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Alan Robshaw RIP 2nd May 2020

Deepa Shetty
Sheffield, ENG, United Kingdom

May 3, 2020 — 

Dear Supporters

Very sad to say that Alan Robshaw left us on Friday night. Alan had been given a terminal diagnosis at the end of last year and his death is not Covid related.

Followers of the SORT (Save Our Roadside Trees) campaign will know Alan for his excellent speeches at Full Council and at the Highway Trees Forum in 2015. He was a very private, independent, secretive person…so many of you may not have heard of his name. However, he was a retired architect and knew exactly how little it would take in terms of relaxed highway specifications to save our trees. He was particularly obsessed with the thin, cast iron kerbs indigenous to Bristol, which would be of specific use in Sheffield’s case.

Alan also acted as SORT spokesperson in private meetings with the council. He was promised that SCC would investigate the use of Flexipave in 2015, in a meeting with David Caulfield and Cllr Terry Fox. A promise further made at a Full Council meeting in 2016 by Cllr Bryan Lodge. Alan was an intelligent, honest, straightforward man of integrity. He could not understand the constant obfuscation and deceit by officers and politicians at Sheffield City Council and it really weighed heavy on his heart.

Alan has made a massive contribution in combatting the tree scandal in this fair city and it has been a privilege to know and work with him. Many bright blessings on his soul and onward journey.

He is already missed. 


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