Residents’ anger at ‘total mess’ left by Sheffield Council contractors

Barriers strewn across the pavement.

Barriers strewn across the pavement.

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Residents and a Sheffield MP have criticised council contractors for leaving streets strewn with holes and plastic barriers.

Amey workers have been gradually replacing all the city’s street lights with new LED models as part of the ongoing Streets Ahead programme.

Residents of Heathlands Park, Sheffield, are complaining that Amey are making a mess of the pathways as they install street lights.
Alan Crich, Wendy Tinley, Barbara Bell and children Charlie and Frankie.

Residents of Heathlands Park, Sheffield, are complaining that Amey are making a mess of the pathways as they install street lights. Alan Crich, Wendy Tinley, Barbara Bell and children Charlie and Frankie.

But people living in south eastern suburbs such as Deepwell and Heathlands say much of the work is unfinished, while yellow plastic barriers are being left for weeks and are blowing into paths and roads.

Wendy Tinley, of Oxclose Park Rise, said she was in ‘ongoing discussions’ with Amey about the problems.

“Some of those holes are dangerous,” she said. “Cyclists use the paths and I myself have had to move the obstructions a couple of times.”

Alan Crich, of Deepwell Court, said the work should have been finished last year.

Barriers blown down in Deepwell.

Barriers blown down in Deepwell.

“It is still a total mess and more seriously a health and safety hazard for all,” he added.

And Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts has backed his constituents, calling for an ‘urgent’ review of ‘systematic failures’.

He added: “After receiving notice of the problems from local residents in the Deepwell area - who had been trying for weeks to get action - strong representations and complaints were made to Amey and to the city council by myself and by Coun Tony Downing.

“No action has been forthcoming.

Pavements left half finished.

Pavements left half finished.

He added: “Amey is simply refusing to take the necessary action. This is completely unacceptable.”

An Amey spokesman said the firm was still working in Deepwell, where 440 street lights would be completed ‘within the next two weeks’ and work on the remaining 80 was either ongoing or about to start.

Some street lights still have to be connected to the electricity supply, said Amey, but the holes surrounding them will have to remain open ‘for a maximum of four weeks’. Work has not yet begun on a ‘small number’ of lights and that could take up to six weeks.

The spokesman said: “We sincerely apologise for the delay and inconvenience the installation and completion of the new LED street lights has caused in the area.

“We would like to reassure residents that Streets Ahead take their responsibilities for health and safety very seriously.”#

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