Residents on Church Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield are calling for action on what they call a death trap road.
They are working with local councillors to demand a reduction in the speed limit.
Residents say that Church Street is constantly used a rat run and say that unless action is taken there could be another serious accident – or worse. In recent years, there have been a number of accidents and near misses. One resident has had part of his wall demolished a number of times.
Mick Holmes lives on the street. He has been campaigning for close to 20 years for his road to be made safer. He recently met with Sutton Councillor David Hennigan and other residents to discuss the results of a traffic survey by done by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Mick, a former traffic cop at Nottinghamshire Police said:
“Our road is an accident waiting to happen.
“I should know – I dealt with dangerous roads all my working life. People use our road as a racetrack from 5 in the morning until late at night.
“We’ve had a series of accidents and unless something is done to police the problem – we might be waking up to a more serious problem.
“Prevention and proactive policing is the key to getting this sorted.”
Dave Hague, a karate instructor has lived on Church Street all his life. His wall has been rebuilt and he has faced an overturned car close to his house.
He said: “I can’t remember the last time the police proactively took any preventative action.
:We were always told that because Sutton Police Station was nearby – the speed limit had to be 30mph.
“Now it’s been shut – there is no excuse. This is a beautiful road – only spoilt by the speeding traffic.
“Seeing an overturned car close to your front garden is frightening – that’s why we need to get to grips with the problem.”
Councillor David Hennigan, who met residents this week said:
“Having spent a significant amount of time on the road this week – I agree that this is a massive problem that needs fixing.
“Councillor Samantha Deakin and I recently arranged a thorough traffic survey which illustrates the density of the traffic on Church Street – but not the speed of the traffic.
“Drivers can get away with driving at high speed and we are pushing to get this sorted.”