Following the reports in The Star today that it would cost £26 million to stop Sheffield City Council's unpopular tree felling programme, Liberal Democrat councillors have asked council bosses to show their reasoning behind this figure.
Councillor Penny Baker, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats on Sheffield City Council said
“The Labour administration are plucking crazy numbers out of the air in an attempt to scare the people of Sheffield into submission.
“They are deliberately misinterpreting the campaigners who have never asked for all trees to be saved.
“We were told by Labour councillors that it would cost £15 million on Wednesday – who knew inflation was that bad!
“I have requested a breakdown of how this ludicrous figure was arrived at.”