Seating installed as part of a £10 million revamp of The Moor’s streetscene is ‘ingrained’ with dirt, scratches and graffiti.
As work nears completion on the £17.5m markets building, benches only installed three years ago are looking shabby.
The seats were made out of black limestone flown over from Ireland and are inscribed with poetry.
But their current sorry state was caught on camera by Star reader Vin Malone.
He said: “The benches at Moorfoot are a disgrace. A blind man could see that these benches have never been cleaned since they were installed.
“The council cannot blame either demolition or building on The Moor for the problem – it’s lack of maintenance and apathy on the council’s part.
“I was talking to an old lady while I took photographs and she said exactly the same as me, you can see that the areas that have not been sat upon are ingrained with dirt.”
Now Sheffield Council has pledged action will be taken to clean the benches.
Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: “The development of The Moor and Market together gives us a really good opportunity to make this a great part of our city.
“These benches are being cleaned by our contractor, Amey.
“They have been recently cleaned, although further action is planned for the coming days as Amey have identified that they require a deeper clean.
“The condition of our benches is important to us, so that they can be enjoyed by everyone.”