Traffic cones left on rural roads for ‘ditch inspection’

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Cones left on rural roads near Sheffield for months were there while ditch inspections took place, highways chiefs say.

Sheffield Council’s opposition Liberal Democrats claimed leaving the cones around Bradfield and Ewden after resurfacing work amounted to ‘corporate fly-tipping’.

The lanes were some of the first roads in Sheffield to benefit from the £2 billion Streets Ahead programme to resurface every road and street.

The council and contractor Amey said the cones are now being collected.

A council spokeswoman said: “Some of the cones have been left along a stretch of Jack Lane deliberately after the road was resurfaced and white lined and the ditches were cleared while Amey investigated whether further work was required to the drainage ditches.

“There is nothing untoward in this.”