Opposition to opening Bath Street to cars

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Opinion continues to be divided over whether Bath street should be opened up to traffic again.

Maggie Throup, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Erewash, launched a campaign last month calling on Derbyshire County Council to scrap the pedestrian only area and reintroduce a road for cars to go up Bath Street.

The aim being to attract shopper back to the town centre, which now has a number of empty shops.

Now a counter petition has been started by Ilkeston resident Steven Mason, who is against the idea:

He said: “Maggie Throup has a right to petition if she thinks it’s in the best interest of the town. As we all have that right, I have submitted a petition to stop this happening and will be sharing it as soon as it’s been reviewed to let people sign it.”

Commenting on Facebook,

Ken Birkin: “ I’ve not signed Maggie’s petition. What a shocking waste of time and money. There’s a bus to the top and bottom of Bath Street and one across from the New Inn - can’t any one walk any more?”

Hazel Gray Bath felt it would encourage people to park outside shops in their car to ‘nip in’, causing more problems.