People of Sheffield, be ashamed, be very ashamed.
My brother and brother-in-law both work for Amey and are involved in the resurfacing of roads in Sheffield.
Some of the stories they tell me about how the residents of Sheffield treat them is appalling and quite honestly is beyond belief.
My relatives and their colleagues are frequently verbally abused. They have been threatened with legal action, having their faces smashed in and almost run over by a resident’s car.
Surprisingly much of this abuse comes from so-called professional/intelligent people such as university lecturers, solicitors, doctors and one person who works for the government and live in the more affluent areas of Fulwood, Ecclesall and Crosspool.
The old saying, you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs is very pertinent. If you want pothole- free roads, you have to accept that there will be some disruption. And before you start shouting ‘you have no idea what it’s like’, yes I do!
My road, footpaths and the streetlights have been replaced and resurfaced and yes, it was inconvenient, frustrating, noisy, messy and any other adjectives you can think of, but the workmen are doing their job and should be able to work without petty squabbles, arguments and being complained about just because the grass has been taken up, the tree/hedge needs cutting back, the car needs parking elsewhere, the kids can’t walk to school etc.etc.
Please bear this in mind when you are shouting abuse at the workmen. They are all somebody’s husband, father, brother or son and are just trying to do their job.
It’s two weeks out of your life, so Sheffield, man up!