Local council slammed after painting double-yellow lines by mistake
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Bristol City council has been slammed by furious shopkeepers after workmen accidentally painted double-yellow lines outside a shopping parade after nine months of roadworks. Prior to the £1.7million restoration project, there were plenty of parking bays for customers.
The shopkeepers watched in horror as the parking bays were replaced by double yellow lines on September 6, Bristol Live reported.
However, since then Bristol City council has admitted that it was done by mistake and that contractors were sent back to burn off the yellow lines on September 8.
The blunder came just weeks after traders vented their frustration about the time it was taking to complete the works, which should have finished in May but suffered three months of delays.
Dave John, 64, who has run his self-named butchers for 20 years, said the yellow lines blunder was “just another nail in our coffin” following years of lost trade from Covid and then the overrunning roadworks.
Mr John added: “Before the work, we had three bays for cars outside our shops but these were replaced with double yellow lines. They have completely messed this up. It is incompetence.
“The whole thing has been long, drawn-out and disruptive. This sort of thing has to be stopped. The council and its contractors need to be more efficient.
“We are small businesses. I had no money from the Government during covid, and when we do ask for help, everyone goes against us. It is like two steps forward and one step back all the time.
“This would not happen in Clifton, but it does in south Bristol. I am so frustrated. The people of Headley Park have been absolutely shafted.”
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Mr John said the contractors turned up to remove the lines on September 8 in the morning and that one of them had told him that the council had given them the wrong instructions.
He said they were burning off the paint only, rather than digging up the new road surface and reinstalling the parking spaces.
Mr John added that the yellow lines will still probably be visible as a result, which he said was not good enough.
Bishopsworth Tory Cllr Richard Eddy, who lives nearby, accused the council of making a “stupid mistake”.
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He said: “If the council wishes to implement single or double yellow lines, there have to be several rounds of advertised public consultation and an expensive traffic regulation order applied for.
“This can take years and clearly this didn’t happen in this ludicrous case.
“Clearly, bureaucracy has gone mad here and no-parking lines have been marked outside these shops on busy St Peters Rise, a key shopping parade.
“Not only has the council subjected these shopkeepers to delayed months of resurfacing work, which naturally impacted their customer trade, but now it seems determined to destroy their remaining business by a bureaucratic bungle.”
A city council spokesperson said that the lines were a contractor error and that it had sent them back to fix it on Wednesday, although this did not happen until the following morning.
Express.co.uk has reached out to the council for further comment.
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