Calls for bollard on busy street

NILALM111011B2 - Sandra Kimbley is concerned about cars mounting the pavement outside the Davy Lamp and would like the council to put railings next to the road to protect padestrians.
NILALM111011B2 - Sandra Kimbley is concerned about cars mounting the pavement outside the Davy Lamp and would like the council to put railings next to the road to protect padestrians.
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DRIVERS are mounting the kerb on an Ilkeston street to avoid safety measures put in place earlier this year according to residents.

Worried motorists contacted the Advertiser saying that someone could be killed or seriously injured if a bollard is not installed to stop people driving on the pavement near the Davy Lamp pub on Corporation Road.

Residents settled on measures to calm the traffic on the busy street earlier this year.

Areas of the carriageway, which regularly sees lorries travelling up and down it, were narrowed so vehicles would be forced to slow down.

But residents have said that instead of stopping and letting lorries through, drivers are mounting the kerb so they don’t have to wait.

Sandra Kimbley said: “I drive up and down this road every day and I’ve had and seen no end of near misses.

“People just don’t want to stop.

“One day I saw a young woman with a pushchair stood waiting to cross, a car came speeding along, mounted the kerb and I don’t know how they missed the pushchair.

“The woman was really shaken and her kids were crying their eyes out.

“It’s so dangerous, something needs to be done.”

County councillor for the area, Michelle Booth said: “I do hope that overall, the project has slowed some traffic. But I totally understand and agree with sentiments relating to the request for bollards to be erected to allay peoples’ fears of vehicles mounting the kerb here and perhaps some high visibility painted bollards alongside so that vehicles can be helped negotiate this corner in the coming darker months.”

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council confirmed that a request for a bollard had been received and said that an officer would be assessing the site in the near future.