A survey of 10,000 homes across Ilkeston, Sandiacre and Risley has given an insight into the concerns of residents to build 2,000 homes on the site of the former Stanton Iron Works.
The survey was carried out by Erewash Labour party. Of those that responded, more than 52 per cent stated that jobs and industry should be the top priority for the site. Just 16 per cent said they wanted homes on the site and 17 per cent said they wanted leisure facilities.
The majority of residents thought that traffic would ‘get worse’ under current plans submitted to Erewash Borough Council last year by developer Saint Gobain.
Leader of the opposition, councillor Alex Phillips said: “It is clear from the responses we’ve had that people have serious concerns about the future of the site.
“What is clear from the results of the survey is that people want to see jobs on the site before more homes are built. As one resident so eloquently said, it gave him a job for 30 years and he wanted to see the site do the same for other local people.
“Given that four of the ten highest areas of unemployment in Derbyshire surround the site – it is vital that jobs be given the highest priority.”
He added: “Traffic management is the white elephant in the room. Residents are rightly concerned about the lack of a serious plan to deal with thousands of cars and HGVs on already congested local roads.
“The developers and the local councils must ensure that there is a plan to mitigate increased traffic and relieve pressure on choke points onto the M1 and A52.”