council workmen tarred over a dead rabbit as they filled in a hole in the road – after attempting to fix another pothole by tarring around the wheel of a van which was parked in it.
The Star revealed last week that Simon Linfoot was left incredulous when he returned to his LDV Pilot van on Badger Road, Woodhouse, to find asphalt had been spread around one of the tyres by workmen attempting to fill in a pothole.
When he drove off, the remainder of the hole was exposed.
Now Ecclesfield taxi driver Carl Garnham, aged 41, has revealed he was shocked to find a newly-repaired pothole on Mortimer Road, between Dale Dyke and Strines Reservoir, with the rabbit’s body sticking out from under the tarmac.
He said: “I was out with a friend heading to the Strines pub when we parked to admire the view – and saw the pothole.
“At the time we laughed a little about it and thought that the council workers who had filled in the hole had maybe a strange sense of humour or perhaps were running out of tar.
“God forbid they start filling potholes in with cats and dogs!
“It is all very funny but what about the damage to the car suspensions because of poor road maintenance.
“Do they need qualifications to fill these potholes?”
Meanwhile, another motorist, from Halfway, has complained that workmen from the council’s Street Force service – which looks after road maintenance – filled in one pothole at the junction of Auckland Way and Windmill Greenway, near Halfway Centre, but left four others unfilled.
He said: “What other council but Sheffield would send a team of men out to repair a pothole, let them fill it and leave four more potholes within eight or nine feet un-repaired. Not only that but if you look carefully you can see that the repair they carried out is already sinking.”
Sheffield Council cabinet member for communities Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, who is responsible for Street Force, said: “We have received extra money to fill in potholes caused by the severe winter but we want to make sure that the job is done correctly.
“Clearly I am concerned to hear of these incidents.
“I will be taking the cases up with the head of Street Force to make sure that we are filling in potholes properly and incidents like these are not happening.”
Sheffield Council has been awarded £1.2 billion by the Government to be spent over the next 25 years, up to 2037, on repairing the city’s 1,200 miles of crumbling highways and then maintaining them up to a good standard in the years to come.