Parking chaos after double yellow lines go missing

PUBLISHED: 13:30 18 November 2010

Julie Marshall with  Ruby no Yellow Lines, Upper Church Road weston,

Julie Marshall with Ruby no Yellow Lines, Upper Church Road weston,

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RESIDENTS on a Weston street have described the area as 'bedlam' after contractors resurfaced the road outside their houses - and didn't replace double yellow lines.

Resident Julie Marshall says the contractors from Balfour Beatty carried out resurfacing work on Upper Church Road for North Somerset Council two weeks ago, but were unable to put the lines back on due to bad weather.

That allowed drivers, including students at nearby Weston College, to park on the road, causing chaos for residents and other motorists.

The contractors have marked out the affected areas with cones, and are gradually repainting the lines, but cars have continued to park on the patches of road marked to be painted, with some drivers throwing the cones into the nearby park.

Mrs Marshall said: “Cars for the college started parking everywhere. I’m just amazed that there hasn’t been an accident in the last two weeks.

“It’s been bedlam, it’s looked like there’s some football match or pop concert happening every day.”

She added: “It’s very dangerous because I could see what was coming down the hill, and you could meet cars without seeing them because of all the parked cars.

“Some people come down the road very fast, and that’s dangerous because you can’t see much on the road because of the parked cars.

“They shouldn’t have just left it they way they did. All the neighbours are fed up with it.”

Another resident, Hugh Wallington, aged 68, said: “I’ve spoken to someone from Balfour Beatty and he said they were unable to do the lines all at once because of rain and bad weather.

“He said they are trying very hard to paint the lines, but it’s very hard when people keep parking there every day.

“I just think why haven’t Balfour Beatty got a specific plan for situations like this, they obviously haven’t apart from to put the cones out, but they keep going missing.”

Balfour Beatty declined to comment.

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