Icy Sheffield roads cleared thanks to readers

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Several ice-clogged roads across Sheffield have been cleared by council teams - thanks to readers of The Star.

Concerns raised about streets left treacherous after snow, which turned to ice and did not melt as freezing conditions remained in place this week, were passed to council contractor Streets Ahead.

Between Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, teams went out to clear 18 of the 21 roads highlighted in Crookes, Woodseats, Broomhill, Nether Edge, Wybourn, Sharrow Vale and Gleadless.

Three roads in Nether Edge and Shirecliffe remained uncleared as gritters were needed to treat priority routes again.

The council is now stressing that residents need to report problems - also including empty grit bins - to the authority to see action .

Coun Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for environment, said: “We want our city to be the best it can be and that is one of the reasons we offer so many different ways for the public to report issues to the team. We do work hard inspecting our streets to try and identify issues but we do need the public’s support with this.

£The clearing of the side roads after the last snowfall is a great example of how using the right channels to report issues creates positive results.

“I would encourage the public that if they would like to report a highway issue to us to either do this online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/reportmystreet, call 0114 273 4567 or email streetsahead@sheffield.gov.uk.”

Problems caused by ice this week have again drawn attention to the council’s controversial winter cuts.

A reduction in roads gritted was reversed but the removal of 121 grit bins to save £10,000 is still a hot topic.

n Extra bin collections will take place in Sheffield this weekend to clear a backlog caused by ice and snow.