Fury as sinkhole STILL not repaired on Sheffield street – weeks after it was first reported

Clive Betts MP for Sheffield South East has written to Severn Trent Water, Yorkshire Water and Amey over a failure to repair a hole in Queen Street, Mosborough.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 7:09 am

After first being reported at the beginning of April a sinkhole has failed to be repaired, despite inspections from Severn Trent Water and Yorkshire Water.

The MP said both organisations came out, to then report that it was not their responsibility, only to then refer the issue through a long bureaucratic channel.

Betts said: “The whole situation is ridiculous. My office reported this issue the day we received it, at the beginning of April. Despite that, and us actively chasing the enquiry, the hole remains. This should not have to happen and has cost my staff and I valuable man hours we could have been spending on other constituent’s cases.”

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MP Clive Betts pictured next to the hole in Queen Street in Mosborough.

“It should not be down to myself and my team to constantly chase these organisations, they should be able to communicate quickly with each other in getting what seems to be a very simple issue to fix.”

In a joint response from the council and contractor, Amey, a Streets Ahead spokesperson said: “Streets Ahead were made aware of a void in the road on Queens Street in early April. The site was inspected immediately, made safe and both water utilities, Severn Trent and Yorkshire Water were made aware. Despite inspections, there remains the need for the exact cause of the void to be identified and the appropriate repairs made. Streets Ahead teams are on site today to fully inspect the void, after which, further action will be taken to repair the road.”

A spokesman from Severn Trent Water said: “We sent a team of engineers to investigate reports of a water leak on Queen Street, immediately after we were called about it. We carried out a thorough check of the water network in the area and found no issues and everything was working as it should be.”

A Yorkshire Water spokesman added: “We attended the site within 24 hours of being notified of the hole in the road and carried out investigations of our sewer network in the area. We found no problems that would have caused the hole in the road so it was passed to Sheffield city council as the local authority has responsibility for road maintenance.”