Council chiefs ‘wasting money’ over Hasland roundabout U-turn

Haslands traffic lights will soon be no more.

Haslands traffic lights will soon be no more.

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Council chiefs have been accused of wasting money after they approved plans to replace Hasland’s controversial traffic lights with a mini-roundabout.

Some villagers claim the lights should never have been installed by Derbyshire County Council in the first place.

They were brought in two years ago to replace a mini-roundabout following a number of accidents in the village centre.

Reintroducing a mini-roundabout will cost taxpayers £160,000.

The decision was made after villagers called for the “nightmare” lights to be scrapped, blaming them for a string of crashes.

On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page, Deb Johnson said: “Another prime example of flushing money down the toilet only to have to right a wrong they did in the first place.”

Laura Batterham added: “So back to the old way – wasted cash.”

A county council spokesman said: “I don’t think we’d say it’s a waste of money to make improvements to safety.

“The traffic lights will be taken out and used elsewhere in Derbyshire.”

Work to reintroduce the mini-roundabout is expected to start before the end of summer.

• Despite the criticism, many villagers say they will be pleased to see the lights go.

Tracey Luckhurst said: “I may start visiting the shops in Hasland again. I’ve been avoiding the place because of the traffic congestion.”

Michelle Smith added: “Thank God they’re going.”

The changes, which were approved by councillors at a meeting this afternoon, also include bringing in a 20mph limit and two raised Zebra crossings.

 

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