Villagers fear 'interminable' traffic problems from bypass
PLANS for a bypass in Ripley would cause "interminable" traffic problems, according to a residents' association.
The sketches for the completed part of the A610 link road, which was started in the early 1980s, have been on display.
The road would be used to serve the new Ripley Gateway development, which includes a new park, Morrisons supermarket and leisure facilities.
But some people say the road would not go far enough.
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Karen Lawler, from Codnor Residents' Group, said it would not help to stop traffic problems caused by the development.
She said: "The road is no longer a bypass but merely a link road from the entrance of Ormonde Fields golf course to Alfreton Road.
"The plans show the road has four access points along its length and is nothing more than a feeder road for the 500-strong housing estate which is proposed on Codnor's greenbelt land.
"If Codnor residents allow this proposal to proceed, traffic problems in the village would become interminable."
Amber Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Bradford said: "The overriding message is that people generally support the Ripley Gateway Scheme, if the whole link road is completed, so as to overcome existing local infrastructure issues."