Cracks could be subsidence, fear Sheffield residents

Carla Butler, who lives in a maisonette in Ironside Road, Gleadless, and is concerned about cracks appearing around her home.
Carla Butler, who lives in a maisonette in Ironside Road, Gleadless, and is concerned about cracks appearing around her home.
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A WORRIED mum is calling on Sheffield Homes to investigate cracks in her block of maisonettes which residents fear could be a sign of subsidence.

Carla Butler, aged 28, of Ironside Road, Gleadless Valley, who lives with her daughters, Crystal-Rose, aged three months, and Sapphire, five, first complained about the situation last October.

Carla Butler (left), who lives in a maisonette in Ironside Road, Gleadless, and is concerned about cracks appearing around her home.She's pictured with daughter Crystal-Rose Butler, aged three months, and neighbour Gemma Allen and her daughter Aimee Allen, aged three.

Carla Butler (left), who lives in a maisonette in Ironside Road, Gleadless, and is concerned about cracks appearing around her home.She's pictured with daughter Crystal-Rose Butler, aged three months, and neighbour Gemma Allen and her daughter Aimee Allen, aged three.

She said: “There are cracks all around the house which I am worried about. I only redecorated less than six months ago and cracks then appeared which are as if someone has run a knife around the ceiling of each of the rooms.

“When I first complained to Sheffield Homes last year they sent someone round and offered to re-plaster over the cracks. I was told to get back in touch if there were any further problems. Now the cracks have returned, they said it would be three weeks before anyone can come round to have a look.”

Carla added: “The block of maisonettes is on a hill and I am worried it may be subsidence. The lampposts outside are also leaning and there are cracks through the block. The building needs a proper structural investigation to see whether it is safe.”

Carla’s neighbour, Gemma Allen, said she is also concerned.

Jason Siddall, Sheffield Homes maintenance partnership manager, said: “The safety of our customers is of paramount importance and we are sorry to hear of Ms Butler’s concerns. We visited her home in October and found cosmetic cracking, but no structural problems or subsidence.

“Re-plastering work was due to be carried out in January this year, however Ms Butler wasn’t at home and failed to contact us to make another appointment.

“We will be arranging to visit Ms Butler within the next week to re-inspect the property. We have had no further reports from residents.”