Chaddesden parents slam council as crashes continue outside homes

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A group of Chaddesden residents who have seen "numerous crashes" outside their homes say their calls for safety improvements have been ignored by Derby City Council.

Dozens signed a petition last year following a spate of accidents along Mayfield Road.

They included many parents worried about the lives of their children.

Since the petition was launched, residents say more crashes have happened along the 30mph road.

A year on, neighbours say the city council is yet to take any action and so have relaunched the online petition.

It has now been signed by over 130 people.

Because the road is straight and half-a-mile long, many residents feel speed bumps is the answer to slowing cars down.

Petitioners include young mum Leisha Wood, who posted on the change.org petition: "There has been a crash in my garden already - 5 minutes after my my little sister went into the house after playing in the garden."

Another resident, Sarah Gladatone, posted: "People race up and down this street day and night and young children are always out playing."

And Margaret O'Toole wrote: "It's only a matter of time before a child gets run over."

Speaking to Derbyshire Live, another worried mum, who did not wish to be named, accused the city council of failing to listen to residents.

She said: "I've lived here for six years now and it's got gradually worse. Residents who have lived here longer than me haven't seen it this bad.

"There's been no council action since I made them aware of the petition and our views. We're not being listened to.

"Is it going to take someone to die until something is done? That's the worst feeling about it all.

"We have to scream or run at children who are on the kerb when we see a car coming. - it's an everyday thing."

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In response to the comments, Derby City Council said it plans to continue a community speedwatch campaign with residents "when it is safe to do so".

A spokesman said: "Before Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown, Derby City Council and the police were working together to find volunteers to assist and take part with speedwatch sessions across wards. 

"A training date for identified volunteers had been arranged but had to be cancelled due to the lockdown. When it is safe to do so the partnerships will be looking to reignite the speedwatch volunteer campaign."

Similar speeding problems have been reported elsewhere in Chaddesden in recent weeks.

Residents in Lexington Road have even taken the matter in their own hands by putting up a hand-made 30mph speed sign on the road to help deter speeders.

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