Sheffield residents’ plea for return of alley light

The '46 steps' alleyway linking Nicholson Road and Shirebrook Road in Heeley.
The '46 steps' alleyway linking Nicholson Road and Shirebrook Road in Heeley.
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URGENT calls have been made for a streetlight to be replaced on an alleyway in a Sheffield neighbourhood as the nights draw in.

The light on the steep walkway known as the ‘46 steps’, which links Nicholson Road and Shirebrook Road, Heeley, was removed a year ago.

Richard Shaw, a Nicholson Road resident and Liberal Democrat activist, said he raised the problem with Sheffield Council in April and collected 30 signatures on a petition demanding the light be replace d. He was told the light would be put back.

But six months on, it has still not been replaced.

Mr Shaw said: “The steps are difficult to use in the dark and potentially unsafe.

“Even residents who live next to it would rather take a long diversion.”

After complaining again last month, Mr Shaw said he was told replacement of the light was on hold due to a review of Sheffield’s street lighting as part of the £2 billion Streets Ahead scheme to resurface all roads and pavements, and replace lampposts.

Mr Shaw said: “This is not good enough. This convenient thoroughfare has been left without proper lighting for over a year and residents want it replaced.”

Coun Jack Scott, Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, said: “The street light will be replaced next week.

“I can only apologise that these residents were left without a street light for so long.”