Crumbling Sheffield roads in one man’s sights

Richard Shaw, of Heeley, who has been reporting potholes on behalf of fellow residents
Richard Shaw, of Heeley, who has been reporting potholes on behalf of fellow residents
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COMMUNITY activist Richard Shaw has become a man with a mission - to tackle his area’s crumbling roads.

The Heeley resident has been out around the neighbourhood and surrounding areas including Meersbrook, Herdings and Hemsworth, looking for potholes and reporting them to Sheffield Council to be fixed.

Since he started his quest in May, Lib Dem member Richard has reported 62 potholes, which have been repaired.

Richard, aged 26, a website and software developer who lives in Nicholson Road, Heeley, said: “Many of the roads are a mess and residents I’ve spoken to feel that this part of Sheffield has been neglected.

“I have seen roads with over 10 potholes in less than a 100-metre stretch. Some holes are so big you’d need to be Jessica Ennis to jump over them.”

Richard said that although Sheffield Council is starting its £2 billion Streets Ahead scheme, to be carried out by private contractor Amey, to revamp roads over the next five years, ‘residents should still expect roads to be maintained to a decent standard’.

The council said that once the scheme is finished, city roads will be the best in the country.