Citizen’s anger over Sheffield Council contractor’s insurance coverage claim for lawn edge damage

A baffled Sheffield resident received a letter from professional Amey declaring he had actually damaged turf verges outside his home – regardless of the firm’s employees’ vans, lorries and skips being parked there for 8 weeks.Eric Collins, of

Holgate Road, Southey, stated council professionals have actually been working in the area for the past 8 weeks with approximately 10 vans and scaffolding trucks parked on the street on some occasions while roofing system repairs were performed to residential or commercial properties on the street.

The damage to the grass verge outside Mr Collins' home on Holgate Road.

The damage to the lawn edge outside Mr Collins ‘house on Holgate Road.He said he got a letter on Friday stating he was accountable for damage to the turf edge and asking for his car insurance coverage details so the business could process the claim.Mr Collins, 41, stated:”I couldn’t believe it. We’ve had building works outside your house for the last six to 8 weeks and some days there have been as lots of as ten Transit vans, scaffolding lorries and skips parked on the yard edge.

“The letter included a survey requesting my insurance coverage information so I have sent them photos of the workers’ vans and of the skips that have actually been put on the yard verge.

“I’ve even sent images of the tyre tracks in the mud outside my house and of my tires and they’re certainly not mine.”

Mr Collins said he had actually tried to call an Amey contact number offered on the letter however “no one answered”.

“I am the only one from 5 or 6 homes to have a car so it looks like they’re pointing the finger at me since of that,” he stated.

“Every turf verge on the road I survive on is ruined so exactly what are they doing about them?”

A Streets Ahead spokesperson stated: “Sheffield’s verges are a crucial part of the city’s streetscape. Everybody likes them to look neat, and it’s our job to maintain them.

“We looked out to this edge damage in Holgate Road by a concerned resident and have acted upon proof we have received. However, we understand Mr Collins’ issue and we’ll get in touch to discuss the matter with him further.”