MAJOR changes to improve safety on a busy South Derbyshire road have been branded an ‘utter waste of money’.
Ian Prestidge, who lives on Wilmot Road, contacted the Mail after it was revealed that a series of safety measures would be put in place along the bust stretch.
However, the transport and shipping manager at Sandvik, based in Hearthcote Road, hit out at the plan to change a zebra crossing to a puffin crossing and to install a new puffin crossing further along the road.
He told the Mail: “I have lived in the lower half of Wilmot Road for 25 years and have never heard of anyone getting knocked down on or around the zebra crossing.
“The crossing can be clearly seen from all oncoming directions, and as for putting one further south on Wilmot Road, it’s just ridiculous.
“The volume of pedestrians that walk up and down the road just does not warrant the need for an extra one and people will still cross the road were they want to anyway.
“Some of this money would be far better spent installing speed ramps along Wilmot Road to slow down the speeding motorist’s that use the road as a rat run down onto Hearthcote Road.
“Also it might stop the amount of HGV trucks that use it (even though there is a 7.5 tonne weight limit in place) and also the buses that come up and down the road - even though there are no bus stops on the lower half of Wilmot Road.
“What an utter waste of money public or otherwise.”
The new crossing will help with foot traffic from St George’s Primary School, in Church Street, and other community facilities such as the scout group, play school and Salvation Army.
The project is expected to cost approximately £52,000 with £42,762 being paid by a housing developer as part of a planning obligation for a nearby development, and approximately £12,000 being funded from Derbyshire County Council highways department.