Sheffield Street Trees Legal Fund 2018 3

by Chris Rust in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

Sheffield Street Trees Legal Fund 2018 3
We did it
On 24th June 2018 we successfully raised £6,426 with 212 supporters in 28 days

Sheffield Tree Action Groups Legal Fund

by Chris Rust in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We have hit our first target of £2000 so let's see how far we can go? As usual we will keep increasing the stretch target when it is reached. Thanks everyone for your generosity.

Because of the ongoing High Court Injunction cases any money raised by this particular crowdfunder will be prioritised for court costs of the four defendants. Their own legal costs are met by legal aid but they may face high cost payments to Shefield Council, imposed by the court.

STAG, Sheffield Tree Action Groups represents the local action groups across the city seeking to protect healthy street trees from unnecessary felling. The STAG Legal Fund exists to support legal actions by campaign supporters, to help with legal costs for campaign supporters who are prosecuted or subject to other legal actions.

This current appeal is a response to the new court cases brought by Sheffield City Council, which may lead to heavy court costs being imposed on individual campaigners, and also the costs of commissioning a Barrister's Opinion on the opportunity for a Judicial review of the the case for SCC rescinding the Streets Ahead PFI Contract, and possible costs to follow on from that if the cases comes to court.

The legal fund is administered by Chris Rust & Rebecca Hammond, members of STAG Steering Group, who will consult with the STAG Steering Group about any expenditure.

The funds are held by the Nether Edge Tree Fund, a separate organisation set up to manage a bank account and hold funds on behalf of Tree Campaign Groups and ensure that funds are spent according to their aims.

Any surplus funds not needed for legal costs will be used for tree planting, preferably for planting street trees in Sheffield.

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