Calls to improve Huthwaite road

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COUNCIL chiefs are looking into ways to improve the safety of a Huthwaite road after residents raised concerns about the number of accidents occurring there.

Members of the Huthwaite Community Action group have held meetings with Coun Kay Cutts, the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, to discuss the problems at the Market Place in the village.

Anna Wilson, vice-chairman of the group, said that it has been the scene of many non-reportable accidents - where no injuries are sustained - with some local people saying that there can be up to two incidents a week.

She said that the problems are caused by a combination of the one-way system which feeds onto the busy Chesterfield Road, the congestion caused when a bus pulls into the bus stop and protrudes onto the carriageway, and the school crossing patrol to the nearby John Davies Primary School.

“It’s been raised quite a lot at our open meetings, which is why we got in touch with Kay Cutts,” Anna said.

“Though there have been no injuries yet, it’s something that would seem like it’s going to happen because there’s at least one or two accidents per week.”

At the meeting with Coun Cutts, Anna and other group members Eric Bone and Sue Vessey explained how the traffic calming hump built outside the Co-op does not seem to have had any significant impact on the problem.

Following the discussions, the county council’s highways team are set to carry out a survey of the traffic in the area and draw up proposals to improve the situation.

These could include installing double yellow lines, pedestrianising the area outside the Co-op, returning Market Place to two-way traffic or re-routeing the bus to the bus stop opposite the former White Hart Pub.

A spokesman for the county council said: “We are currently looking at possibilties and investigating what options there are to improve the situation.

“More survey work is being done this week, including traffic counts in the area, and we are also talking to bus operators with a view to finding a solution.”

The issue will be discussed again at Huthwaite Community Action group’s next meeting on Wednesday 16th May at the All Saints Centre at 7pm.

Members are hoping that the results of the survey will be available, along with displays of some of the proposed improvements.