I’m writing to respond to report on events yesterday at Chelsea Road in Nether Edge and in particular quotes from Councillor Bryan Lodge.
He’s quoted as saying the actions of 40+ Sheffield citizens standing peacefully on public pavements was “unlawful” and “unreasonable” and that he found it “incredibly disappointing”.
Perhaps he would like to define “unlawful” in this context. It’s a very serious accusation to make and unless proven a public apology is called for.
I would remind Coun Lodge of his many quotes supporting the peaceful lawful protests for which Sheffielders are renowned.
With regards to claims the tree represents any danger to the public I can inform your readers that STAG has sought a great deal of independent opinion on the elm.
Last year one of the world’s foremost tree consultants inspected the tree and found it safe.
This was one of the go-to experts in cases around liability from tree accidents. He travels the world to give evidence in courts of law.
These constant attempts to paint tree campaigners in a bad light are wearing thin.
It serves only to illustrate the paucity of any valid arboricultural, ecological and environmental substance to the council’s actions.
Founder STAG (Sheffield Tree Action Groups)