A sign of the times

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THE OUTSKIRTS of Heanor are riddled with road signs – directing traffic in all directions – except one.

To the town centre!

Heanor signage

Heanor signage

As part of the campaign to breath new life into the market town one step at a time, the News took a tour around the area with Heanor Traders’ Association chairman Simon Minto to see whether more could be done to direct people towards the ailing high street.

“People are just bypassing it,” he said. “If there are no signposts being directed towards the town centre then people will just drive straight past.

“If you are coming from Langley Mill towards Ilkeston we want to try and direct people this way.”

Simon has called on Amber Valley Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council to do more to divert people towards the Market Place.

Heanor signage

Heanor signage

The move has been welcomed by the borough council.

He believes it will give the town centre a stronger sense of identity and could provide a welcome boost for trade.

He also said that some of the signage on the outskirts of the town is often dirty and can look neglected – particularly the painted over old American Adventure Theme Park signs, which are yet to be removed despite the fact the Shipley-based leisure spot shut down in 2007.

Regeneration manager at Amber Valley Borough Council Stephen Jackson says the authority is now working with the county council, as the highways authority, to introduce better signage ‘within the next few months’. They will better inform drivers and pedestrians that car parking is available in the centre of the town.

Heanor signage

Heanor signage

He said: “Like we have just done in Ripley, it was the borough council who found out what we would want in the town in terms of signage.

“The county council then hired contractors to complete the work.

“It is the same in Heanor – we have been talking to the traders and we have got an idea of what we want to take to the county council.”

n What do you think to the signage around Heanor? Let us know at editor@belpernews.co.uk.