Bungling council workers paint double yellow lines around parked cars
Bungling council workers have painted double yellow lines around PARKED cars.
Red faced bosses insist the lines, in Tile Hill, Coventry, are ‘common’ practice – saying it’s ‘normal’ to paint around obstructions.
But the patchy lines, on Conway Avenue and Duggins Lane, have been branded ‘a joke’ by furious residents.
The lines first appeared on Monday 31 October and are still incomplete, with one surrounding a silver Nissan Primera.
Jane Poole, who lives on Conway Avenue, saw the workers painting around the cars and said it was ‘beyond a joke’.
The 51-year-old said: “My partner and I saw them painting around the cars yesterday.
“We couldn’t believe it, they look like dot to dot.
“They’ve come back today to complete them but it’s just caused mayhem.”
Jane, a finance administrator, said locals have been complaining about commuters using the nearby train station parking in the residential streets.
But she insists double yellow lines are not the answer, and it’s just an ‘accident waiting to happen’.
She added: “It took one street round here three years to get restricted parking.
“Today I saw a woman purposely park on double yellow lines.
“They don’t care, they just dump their cars.
“It’s an accident waiting to happen and these double yellow lines have just exacerbated the problem.”
Workers have since returned to fill in a few gaps but some still remain.
A spokesperson for Coventry Council said: “Although it might look a bit odd, it’s common for work to be completed in this way when there are obstructions.
“In fact, if we waited to get yellow lines done in one hit – we’d never be able to start a job.
“We always assess sites carefully and try to avoid costly road closures where we can.
“It is normal to leave some gaps where there are obstructions, but we only do this when the vast majority of the work can be completed.
“The costs of returning for a second visit are less than the cost of a full road closure in many cases, so this is the most cost effective practice.”
The spokesperson added: “Most of the work has been completed – but the parked cars, which are the cars we are trying to prevent from parking, are there for most of the day so our crew will return to do the rest as soon as possible.
“What we tend to find is that as the yellow lines go down drivers get the message, park somewhere else and we get the work finished.”