On the pathway to destruction

Pavements have been dug up at Farlow Croft in High Green, Sheffield just days after resurfacing work was completed.

Pavements have been dug up at Farlow Croft in High Green, Sheffield just days after resurfacing work was completed.

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A Sheffield neighbourhood enjoyed newly-replaced pavements for just three days before contractors dug it up again.

Residents of Farlow Croft, High Green were delighted when improvements were carried out as part of the council’s £2 billion Streets Ahead’s plan to transform all areas of the city within the next five years.

Work to resurface the pavements took about a week and was praised once it was completed – but three days later, contractors Amey were back to fit a new street light.

Resident Bob Ellis, aged 67, said: “They made a beautiful job of the pavements.

“They were pristine.

“I think we had it for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday and that was it, they started ripping it back up.

“They’ve got that much work planned, why not do other stuff before the paths if they knew they were going to have to dig them up again?

“All the neighbours have said how stupid they think it is. There’s no joined-up thinking or common sense.”

The work in High Green began in March and is due to finish in August.

Coun Jack Scott, for the council, said: “It’s great news we are installing the new LED street lights on Farlow Croft.

“Because of a technical issue concerning old wiring, work in this area is taking longer than expected and so the pavement had to be resurfaced to meet other planned work deadlines.

“This is not the usual order of work. We hope instances like this are kept to a minimum.”

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