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Good long term planning too, even better.

 

Now you're just being ridiculous, it's long term planning by Amey for sure, they've managed to massively damage the Sheffield street scene in favour of maximising their profits and the council has let them.

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Now you're just being ridiculous, it's long term planning by Amey for sure, they've managed to massively damage the Sheffield street scene in favour of maximising their profits and the council has let them.

 

Not where I live, it looks better and will do for decades now.

New footpaths, new roads, new trees.

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Weird, because nowhere else looks better with the trees replaced by saplings for no reason...

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I'm still baffled as to why anyone would be "embarrassed" by a group of people not wanting healthy trees destroyed to line the pockets of a multinational company.

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Because as far as I see it the reasons for the protests are:

Environmental impact - but the trees are (or certainly should be being) replaced, thus ensuring street trees for decades to come. Meanwhile across the globe up to 7 BILLION trees (ok thats only from a quick google, so it may be less (or more!)) are cut down each year and not replaced. Now that is worth protesting about, but its not outside yours or mine front doors, so we'll get in the way of tree REPLACEMENTS in our own little neighbourhood instead. That's not on environmental terms for me, its NIMBYism.

 

Money - Not quite got this one straight, but its either costing too much, a company being paid too much, or not spending enough on it, but either way the protests are clearly making it cost more.

I want the council to do its job - part of which is to manage the environment. From what I can see the impact of this has been positive (as I said before, new paths, new road surface, new trees) and looks set for decades.

I am pleased they've done it.

 

These are my views. I also respect the protestor's right to make as much noise as they want to about it, there are many people that don't, I just think its effort pointed in the wrong direction whether on an environmental or money basis.

 

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Weird, because nowhere else looks better with the trees replaced by saplings for no reason...

 

But the good news is they only replaced the ones that were too big or causing or about to cause other damage, so now we have a good mix of trees.

We also have different definitions of saplings as the new trees look pretty substantial to me.

 

But maybe I'm just lucky eh?!

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No, that's quite clearly not true, they've replaced trees for no good reason, that's been very well established now.

 

Maybe you're just delusional, or you have some other angle, perhaps you work for Amey PR, who knows.

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Because as far as I see it the reasons for the protests are:

Environmental impact - but the trees are (or certainly should be being) replaced, thus ensuring street trees for decades to come. Meanwhile across the globe up to 7 BILLION trees (ok thats only from a quick google, so it may be less (or more!)) are cut down each year and not replaced. Now that is worth protesting about, but its not outside yours or mine front doors, so we'll get in the way of tree REPLACEMENTS in our own little neighbourhood instead. That's not on environmental terms for me, its NIMBYism.

 

Money - Not quite got this one straight, but its either costing too much, a company being paid too much, or not spending enough on it, but either way the protests are clearly making it cost more.

I want the council to do its job - part of which is to manage the environment. From what I can see the impact of this has been positive (as I said before, new paths, new road surface, new trees) and looks set for decades.

I am pleased they've done it.

 

These are my views. I also respect the protestor's right to make as much noise as they want to about it, there are many people that don't, I just think its effort pointed in the wrong direction whether on an environmental or money basis.

 

Huh?

 

I'm not sure you've grasped this. The point is that the trees DON'T need to be replaced- I'm not sure where your belief they should be comes from. The independent panel certainly didn't come back with that conclusion. The only people who say they need to go are Amey.....

 

...which brings us to the money point. The reason Amey want them to go is that they don't want to pay to maintain them. Hence people's anger- if they cut them down, no maintaining is necessary.

 

The argument about NIMBYISM is ridiculous and nonsensical. It's also one often used by people who are happy to do nothing about any problems in society, but also happy to say "the country is going to the dogs" or suchlike.

 

Should people ignore problems on their doorstep because there are bigger problems in the world? Does that apply to everything, or just tree destruction? Should we also ignore murders in Sheffield because there is genocide in Myanmar? Of course not. By your logic nobody would ever complain about anything, ever. Politicians corrupt? Don't protest - they're more corrupt in Zambia. Streets covered in litter? Don't complain - it's way worse in Mumbai. High pollution? Don't try and sort it out - it's much worse in Shanghai. Etc etc.

 

It's absurd to claim people shouldn't care about trees in their neighbourhood being destroyed for no reason because there is more widespread destruction elsewhere!

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No, that's quite clearly not true, they've replaced trees for no good reason, that's been very well established now.

 

Maybe you're just delusional, or you have some other angle, perhaps you work for Amey PR, who knows.

 

No, sorry to disappoint you just a regular guy, but with a different opinion to yourself.

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No sign of any of the replacement trees in my area. Just holes in the ground. And a few half hacked trees that they've left half cut down, presumably as monuments to their own stupidity, and as a reminder to residents?

 

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I think everyone is in favour of carefully managed tree maintenance aren't they? Sadly the Amey approach is very, very far from that.

 

Hacking something down is much easier and cheaper that maintaining it.

 

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I think people wouldn't accuse you of bias if there was any example, anywhere, of you doing anything but defend the council. On every single issue, no matter the thread or subject. That's quite strange really, isn't it?

 

 

Which other subjects?

 

Tramlines - you managed to dig them out about that.

 

Grass verges - where I criticised the performance of the council / amey?

 

The new retail quarter which people seem to have a problem with?

 

What other issues have I defended which highlight my bias?

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Huh?

 

I'm not sure you've grasped this. The point is that the trees DON'T need to be replaced- I'm not sure where your belief they should be comes from. The independent panel certainly didn't come back with that conclusion. The only people who say they need to go are Amey.....

 

...which brings us to the money point. The reason Amey want them to go is that they don't want to pay to maintain them. Hence people's anger- if they cut them down, no maintaining is necessary.

 

The argument about NIMBYISM is ridiculous and nonsensical. It's also one often used by people who are happy to do nothing about any problems in society, but also happy to say "the country is going to the dogs" or suchlike.

 

Should people ignore problems on their doorstep because there are bigger problems in the world? Does that apply to everything, or just tree destruction? Should we also ignore murders in Sheffield because there is genocide in Myanmar? Of course not. By your logic nobody would ever complain about anything, ever. Politicians corrupt? Don't protest - they're more corrupt in Zambia. Streets covered in litter? Don't complain - it's way worse in Mumbai. High pollution? Don't try and sort it out - it's much worse in Shanghai. Etc etc.

 

It's absurd to claim people shouldn't care about trees in their neighbourhood being destroyed for no reason because there is more widespread destruction elsewhere!

 

No, by all means complain, my point is just that the proportional effort should be in line with the impact of what you're complaining about.

 

I'm done with this thread now, I wish you all the best, I also hope the council and its contractors can get on with their jobs, and everyone in Sheffield's streets gets upgraded like mine has been.

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Which other subjects?

 

Tramlines - you managed to dig them out about that.

 

Grass verges - where I criticised the performance of the council / amey?

 

The new retail quarter which people seem to have a problem with?

 

What other issues have I defended which highlight my bias?

 

Tramlines has been flogged to a dull major festival company - nothing to do with the council as far as I'm aware....

 

Grass verges - no idea. Was there a problem with them? I'd imagine there was if Amey are in control of cutting/maintaining them.

 

Retail quarter? Nope, no idea either I'm afraid. Most people I know now give the city centre a swerve as they're sick of being asked for money/watching drug deals.

 

I have no interest in trawling your past posts, but wherever someone mentions the council it's a bit of a forum in-joke that you'll pop up in it's defence! Speculation does abound as to why of course.....but that's up to us to ponder and for you to keep secret!

 

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No, by all means complain, my point is just that the proportional effort should be in line with the impact of what you're complaining about.

 

I'm done with this thread now, I wish you all the best, I also hope the council and its contractors can get on with their jobs, and everyone in Sheffield's streets gets upgraded like mine has been.

 

What a strange idea. What proportion of effort would you attribute appropriate for people wishing to protect trees in their area?

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Tramlines has been flogged to a dull major festival company - nothing to do with the council as far as I'm aware....

 

Grass verges - no idea. Was there a problem with them? I'd imagine there was if Amey are in control of cutting/maintaining them.

 

Retail quarter? Nope, no idea either I'm afraid. Most people I know now give the city centre a swerve as they're sick of being asked for money/watching drug deals.

 

I have no interest in trawling your past posts, but wherever someone mentions the council it's a bit of a forum in-joke that you'll pop up in it's defence! Speculation does abound as to why of course.....but that's up to us to ponder and for you to keep secret!

 

 

Well if you’ve no interest in evidencing your statement maybe you shouldn’t make it in the first place.

 

The “in-joke” is just peoples go to - usually when they don’t have an actual response.

 

Similar to this example where you have stated I defend the council on every issue but haven’t even seen my comments on four recent discussions and have no interest in reading any others.

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At the risk of repeating myself, discuss the subject please, not each other.

 

 

Back on topic.

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