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Road crossing fears in Smalley

Residents in Smalley are appealing to Derbyshire County Council to instate a new crossing near to the Kerry Drive, Heanor Road junction

Residents in Smalley are appealing to Derbyshire County Council to instate a new crossing near to the Kerry Drive, Heanor Road junction

Concerned parents in Smalley are campaigning for a new road crossing they say will save lives as traffic increases through the village.

A bid to instate a £50,000 ‘puffin’ crossing near to the Kerry Drive, Heanor Road junction, was turned down by Derbyshire County Council (DCC) last year.

Now parents will apply to UK Coal’s community fund to improve the current refuge in the middle of the road, which they say is putting lives at risk.

Rachel Collier, of Hall Farm Way, said: “The pavement leading up to the crossing on the Hall Farm Way side is extremely narrow in places - you can only walk in single file. Your and toddler has to trail ahead or in front.

“It is extremely dangerous trying to get yourself along this path and then lining up to cross a busy road. It is difficult to maintain order and it is dangerous. There is 30 mph limit but many of the lorries and cars don’t obey it. When an HGV goes past it is quite frightening.”

Rachel has three children, aged one, three and seven, and says most parents who use the route have at least two children. She added: “My neighbour, Karen Bowley, and I have been campaigning for at least 18 months. DCC came out to do road surveys but their criteria for road safety improvements have been nipped by budget cuts.”

Campaigners hope Smalley Parish Council will endorse their application to UK Coal’s community fund for £10,000 of improvements, including a “sheep-pen style crossing” with railings, as well as improved street lighting.

 

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