Tree felling on Sheffield street to be paused after residents take a stand

Protestors on Wayland Road in Nether Edge have tried to stop AMEY from cutting down the streets trees this morning. Residents on the street gave the workmen tea and cakes when they arrived.
Protestors on Wayland Road in Nether Edge have tried to stop AMEY from cutting down the streets trees this morning. Residents on the street gave the workmen tea and cakes when they arrived.
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Work to fell trees on a Sheffield road is to be paused - after residents took a stand and refused to allow it to go ahead.

Sheffield Council contractor Amey will not carry out work to axe eight trees on Wayland Road, Nether Edge, which it says are diseased, structurally unsound and damaging the pavement until after next Wednesday July 1.

That is the day when the full council will debate the authority’s controversial tree policy after an 8,000-strong petition was handed in.

Residents had planned to run a week-long vigil at Wayland Road to prevent the felling, but were told work would be paused by Coun Terry Fox, cabinet member for environment, when he visited them on Tuesday evening.

A spokesman for Amey project Streets Ahead - which is also resurfacing roads and upgrading lights - also confirmed that work on Wayland Road would be paused until July 1, although scheduled felling elsewhere in the city will continue. Trees that are removed by Streets Ahead are replaced, although not necessarily in the same location.