Delays in resurfacing works sees Sheffield road littered with potholes, cracks and loose chippings

A Sheffield neighbourhood has roads littered with potholes, cracks and loose chippings after a lengthy delay with resurfacing works.

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 12:30 pm

The Green Party says council contractor Amey has failed to complete road resurfacing in Nether Edge in the timescale agreed as part of the Streets Ahead programme.

They say Crescent Road and Albany Road, which were a focus during the tree protests, have only been partially resurfaced while Kenbourne Road and Kenwood Park Road haven’t even been started yet.

Councillor Peter Garbutt said: “Residents living on these roads deserve better than this.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Councillor Peter Garbutt inspecting the pot holes at Nether Edge

“Amey and Sheffield Council have continued to make excuses for these unacceptable delays.

"This really does raise the question about what benefits there are outsourcing the work.”

Green candidate Maroof Raouf added: “Earlier this month, Sheffield Council and Amey were congratulating themselves for the work they have done in 2020 but that is an insult to some of the residents who have been waiting years for resurfacing work to be completed.”

Sheffield Council said despite Covid restrictions, Streets Ahead resurfaced around 18 miles of road and 38 miles of pavements last year.

Cabinet member for street scene Coun Mark Jones said: “This year, resurfacing as part of the wider Streets Ahead programme will take place, with working practices being continuously reviewed in line with national guidance.

“I want to reassure residents that both Kenbourne Road and Kenwood Park Road in Nether Edge will be resurfaced as part of the 2021 programme.

“The outstanding areas on Crescent Road and Albany Road are also due to be completed this year.

“The 2021 resurfacing programme is currently being reviewed and finalised and will be available on the council’s website in coming months. All residents affected by the works will receive a letter in advance of works starting.”

An overview of resurfacing completed in 2020 can be found here.

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a digital subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Nancy Fielder, editor.