Frustrated residents in Gedling have demanded more action to stop drivers from speeding along a main road near their estate before “a tragedy happens”.
People living on the new Chase Farm development are calling on the authorities to resolve the problems with crossing Arnold Lane, which runs by the new estate, and also put measures into place to slow down speeding traffic.
Residents this morning met with Gedling MP Vernon Coaker; leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr John Clarke; and Cllr Jenny Hollingsworth, portfolio holder for growth & regeneration at Gedling Borough Council, to voice their concerns.
During the meeting many local residents spoke to Gedling Eye, angry at motorists for treating the road as a racetrack and putting lives at risk.
Zameer Syed, who lives on Chase Farm with wife Hene, is calling for a crossing to be installed and also a reduction of the speed limit.
He said: “The speed limit on Arnold Lane drops from 60 mph to 40 mph before the Chase Farm access junction, however unfortunately not all drivers respect the speed limit and do not lower their speed which causes hazard to local residents and others.
“It is very difficult and dangerous to drive in and out of the development, especially at peak hours.
“Pedestrians are at most risk because there is no safe crossing at the junction. The nearest bus stop at Shelford road is opposite the development and it’s extremely difficult to cross Arnold Road when cars and construction vehicles are going up and down the road.
“Reduction of the speed limit and arranging for a safe pedestrian crossing is the need of the hour.”
Louise Woolley said she was worried the problem would get worse as more people moved into the new estate.
She said: “It’s difficult getting across Arnold Lane, especially in the rush hour in the morning. It’s really difficult to pull out of the estate and into Arnold Lane
“I’m also a runner and it’s really difficult to cross this road; If we had a pedestrian crossing that would help.
“The majority of drivers don’t slow down and it will be chaos as more people move into the estate.”
Lucy Chaplin moved to Chase Farm in January and attended the meeting with toddler son, Thomas
She said: “It’s ridiculously hard to get out of the estate driving and it’s ridiculously hard to get out walking. It can take a good ten to fifteen minutes to get across the road and that’s by pure luck and just running across. That’s not ideal when you’re with a toddler
“They need to put in a bollard or crossing so we can at least get half way across. The speed limit is an issue but unless there’s camera, they won’t stick to it.
Lucy wasn’t confident anything would be done soon to resolve the problem.
She added: “I don’t want a tragedy to happen here before action is taken and one of the children on the estate to become a road traffic accident statistic”
Cllr Jenny Hollingsworth, portfolio holder for growth & regeneration, Gedling Borough Council, reassured residents she would be calling for urgent action.
She said: “My prime concern is for the safety of the residents of Chase Farm and their families.
“At peak times it can take around ten minutes to cross the road to the nearest and only bus stop.
“I will continue to work hard to ensure people are as safe as possible and resolve the situation.
Cllr Hollingsworth added: “One of the obvious solutions would be to lower the speed limit and put in a safe form of crossing which is the resolution the residents want to see and I will now be working very hard to get something done.”
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