The Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Sheffield says the city council used underhand and sly tactics this morning when chopping down trees in Nether Edge.
Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed said that he found it disappointing that the issue has gone this far.
“People have been arrested, thousands have signed petitions and countless protests all because the Labour Council won’t listen. Even today, whilst tree campaigners were distracted at the protest outside Sheffield Magistrates Court, Sheffield City Council made an attempt to fell trees showing they are still willing to use underhand and sly tactics in their tree-felling mission,” he said.
Tempers have been high since the cutting down of the trees in Rustlings Road last month, with this mornings fellings, heightening tensions even further.
The trees in Nether Edge were removed as determined campaigners staged a protest outside Sheffield Magistrates Court in support of Simon Crump and Calvin Payne, two men from Sheffield Tree Action Group.
Sheffield City Council has faced a backlash of angered responses from not only locals, but also politicians.
Former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett was one of the speakers outside of the court this morning, voicing her support for the protesters.
Nick Clegg MP for Sheffield Hallam, has also made his thoughts clear regarding Sheffield’s fellings.
Speaking of the way Sheffield City Council went about the tree removals in Ruslings Road last month, the MP said: “Whether you think the trees need to come down or not, the way the council have acted is inexcusable.
Sheffield’s Labour leaders have shown that they are willing to go to any lengths in their tree felling mission against the wishes of the community, using disproportionate and underhand tactics to get their own way.
Relationships between residents and the Council are already strained over this issue and this will only inflame tensions further.”