Derbyshire villagers fight ‘intolerable’ traffic

The Hilcote traffic protest group campaigning for the removal of speed humps and a reduction in HGVs using the village
The Hilcote traffic protest group campaigning for the removal of speed humps and a reduction in HGVs using the village
0
Have your say

Residents in a Derbyshire village have formed a group to protest about the noise caused by the lorries which pass through their small community.

The Hilcote Intolerable Traffic (HIT) group say they have appealed to Derbyshire County Council on numerous occasions by letter, phone, email and, recently, a 191 signature petition.

The group is demanding that the current ‘ineffective’ traffic calming measures are replaced with visual speed displays or 20 mile an hour signs and that industrial traffic is rerouted onto more suitable roads.

Josephine Siddall, of New Lane, Hilcote, said: “Derbyshire County Council is responsible for public health.

“This includes noise, environmental pollution and serious ill-health of the villagers of Hilcote.

“Therefore they are accountable for finding an appropriate solution to this intolerable situation.

“All residents want is to properly enjoy their homes peacefully without the excessive noise disrupting their lives.”

The residents say the noise is generated ‘24 hours a day’ by the HGVs travelling to and from the Fordbridge Lane industrial site which now use New Lane in Hilcote because of the weight restriction imposed by Nottinghamshire county council on Chesterfield Road.

They are now requesting that the councils get back together and redirect the traffic to the A38 via Nunne Brook Road and Common Road industrial estates using roads ‘more suitable’ for this type of traffic.

Derbyshire county council have indicated to the group that they will be placing a traffic monitor on New Lane to gather an up to date picture of the problem after the group produced information from their own traffic survey showing the increase in traffic in the area.