Fears over wait to install Sheffield street lights

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council.

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council.

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Open holes on roads in Sheffield are an ‘accident waiting to happen’, residents fear.

Householders say the holes in Walkley were dug more than a month ago as part of work to install street lights.

Barriers were installed around the metre-deep gaps onFreedom Road, Camm Street, Highton Street and Greenhow Street, but have been taken or blown away.

Concerned resident Tanya Witbooi, of Bole Hill Road, said: “There were barriers, but those have blown away. It is an accident waiting to happen. The council told me the lights would be reinstated by the end of the week, but it doesn’t explain why they were dug so far in advance.”

Fellow resident James Cleary said: “The holes should be filled in and reopened when work needs to take place.”

Coun Jack Scott, for Sheffield Council, said: “Street light works do involve us needing to dig holes and, while works are waiting to be completed, we install barriers to keep residents safe.

“We do everything we can to ensure barriers are not obstructing pavements or have blown over.”

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