17:23 Thursday 31 January 2013

Council say 'no issue' with island

Written byROB SMYTH

A NEW report has revealed that are ‘no problems’ with a controversial traffic island outside a multi-million pound retail and leisure site in South Derbyshire.

Derbyshire County Council conducted a detailed investigation into the island , which filters access to the Pipeworks Retail Park, off Coppice Side, in Swadlincote.

The problem has been the cause of concern for some time but the results of a recent inspection have seen cold water poured on claims that the area was beset by visibility problems.

Paul Jameson, county council forum liaison officer, said: “The council has investigated the matter of access into the Pipeworks and reported that there are no problems on the island and that the entrance to the retail park is visible from both approaches.”

The authority also revealed that it had finished looking into a complaint that said a lack of signs at the retail park was turning a residential street into ‘the M25’ and causing several problems for residents.

Gerald Sargent, who lives in Coppice Side, Swadlincote, said heavy lorries were mistakenly turning into the road, which has a 7.5 tonne weight limit, while trying to access The Pipeworks.He said delivery drivers approaching the site along Sir Herbert Wragg Way are missing the correct exit due to a lack of signs on the roundabout at its entrance.

Mr Sargent told the Mail: “We are fed up with lorries going up and down the road because they have missed their turning — it’s happening on a daily basis.”

A report by the council stated: “Enquiries have been carried out by the traffic and safety team and it has been confirmed that signage within the highway is appropriate.

“No further works are being considered at this time.”

It was also revealed that the authority had written to all new businesses at the retail park and asked to make sure that delivery drivers were aware of the correct way in which to access the site in an attempt to stop the problem.

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