NEARLY 2,500 people have signed a petition in a desperate bid to get a controversial road scheme in a market town axed.
Campaigners have been lining the streets of Ashby in a bid to canvass support to get planned changes to Market street scrapped by council chief
The move, which includes narrowing the road, creating pedestrian refuges and introducing a 20mph speed limit, has not been welcomed by some in the area while bosses from Leicestershire County Council have said that the changes will reduce the number of people injured in road accidents.
John White, treasurer of Ashby Civic Society, said: “We were absolutely overwhelmed by the response and the outrage expressed by people at the scheme.”
The proposed scheme followed a safety review which found 13 people – including seven pedestrians – were injured between 2006 and December 2010.
Christine Roberts, 77, from Ashby, died after being hit by a lorry while crossing the road.
The council said it consulted about 200 shops and properties in the area, with only one occupier saying they did not support the proposals.
The scheme was approved by the county council’s cabinet in November. However, people can still comment on this issue until Friday.
Ashby Town Council has objected to the proposal on three occasions and, despite changes to the plan by the county council, the town council maintains its stance.
A county council spokesman said: “We’re aware of the petition and we look forward to receiving it so we can consider their representations.
“We’ve also published a traffic regulation order and this provides a further opportunity for people to comment on the proposals up until March 14, and we would encourage anyone who wishes to make representations about the scheme to do so. All representations will be considered by the county council’s cabinet.”
People have until Friday to comment on the plan, and to sign the petition if they wish.