Anger as town roads fight hits the buffers

sp90140 Tesco Alfreton Loading Complaint. L-R, Glenys Jepson, Jen Gdula, Ezra and Steve Marshall-Clarke,Margaret Boulter, Front Netty and Kitty Gdula-Marshall-Clarke.
sp90140 Tesco Alfreton Loading Complaint. L-R, Glenys Jepson, Jen Gdula, Ezra and Steve Marshall-Clarke,Margaret Boulter, Front Netty and Kitty Gdula-Marshall-Clarke.

A CAMPAIGNER fighting a battle with the county council over noise from two roads has described the authority’s latest response as ‘unacceptable’.

Richard Collis has been pressuring Derbyshire County Council to improve traffic conditions on Hall Street and Cressy Road in Alfreton, since 2008.

Traffic on the adjoining residential side streets has nearly doubled since the Tesco superstore was built.

The roads now see nearly 6,000 vehicles, including 240 buses, pass through every day, causing disturbance for residents and concerns over safety as large vehicles navigate a blind corner at the top of Hall Street.

On May 4, Mr Collis, who is pushing for the reinstatement of a one-way system on the two roads, presented representatives from the borough and county councils with evidence collected from traffic surveys of the area and photographs of problems residents are experiencing.

It convinced county council officers to conduct a site visit to the two roads on June 27.

But in July, Mr Collis received a brief two paragraph letter from the county council stating no further action would be taken to improve the roads, as the matter ‘has already been dealt with’. This week Mr Collis said the council’s rebuttal flies in the face of evidence presented to it. He said: “If someone can give me hard evidence to prove that the roads are fine then fair enough. I would think that reasonable to decline. But I look at hard evidence and I can still see that we have a problem. To get that response after all that work is frustrating.”

Mr Collis said the latest refusal is one of a long list of disappointing responses received by the authority, since the council had admitted it was concerned over traffic on the two roads in 2008.

A traffic calming one-way system was introduced on Cressy Road two years ago after 80 people added their name to a petition started by Mr Collis.

But it was abandoned by the county council three weeks later, after it said the system was not working and that other streets, such as Marshall Street, were suffering with increased traffic as a result.

This week a spokesperson for the county council said: “Having again assessed the situation on site, our engineering design consultants have looked at the possible options available, but there is no simple way to reduce use of these roads in a way that is safe and acceptable to local residents.”