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‘Fatality’ fears raised over building traffic

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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HIGHWAYS chiefs are to take a closer look at traffic arrangements during the construction of a housing estate – after councillors said the current provision would result in a ‘fatality’.

Members of Castle Gresley Parish Council urged Derbyshire County Council to review the current situation with regards to the St Modwen development off Burton Road, in Castle Gresley.

It comes after issues arose with lorries entering and leaving the site, with one councillor predicting that the situation could lead to a ‘very nasty accident’ if things were not changed in the near future.

Parish councillor Ollie Pallett said: “The new development is very dangerous as slowing lorries are causing several problems and could lead to a fatality.

“The council needs to look again at the situation and perhaps put in place traffic lights so that the lorries and vehicles can leave without putting others on the road at risk.”

Parish council chairman Janice Pallett said: “We regularly see lorries having to go into the wrong lane to turn properly into the site.

“This is forcing other drivers to stop very quickly and could, one day, lead to a nasty accident.

“The lorries will be all over the place, in the left-hand lane and the right-hand lane – drivers behind or coming towards them have no hope of guessing what they might be up to.

“The situation has also been made worse as temporary bollards have been put in place marking out the site entrance, and this has caused the lanes of the road to be narrowed.”

Bob Wheeler, who represents the area on South Derbyshire District Council, said he would pass on the matter to the authority’s enforcement team.

He said: “This was an issue raised during the planning stage of the development.

“I will report this to the enforcement team and get them to visit the site to see if there is anything that can be done.

“I will also ask Derbyshire Police to take a look at the situation and see if they could get involved to try to make some inroads.”

Other issues raised at the parish meeting relating to the site included mud left on the road by vehicles and the illegal parking of vans nearby.

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