Call for Penistone Road roadworks payout to struggling firms

Abbie Armitage says business at her Barber Shop on Leppings Lane has been badly affected by the ongoing road works in the area
Abbie Armitage says business at her Barber Shop on Leppings Lane has been badly affected by the ongoing road works in the area
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Sheffield businesses which have suffered ‘catastrophic’ losses during roadworks should be compensated, a councillor says.

Work to replace the roundabout on Penistone Road, Hillsborough, with a crossing, and to change the road layout near a new Sainsbury’s store, have been causing congestion problems for weeks.

Earlier this month Abbie Armitage, who runs the Barber Shop on Leppings Lane, said a temporary ban on drivers turning right from Halifax Road meant her firm and others were struggling.

Now she has backed a motion - to be debated at Sheffield Council’s full meeting next week - which calls for traders to be compensated.

She said work completion had been delayed several times, adding: “I can’t go on like this.”

East Ecclesfield Coun Pauline Andrews, who has put forward the motion, said there had been a ‘lack of urgency’ from Sheffield Council in challenging contractors to address the hardship caused.

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said works were agreed with the council as a key part of improvements to Penistone Road. The new junction is almost complete and the council contractor is due to connect the new traffic signals. He apologised for any inconvenience caused.