Resident’s plea to move from run-down Sheffield estate

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One of the few remaining residents of a Sheffield estate being bulldozed by the council says she is frightened to be in her own home, after her move was delayed by council chiefs.

Grandmother Michelle Webster, aged 50, is one of a handful of residents still living on the Scowerdons estate in Hackenthorpe in a prefabricated 1960s home.

Michelle Webster outside her home on the Scowerdons estate.

Michelle Webster outside her home on the Scowerdons estate.

She has been promised a new-build property as part of the city’s biggest ever regeneration scheme and was meant to move last week.

But due to paperwork problems she must stay in her property - which has been broken into three times in the last year - surrounded by her packed belongings.

Michelle, whose home was targeted by burglars last week, said: “I’m frightened to be here incase someone comes back, but I’m frightened to leave my belongings.

“I am unsure if my things have been stolen because everything I own is in boxes and I won’t know until I unpack. I don’t know when I’ll move.”

Michelle’s move is part of a £135 million development project by Home Group and Sheffield Council to replace three Sheffield estates.

She added: “This is the last phase. I’ve had at least one lot of family members in each phase. They’ve had meetings and consultation and one was even offered temporary accommodation. We’ve just been left.”

A council spokesman said they were working with Home Group to resolve the problem and the ‘unfortunate delay’ was due to planning officers not receiving environmental reports on time.

He added: “We hope Ms Webster will be able to move into her new home as soon as possible and in the meantime we have secured the property and asked our housing wardens to visit to reassure her.”