Is there a more dangerous walk to the shops?
By Peter Dobbs
Planners seem to have forgotten all about pedestrians in their approval for the opening of three shops on the edge of an industrial estate in the Derbyshire market town of Ashbourne. Documents from the County Highways department discuss at some length the movement of cars and lorries to and from the mini supermarket and fast food outlets but make no mention of pedestrians which seems strange when the local council talks about sustainable development in their Local Plan which (amongst other things) seeks to reduce the use of private cars.
Several large housing developments have been built (or are in the process of completion) within comfortable walking distance of these shops. However, the final 100m could be the most challenging if you are on foot..
The pavement from the estates ends here, on the main Derby Road.
There is no choice but to cross the busy road (40 mph speed limit) so you check right, being careful to note the traffic emerging from the side road (Old Derby Rd). You then need to check left with again the situation being complicated by traffic emerging from the industrial estate (which is very busy with queuing traffic at peak times). If your stars align, then there may just be a gap in the traffic from all possible directions and you can cross. But remember you will need to do all this in reverse with your shopping in a few minutes!
We think that Derbyshire County Council should urgently address this problem - there is a petition on this site where you can add your name if you agree with us.