Sheffield Council files High Court defence to tree-felling injunction

Sheffield Council has entered its defence against an injunction that has put its tree-felling programme on hold.

Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 3:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 4:06 pm
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

The High Court granted the three-month injunction to Heeley tree campaigner Dave Dillner in February. A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “Our legal team have today (March 1) filed papers in the High Court in response to the recent injunction preventing essential work on the city’s street trees. We will be vigorously defending the claims that have been made in the injunction in relation to street trees.

“Our street tree maintenance programme is designed to protect and enhance the city’s trees for future generations. We have a clear strategy for achieving this and ensuring that Sheffield remains the greenest city in Britain.”

Campaigners raised thousands to fund the High Court challenge, which Mr Dillner filed in his name, making him liable for legal fees.

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