Councillor signs
up to improve safety of roads

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An Ashfield councillor has taken road safety into his own hand – fixing a fallen sign on a “nasty bend”.

Councillor Lee Anderson, Ashfield District Council member for Huthwaite, took it upon himself to fix the chevron road sign on Chesterfield Road, Huthwaite, which he said has been down for “at least three months”.

Coun Anderson carried out the “five-minute job” on Saturday, October 21, after saying he had been ignored by Via East Midlands, which manages the county’s highways on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.

The fallen sign is on a tight bend in between Strawberry Bank and The Woodend Pub, where, Coun Anderson said, there have been several incidents of cars coming off the road.

He said: “Despite me having no formal mechanical training and no risk assessment carried out, and despite this sign being reported many times I decided to do it myself.

“It is just another case where I have invited Via out and nothing has been done.

“There are dozens of things wrong with the roads in the village.

“It is a bad bend, cars go through the hedge, so I decided to take action and make sure it was safe.

“It was a five-minute job. What makes me mad is they have driven past it, they could have jumped out – it is not a big job and it makes a big difference.”

Coun Anderson is now on a mission to fix all the signs in Huthwaite.

He said: “From now on I will be patrolling the village with a spanner – any unruly signs will be straightened.”

Dave Walker, Via district manager, said:“On receiving reports, our team of inspectors assess the issue and schedule repairs if required.

“In the case of Chesterfield Road, Huthwaite, we have no record of any loose chevrons being reported.

“We have recently improved signage on the road, with new larger chevrons and bend warning signs close to the junction with Strawberry Bank.”

Coun Anderson, said: “I invite Via out every week so I can talk them through all of the issues on the road, which they ignore.”