Locals desperate for Derbyshire road to reopen after multiple “nightmare” delays

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Residents living near to a closed Derbyshire road have vented their frustration over multiple “nightmare” delays to its reopening. Snelsmoor Lane, a main road spanning the Derby City and Derbyshire County Council border in Chellaston, was shut in July 25, but supply issues are prolonging its closure.

It was originally said that drivers could once again drive down the lane on Friday, August 26. This was then altered to Sunday, August 28, before again changing to Sunday, September 18.

Chellaston and Shelton Lock’s councillors have since reported that this is set to be extended even further to Thursday, September 22, but Derbyshire County Council has told Derbyshire Live that Sunday, September 18 remains the reopening date.

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Now locals say they are tired of date changes and are having to use extra fuel while travelling along diversions to get to school or work. Julie Holmes, a 49-year-old care worker who lives on the Field Farm side of the closure, said: “There’s even rumours of another delay. It’s a nightmare.

“You have to think twice now about going to the other side near Boulton Moor and the A50 then, get back on it again or down Harvey Road. I’ve got a friend over on the Shelton Lock side of the blockage who is struggling at times to take her kids to school.

Julie says that she and other residents understand that work has to be carried out, but believe it is taking too long. She added: “The repairs have got to be done. Then again, it’s taking them a while, and it’s not like we’ve had a lot of rain recently either.”

Road closure
The usually busy road remains closed between Boulton Moor and Field Farm, Chellaston

Charlotte Spencer, a project manager who lives near Julie with her husband and young daughter, said: “It’s very annoying. You have to think about everything more than just simply going down that lane, you have to plan your route out more.

“But I come home sometimes on autopilot forgetting it’s closed, and then change route my route. The A50 also has bumps on it, and I have a lot of visitors – they’re always delayed. You don’t think about telling everyone, and that’s the way the sat-nav takes you.

“It’s just very irritating, but it was a dangerous road. It’s good that they’re doing it but it’s a pain, a major inconvenience.”

Paul, 57, who is a teacher, said: “I just assume it’s incompetence. You either programme manage or you don’t.

“I don’t know whether they’ve dug a hole and found something they didn’t expect. It’s about contingency planning.”

Tom Burrow, 72, a retired research scientist, said: “Yes it’s causing inconvenience, and I’m not happy about the level of communication. It’s staggering that in the Derby Telegraph you have daily notices about parking bays being closed, but we didn’t hear about closures until after it had been closed.

“The communication is rubbish, and other people have to pick me up as I cannot drive at the moment.”

A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said: “The roundabout is due to reopen on September 18 following the surfacing of the roundabout by the developer. The work was delayed due to a supply issue.

“We have worked closely with the developer to ensure the work was done to our satisfaction. We felt that this presented an issue with regards to road safety and have worked closely with the developer to agree a solution and in return should see the work completed to our satisfaction and the road re-opened as soon as possible.”

The developer carrying out the repair work on Snelsmoor Lane, M Lambe Construction Limited, has been approached for comment by Derbyshire Live.


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