A campaign to protect a Sheffield street’s cobbles from being destroyed has been launched by a group of determined residents.
People living on Meadow Terrace, Sharrow Vale, are concerned resurfacing works will ‘rip the heart out’ of their street if the old stones are covered in asphalt.
Campaign group Save Our Cobbled Street – SOCS – has formed to send a letter to Sheffield Council roads contractor Amey to ask for the cobbles to be protected.
Residents also want the end of the street near the Porter Cottage pub which has been resurfaced to be returned to cobbles, along with patches where utility works have replaced stones with asphalt.
Derek Beal, aged 75, an original resident of the road who has lived there all his life, said: “It’s very important we keep the cobbles. They have been here forever.
“Everybody loves the street – it would just wipe so much history out and it would rip the heart out of the street.”
Resident Rosalyn Connor, 58, one of the two founding members SOCS, said: “It’s absolutely crucial to keep the street cobbled for a whole host of reasons.
“Other cities are starting to look at their heritage and I think Sheffield has an opportunity.”
Sheffield Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for roads, said: “It is great the Save Our Cobbled Street group has been set up to protect Sheffield’s heritage. Meadow Terrace is not due to be resurfaced until 2015.
“When the road resurfacing does take place we will endeavour to upgrade the road on a like-for-like basis. It is most likely we will retain the existing cobbles and, where possible, reinstate previously removed cobbles.
“However, where there are extensive areas of asphalt material in place these will remain as it would be difficult to source matching cobbles.
“We will keep residents fully informed and are happy to meet with them once we begin planning.”