FEARS for children’s safety have been raised by campaigners fighting housing proposals in Ilkeston, after a four-year-old was knocked down last week.
The boy was hit by a Vauxhall Safira at about 8am on Thursday at the junction of Heanor Road and Kedleston Drive – close to land earmarked for 700 houses by Erewash Borough Council.
Police said he was checked over by paramedics at the scene and, apart from a grazed chin and a bruised shin, he was not seriously injured.
But campaigners say that with hundreds more homes and no new road infrastructure planned, it would only be a matter of time before a more serious accident.
One protester wrote on Facebook: “It’s highly likely this was due to the congestion in this area every morning at school time.
“With the potential additional numbers of drivers expected in the area if the development goes ahead, I’m certain things will get worse and child safety surely has to be considered.”
Abbotsford councillor James Dawson, who backs residents’ calls to oppose both the Ilkeston West development and the Quarry Hill Road proposal for 500 homes, said he will bring the issue up when the two sites are discussed by the council on January 26.
He said that traffic is one of residents’ main concerns about the proposals.
“This has happened on a road which is already congested,” he said.
“It’s only a matter of time before something more serious happens.
“In my opinion prevention is better than cure.”
n Dozens of campaigners are hoping to hear 32 questions about the housing proposals at an Erewash Borough Council meeting tonight (Thursday).
At the time of going to press, it was not clear whether any more than 18 members of the public will be allowed to sit in the public gallery at Ilkeston Town Hall, or if a camera link will be set up in the Mayor’s Parlour.
Councillors are not due to debate the controversial housing proposals until the meeting on January 26, when it is thought the two campaign groups will present petitions containing hundreds of signatures in opposition to the plans to the authority.