Thursday, 27 Jan 2022

Fuming drivers fined £70 after council paints yellow lines under parked cars

Residents are fuming after a council contractor allegedly painted double yellow lines under their cars and then slapped them with a £70 fine.

The cars on Blackthorn Close in Wokingham, Berkshire, were supposedly lifted by a crane on a truck before being placed back down on the yellow lines yesterday.

The angry residents weren't warned about the changes beforehand, and some are now fighting their penalty notices.

19-year-old Moeen Ulhaq was one driver impacted by the fiasco. He says that his family saw the contractors lifting the cars.

He told The Sun : "I woke up about 10.30am and my mum told me they were moving the cars and painting lines. They didn't make much noise, I couldn't hear them doing it.

"One by one, they were lifting each car and putting them back down. I got there and my ticket had been issued at 11.20am."

A local councillor has since come out to support the resident's claims that they were blindsided by the roadworks, admitting that the lines were freshly painted.

Councillor Shirley Boyt claimed that she "offered to place letters on each car parked there", but that the council insisted that "would not be necessary" as parking restriction cones would be placed on the street beforehand.

This didn't happen.

It also isn't the first time that there has been confusion between Wokingham Borough Council and their contractor.

In October, another road close to Blackthorn Close had yellow lines painted. One week later it was completely resurfaced and the lines were painted again.

Cllr Boyt said that the council "does not know what's going on" with the contractor.

A council spokesperson has apologised for the most recent debacle, calling it an "unfortunate coincidence" that parking enforcement contractors were in the area at the same time as the repainting.

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"For those people who received a parking fine and have not already challenged it, please contact us and we will work with you to cancel it. We entirely accept they have been issued in error," they said.

"Residents in Blackthorn Close had requested the double yellow lines and our contractors have been out previously to paint them but had been unable to because of parked cars."

They also admitted that cones should have been positioned in advance, but weren't, and added that they "will be taking this up with our contractor and reviewing our internal processes".

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