Trees unite Nick Clegg and Michael Gove

Nick Clegg really didn’t get on that well with Michael Gove when they served in the Cabinet together and Gove’s position as a key Brexiteer merely exacerbated the antipathy between them. There was even less love lost between Nick and Gove’s former special adviser Dominic Cumming who went on to run the leave campaign.

So it is quite amusing to see the two men on the same side of an argument – over those trees in Sheffield that the Council insists on chopping down, against the wishes of local residents. Last year Nick compared the Police reaction to protests to Putin’s Russia.

In scenes you’d expect to see in Putin’s Russia, rather than a Sheffield suburb, council contractors and police descended on Rustlings Road under the cover of darkness, dragged people out of bed to move their cars and detained peaceful protesters – all to chop down eight trees. The battle to save the Rustlings Road trees has been long and hard-fought and I am impressed with the tenacity of local people and their peaceful, well-articulated, reasoned opposition.

Now Environment Secretary Gove has come out against the tree-felling as reported in the Guardian:

“It is clear that many of Sheffield’s residents are deeply frustrated and angry at the decision to remove a large number of trees from local streets.

“Understandably, local people place a significant value on their green spaces, and their local environment, and these trees are a really important part of that. We know trees and and leafy streets make places healthier, cleaner and more desirable places to live.”

Who ever thought we’d see those two eye to eye on anything?

* Newshound: bringing you the best Lib Dem commentary published in print or online.

Read more by .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

5 Comments

  • Graham Evans 10th Aug '17 - 9:53pm

    I wonder what the new Labour MP for Hallam has to say about his party’s tree cutting activities?

  • Graham,

    Probably “Timber” 😉

  • David Pocock 11th Aug '17 - 9:56am

    Could be a party game, guess the labour statement

    According to labour it is OK as 20000 new trees have been planted at an over all cost of £200

    Seriously though it might not be a vote winner but I would support policy to get private interest out of local government.

  • I like [sarcasm] the statement: “Trees are only marked for replacement if they are dead, dying, diseased, dangerous, damaging (footpaths, private property or roads) or discriminatory (meaning the tree creates difficulty for elderly, disabled and partially sighted people when using the footpath)”

    Under these guidelines, I could make a case for any tree, including many of the “additional 65,000 trees have been planted in the city since the beginning of the Streets Ahead programme in 2012”, to be marked for ‘replacement’.

    Interestingly, looking through the Strrets Ahead tree management plan [ https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/roads-pavements/streets-ahead/streets-ahead-documents ], I would suggest residents (and action groups) should be demanding that Sheffield Council give them full access to the full and unabridged inspection reports that are required to be made for each individual tree, and for such access to be given within 8 working hours of an assessment for replacement (they claim to be using a fully digital integrated data collection computer system so the data will be on the system typical within minutes and certainly by the start of the next working day) – ie. before any replacement strategy has been agreed and most certainly before any work has been scheduled.

    The above is ‘trivial’ to achieve, most local authorities already give similar access to their planning system via their websites. Additionally, some authorities maintain web access to databases of street defects – so I can view reports from other members of the public and the status of works to rectify.

  • Helen Tedcastle 12th Aug '17 - 3:44pm

    ” Who ever thought we’d see those two eye to eye on anything?”

    How about casting our minds back to 2010, and Clegg’s backing of Gove’s Education BIll, which brought in Free Schools, mass academisation, the narrow EBac curriculum, performance-related pay for teachers, new GCSEs. new A levels etc…

    Need I say more? Clegg backed it all despite loud protestations from many party members who saw through Gove very quickly.

    It took Clegg around 2 years to realise that Gove and Cummings were wrecking education but by then the Bill had become an Act.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User Avatarjayne Mansfield 21st Aug - 8:12pm
    J.A Sloane, I am not sure that the election of Jeremy Corbyn could be described as two party stasis. He was someone who only stood...
  • User AvatarJohn Payne 21st Aug - 7:36pm
    Laurence rightly draws attention to the enhancement of land values resulting from proximity to Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land. Adoption of LVT could potentially...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 21st Aug - 7:33pm
    @ Frankie "As time goes on we will see...." No need to wait. Just look at time gone by. There are excellent graphs available for...
  • User AvatarKirsten johnson 21st Aug - 6:41pm
    Great advice, thank you everyone! I will take on board your suggestions. I have been along to a fair number of training sessions, but it...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 21st Aug - 6:41pm
    @ Glenn, I'm not quite sure when this leaflet was produced but Nick Clegg does look very youthful. It would have been well before 2010....
  • User Avatarfrankie 21st Aug - 6:33pm
    The eurozone economy has grown twice as fast as the UK in recent months, according to official figures that underscore the divergence between Britain and...