William Eichler 28 June 2017

Council threatens councillor with legal action for tree felling protest

Council threatens councillor with legal action for tree felling protest image

Sheffield Council has threatened legal action against environmentalists and an opposition councillor who are trying to prevent some trees being removed.

The council’s Streets Ahead road improvement programme will see a number of trees in the city being uprooted — a decision which has provoked a number of campaigners to try and stop it.

The local authority claims the protesters are being ‘disruptive’ and is now pursuing ‘civil legal remedies’ against a number of individuals, including Green Party councillor Alison Teal.

‘Despite issuing representatives of the tree protestor group a letter several weeks ago confirming that their actions remain unlawful, works continue to be disrupted, causing city-wide delays to the programme and against the wishes of residents,’ said the cabinet member for environment and street scene, Cllr Bryan Lodge.

‘We hope that by pursuing civil legal remedies, those involved in unlawfully disrupting tree works will recognise the implications of their actions and allow these vital highway operations to be implemented. 

‘The legal process is designed to give the protestors a chance to further and finally consider their position before an application is made to court.’

Cllr Teal was arrested at a tree felling protest in last February.

Speaking after Cllr Teal’s arrest, fellow Green Party councillor Douglas Johnson, representing City Ward, said: ‘The right to peaceful protest is an important part of living in a democracy.’

‘The Sheffield Green Party completely support Cllr Teal and the other protestors, and will stand with them against any charges and court proceedings which may follow,’ he continued.

‘We condemn the use of anti-Trade Union laws against these peaceful protestors, as we did when similar laws were used to arrest 2 tree protestors late last year.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Early Interventions

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
Social Worker - Early Interventions Permanent, Full Time £32,065 - £43,839 per annum Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Local Linked Support Team

Essex County Council
£32065 - £43839 per annum
This is a full time fixed term contract for 12 month or a 12 month Secondment.About the RoleThis is a community-based role within the Harlow area. You England, Essex, Epping
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Property and Projects Lawyer

Brent Council
£43,860 - £49,827 p.a. inc.(pro rata)
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to supervise junior staff and deputise in the absence of the Senior Property Lawyer. Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Training and Quality Assurance Specialist

Essex County Council
Up to £26801 per annum
The OpportunityEssex Registration Service is one of the largest authorities in the Country, serving thousands of customers in the Registration of Bir England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Business Support Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£29,359
We have recently changed the way that we work so that we are more responsive to... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue