Tree felling fiasco in Sheffield behind independent candidate’s campaign

Protestors make a camp in Endcliffe Park to protest against the council felling trees on the streets of Sheffield'Picture Dean Atkins
Protestors make a camp in Endcliffe Park to protest against the council felling trees on the streets of Sheffield'Picture Dean Atkins
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An anti tree felling campaigner in Sheffield is to stand as an independent candidate in next year’s all-out city council elections.

Calvin Payne said the controversy - as well as Sheffield Council agreeing plans to knock down independent shops on Devonshire Street and an elected mayor being imposed on the city region in devolution - were motivation to stand in the ward of Nether Edge and Sharrow.

The Star understands other independent candidates are likely to run on the same basis next May, when every seat on Sheffield Council will be up for grabs.

Mr Payne, who spent a month manning a tree campaign camp in Endcliffe Park, said: “This is about people having a say and local democracy - more than 10,000 people signed a petition against tree felling and that was thrown out by 55 councillors, 20,000 people signed the Devonshire Street petition and that was thrown out by a small planning committee. When things are happening outside the town hall you can throw petitions out and lock the door on protests but you can’t on somebody who has been elected to the chamber.”

Mr Payne came second to Labour when he stood as a Green candidate for Nether Edge in May this year.