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‘Nightmare’ Nottinghamshire road where it’s ‘an accident waiting to happen’

today28 June 2022

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People have been speaking about a ‘nightmare’ road in Sutton-in-Ashfield that’s been plagued with obstructive parking and speeding issues – and they have welcomed plans for double yellow lines. Residents said that Dalestorth Road was ‘an accident waiting to happen’ due to the motorists speeding and also parking on both sides of the road.

Ashfield’s Conservative MP Lee Anderson has raised issues from concerned residents to highways bosses. He said he’d been contacted by concerned residents over the number of car crashes and he said officials had agreed to installed double yellow lanes around the junction of Dalestorth Road and Westdale Avenue.

According to neighbours on Dalestorth Road and Westdale Avenue, there have been multiple accidents on the road, as well as near misses, along with motorists crashing into residents’ walls or hitting parked cars. Resident Nick Hill, who has lived in the area for the past 22 years, told Nottinghamshire Live that there was concern over someone getting hurt.

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The 50-year-old said: “The main thing is speeding, that’s the main problem. People come down here causing accidents – the last couple of years at least five maybe more. My main concern is that someone is going to get hurt. You get people speeding when children are walking to and from school.”

Mr Hill added: “We sit in the house and can hear people, you can tell without even seeing the speed. They come round this corner and accelerate fast, it’s frightening. It’s got a lot busier, there’s not many times in the day when it’s quiet.”

Another resident, who asked not to be named, was relieved about the prospect of double yellow lines. She said: “People have been parking here [at the junction]. Accidents have always been there since the two years I’ve lived here. I think it’s been five accidents. It’s a nightmare. It’s not good. It’s about time definitely [double yellow lines are installed], it’s not good.”

Tina Wood, 69, also spoke of the issues on Westdale Avenue and how she thought the yellow lines would improve the issues in the area. She said: “It’s because people park on both sides. There’s been an ambulance that can’t get down and get through.

“Other issues other than yellow lines, people turn down here thinking they can get through. There used to be a cul-de-sac sign. We really could do with it. Big lorries, builders’ lorries, delivery furniture vans, they try and manoeuvre around here.”

Ms Wood added: “It’s an accident waiting to happen. I think the yellow lines will certainly stop people from parking on the corner and we could have the cul-de-sac sign to stop people from coming down. That certainly would alleviate a lot of the problems. It’s a shame really because it’s lovely.”

Another local, Richard Betts, says there’s been multiple accidents on Dalestorth Road. The 37-year-old said: “It’s mainly people speeding down, they need a central reservation. Mainly speeding, it’s always in that corner. If you put yellow lines down it will be even more chaos. I’ve been here 16 years. I think at least 12 or 14 accidents at least, probably more.“

Trevor Price-Goodwin, 75, told Nottinghamshire Live explained his wall got knocked down 41 years ago. Mr Price-Goodwin said: “That pole has been knocked down, their walls have been knocked down. I had my wall knocked down. They get down the corner and accelerate. It’s just one of those things. It’s a main road, I’ve lived here 42 years, it’s a sought after road for house prices. It’s just people coming and driving at night, cars scream down here.”

In a Facebook post on Friday (June 24), MP Lee Anderson, who was pictured in Westdale Avenue, wrote: “Earlier this year I was contacted by concerned residents over the number of car accidents on this stretch of road in Sutton. I raised it with highways who have agreed to put yellow lines around this junction.

“I met highways on site with residents today and highways agreed to look at further work to make this section of road safer. Days like this remind me how rewarding it was when I was a local councillor getting stuff like this done.” Nottinghamshire Live has contacted highways officials for further comment.

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