17:56 Tuesday 03 December 2013

Grave concerns over road safety as 2,500 homes on the way

Written byLAURA HAMMOND

03/12/13 Pic of bad school traffic at Shobnall - Shobnall Road, BurtonShobnall Traffic Action Group are concerned regarding the proposals of the entrance to a new housing estate being put next to the school when their is already parking issues along Shob 03/12/13 Pic of bad school traffic at Shobnall - Shobnall Road, BurtonShobnall Traffic Action Group are concerned regarding the proposals of the entrance to a new housing estate being put next to the school when their is already parking issues along Shob

CAMPAIGNERS in Shobnall have expressed grave concerns over the impact which a major development will have on the safety of children, pedestrians and other road users.

Shobnall Traffic Action Group (STAG) has claimed the 2,500-home Branston Locks development will plunge the already busy Shobnall Road further into the danger zone, causing problems not only for residents, but those using it as a main route.

Representatives from the group have promised to work with the developer and the council to try to ease the anticipated problems, which they expect will arise from the increased volume of traffic, the heavy construction vehicles, and the fact the site’s access will be almost exactly opposite Shobnall Primary School.

The situation has been exacerbated by the recent approval of 250-homes at Red House Farm, with access of Reservoir Road.

Jan Shand, chairs the campaign group, told the Mail: “The biggest thing I feel is an issue is that the access to the site is right opposite the school, and the fact there will also be construction traffic going up Reservoir Road will leave the school right smack bang in the middle.

“This has not been addressed.

“I think there is a lot to be done, and we will challenge everything they put forward which we do not think is right.”

One of the major issues the group has involves a roundabout, which is due to be used as the access to the site by 2023.

Situated near to the Albion pub, Mrs Shand says it will create havoc for traffic, as well as making it even more dangerous for children to cross the busy road on their way to school.

Parents at Shobnall Primary School said they were worried about the impact of the work.

One mum said: “It’s already risky as it is. I’m concerned for the safety of all the children. I think it will remove the independence of children in their last year, as parents won’t want them walking to school if it’s like that.”

Last week, when this application was approved, highways bosses said they were not concerned about the potential effect this would have on the road.

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