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.