Motorists fell foul this week of Sheffield’s big road improvement scheme as it returned to the Greystones area.
Despite warning signs that work was about to start, several drivers found that their cars had been towed away from Huntingtower Road.
A Streets Ahead spokesman said six days notice had been given and workers had knocked on doors to try to alert the car owners.
But a resident of neighbouring Tullibardine Road said: “It’s unbelievable.
“A traffic warden is putting tickets on the cars and then some are being towed. There are lots of cars parked there.
“The signs have been up on the street for a while saying that work was going to start, but then it didn’t.
“People didn’t park there because they were going to do the work and then just gave up believing it was ever going to happen so started parking there again.
“There seems to be a lack of communication with residents.
“People are going to come back and find their cars not there – it’s not right.”
Local Liberal Democrat councillor Penny Baker said: “We have been warning for months that the council’s consultation has not been good enough.
“We know many families are away on summer vacations at the moment. So to give them just six days’ notice that their car will towed from outside their home seems perverse and unfair.
“If I returned from holiday to find – with no prior warning – my car pounded and a hefty fine on my doorstep I would not be amused.”
Signs in Greystones warn that parking was prohibited for seven days from July 28, between 7am and 7pm.
Road resurfacing is following the installation of new kerbs and street lights, which was done weeks before.
The Streets Ahead spokesman said: “We urge everyone to pay close attention to the signs advising when roadworks are due to start and am sorry for the inevitable disruption that comes with such a massive investment in our roads.
“Streets Ahead has already resurfaced more than 200 miles of road in Sheffield and the benefits will be felt across the city. We’d like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience while the work takes place.”