A HEADTEACHER says a new traffic system has turned a village in to a “complete mess” and has delayed parents on their journeys to school.
Traffic lights installed to replace a mini roundabout on Mansfield Road in Hasland have been blasted by traders as “dangerous” – and a headteacher has now called on highway officers to replace the road system before it destroys the village.
Andrew Lamb, of St Peter and St Paul School, in Hady, said: “The alterations have made what was a lovely little village community in to a nightmare because of the way it has been designed.
“The traffic lights are causing tail backs all the way down Mansfield road and have created rat runs around Hasland.
“They will completely decimate trade in the village as people can’t get in and out to park.”
Traders and residents have handed a petition of over 2,350 names to Derbyshire County Council calling for calling for ‘lights out’ in Hasland and ‘back in with the roundabout.’
Mr Lamb added: “Everybody wants it returned to what it was. It’s fair to say it’s a complete mess
“The first time i was aware of it was when the children were late for school when the traffic lights were opened.
“Parents are now is using the rat run through Hasland and avoiding the traffic lights.”
Resident Debbie Roe, who works in the village said children were risking their lives by crossing over three lanes of busy traffic.
She added: “We have three schools and two nurseries in Hasland.
“The roads and crossings have become danger zones.”
A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said they would look at the issues raised in the petition and make recommendations for the cabinet member for highways and transport.