Pothole load of trouble in Sheffield suburb

Coun Ian Auckland with Jean and Peter Sear, of Broxholme Road, Woodseats.
Coun Ian Auckland with Jean and Peter Sear, of Broxholme Road, Woodseats.
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Residents in a Sheffield suburb say they are being driven mad by delays to long-awaited road repairs in their neighbourhood.

People in Woodseats, living on Broxholme Road, Alsthorpe Road and Nettleham Road, are upset that road closure dates for work as part of the Streets Ahead project have been repeatedly changed.

Residents have been moving their cars only to return to find that no work has been completed and dates have been set back.

Woodseats has high levels of on-street parking and few areas of alternative parking.

Jean and Peter Sear, of Broxholme Road, said: “We are really pleased that our roads and pavements are being made good after years of neglect, but residents are thoroughly fed up that the only thing happening is the dates are changed on the signs threatening that our cars will be towed away.

“Many residents have no convenient place to park other than ‘on street’. They are prepared to struggle making their own arrangements, but not to be messed around for no benefit.”

Local Lib Dem councillor Coun Ian Auckland said: “Undertaking such a massive project was always going to be a difficult task but the dither and delay has driven residents in Woodseats to despair. The service has been unacceptable.”

Coun Jack Scott, Cabinet member for the environment, said: “The Streets Ahead team have been carrying out kerbing works in this area and these have been completed on time.

“When they arrived on site they found that these roads were usually double parked, and it has been necessary to suspend daytime parking to get access to the kerbs.

“The team are back this week and have removed the surface layer on the roads in preparation for resurfacing work next week.”