Sheffield tree row - Nick Clegg urges council to do ‘everything possible to avoid felling’

Darren Butt, operations manager of Amey talks to residents of Rustlings Road and surrounding streets about the trees being cut down. Picture: Andrew Roe

Darren Butt, operations manager of Amey talks to residents of Rustlings Road and surrounding streets about the trees being cut down. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg has written to the city council urging it to reconsider the controversial felling of 12 trees.

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against removing the lime trees on Rustlings Road, which runs alongside the popular Endcliffe Park.

Sheffield Council contractor Amey says they must be removed because they are damaging the road to the point where it is ‘warped’ and they will be replaced.

Mr Clegg has joined opposition Liberal Democrat city councillors in writing to the council on the issue.

He wrote: “Many residents of Rustlings Road and beyond, as I am sure you are aware, are disheartened by the news that some of the mature trees are to be felled. The trees do add a lot of character to the surrounding area and help to make it one of the most popular sports in Sheffield to visit.

“I appreciate that there may be sincere reasons for you wanting to fell the trees but the constituents to have contacted me feel that no viable alternative has been discussed and that these proposals are set to be pushed through without adequate consultation with the community.

“I agree with one of my constituents when she states that the felling of the trees should only be considered as a “last resort.”

“My request would be that more time is given to consult with local residents and that if possible, everything should be done to try and avoid felling the trees.”

It is thought that concerns about the action on Rustlings Road may be discussed at tomorrow’s full council meeting in Sheffield Town Hall.

The trees are due to be cut down in a week but residents have argued that they are healthy and should be retained as they improve air quality, the area and environment.

They say the damage to pavements is ‘minor’ and does not impair access.