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Flashing sign is key to ending speed problem

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

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A BID to halt speeding motorists in a quiet South Derbyshire village could see a special flashing sign installed.

Netherseal Parish Council revealed that it was discussing the merits of applying for a flashing speed sign along the A444 next to the Cricketts Inn.

This comes after it was revealed that councillors and residents are now seeing speeding cars on a daily basis.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “Netherseal Parish Council raised an issue with cars speeding in the village from the Cricketts junction.

“One vehicle had cut the corner so tight that it ended up mounting the grass verge and knocking down a bollard.

“It was asked whether a flashing speed sign would be beneficial and a discussion has taken place with Derbyshire County Council with regard to the application process.”

The authority also revealed that residents in Appleby Glade, near to Castle Gresley, have also asked for highways chiefs to look into cars speeding to and from the A444 Cadley Hill traffic island.

Derbyshire Police told the Mail that speeding along the entire A444 stretch through South Derbyshire was one of its main priorities.

Trevor Southerd, who represents Swadlincote South on Derbyshire County Council, believes introducing more speed cameras along this part of the A444 is the only way to curb speeding in the area.

Councillor Southerd said that plans to tackle the problem in a bid to cut the accident toll on the A444 had seen ‘no improvement at all’.

He said the only way to tackle motorists flouting the law was to place more cameras along the route – whether they were real or dummy devices.

He said: “Once outside the urban area certain people are going to floor it if they can. Cameras would slow down the pace.

“They’ve been progressively phased out, and they’ve had bad press because of the cost of running them, but they are a deterrent, even if they are not manned. It would help the situation.

“I don’t want a Big Brother system, but if people are being watched, things don’t happen.

“If the police were serious about it, they could put a mobile camera van down there.”

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