Residents of a Derbyshire street have spoken of their concern at speeding cars using surrounding roads like a race track. This includes fears for the safety of parents and pupils attending a nearby school and nursery.
People living on Greenhill Lane in Leabrooks, Alfreton, described the situation as a nightmare. They say they regularly see people “driving like idiots” because there is “no deterrent or prevention”.
Stuart Hamilton, 74, a retired builder and joiner living on Greenhill Lane is worried someone will get hurt. He especially fears for the safety of children attending nearby Riddings Junior School and nursery.
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He said: “Instead of seeing it as a limit, people think 30 is the speed they’ve got to go at least. It’s mad. What we want is a speed camera because you can see the light up sign at the end of the road has no effect at all.”
While pointing out from the pavement passing cars that were travelling too quickly, he added: “He’s going over, he’s going over. Along this really long street you’ve got traffic lights, doctors, big lorries, bikers. It’s dangerous – there’s a primary school and junior school down that way. It’s a wonder more accidents don’t happen.”
A neighbour, Gene Richmond, 51, an administrator, said: “I’m frustrated. People don’t take any notice of the signs. It’s especially dangerous because people using the kebab shop at night park all the way down the road.”
A spokesperson for Derbyshire police said: “Officers have previously been made aware by residents of concerns around speeding and, in February, a speed enforcement operation took place. On that day no speeding offences were detected – and since then the local policing team have not had any direct reports of speeding issues in that area.
“The force’s neighbourhood policing teams rely on information coming from the public in relation to issues in their areas to inform their patrols and any operations to tackle criminality or anti-social behaviour. If you have concerns about speeding in your area, then please contact the force using any of the below methods: