Traffic and a garden view of new estate – how village is changing

For people living in Bestwood Village life has changed considerably in recent years – and some say for the worse.

Some bought their houses specifically for the tranquil view of the sprawling countryside from their gardens.

But they now face a large new housing estate that’s taking shape off Moor Road – and traffic in the area is “horrendous”. Neighbours put this down to parents picking up and dropping off their children at the new Hawthorne Primary and Nursery School.

Angela Mercatelli, 59, and her husband Marco, 50, moved to a house in The Spinney in 2004.

Their garden backs onto the large housing development site – and they say their view is “ruined”.

Mrs Mercatelli, a carer, said: “It’s not a village anymore if you know what I mean.

“That is my angriness because I bought this house especially to face the land, to have peace, quiet and a nice view, a village lifestyle and it’s not anymore after all these houses.

“I am lucky, the garden is quite long; it’s really, really long so I have still got my privacy. But the view is ruined, it’s already gone. Everybody in the street will say the same.”

She added: “We have got a new school up here, they park where they want, there’s always traffic – you need to be careful about the kids when they are running down, you have got children playing basically off all the street.”

On how the view from their garden has changed, Mr Mercatelli said: “Say we have a barbeque down here at night time or whatever, peace and quiet, now we will see cars coming all the way here – there is a road coming there [at the housing estate].”

A view of Langridge Homes' Westhouse Farm View development off Moor Road, Bestwood Village.
A view of Langridge Homes’ Westhouse Farm View development off Moor Road, Bestwood Village.

Retired joiner John Taylor, 74, who has lived in The Spinney for 26 years, spoke about the traffic and he was critical of the speed humps along Moor Road.

“Our biggest concern is the road, get here at half-past eight in the morning because of the school right at the top the traffic is horrendous. They have made it worse putting all the humps in,” he said.

He said he has “nothing against the school” but The Spinney had “not been thought about”.

A single yellow line has been installed outside his driveway because he was having problems getting out.

Mr Taylor said The Spinney was no longer one of the best places in the village because of the traffic, saying “it used to be such a nice place”.

“This village would be 100 percent better if the humps had gone, with flashing sign [saying] 30 mph or even 20 that would make people realise how fast they are going,” he said.

Mark Prew, 56, who is self-employed and lives in Moor Road on the opposite side of the road to the new housing estate, said traffic was also a problem.

He said: “They come through the village at like 30 and 20 mph and as soon as they hit the edge of the village they think it’s like an open road.

“Like a race track, they put their foot down by the time they get here they are doing 50-60 mph. They need to put some speed signs up, it’s supposed to be 30 mph.”

Officials from Nottinghamshire County Council said two new speed signs are to be installed along Moor Road.

Councillor Neil Clarke, chairman of the authority’s transport and environment committee, said: “We are aware of residents’ concerns about speeding on the B683 Moor Road near Bestwood Village.

“Whilst both speeding and obstructive parking are offences enforceable by the police, we have continued to implement measures to reduce issues and have further measures being installed shortly.

“Traffic calming is in place along a large stretch of Moor Road with an interactive speed sign entering the village.

“Two new additional interactive speed signs are due to be installed on Moor Road shortly.

“We urge parents and carers at Hawthorne Primary to park safely and responsibly at school drop-off and collection times.

“Our CCTV enforcement cars continue to be deployed to schools across the county to send a clear message to the minority of drivers who act irresponsibly.”


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