Argument smacks of reactionary nimbyism

Save the trees campaign on Rustlings Road in Sheffield
Save the trees campaign on Rustlings Road in Sheffield
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There should be no arguments about the aesthetic appeal of the 16 trees due to be cut down on Rustlings Road; it’s a pleasure that my stroll to the bus-stop is punctuated by a characterful root-cracked road.

But this pleasure and any aesthetic enjoyment of the trees, is an entirely selfish consideration as is the ludicrous idea that the removal of these trees will push house prices down.

The argument against their removal smacks of reactionary nimbyism.

There is a Greek proverb that goes something like: “Society becomes great when the people plant trees whose shade they know they will not sit in.”

It is apparent that the trees do need to be removed – the pavement and roads are warped, bent and cracked – they are certainly not beneficial to wheelchairs and pushchairs.

To this end, why do complaining residents today have more concern for their own benefit, than for the benefit of future residents?

By all means scrutinise the judgment of the council, the process undertaken by Amey and demand that new saplings be planted.

I live in the area and love the trees, but I do have Endcliffe park less than 40cm from the trees themselves.

I think the council’s judgment is correct and the reason they have not performed a U-turn is, precisely, because they are committed to all residents and to Sheffield’s infrastructure.

The council are not responsible for the whims of a small section of a community, whose motivation and activism would be better directed at their own consumption of papers, plastics and food.

The likelihood is that every individual destroys more than 16 trees per day, purely by going about their business.

“The trees must go,” will soon be the past and I hope residents contribute to equal time and energy to planting new trees as they do to complaining.

Sam Attrap

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