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Seven people arrested in Sheffield over controversial tree felling row

Seven people have been arrested in Sheffield trying to save trees from being cut down.

Contractors at Chippinghouse Road in Netheredge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Police were called to Chippinghouse Road in Netheredge at around 9.30am this morning (Monday February 6) as the stand-off developed with contractors.

South Yorkshire police were called at 9.30am Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Green Party councillor Alison Teal, who represents the Nether Edge ward, was arrested alongside three other women and three men.

The protest is the latest in a dispute about a long-running and controversial plan by Sheffield City Council to remove hundreds of street trees they say are dangerous.

The Council is very disappointed that this disruption of lawful highway work is continuing. We have had the programme endorsed by the Courts following legal action by the protest group but the disruption continues to cause unnecessary delay. This delay and disruption is likely to cost the Council Taxpayers of Sheffield a significant amount of money.

“Whilst we appreciate that some people have strong views about the city’s trees, we must continue with works under the Streets Ahead contract whilst ensuring the safety of site operatives and the general public remain paramount at all times. In addition, the majority of residents on Chippinghouse Road did not disagree with our proposals for tree works on their road.

We want to reassure the people of Sheffield that every tree being removed as part of the Streets Ahead programme will be replaced on a one for one basis and ultimately, by the end of the contract, there will be more street trees in Sheffield than before the contract commenced in 2012.”

– Councillor for the Environment at Sheffield City Council, Bryan