Council’s apology for paving stone blunder

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RED-faced highways officials apologised after workers wrongly moved into a Sheffield conservation area and started to remove stone paving – with the intention of fitting replacement concrete blocks.

Horrified residents complained to Sheffield Council about the work in Moor Oaks Road, Broomhill – which followed a pledge by the council historic streets would be retained during the 25-year contract with private company Amey to resurface crumbling roads and footpaths.

The council, which is carrying out the work in Broomhill because Amey’s contract has not yet started, has said the old, uneven paving will now be replaced with stone.

Howard Fry, secretary of Broomhill Forum, said: “It was very worrying. When I initially complained, I was told by council planning officers there was nothing in law to protect pavements in a conservation area.

“I am mightily relieved concrete blocks will not now be installed.”

Lib Dem Broomhill councillor, Paul Scriven, said: “Officials seem to have little or no regard of the importance of this area for local residents.”

John Charlton, director of Street Force, said: “Damaged and uneven stone kerbs will be replaced with other matching stone kerbs.

“Any intention to replace them with modern kerbs was a mistake, for which I apologise.”