A residents’ group asked to pay £50 by Sheffield Council highways contractor Amey to hire road closed signs for a street party was then invited to bid for a grant – by the same company.
Viv Lockwood, secretary of Banner Cross Neighbourhood Group, said: “We wanted to borrow two ‘road closed’ signs and four cones for the festival last month, just as we always have in the past from the council at no charge.
“As a final irony, we were sent a letter inviting us to apply for a grant under its ‘Amey Community Partnership’ programme.
“I don’t think I need to add a comment.”
The letter inviting Mr Lockwood’s group to bid said: “We are offering donations of up to £250 to support a range of grass roots community based-projects.”