Road marking mix-up a 'bureaucratic mess'

PUBLISHED: 06:15 13 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:35 24 May 2010

RESIDENTS in a traffic blighted village are facing more disruption - because council chiefs are refusing to put right a mix-up over road markings. People living in Banwell say North Somerset Council workmen mistakenly painted yellow lines and a parking ba

RESIDENTS in a traffic blighted village are facing more disruption - because council chiefs are refusing to put right a mix-up over road markings.People living in Banwell say North Somerset Council workmen mistakenly painted yellow lines and a parking bay in the wrong place following a road improvement scheme in March and April. The previous markings were removed during the repairs.The rectangular bay for about four cars has been painted outside Banwell News in West Street while a single yellow line has been put down outside a block of flats about 100 yards away.One fed-up shop owner has vowed to pay for a pot of paint to put the lines back if the cash-cautious council says it will not stump up the money.The council says there has been no error and a new traffic regulation order (TRO) would need to be passed to swap the markings at a cost of at least £2,500.The marking mix-up has led to chaos. Drivers visiting the flats, many of whose residents are pensioners, can no longer park outside. Newsagent Ian Higbee is dismayed because cars parked outside his shop are blocking delivery lorries getting to his premises.Mr Higbee said: "The yellow line should be outside our shop and the box outside the flats further up in West Street."The single yellow line would impose a parking restriction outside my shop. But the box is just encouraging people to park overnight. This means delivery lorries cannot park in front of the shop in the morning which can make things difficult."It is a typical bureaucratic mess. If the council cannot stump up the money I would be willing to sponsor a pot of yellow paint."Banwell parish councillor Richard Tolmie said: "I cannot accept what North Somerset has said about there being no mistake."The single yellow lines were put outside the shops a couple of years ago to restrict parking during the day and keep traffic flowing."A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "We would need to make a new TRO so the markings would be legal and enforceable. It usually takes about six months to do this."The council does not have a programme or a budget to review TROs on an ad-hoc basis.

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