A new pedestrian crossing could be built on a road in Calverton after years of wrangling. If approved, it will be built just under 20 metres from where 88-year-old Lilian Hamblin was fatally injured in a traffic collision in May. A police investigation into the incident is continuing. Two previous attempts have been made to build a crossing at the site, on Main Street, over the last decade. But after some local opposition and concerns with previous designs, including from the parish council, a crossing is yet to be built.
Now, it is hoped one could be in place by early next year, after new road layouts were agreed. A consultation has just finished, and a public meeting about the issue was held on the site on Thursday August 15. It is expected the final designs will be approved by Conservative-led Nottinghamshire County Council in the coming weeks. Jean Laverick, 76, was among those who attended the meeting. She and her husband Ray, also 76, have to cross the road to get from their house to the shops. Mrs Laverick said: “If I won the lottery I don’t want a bigger house, I don’t want a new car, I’ve never been abroad, I just want a crossing.
“I would honestly pay for it myself if I could. I just have to live long enough to see a bit of paint on the road. ”One concern raised by residents is a large tree near to where the crossing will be. It was originally feared the tree would have to be cut down because it might block drivers from seeing waiting pedestrians. Conservative councillor Boyd Elliot represents the area for both Gedling Borough Council and Nottinghamshire County Council. He has been working to have the crossing installed in the village, and said tweaks to the humped zebra-crossing design proposed mean the tree could now be kept. He estimates the crossing will cost £75,000, and could be finished between January and March next year if it’s given the go-ahead following the consultation. Stephen Kopyrko, 59, from the village, said: “I think if the crossing isn’t built, there will likely be more accidents. “At the moment, speeding is a big issue, because a lot of people use it as a rat run. I’ve seen people driving through at 60 or 70 miles per hour. “When I drive through at 30, which is the law, you get people tailgating you, and you end up thinking you’re the one who is breaking the law.”