‘Nightmare’ speed hump making Derbyshire residents’ lives hell

Sheila Hadfield, right, and her husband Paul, front row, with fellow concerned residents. Picture by Anne Shelley.
Sheila Hadfield, right, and her husband Paul, front row, with fellow concerned residents. Picture by Anne Shelley.
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Campaigning residents are calling for the removal of a “nightmare” speed hump on their street.

Homeowners on Station Road in Eckington have been embroiled in a long-running battle with Derbyshire County Council to remove the bump.

Residents claim vehicles travelling over the hump cause constant vibrations which ripple through their properties – causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Sheila and Paul Hadfield said: “It does not slow down traffic – it has the opposite effect with most of the drivers using it as a ramp to take off and land as fast as they can.

“Vibrations are felt through our house and even into the back garden round-the-clock.

“This has caused damage including falling roof tiles, cracks in the ceilings and walls and ornaments dropping off shelves.

“Vibrations are felt when we are seated, in our bed or even on the toilet or in the bath.

“It’s a nightmare and we want it gone.”

The Hadfields have already spent about £2,000 on “constant” repairs to fix the damage.

Mrs Hadfield said: “There are plenty more repairs, replacements and redecorating to do but we don’t want to do these until the bump has been removed because we would just be wasting our time and money.”

She added: “Over the last eight years, my husband has been seriously ill and had major operations and the effects of this hump have hindered his recovery and caused more anxiety to us especially with all the repair bills we have been left with.”

For the past eight years, the Hadfields and other residents have complained to the county council in a desperate attempt to get the problematic bump removed.

A county council spokesman said the speed hump was installed in 2001 to discourage motorists from using the road as a short-cut and to reduce traffic speeds.

The spokesman added: “We’ve been in touch with Mr and Mrs Hadfield and are aware of their concerns.

“We would not be prepared to remove the speed hump as it serves as a valuable road safety measure and we have no evidence it is a likely cause of damage to their property.

“But there may be an opportunity to reshape the hump as part of a wider road resurfacing scheme if plans are approved later this year.

“Meanwhile, we will remain in touch with the couple to continue to address their concerns,” the spokesman added.