Sheffield tree campaigner says council has ‘jumped the gun’

Trees under threat of destruction by Sheffield City Council in the streets of Greenhill which local residents are protesting against
Dave Dillner stands with some of the trees they feel should be saved
Trees under threat of destruction by Sheffield City Council in the streets of Greenhill which local residents are protesting against Dave Dillner stands with some of the trees they feel should be saved
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A city tree campaigner says Sheffield Council has ‘jumped the gun’ by celebrating their legal victory after an appeal is set with the High Court.

Heeley campaigner Dave Dillner has lodged another appeal after a judge found in favour of the council’s Streets Ahead contract with Amey, which aims to update every road, footpath and streetlight in the city.

Mr Dillner has been locked a long-running legal battle with the council after taking opposition to the felling of healthy trees as part of the £2.2 billion contract.

Mr Dillner said: “Sheffield Council has jumped the gun by saying that legal proceedings are over. They certainly are not.

“The Court of Appeal has listed a renewal hearing for permission to appeal and a new injunction on July 27.”

Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment, said he was ‘disappointed’ Mr Dilner had taken the action.

He said: “The High Court turned down Mr Dillner’s claim as flawed... we are disappointed that he has taken this action.

“The courts have consistently supported the council’s position and we are confident they will continue to do so. Mr Dillner’s continued legal battle is costing the council tax payers of Sheffield a considerable amount in legal fees.”

Mr Dillner said he had received support from experts around the globe.

He said: “I would urge the council to use internationally approved methods to save mature, healthy trees.

“The world is watching.”