A FRUSTRATED villagers have come up with a novel idea to try to stop people speeding.
An anonymous resident from Ellastone has created a dummy policeman which has been propped up at the side of the road, following months of concerns about drivers racing through the centre of the village.
The speed limit through Ellastone is currently 40mph but the parish council wants that to be reduced to 30mph.
Rob Watkin, chairman of the parish council, said: "People are always complaining about the speed of traffic through the village and the general feeling is that the limit should be reduced from 40 to 30 mph.
"The parish council have spoken to Derbyshire County Council about this a number of times to no avail.
"They seem to think that the 40mph limit is fine and don't seem to want to do anything about it."
Rob said he had no idea who made the policeman but he hoped it would help slow down traffic coming from the Uttoxeter direction.
He said: "I think this shows the strength of feeling there is in the village about this issue."
One villager said: "The village has two major road hazards – a sharp, blind bend just after the Duncombe Arms pub and a very narrow bridge over the Tit brook, with poor visibility on both approaches.
"The bridge wall has been knocked down so many times it's ridiculous.
"Also any walkers wanting to cross the road have to take their lives in their hands every time, as there just isn't anywhere safe to do so."
Residents are calling on their MP, Andrew Griffiths, to support their fight against speeding.
They would like to see visible warning lines painted on the road to alert drivers that they are approaching a village.
Mr Griffiths said: "I have been working with the parish council and residents in Ellastone to get something done about speeding for some time now.
"I have been badgering the county council to do something to reduce speed because I am convinced that it can only be a matter of time before a serious accident occurs.
"Both the parish council and I agree that something has to be done before it is too late."
Additional plans the parish council would like to see adopted include installing a priority system for the bridge, de-restriction signs to be moved further out of the village towards Ashbourne and extra warning signs in Marlpit Lane and Back Lane to alert drivers that they are on single-track roads with no passing places.
According to statistics on www.crashmap.co.uk, there have been 22 crashes in the Ellastone area in the last 10 years, with five fatalities.
In 2009, a biker died after his motorbike was in collision with a Toyota car in Main Road and, in 2011, two people were seriously injured when their car plunged 15ft from the bridge into the brook below.