Cobbles stay put on Sheffield street

Mary Street'Businesses along Mary Street have welcomed plans to improve the cobbled road as part of Sheffield City Council's Streets Ahead project. Plans include resurfacing most of the street using the existing cobbles and relaying them in one central area, to get rid of the patchy appearance.
Mary Street'Businesses along Mary Street have welcomed plans to improve the cobbled road as part of Sheffield City Council's Streets Ahead project. Plans include resurfacing most of the street using the existing cobbles and relaying them in one central area, to get rid of the patchy appearance.
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They’re a reminder of a bygone era - but on one Sheffield street at least, cobbles are here to stay.

Highways contractor Amey is revamping the stone cobbles along Mary Street, behind St Mary’s Road in the city centre’s Cultural Industries Quarter, as part of the Streets Ahead roadworks now taking place in the area.

Plans include resurfacing most of the street using the existing cobbles, and re-laying them in one central area, to get rid of the current ‘patchy’ appearance.

Businesses in the area have welcomed the measure, with Neill Birchenall, managing director of IT firm BirchenallHowden, saying the cobbles mean Mary Street is ‘different and memorable’.

“We have great things happening in this corner of the Cultural Industries Quarter. We’ve been encouraged by the new businesses relocating and starting here, and some momentum in terms of development,” said Mr Birchenall.

“The setts – or cobbles as they’re commonly known - make our street different and memorable, which is important. It’s fantastic that they’re staying and will look even better when the road improvements take place.”

Chris Morris, Amey’s operations director, said: “We’ve already started working on the footpaths in Mary Street, and after this is completed we will start working with the cobbles.

“This is a specialist skill, so it will take some time. We’ve kept local businesses updated with the plans and would like to thank them for their co-operation.”

Sheffield Council cabinet member Coun Jack Scott added: “The street will look great when it’s finished.”