Information relating to ''talks' / negotiations pertaining to Street Tree Felling in Sheffield

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Sheffield City Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Sheffield City Council,

Context:
Thousands of healthy street trees in Sheffield have been felled for dubious reasons and under questionable circumstances pursuant Service Requirement(s) in a PFI contract with Amey PLC, many residents opposed this and even resorted to non-violent direct action to prevent legally illegitimate fellings.

In March 2018 The Forestry Commission began to question Sheffield City Council about the legality of the street tree felling programme as implemented by Amey PLC pursuant to the Streesahead PFI contract.

On 19th April 2018 Sheffield City Council were informed by The Forestry Commision that they had initiated an investigation into the legality of their street tree felling programme.

Sheffield City Council soon announced that there would be a pause in the felling of healthy, non-urgent and safe street trees.

In 2018 Sheffield City Council subsequently entered in to facilitated 'talks'/negotiations with an unconstituted group of residents described/identified as 'STAG' (Sheffield Tree Action Groups).

Information required:
1. Please provide any and all communications with 'STAG' after the 'pause' in spring 2018. Please use the date 29th March 2018 for ease of reference regarding this.

2. Were the subsequent 'talks' with 'STAG' recorded and/minuted?
If they were not recorded please provide full and comprehensive information as to why not?
If minutes where recorded please provide all minutes and any related records of all meetings with 'STAG' since the 'pausing' of the street tree felling programme in spring 2018.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Buxton

FOI, Sheffield City Council

Dear Mr. Buxton,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to
Communications with Sheffield Tree Action Groups which we received on
02/12/2019.

 

This has been logged as a Freedom of Information Request, and will be
dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act.  The reference number for
your request can be found above.

 

The Freedom of Information Act states that we must respond to you within
20 working days, therefore, you should expect to hear a response from us
by 02/01/2020.

 

In the meantime, if you have any queries please, contact us at the email
address below.

 

Thank you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sheffield City Council

PO Box 1283

Sheffield, S1 1UJ

Email: [1][Sheffield City Council request email]

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FOI, Sheffield City Council

Dear Mr Buxton

 

I apologise that we will not meet the deadline for this request of 2
January 2020. This is due to the council shutdown, which starts now and we
reopen on 2 January. Unfortunately, we have not been able to fully process
our response in time. We ask for your patience and we will respond by 9
January, if not before.

 

Kind regards

 

Leon Kaplan

Information Management Officer

Business Change and Information Solutions (BCIS)

Resources Portfolio

Sheffield City Council

PO Box 1283, Sheffield, S1 1UJ

0114 2039378

[1]www.sheffield.gov.uk

 

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Dear Leon Kaplan,

I note that this Information Request (FOI #624621) is still outstanding and is in contravention of the applicable legislation.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Buxton

Dear Leon Kaplan,

Please could you update me on the status of my FOI request titled 'Information relating to 'talks' / negotiations pertaining to Street Tree Felling in Sheffield' (Reference – FOI / 1322) of 1st December 2019.

This FOI request is significantly overdue.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Buxton

FOI, Sheffield City Council

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Dear Mr. Buxton,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to
Communications with Sheffield Tree Action Groups which we received on
02/12/2019.

 

Please find below, Sheffield City Council’s response to your request:

 

Please find attached the information held, which includes:

 

o Emails with individuals known to be with or part of STAG
o Minutes of meeting

 

Please note the Joint Inspection documents on pages 14 and 15 are draft
and were amended. The final versions of the tree inspection documents are
published on the Council’s website at
[1]https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/roads-....

 

With regards to the attached, the names and contact details of Council
officers and individuals have been removed on the basis that it is
personal data and therefore exempt under Section 40 of the Freedom of
Information Act.  When removing names we take into account their
seniority, public facing role and involvement in decision making as well
as any potential adverse impact with the release of the information.

 

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123 1113, or for further details see their website [3]www.ico.org.uk

 

Kind Regards,

 

Sheffield City Council

PO Box 1283

Sheffield, S1 1UJ

Email: [4][Sheffield City Council request email]

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Dear FOI,

I note that the date of the first email provided is 23rd May 2019, this would indicate that there is data that has not been provided to satisfy my request. I also note that it is evident that the email chains provided are not complete, again this would indicate that information has been omitted.

I am certain that I have not been provided with all the information held regarding my request. Please supply this as soon as possible.

Thank you in anticipation.
Yours faithfully,

Mr. Buxton