Road in hole lot of bother

Button Row, Stocksbridge
Button Row, Stocksbridge
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Residents had to endure three months of roadworks to repair a streetlight.

Sheffield Council has come under fire for contractors’ failure to carry out repairs after 12 weeks’ worth of delays to work in Button Row, Stocksbridge.

Contractor Amey dug a hole and placed barriers around a street light, but failed to finish the job.

Local councillors say the is further evidence of the authority treating Stocksbridge like a ‘poor cousin’.

Coun Jack Clarkson, of Stocksbridge Town Council, said: “The lonely, lonely hole was surrounded by barriers, forcing pedestrians, wheelchair users and people pushing prams to walk into the roadway of Button Row, dangerously close to vehicle traffic using the roadway.”

It was only when The Star contacted the council over the delay that the work was finally carried out.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience the streetlight may have caused.

“The Streets Ahead team installed a new lighting column and there has been a short delay in connecting the streetlight.

“The connection has now been carried out and teams have filled the hole.”