Fury over lack of work on Sheffield road dubbed "pothole city"

Furious residents have called for answers after works to resurface their "pothole-ridden" Sheffield road still haven't begun - three months after the initial start-date.

Tuesday, 30th January 2018, 11:18 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st January 2018, 8:40 am
Amey workers resurfacing a street in Sheffield.

People living on Totley Hall Lane, Totley, said Sheffield Council contractor Amey had told them works were due to be carried out on their street and neighbouring roads in October.

But one resident, who did not want to be named, said they hadn't been able to speak to the council or Amey about when the works were due to start.

Totley Hall Lane. Picture: Google.

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She said: "We had a meeting last July at the Shepley Spitfire pub and we were told it was definitely going to start in October or November at the latest but nothing has been done at all.

"The road is totally pothole-ridden - it looks like 'pothole city' and it's only getting worse by the day because of the weather."

Amey signed a £2.2 billion 25-year contract with Sheffield Council in 2012 to fix the city's roads and pavements before maintaining them over the length of the contract.

The resident added: "We have heard nothing at all from anyone.They took names, addresses and contact details at the meeting and said they'd keep in touch but we've heard nothing.

Totley Hall Lane. Picture: Google.

"From people I have spoken to I am not the only one who hasn't heard anything - it's as if they are doing what they want and just totally ignoring public opinion."

The contractor is also carrying out controversial tree felling works as part of the agreement.

Arborists are felling trees, which the council and Amey claim are dangerous, dead, diseased, dying or which are said to be damaging streets and pavements. Workers are then planting replacement trees.

Objectors to the scheme have staged a number of protests across the city, with demonstrations now held on a daily basis.

The woman added: "I see why trees have taken priority because people are so angry about them but there are other parts of Amey's work which need looking at.

"It strikes me that the council or Amey don't want to talk about it."

A Streets Ahead spokesman said: “Unfortunately, the Streets Ahead works in the Totley area have been temporarily delayed due to a change of subcontractor. This information was shared with the local Councillors in October 2017.

“The Streets Ahead works in this area are now due to start in February, continuing into March and April. Residents will receive a letter prior to works starting.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the delay in works and can reassure residents that work in their area will start in coming weeks. We thank the residents for their patience during this time.

“To report any specific defects or for further information please contact us online www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead or call us on 0114 273 4567.”