Mixed reaction to idea to open up Bath Street

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An idea that would see Bath Street open to cars again has been met with mixed reaction.

Last week we reported that Conservative parliamentary candidate for Erewash, Maggie Throup, was leading a campaign urging Derbyshire County Council to allow traffic to drive one-way up the road again.

We asked readers for their views. Russ Draper said: “Great idea, there are still many car parks that are just as accessible off Bath Street. A 20mph strict speed limit would mean less danger to pedestrians, allow buses and promote independent shops.”

Helen Briggs said: “ We definitely need traffic to resume. Either as before it was pedestrianised, one way, or the train to get going again.”

John Thomson, an independent candidate standing for the Erewash MP seat, said: “In the mid-1990s, the local council decided that the top of Bath Street would be pedestrianised. I don’t know whether or not this was the right thing to do at the time; I have no idea how it was back then. What I do know is that it is very beneficial now. Despite the clear benefits from the lack of cars down the road, there are some who would prefer to spoil what is currently a rather nice high street.”