A PUBLIC consultation is set to be launched as plans for a road safety measure could soon become reality to stop lorries parking close to a village shop.
Derbyshire County Council revealed that proposals for a pedestrian refuge outside the Co-op, in Burton Road, Overseal, are ‘very likely’ to proceed.
Now, council chiefs are looking to talk to nearby residents to take a closer look at the impacts of the proposed changes.
A spokesman for the authority said: “Following a site meeting, it appeared that provision of a pedestrian refuge was very likely to proceed.
“The necessary funding was in place and consultation with neighbours was shortly to be carried out.”
Following a crash involving a Mini and a lorry, in October last year, Councillor Mark Knight, who sits on Overseal Parish Council, said a new pedestrian refuge would help reduce accidents.
It was not clear whether the lorry had parked up at the time of the crash but the vehicles parking on the road have caused a danger to other motorists and pedestrians.
Original proposals were for a traffic island to be installed outside the store in an attempt to stop lorries parking on the busy road and causing a danger to motorists and pedestrians.
The suggestion came after highways chiefs, community leaders and police undertook a safety review of the A444.
However, a pedestrian refuge was seen as the more ‘viable option’.
Councillor Knight said: “The refuge would stop lorries parking outside the shop’s car park.
“Motorists pulling out would be able to do so because there wouldn’t be all this traffic all over the place which causes a problem with obstruction.”
“With the new development in Drakelow, traffic needs to be managed.
“A lot of us use this road to get to work so we can’t complain about the volume of traffic — but there needs to be a solution.”
Plans for the traffic refuge will be discussed at the next meeting of Overseal Parish Council.
It will take place from 7pm on Thursday, September 5.