Roadworks due to start ‘this month’

NILA-BE100330e2, local residents near the triangle, corporation road ilkeston protest at loss of green area.
NILA-BE100330e2, local residents near the triangle, corporation road ilkeston protest at loss of green area.
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WORK will start on traffic calming measures on Corporation Road this month – the county council has told the Advertiser.

Residents and people in the surrounding area have been campaigning for years for improvements to the road but different proposals have been dismissed after public consultation.

Now Derbyshire County Council has vowed that work will begin ‘this month’ but officers say final decisions about what the work will entail are yet to be made.

But some residents say that despite the council’s pledges, they are doubtful work will even begin after having been promised a start for the work several times.

Hadley Street resident Matt Newport said: “We’ve done everything we can to get something done. It’s about time the council stand up and do what they say they are going to do.

“The financial year has ended and no work has been done.

“This has been going on for years now and something needs to be done.”

In March furious residents demanded answers from the council after a document detailing the latest proposals was only delivered to a handful of residents sparking confusion about what work would actually be carried out.

The proposal from construction firm Scott Wilson included a mini roundabout in front of the Davey Lamp pub, a plan residents had opposed during a previous consultation creating further concerns about the plans.

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “We’re due to start installing traffic calming measures on Corporation Road between The Triangle & Longfield Lane this month.

“We put forward several proposals for a mini roundabout at The Triangle but plans have been opposed at various stages by some local residents, mainly due to loss of parking space.

“We’re working hard to find a solution which everyone is happy with.

“We’re currently considering feedback received about The Triangle as part of the latest consultation. The next step will be to report to the cabinet member for highways and transport who will decide what we do next based on the comments received.”