Streetlight hole criticised for blocking disabled teenager's access for two months

David Rains and his wife Helen pictured by the hole that was dug on the pavement by their drive restricting access for their disabled son. Picture: Marie Caley
David Rains and his wife Helen pictured by the hole that was dug on the pavement by their drive restricting access for their disabled son. Picture: Marie Caley
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A dad has criticised Amey after workmen dug a hole outside his Sheffield home two months ago - which makes it 'impossible' to get his disabled son's wheelchair past.

David Rains, aged 48, claims that workmen dug a hole for a new streetlight outside his home on Gleadless Townend in September, measuring roughly five feet wide and three feet deep.

But rather than erect a new light immediately, the hole remains remains months later and 'bulky fencing' surrounding it continues to block the pavement.

David claims his disabled son Oliver, 15, who suffers spinal muscular atrophy, is not able to pass on the pavement in his wheelchair and must now contend with busy traffic.

David, who lives with wife Helen and son Oliver, said: "It's ridiculous. Why dig a hole and just leave it for months?

"I'm upset about this because we have to take Oliver across five lanes of traffic, twice, just to get him on the pavement outside our house.

"The area is so well-lit anyway. We don't need another streetlight here - it's like broad daylight at nighttime as it is."

David further claims that he didn't receive any correspondence from Amey to inform him that they would be erecting a new streetlight.

Amey are contracted by Sheffield Council to replace and maintain all roads, pavements and street lights in the city as part of Streets Ahead.

A Streets Ahead spokesperson said: "Safety is our number one priority and our street lights are positioned in accordance with a set of standards that enable us to keep all road users safe.

"Streets Ahead has been closely engaged with the local community throughout these works and we can confirm that one of our team visited the site on November 10 to ensure that the barriers allow for the safe passage of a wheelchair."

Anyone with issues concerning barriers to Streets Ahead can call 0114 273 4567.