Fears dismissed for isolated town’s streets

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FEARS that Stocksbridge area of Sheffield will be pushed to the back of the queue when a £2 billion road repair scheme begins across the city have been dismissed by a council chief.

Members of Stocksbridge Town Council lodged an official protest with their counterparts on Sheffield Council after fears were expressed that streets in the area were likely to be last on the list when it comes to the massive repair programme.

Instead they put forward an argument that, because roads in the Stocksbridge area were ‘most in need’ of work, they should be given priority for resurfacing and new street lighting.

The contract, which has been awarded to private company Amey, will take five years to complete.

The company is then contracted to maintain the roads for the next 20 years.

Coun Jack Scott, who is in charge of overseeing the work, moved to allay town councillors’ fears.

He said: “Amey have been tasked with carrying out improvement works in each of the city’s community assembly areas in each year of the core investment period.

“This means that work in the northern community assembly area, which includes Stocksbridge, will take place in each of the first five years.”

Councillor Scott added: “Whether this is work on a residential road or a primary route, one of the first areas that work will take place in is Ewden, which also falls within the Stocksbridge ward.”

The massive scheme is set to get under way in September this year with the repairs completed by 2017.