Published: 15th Oct 2020

Sheffield City Council has apologised after a damning report found it did not act with ‘openness or transparency’ over a controversial scheme to remove trees from local streets. The report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman said the council was at fault over the way it dealt with complaints from a local resident about the scheme. He complained to the ombudsman after the council removed eight trees in his street during November 2016, despite specialists and the council’s own independent tree panel recommending only one of the trees needed removing. The ombudsman said there were issues about the way it corresponded with the man about his complaints, the delay and the sometimes ‘misleading responses’ he received. The mass felling of trees in Sheffield began back in 2012 as part of a PFI contract between the council and contractor Amey. The ombudman’s investigation also found fault with the way … (To read the full article, subscribe below)