Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

'Absurd' yellow lines in 1.4m alley

Council workers in Swindon have painted double yellow lines down an alleyway just under one and a half metres wide

Bungling council workers have taken parking restrictions to a new extreme by painting double yellow lines down an alleyway just 1.4 metres wide.

Despite barely being wide enough for two people to walk down side by side, the narrow walkway in Swindon has had the lines painted down both sides, just in case drivers were unsure whether they could park there.

The alley, which runs between the top of Newhall Street and Stanier Street near the town centre, was painted last week when other roads in the area were having double yellows put down.

Local resident Liz Adams said: "Only Swindon could do such things. I'm not sure how one is supposed to park along here in a car. It's just wide enough for me to stand here. I think it's just really, really funny. It's absurd. It'll be a shame if the council rectify it but I think they will now."

It would appear that the workmen putting the lines down were following their instructions to the letter and did not feel drivers would not try to park there.

"It's one of the stupidest things I've ever seen," local businessman Ray Mudhar told the Swindon Advertiser.

"When me and my mate saw it we were just laughing our heads off. It's a waste of time, waste of money and waste of material. The only thing you could get down there would be a bike and no-one is going to leave a bike parked up there."

A Swindon Borough Council spokesman said: "Local residents have asked us to deal with illegal parking in alleyways, but it seems that our contractors forgot just how big cars actually are when they painted this one. We will be taking it up with them."

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