Council chiefs have this afternoon agreed to axe Hasland’s controversial traffic lights.
Derbyshire County Council (DCC) voted to remove the lights following a lengthy campaign by villagers who raised safety concerns.
The lights look set to be replaced with a mini-roundabout in a £160,000 revamp and a possible 20mph speed limit could be introduced at the junction.
Denise Baxendale, a campaigner with the Hasland Traffic Lights Working Group, which collected a 2,500-name petition to remove them, said: “I’m delighted.
“It just goes to show how strong a community can be if they stand united.
“Although it’s taken a while we will have our free-flowing and safer village back soon.
“Let’s hope that this repairs the heart of the village.”
Campaigners claim the “confusing and dangerous” lights have caused several accidents since they were installed in December 2011. They say there are timing issues with them and they cause severe congestion.
The lights replaced a mini-roundabout which was removed following a number of road accidents.
In June, hundreds of people attended a consultation event in the village to have a say on ways to improve safety at the accident blackspot.
Speaking at a meeting earlier, council officer Neil Hickman said: “We now believe that the time has come for us to bite the bullet and accept what local residents have told us and remove the traffic lights.
“We’re not yet sure exactly what will go there – it will be similar to what was there before but there will be mitigating features within what we do to ensure it’s safer than what was there before.
“It’s likely a 20mph speed limit will be part of our plans.”
Mr Hickman added that the council will consult villagers on the proposed new design.
Cllr Dave Allen, who represents Hasland on DCC, said: “It’s been a long battle and I believe it’s right to make changes.”
Cllr Joan Dixon, cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, added that the council was dedicated to listening to people’s concerns.
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