Conservation expert to examine Sheffield street where historic cobbles were ripped out

The removal of the cobbles in September
The removal of the cobbles in September
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Refurbishment work on a Sheffield street where historic cobbles were ripped out last month remains suspended.

Amey contractors took out the cobbles on Cornish Street in Kelham Island a fortnight ago as part of its Sheffield Streets Ahead contract with the council.

But the work has been 'paused' after concerns were raised about the removal of the cobbles.

A council conservation specialist is now due to visit the site before any further work takes place.

An Amey spokesman said: "The work will remain paused until further investigation, including a site visit with a council conservation specialist."

Concerns about the removal of the cobbles were raised by a local businessman, who said he understood the original plan was to replace the cobbles with Tarmac.

The businessman, who asked not to be named, said last month that he believed the decision to remove the cobbles was ‘short-sighted’ as it takes away from the unique look of the Kelham Island area.

He said today that no further work has taken place on the road surface, but the street is back being used by drivers despite the refurbishment remaining unfinished.

He said the removal of the cobbles should have been considered properly before they were ripped out.

"All we are after is a little bit of common sense," he said.

"It shouldn't be difficult. In other cities, council planners would be on their backs straight away."