FRUSTRATED villagers have come up with a novel idea to try and deter passing motorists from speeding.
The road through Ellastone is currently 40mph, but parish council believes that is still too fast for a small village, and they have been campaigning to see the limit reduced to 30mph.
And now, frustrated with the lack of results, an anonymous villager has taken matters into their own hands and created a fake policeman in an attempt to make motorists slow down.
Rob Watkin, chairman of Ellastone Parish Council, said: “People in Ellastone 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 the 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 entering the village from the Uttoxeter direction.
He said: “I think this shows the strength of feeling in the village about this issue.”
A villager, who did not want to be named, 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, and any walkers wanting to cross the road 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 and would like to see visible warning lines painted on the road to alert drivers that they are approaching a village.
Andrew Griffiths said: “I have been working with the parish council and residents in Ellastone to get something done about speeding for some time.
“I have been badgering the county council to do something to reduce speed because I am convinced it is only 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, derestriction 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 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.