Old Clipstone road safety delay

ROAD safety campaigners in Kings Clipstone have received a blow after proposed traffic calming measures in the village were put on hold.

Villagers have been campaigning for safety improvements since 2006 in a bid to put the brakes on speeding motorists and thought they had secured victory for their campaign in March.

Clipstone Parish Council, Newark & Sherwood District Council and Sherwood MP Paddy Tipping all threw their backing behind the campaign and plans for new safety measures were drawn up.

The outline plans included a new footway, three speed humps and a 20mph limit - with Nottinghamshire County Council consulting groups, including the emergency services and bus operators, before finalising the designs.

It was hoped work would start on the new safety measures this summer, but at a Clipstone Parish Council meeting last week, councillors were told the proposals were still being considered.

The meeting was told, all road improvement projects had been 'put back into the pot' after the change of administration at the council and the situation would be reassessed.

Nottinghamshire County Councillor for Rufford, Coun Les Ward, told the meeting he 'would not let the matter go' and would lobby Paddy Tipping for support.

A council spokesman said this week, the final decision on whether the safety measures will get the go ahead will be made next month.

Coun Richard Jackson, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: "The proposal for traffic calming is currently being considered. We are also waiting for more information on pedestrian levels. The decision as to whether money will be approved for this scheme will be made in October."