Debris caused by a collapsed wall remains in two Sheffield gardens more than a week on – with residents worried it could be years before it is cleared.
The wall collapsed at the back of two properties on Armstead Road, Beighton, on the morning of Thursday, May 29 – destroying a large shed in one garden and bringing bricks and rubble down into another.
But with residents’ insurance companies unwilling to pay and Sheffield Council saying the issue is not its responsibility, it is unclear when the mess will be cleaned up.
A similar incident happened on the same street at a different property four years ago, with the damage caused yet to be cleared as a result of an ongoing legal dispute over who should pay for the damage.
Planning permission was granted in the 1970s for new houses on the higher-level Orchard Lane, which back on to the Armstead Road properties.
Residents have said they thought a decision to allow the walls at the back of their properties to be backfilled from a height of around 4.5ft to about nine feet at the time may be responsible for the collapse – and asked the council to intervene.
But it said while they had granted planning permission at the time to a private developer who has now ceased trading, it was not responsible for building quality and ‘the issue does not relate to the council’.
Lorraine Thomas, a teaching assistant at Halfway Junior School whose family’s shed was smashed by the collapse, said repairs could cost tens of thousands of pounds. She said: “In my simple way of thinking, nobody on Armstead Road is to blame and nobody on Orchard Lane is to blame.
“We just can’t afford it, we haven’t got the money.”
She said she feared it could be years before the issue is sorted.
Lorraine added: “It is causing a lot of stress and worry to everybody.
“They are normal people like myself who have worked hard to get on the housing ladder and it is just not fair.”