Streets Ahead is a £2billion city-wide highways maintenance contract being delivered by Amey to improve Sheffield’s roads, pavements, street lights, verges, street trees, bridges and other ‘street scene’ furniture.
Many people contacted us and others took to the streets to protest about the Streets Ahead programme. They were extremely concerned about the amount of mature street tree felling taking place in Sheffield and its impact on wildlife, health and other environmental benefits that urban trees provide.
Following a series of mediation talks, in December 2018 Sheffield City Council announced a new joint position statement with Amey and Sheffield Tree Action Groups steering group (STAG SG) regarding the management of the city’s street trees. Many trees previously at threat of felling have since been agreed to be retained, with engineering work to pavements and roads now being carried out.
We called for all parties to work together to develop a new Partnership Sheffield Street Tree Strategy to ensure our street trees are positively managed for many years to come. We were pleased that this was agreed in summer 2019. Our Chief Executive, Liz Ballard, was appointed to chair the group and we have been working hard to bring parties together and reach a consensus on a future strategy.
The Working Strategy was released on 11th March 2020.
To find out more about this topic, please go to the following links:
- Read the Partnership Street Tree Strategy for Sheffield and supporting i-Tree Eco Inventory Report
- Find out more about Developing a Partnership Street Tree strategy for Sheffield
- Read more on the background of the Sheffield Street Trees campaign