Crash hotspot gritting plea

ndet 94664 Road Gritting Complaint at Temple Normanton. Julie Cantrell and Stephen Wright.
ndet 94664 Road Gritting Complaint at Temple Normanton. Julie Cantrell and Stephen Wright.

CONCERNED drivers are calling for a stretch of road they call a “death trap” in frosty weather to be gritted.

Following several minor crashes on Mansfield Road, at Temple Normanton, residents want a change to Derbyshire County Council’s gritting routes, to include the road.

One, Julie Cantrill, whose daughter had a minor crash on the stretch, said: “It is only a matter of time before something more serious happens there.”

Martin Gunn, owner of the Elm Tree pub, at Heath, added: “There are one or two accidents a day in bad weather. It’s a death trap.”

A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said that there have only been three accidents recorded in the past three years, but said less serious incidents would have gone unrecorded.

A Derbyshire County Council spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately, we can’t grit all our roads but we cover around half – around 1,500 miles – which is more than most councils.

“There is signage on Mansfield Road to advise drivers that the route is for access into Heath village only. All other traffic is advised to use the main route via B6039 Chesterfield Road and A6175 Heath Road.”