Gleaming, smooth asphalt laid in a Sheffield neighbourhood has not lasted very long.
Sheffield Council has been carrying out work around Crookes as part of the £2 billion Streets Ahead programme to resurface every road and footpath.
But less than a fortnight after the project was carried out on Tasker Road, Crookes, residents were furious to see workmen move in to dig up the surface again.
Chris Hallam, who lives on the street, said: “Someone needs a pat on the back. Money is invested to resurface Sheffield roads, which are dug up less than two weeks later. Genius!”
Utility companies are supposed to ensure necessary repairs take place before roads are resurfaced.
Sheffield Council said the work was carried out by contractor Morrisons for Yorkshire Water.
A spokeswoman for the council said: “We can confirm that Morrisons on behalf of Yorkshire Water are replacing an old lead pipe as per a customer request.
“We did not give Yorkshire Water permission but we would also not have refused them due to it being a customer request. We will have a discussion with Yorkshire Water to agree larger reinstatement of the road.”