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Many of the police working for SYP do of course live in Sheffield.

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Responsibility lies squarely with the SCC inner cabinet who have persistently failed to properly fund the proper management of the street trees and highways over the past 20-30 years.

 

Now this is the cause of the present problems, but in their efforts to put things right they're trapped by that past neglect. On the tree issue there is natural concentration on trees being felled.

 

What is almost totally ignored is the number of trees that were felled without replacement over at least the last 30 years. About 15 years ago if the tree was diseased or dangerous down it came, without notice, that was it. After a tree was felled opposite my house we made strong protests and were assured that in future local residents would be given notice. We were given the option to pay for a replacement tree costing about £150 and did. It's now the best tree on our road, one of only two left. Nobody else seems to have been made the purchase offer, or took it up when the other trees came down. There used to be one between each pair of houses.

 

The one remaining original tree looks in poor condition. The only other to have survived until 2017 was grossly out of proportion to its restricted location and a replacement is awaited. The original trees were the wrong type for their situation, lovely though the blossom was each spring, and it was inevitable that they would go, but the previous non replacement policy has been responsible for the loss of unknown thousands of street trees in earlier decades.

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This whole disgusting circumstance exposes the lie of austerity.

 

Austerity is a politically motivated war on the public sector by the conservative government (and their New Labour friends) in the interest of big business.

 

The objectives of that war are simple - the transfer of wealth from ordinary people into the pockets of the rich, the executives and shareholders of the multinational corporations such as Grupo Ferrovial (Amey's parent company).

 

And, the fundamental principles of neoliberalism apply - one of which is the use of physical force to ensure that ordinary people can be pushed aside, their interests ignored.

 

The public sector is being dismantled before our eyes, the services that the public sector supplies privatised for profit, the needs of the ordinary person increasinglygo unmet, their complaints ignored by weaponised bureaucracy, their protests met with force.

 

Are you an ordinary person like me? Well, you no longer count.

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Could I just ask the protesters to think about visually impaired people as well as the trees. I am visually impaired and my sight is going to get much worse. Since some trees have been felled, and replaced on my estate, I can now walk a lot more safely than before and not be afraid of tripping and falling over the emormous tree roots that caused the path to be very uneven and broken. It’s a trial walking outdoors anyway with the many obstructions around so I for one am very pleased with all the new pavements and roads. I must also say that I am a tree lover and have always praised Sheffield for being the greenest city.

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Could I just ask the protesters to think about visually impaired people as well as the trees. I am visually impaired and my sight is going to get much worse. Since some trees have been felled, and replaced on my estate, I can now walk a lot more safely than before and not be afraid of tripping and falling over the emormous tree roots that caused the path to be very uneven and broken. It’s a trial walking outdoors anyway with the many obstructions around so I for one am very pleased with all the new pavements and roads. I must also say that I am a tree lover and have always praised Sheffield for being the greenest city.

 

This is one of the most pernicious myths put about by Amey/SCC. The choice isn't between keeping the trees or having flat pavement; it's perfectly possible to have both in most cases. There are many engineering solutions including flexi-pave which have already been paid for in the contract, which haven't been used at all (although SCC lied through their teeth about this for two years, until the ICO forced their hand).

 

See this page on the STAG website for details of why humped pavement is rarely unfixable.

 

In fact on Abbeydale Park Rise last week, a section of pavement that was allegedly unrepairably damaged by a tree root, was left perfectly flat after being retarmaced by some BT contractors as part of putting in a trench for some cabling.

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This is one of the most pernicious myths put about by Amey/SCC. The choice isn't between keeping the trees or having flat pavement; it's perfectly possible to have both in most cases. There are many engineering solutions including flexi-pave which have already been paid for in the contract, which haven't been used at all (although SCC lied through their teeth about this for two years, until the ICO forced their hand).

 

See this page on the STAG website for details of why humped pavement is rarely unfixable.

 

In fact on Abbeydale Park Rise last week, a section of pavement that was allegedly unrepairably damaged by a tree root, was left perfectly flat after being retarmaced by some BT contractors as part of putting in a trench for some cabling.

 

Did BT's Contractor remove the offending root?

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Drove down Rivelin Valley Rd today and saw The Plod all stood there trying to look menacing and make sure a load of protesting pensioners didnt " bully " Amey`s tree destroyers. Two riot vans and at least a dozen wooden tops .

 

These Amey workmen cant be right brave needing plod protection from pensioners. Id say the protesters were in more danger of being assaulted than the workman .

 

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Isn't it remarkable, Social Care is suffering chronic underfunding, Childrens Services is in crisis, but Sheffield City Council can make substantial funds available for security operations around the city's trees?

 

SCC have always found money for their pet projects .

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Did BT's Contractor remove the offending root?

 

No, that's the whole point. When people see a raised ridge of tarmac with a crack running along it, they reasonably to assume that the root is directly below the tarmac. In this case,

BT dug a trench a foot deep, and the root was below that level.

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Two riot vans

 

They aren't riot vans, they are just vans used to move cops about in.

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They aren't riot vans, they are just vans used to move cops about in.

 

Same thing

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Good grief! You can’t even see the evidence with your own eyes. She is in an area she shouldn’t be. Security weren’t even dealing with her. She fell because she was holding on to that other idiot that was being removed.

It’s not peaceful protest when you are entering an excluded area to prevent lawful work from happening.

Stop wasting my tax money because like the Newbury bypass, it’s going to happen. You may be delaying the inevitable but at a hell of a cost to Sheffield taxpayers.

 

Well said!

 

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Fortunately mainly people recognise that living in an environment surrounded by tarmac and concrete is pretty awful, for both the ebvirontment, and mental health. Not to mention sterile, and bleak.

 

Rather sad that you seem to view things in such a dull manner. I imagine replacing any grass in your garden with fake grass or concrete is also a priority. 'easier to manage'. Depressing.

 

Some people live surrounded by concrete and tarmac due to where they live, think your looking down your nose at people less well off/affluent than yourself. And to mention mental health to try and back up your argument is stooping pretty low.

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There are at least a couple of members on here who seem to post pure propaganda against what is after all a lawful activity, whether it be a popular one or not. They seem to live on here trying to stir emotions with their one sided ranting and are incapable to moving from their viewpoint.

 

The tree felling is unpopular but it is lawful, and it's being carried out on behalf of a council that was democratically voted in by its people.

Edited by WarPig

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