Sheffield sandwich shop owner in council compensation row

Kerry Cliff outside The Honey Pot Sandwich Shop.
Kerry Cliff outside The Honey Pot Sandwich Shop.
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A single mum faces losing her livelihood after Sheffield Council refused to cough up compensation for roadworks disruption.

Mum-of-one Kerry Cliff claims she was left £4,000 out-of-pocket when Streets Ahead contractors, working on behalf of Sheffield Council, spent 12 weeks repairing roads outside The Honey Pot Sandwich Shop around one year ago.

She submitted a claim to the council after loss of trade at her Wadsley sandwich shop left her unable to keep up with rent and rates.

But city leaders have so far refused to pay out – and Kerry has made a last-ditch plea for help to prevent her having to close the Dykes Hall Road business.

Kerry, aged 40, said: “The roadworks parked right outside my business.

“I rely so much on passing trade - it was terrible. One day I only took 75p.

“It’s just me on my own. I don’t take a wage, I am just trying to cover costs.”

However, the council said it does not have funds to compensate every business affected by roadworks.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for Streetscene, said: “We sympathise with Ms Cliff.

“She was informed about the works that would take place outside her business and the duration of the works in December 2012.

“She received a letter, a visit from a Streets Ahead steward and also agreed to display a poster for us, advertising the local roadshow about the roadworks.

“The works began in January 2013 and at all times the team ensured access was available to The Honey Pot.

“We understand the public’s frustration about the disruption the Streets Ahead project can cause, but we can’t carry out the level of works needed without causing some disruption.

“We try to keep this to a minimum.”