a tree is dying (a 'dying' tree could still have a safe lifespan of over 100 years) meant this condition was removed.

 

You can read about the changes to TPO regulations in 2012 here.

 

http://www.bury.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=9783&p=0

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It's a travesty (that I can't get any of the wood for my log burner)

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It looks loads better now, much brighter without those awful,overgrown and dangerous trees. Once the new little ones are planted it will be even better. Iam really happy that its finally happened, its just a shame that alot of the locals irrational and idiotic behavour forced the council to use shady tactics.

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I live on Sharrow Lane and have just received a letter from Amey statng that our street is next... :(

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I live on Sharrow Lane and have just received a letter from Amey statng that our street is next... :(

 

Residents of Western Road in Crookes got letters this morning telling them that Amey plan to cut down the WW1 memorial trees soon.

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I live on Sharrow Lane and have just received a letter from Amey statng that our street is next... :(

 

Our road is on their hit list too :( Residents voted and were split pretty much 50/50 so I think I know which way it's going to go :(

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Our road is on their hit list too :( Residents voted and were split pretty much 50/50 so I think I know which way it's going to go :(

 

Well we have discovered that the 'Independent Tree Panel' is just a complete farce anyway.

 

Even when the plans are sent the the ITP and they say that the trees do not need to be felled after all, the council go ahead and do it anyway.

 

The Independent Tree Panel was just an attempt by the council to make it look like they are taking residents viewpoints into account. They only agreed to it after a long campaign by residents in the first place - they have no intention of changing their plans, indeed I imagine the contract with AMEY makes it almost impossible.

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Residents of Western Road in Crookes got letters this morning telling them that Amey plan to cut down the WW1 memorial trees soon.

 

Can't see that happening without the Amey monkeys hiring either armed police, or the SAS.

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The Amey managers who sanctioned this disgrace should be arrested and charged with environmental vandalism.

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We also got a letter today asking us to look at the plans for our street's trees online and then if most of the residents disagree with them, they'll be sent to the independent panel. Just what is the point sending these out if the results of the tree panel are disregarded anyway, Councillor Lodge?

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We also got a letter today asking us to look at the plans for our street's trees online and then if most of the residents disagree with them, they'll be sent to the independent panel. Just what is the point sending these out if the results of the tree panel are disregarded anyway, Councillor Lodge?

 

Is it even possible to look at what is planned for each individual tree anymore? There used to be felling lists published online, which would explain which trees would be felled (with their exact location) including the reason why, but I believe they have stopped being published.

 

It makes it impossible for someone to check which trees are threatened near them.

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