City council denies that 'dangerous' Derby street is an accident hotspot

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Derby City Council has responded to criticism from residents in a Derby suburb who claimed the authority have not listened to their fears over speeding.

Angry homeowners in Mayfield Road, in Chaddesden, say they have relaunched a campaign for new safety measures to be installed.

Dozens signed the petition last year following a spate of accidents along Mayfield Road including one which saw two women left seriously hurt.

A year on, residents claim more accidents have happened on the road more recently but no action has been taken.

The city council said in a statement it was aware of residents' concerns but said there is "little evidence to suggest a pattern of accidents at this location".

A spokesman said: “We have no current plans to install any traffic calming measures on Mayfield Road but are aware of the concerns of residents.

“We looked at the collision history and incident that resulted in the online petition last year. There is little evidence to suggest a pattern of accidents at this location.

"It is not a question of a set number of accidents, the process relies on the identification of clusters, types and patterns of cause and effect, which may point to issues that can be resolved.

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"As you will probably understand the Council has limited resources and needs to prioritise areas based on the analysis of incidents.

“Meanwhile we will endeavour to see if there are any low cost measures such as SID’s (Speed Indicator Device) or Community Speed Watch that can be introduced.”

Residents claim children's lives are in danger on the road.

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."

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