Sheffield residents suffer ‘three years of building site hell’

Residents on Park Spring Drive are fed up with building work causing disruption on their road for three years. Residents say the development, named Cutlers View, is 'supposed to be a flagship development undertaken by the Council and Keepmoat. This is proving to be a perfect example of poor planning, a lack of foresight with a  total disregard for existing residents'. Pictured are Carl Witham, Lynn Beresford, Pam Clamp, Maureen Sanderson, and Brian Clamp.

Residents on Park Spring Drive are fed up with building work causing disruption on their road for three years. Residents say the development, named Cutlers View, is 'supposed to be a flagship development undertaken by the Council and Keepmoat. This is proving to be a perfect example of poor planning, a lack of foresight with a total disregard for existing residents'. Pictured are Carl Witham, Lynn Beresford, Pam Clamp, Maureen Sanderson, and Brian Clamp.

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Angry residents on a Sheffield estate say they have been plagued by disruptive building work for three years.

Householders on Park Spring Drive in Norfolk Park say their lives have been made a misery by work carried out by developer Keepmoat on new housing site Cutlers View.

Brian Clamp, who lives on the road, said the existing homes are ‘a virtual island’, totally surrounded by the new development, and that he and his neighbours have been treated with ‘total disregard.’

The 74-year-old said he and his wife Pam, 71, alongside other residents, have suffered three years of ‘hell’ and encountered multiple disruptions to their day-to-day lives.

They say problems have included work vehicles using residents’ parking spaces, debris from the building site such as screws in the middle of the road causing tyre punctures, and noise.

Residents have also complained that the number of lorries using the site is ‘tearing up the road,’ causing potholes, which have damaged their cars. They also say they are regularly blocked into their road due to building site traffic.

Angry Mr Clamp said: “The roads are left in such a state, you can’t go out with anything decent on as there’s mud everywhere. You just dread going out, because you don’t know if you’re going to be blocked in.”

“They dug a hole in the side of a road for utilities and cut through street light cables. The whole thing has been a shambles. Enough is enough. What we want is fair play and measures put in place so other people don’t suffer.”

Andrew Sanderson, construction director for Keepmoat, said he was aware of ‘concerns’ surrounding the Norfolk Park scheme. He said the company holds regular meetings with locals to listen to their concerns.

He said: “This continual engagement has led to us paying for residents to have their cars cleaned, on a monthly basis, in the event of any road mud; we have employed a full-time road sweeper, pick up litter daily and have also engaged a liaison employee to be on-hand at all times to hear any concerns or take any questions. In the light of these recent comments we are redoubling efforts to keep residents informed and have as little impact as possible on their day-to-day lives.”