Botched repairs on Sheffield city centre streets slammed

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Botched pavements in Sheffield city centre cannot be brought up to standard – because it is not known which firm dug them up.

Resident Vin Malone complained to Sheffield Council’s highways contractor Amey about several footpaths with badly repaved paving slabs.

Uneven and badly repaired pavements on Fargate

Uneven and badly repaired pavements on Fargate

He feared the works – on Fargate, Cross Burgess Street, Norfolk Street and Norfolk Row as well as The Moor and Surrey Street – were a ‘danger to the public’ and sent in a dossier of photographs.

In one reply Amey said it ‘shared his concerns’ about block paving on Cross Burgess Street but as it had no record of which utility company had dug up the road enforcement action could not taken.

Mr Malone, aged 72, of Gleadless Valley, said: “How can any multi-million pound company allow unknown companies the freedom to dig up services and not make them good?

“It is ludicrous that they don’t know.”

Amey said it was waiting for paving slabs to be delivered from Scotland before it could complete work to renew the area on Fargate after damage was caused by contractors.

Temporary repairs had taken place but a date for permanent works could not be confirmed.

Mr Malone added: “If you walk up to Fargate from Norfolk Row it is absolutely terrible.

“We were walking there the other day and a woman tripped up.

“Having footways like this does bring down the city centre as well. How much have they spent on the slab paving and it’s fine for a month then dug up again?”

Amey is carrying out the Streets Ahead contract to resurface all the city’s streets and upgrade pavements as well as street lighting.

A spokesman said utility companies were working on roads and pavements on a ‘daily basis’ to fix faults and improve infrastructure.

She added: “We work very closely with all companies to ensure when they dig up roads and pavements, that what they put back is to a good standard.

“On some occasions the utility companies do need to put a temporary repair in place to make it safe for pedestrians until they can make a permanent repair.

“We work hard to ensure utility companies come back and make a permanent repair as soon as practical but in some cases Streets Ahead will often repair the surface.

“The issues that have been raised have already been flagged with us and we are monitoring them.”