Lee’s hole lot of trouble

Pictured is Lee Pickersgill showing the damaged to his driveway on Fircroft Ave,Shiregreen,which was dug up without his permission by contractors removing a tree on the street

Pictured is Lee Pickersgill showing the damaged to his driveway on Fircroft Ave,Shiregreen,which was dug up without his permission by contractors removing a tree on the street

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FUMING Lee Pickersgill returned from work to find contractors had parked a digger on his drive and had even dug part of it up – to remove a tree on the pavement outside.

Lee, aged 31, of Fircroft Avenue, Shiregreen, Sheffield, said he was not asked for permission and, although repairs have been offered for the damaged drive, the asphalt will be left in two different shades.

He wants it resurfacing completely.

Mr Pickersgill, who owns his property, said: “I had complained to Sanctuary Housing, which manages the estate, about a rather large tree outside my house and they agreed to remove it.

“But they never said they would need to use my drive, or asked my permission to go on there.

They dug a hole in it and left the surface damaged.”

He added: “I am not happy with their offer to patch the affected area because it will leave me with a two-tone drive.

The drive is not very large and I want them to resurface it completely.”

Sanctuary has refused his request.

Regional regeneration manager Helen Wright said: “The tree was on the pavement outside the property and removed as part of an environmental enhancement programme on the estate which residents have been fully informed about.

“While removing the tree our contractor drove slightly onto Mr Pickersgill’s drive and damaged a small area at the end of his path.

“We have offered to repair a two square metre area for free – bigger than the area of damage – using like-for-like material.

“As discussed with Mr Pickersgill, we have also assisted by supplying quotes for a complete repair of the drive, minus the cost of the patch, or a complete reconstruction of the drive.”

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