Historic cobbles ripped out from Sheffield street

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Resurfacing work on a Sheffield street in Kelham Island has been suspended after historic cobbles were ripped out.

The cobbles were removed by workers on Thursday as part of Sheffield Council and Amey’s Streets Ahead road improvement project.

But concerns about the removal of the cobbles have been raised by a local businessman, who said he understood the original plan was to replace the cobbles with Tarmac.

The businessman, who asked not to be named, said he believed the decision to remove the cobbles was ‘short-sighted’ as it takes away from the unique look of the Kelham Island area.

He said he thought the cobbles could have been left as they were.  

“Manchester wouldn’t allow this to happen,” he said.

“Places like Kelham should be kept undisturbed ready for suitable redevelopments.

“I’m just frustrated it has been allowed in Sheffield.”

But it is understood Sheffield Council and Amey bosses are due to meet on Monday to discuss what will happen on the street.

A Streets Ahead spokesperson said: “Resurfacing work on Cornish Street has been paused whilst an investigation takes place.”

The businessman said news of the potential rethink was good news but questioned why the work had taken place already.

“I would like to see some agreement where they can sort out what they are going to do,” he said.

“Putting the cobbles back now is not an easy job and will be time-consuming and expensive. 

“But it is really the only acceptable solution.

“It is good news that at least it has been halted. 

“But now they have to agree a way forward.” 

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