Members of the public look on as contractors cut down a tree in Rustlings Road

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Council contractors felling timber in Rustlings Street

Greater than £413,000 has been spent by Sheffield Metropolis Council on authorized proceedings towards tree felling protestors, the BBC has realized.

1000’s of timber have been lower down beneath the council’s tree-felling and alternative contract since 2012.

Campaigners have staged a collection of protests in a bid to cease them being lower down.

The council stated it is because of get about £70,000 of the cash again by way of reclaiming courtroom prices.

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The council’s authorized prices £413,194.38 had been revealed by way of a Freedom of Data request by BBC Radio Sheffield.

A lot of the cash paid by the authority, about £320,000, has gone on barristers’ charges.

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Protesters stand subsequent to a Huntingdon Elm tree in Sheffield

The protests stem from a dispute surrounding the 25-year, £2.2bn Streets Forward contract between Sheffield Metropolis Council and Amey has seen about 5,500 timber lower down since 2012.

The authority, that’s planting new timber after eradicating present ones, insists timber earmarked for felling had been diseased, dying, harmful or damaging.

However campaigners argue lots of the felled timber had been wholesome and have staged a collection of protests in a bid to cease them being lower down.

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker spoke out in help of tree campaigners when a whole bunch marched by way of town centre in opposition to the felling in April.

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1000’s of timber have been lower down in Sheffield since 2012

The council’s prices embrace a judicial overview in 2016 into the legality of the programme, introduced by tree protestor David Dillner, that the authority received at a value of greater than £100,000.

Additionally they embrace the prices of an injunction, and its renewal, to cease protestors gathering inside security obstacles throughout tree felling.

Different prices got here from committal hearings for varied tree protestors.

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