THE latest areas of Sheffield to benefit from the £2 billion Streets Ahead scheme to resurface crumbling roads and footpaths have been named.
Work will begin from the end of the month in Carbrook and Darnall, following on from Shiregreen and Ewden, the first areas of the city to benefit.
As well as smooth new surfacing, 370 street lights will be replaced with bright LED lamps. Contractors Amey say work will take 15 to 20 weeks to complete.
Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member responsible for the scheme, said: “Once all the works have been completed we are confident all residents, businesses and visitors to the area will see the benefits for years to come.”
Graeme Symonds, network director for Amey, added: “We’re planning our works sensitively with the needs of these residential and business communities in mind.”
As well as resurfacing, work in Carbrook and Darnall includes gully and drainage improvement on Infield Lane, replacement of broken or damaged kerbs, and culvert strengthening works on Alsing Road so it can cope with vehicles weighing up to 40 tonnes.
Residents in the area said the investment was long overdue.
David Smith, aged 39, of Darnall, said: “It’s about time. You only have to look around to see some money needs investing Darnall’s roads.”
Business owner Dennis Barratt, 67, who moved to the area in 1980, said: “The roads here are terrible. I own a shop and I’ve had customers coming in talking about the holes in the road. Some of them are diabolical. You ring up and complain but it falls on deaf ears.”
Doreen White, 70, who lives and works in Darnall, said: “There’s a pothole by HSBC that’s nine inches deep. I phoned up about it weeks ago but nothing has been done.”
Mahmood Hassan, 31, of Doncaster, said: “My mum lives here and her road is shocking. Some have been like that for a very long time.”