Residents’ joy as work ends

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Work which left a Sheffield road ‘like an assault course’ for months has finally been finished – after The Star intervened.

Residents on Tadcaster Crescent, Woodseats, complained they were being forced to walk on the road as fenced-off tree stumps and roots were blocking the pavements.

Work to resurface the road and pavements, which led to trees being cut down, started in January as part of the Streets Ahead project to renew the city’s highways.

However, work ground to a halt after the trees were cut down – leaving the stumps in place and the paths unusable.

But the first phase of work has now been completed after The Star raised the issue with Sheffield Council and contractor Amey.

Great-grandad Derek Walker, who has lived on the street since homes were built there in 1961, said: “They came and took some trees down in January, but left all this mess.

“It was dangerous to walk on because you couldn’t use the pavements – it was like an assault course.

“Residents on the street complained about it five or six times, but were just told it had been passed on to a manager.”

Streets Ahead thanked residents for raising the problem and apologised for the delay.

Graeme Symonds, Streets Ahead account director, said: “The stumps will be taken out, which will allow us to then look at any pavement repairs needed.

“There are some other stumps on Tadcaster Crescent that cannot be removed immediately as discussions are taking place with private owners whose garden walls may be affected. We will finish footpath resurfacing on these stretches after these discussions.”

“In the Meadowhead work zone, covering Tadcaster Crescent, we are resurfacing 22 kilometres of road and 35km of pavements and upgrading 650 street lights.

“This is a huge job which will be great for the area when complete.

“We encourage residents with concerns to report them to us by calling 0114 273 4567.”