Petition against removal of Sheffield trees for bus lane gathers 1,500 signatures

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Campaigners who want to save trees from being axed to make way for a bus lane have gathered 1,500 petition signatures.

Campaigners who want to save trees from being axed to make way for a bus lane have gathered 1,500 petition signatures.

Sheffield Council is planning to remove 129 trees along Prospect Road and Myrtle Road in Heeley and put a bus lane in their place to ‘reduce bus journey times’ and increase ‘traffic control’.

But campaigners have rubbished claims the scheme, which will cost £480,000, will save journey times and that it will sort out traffic problems in the area.

Dave Dillner of Heeley Bank Road, Heeley, set up the petition.

He said: “All it’s going to do is make the traffic a whole lot worse, the bus lane will not solve this as the majority is car traffic.

“I have already been told that they can’t widen the bridge before the junction of Queen’s Road so the bus lane will not benefit anyone.”

Mr Dillner also expressed his frustration at the lack of dialogue between all parties.

He said: “We have 1,500 signatures opposing the bus lane and at the start you could count on one hand just how many people in the area knew about the bus lane until I held a public meeting.

“When I asked council officers for evidence as to why it would be beneficial to the area, they said ‘it’s too complicated for you to understand’.”

The plans would see trees which back onto the popular Heeley City Farm cut down too. The farm has also voiced its opposition.

John Le Coney, chief executive of Heeley City Farm, asked council officers previously what evidence there was that the scheme would make it easier for traffic and encourage public transport use but said he got a similar response to Mr Dillner.

Coun Leigh Bramall Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for development said: “The purpose of this work is to improve bus journey times and service reliability, but passenger access, safety and information at bus stops are also key elements.

He added: “We will aim to minimise the number of trees affected and those removed will be replaced by other specimens.”

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