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Residents bemused at yellow lines in alley

Swindon Advertiser: Simon Reid, of the nearby garage, shows where the council has painted double yellow lines along a narrow alleyway Buy this photo Simon Reid, of the nearby garage, shows where the council has painted double yellow lines along a narrow alleyway

SWINDON is home to one of the country’s most spectacular road structures in the Magic Roundabout. But it is now also home to some of the daftest road markings.

Council workers have taken parking restrictions in the town to a new extreme by painting double yellow lines down an alleyway which measures just 1.4 metres wide.

Despite barely being wide enough for two people to walk down side-by-side, the narrow walkway has had the lines painted down both sides, just in case drivers were unsure on 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.

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

“It’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen,” said Ray Mudhar, the owner of nearby garage Ray’s Autos.

“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.

“They have painted down all the alleys around here. I can see why, because emergency vehicles need to get through and there is no room if there are parked cars.

“This is ridiculous though.”

Residents in the area have also expressed their surprise at the decision to put parking restrictions down the small alleyway.

Majorie Watts, 86, said: “It’s good that they’ve painted some of the roads but they’ve missed some of the ones that are important.

“The through road opposite is a real problem but they haven’t touched that. Instead they’ve put double yellows where you can’t even get a car.”

Mrs Watts, who has lived in the area since 1938, described it as one of the silliest things she had ever seen.

“I’m getting fed up with it, to be honest. It’s just another waste of time and money,” she said.

A Swindon 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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10:36am Tue 16 Apr 13

JakobK says...

Quick! Somebody claim it's for an art project or an ecological- awareness statement on the decline of the black rhino before somebody gets accused of being stupid.
Quick! Somebody claim it's for an art project or an ecological- awareness statement on the decline of the black rhino before somebody gets accused of being stupid. JakobK
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10:55am Tue 16 Apr 13

Sir Fawn Maker says...

Not the biggest waste of line making paint in Swindon by a long way though.

That prize has to go to all the paint wasted splitting pavements into "pedestrian" and "cycle".

Based on my experience walking to work, there's either a lot of very thick people walking who can't work out what pictures of people on one part of the path and cycles on the other side mean

or (just as likely in Swindon) there's a lot of bloody mindedness "nobody's going to tell me where to walk"
Not the biggest waste of line making paint in Swindon by a long way though. That prize has to go to all the paint wasted splitting pavements into "pedestrian" and "cycle". Based on my experience walking to work, there's either a lot of very thick people walking who can't work out what pictures of people on one part of the path and cycles on the other side mean or (just as likely in Swindon) there's a lot of bloody mindedness "nobody's going to tell me where to walk" Sir Fawn Maker
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11:23am Tue 16 Apr 13

StillPav says...

Maybe the lines are there to remind households that alleyways are not suitable for parking your unwanted mattresses, kitchen units or sacks of household rubbish - a fact that seems to be lost on many residents?
Maybe the lines are there to remind households that alleyways are not suitable for parking your unwanted mattresses, kitchen units or sacks of household rubbish - a fact that seems to be lost on many residents? StillPav
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11:46am Tue 16 Apr 13

eucalyptus says...

Turn it into a tourist attraction. Name it "Narrow Alley" or something similar.
Turn it into a tourist attraction. Name it "Narrow Alley" or something similar. eucalyptus
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11:52am Tue 16 Apr 13

stone dweller says...

Most of us are moonrakers
narrow moonrakers at that
Most of us are moonrakers narrow moonrakers at that stone dweller
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12:14pm Tue 16 Apr 13

JakobK says...

‘Come to Swindon! Home of the narrow alleyway with double yellow lines! Where there were not double yellow-lines before there are now double yellow-lines in a narrow alleyway! From whence did they come?! Whereto will they go?! Nobody knows!’ (‘Seriously, nobody knows and we’re terrified’)
‘Come to Swindon! Home of the narrow alleyway with double yellow lines! Where there were not double yellow-lines before there are now double yellow-lines in a narrow alleyway! From whence did they come?! Whereto will they go?! Nobody knows!’ (‘Seriously, nobody knows and we’re terrified’) JakobK
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12:43pm Tue 16 Apr 13

BWB says...

Forget Potholes in the roads.
Lets waste tax payers Money on yellow
lines in narrow alley ways.
Typical Council mindset.
Forget Potholes in the roads. Lets waste tax payers Money on yellow lines in narrow alley ways. Typical Council mindset. BWB
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1:15pm Tue 16 Apr 13

benzss says...

Sir Fawn Maker wrote:
Not the biggest waste of line making paint in Swindon by a long way though.

That prize has to go to all the paint wasted splitting pavements into "pedestrian" and "cycle".

Based on my experience walking to work, there's either a lot of very thick people walking who can't work out what pictures of people on one part of the path and cycles on the other side mean

or (just as likely in Swindon) there's a lot of bloody mindedness "nobody's going to tell me where to walk"
I've got a complaint, and i'm going to shoehorn it in somewhere.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Fawn Maker[/bold] wrote: Not the biggest waste of line making paint in Swindon by a long way though. That prize has to go to all the paint wasted splitting pavements into "pedestrian" and "cycle". Based on my experience walking to work, there's either a lot of very thick people walking who can't work out what pictures of people on one part of the path and cycles on the other side mean or (just as likely in Swindon) there's a lot of bloody mindedness "nobody's going to tell me where to walk"[/p][/quote]I've got a complaint, and i'm going to shoehorn it in somewhere. benzss
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1:54pm Tue 16 Apr 13

The Witch says...

Why to none of you realize its for Noddy when he drives his little car down there and thinks he can park in the alley when visiting Big Ears.
Why to none of you realize its for Noddy when he drives his little car down there and thinks he can park in the alley when visiting Big Ears. The Witch
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2:02pm Tue 16 Apr 13

house on the hill says...

Typical public sector mentality. Its not my money so who cares! Donkeys the lot of them.
Typical public sector mentality. Its not my money so who cares! Donkeys the lot of them. house on the hill
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2:03pm Tue 16 Apr 13

YorkieBars says...

Swindon council you idiots!

Anyone can still park without worry of being fined, car towed or taken to court as the lines are not terminated with a T-Bar at each end! - from the BBC report i just saw they dont appear to have been terminated in the alleyway.

I'm from leeds so have no need the free parking spot at the moment - so fill your boots if your in the area!

P.S it doesnt matter how long the lines are - they all need to be terminated at both ends. Lines also need to be certain dimensions (and unbroken) to be within spec.
Swindon council you idiots! Anyone can still park without worry of being fined, car towed or taken to court as the lines are not terminated with a T-Bar at each end! - from the BBC report i just saw they dont appear to have been terminated in the alleyway. I'm from leeds so have no need the free parking spot at the moment - so fill your boots if your in the area! P.S it doesnt matter how long the lines are - they all need to be terminated at both ends. Lines also need to be certain dimensions (and unbroken) to be within spec. YorkieBars
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2:39pm Tue 16 Apr 13

pyjstein says...

Indeed, the double yellow lines do not extend all the way down the 60ft long alleyway. Photo: http://bit.ly/12iYr1
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On a brighter note, the council has not painted double yellow lines AND installed chargeable parking lots for bicycles/ motorbikes all the way down the alleyway.

Below is a typical example in Singapore. The alleyway fits 2 people walking abreast. Photo: http://bit.ly/YP94t5


See also: 'Land Transport Authority (LTA) Greed - Enforcement Officers chasing after every cent' (01 Apr 2013): http://bit.ly/11dkFQ
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Indeed, the double yellow lines do not extend all the way down the 60ft long alleyway. Photo: http://bit.ly/12iYr1 I On a brighter note, the council has not painted double yellow lines AND installed chargeable parking lots for bicycles/ motorbikes all the way down the alleyway. Below is a typical example in Singapore. The alleyway fits 2 people walking abreast. Photo: http://bit.ly/YP94t5 See also: 'Land Transport Authority (LTA) Greed - Enforcement Officers chasing after every cent' (01 Apr 2013): http://bit.ly/11dkFQ 2 pyjstein
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2:45pm Tue 16 Apr 13

pyjstein says...

pyjstein wrote:
Indeed, the double yellow lines do not extend all the way down the 60ft long alleyway. Photo: http://bit.ly/12iYr1

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On a brighter note, the council has not painted double yellow lines AND installed chargeable parking lots for bicycles/ motorbikes all the way down the alleyway.

Below is a typical example in Singapore. The alleyway fits 2 people walking abreast. Photo: http://bit.ly/YP94t5



See also: 'Land Transport Authority (LTA) Greed - Enforcement Officers chasing after every cent' (01 Apr 2013): http://bit.ly/11dkFQ

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http://bit.ly/11dkFQ
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[quote][p][bold]pyjstein[/bold] wrote: Indeed, the double yellow lines do not extend all the way down the 60ft long alleyway. Photo: http://bit.ly/12iYr1 I On a brighter note, the council has not painted double yellow lines AND installed chargeable parking lots for bicycles/ motorbikes all the way down the alleyway. Below is a typical example in Singapore. The alleyway fits 2 people walking abreast. Photo: http://bit.ly/YP94t5 See also: 'Land Transport Authority (LTA) Greed - Enforcement Officers chasing after every cent' (01 Apr 2013): http://bit.ly/11dkFQ 2[/p][/quote]Oops, the 1st & 3rd URLs got broken up by carriage-returns after the comment was submitted. http://bit.ly/12iYr1 I http://bit.ly/11dkFQ 2 pyjstein
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6:03pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Captain T says...

I know its hardly the most earth shattering story in the news but really, you have to be a bit of a tool to paint a set of double yellows down such a narrow path and a true 24 carat plonker to then do it down the other side. You can't help but laugh. Maybe it's a 'no Segway' parking zone?
I know its hardly the most earth shattering story in the news but really, you have to be a bit of a tool to paint a set of double yellows down such a narrow path and a true 24 carat plonker to then do it down the other side. You can't help but laugh. Maybe it's a 'no Segway' parking zone? Captain T
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6:26pm Tue 16 Apr 13

dglaholm says...

Sorry but its not the Councils fault but the contractor who failed to call in and query the location.
I remember the Councils contractor erecting a new set of lamposts and one went right through the branches of a tree meaning the light would always be covered in leaves.. It seems if its on the plan thats been designed by a Council Officer it must be right!! Rubbish Where is common sense?
Sorry but its not the Councils fault but the contractor who failed to call in and query the location. I remember the Councils contractor erecting a new set of lamposts and one went right through the branches of a tree meaning the light would always be covered in leaves.. It seems if its on the plan thats been designed by a Council Officer it must be right!! Rubbish Where is common sense? dglaholm
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7:43pm Tue 16 Apr 13

RichardR1 says...

Look on the bright side at least Swindon made the BBC News channel this morning. For the wrong reason, again, admittedly.
Look on the bright side at least Swindon made the BBC News channel this morning. For the wrong reason, again, admittedly. RichardR1
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11:27pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Still About says...

benzss wrote:
Sir Fawn Maker wrote:
Not the biggest waste of line making paint in Swindon by a long way though.

That prize has to go to all the paint wasted splitting pavements into "pedestrian" and "cycle".

Based on my experience walking to work, there's either a lot of very thick people walking who can't work out what pictures of people on one part of the path and cycles on the other side mean

or (just as likely in Swindon) there's a lot of bloody mindedness "nobody's going to tell me where to walk"
I've got a complaint, and i'm going to shoehorn it in somewhere.
Please do
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Fawn Maker[/bold] wrote: Not the biggest waste of line making paint in Swindon by a long way though. That prize has to go to all the paint wasted splitting pavements into "pedestrian" and "cycle". Based on my experience walking to work, there's either a lot of very thick people walking who can't work out what pictures of people on one part of the path and cycles on the other side mean or (just as likely in Swindon) there's a lot of bloody mindedness "nobody's going to tell me where to walk"[/p][/quote]I've got a complaint, and i'm going to shoehorn it in somewhere.[/p][/quote]Please do Still About
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11:29pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Still About says...

dglaholm wrote:
Sorry but its not the Councils fault but the contractor who failed to call in and query the location.
I remember the Councils contractor erecting a new set of lamposts and one went right through the branches of a tree meaning the light would always be covered in leaves.. It seems if its on the plan thats been designed by a Council Officer it must be right!! Rubbish Where is common sense?
So do the council not check that work has neen carried out correctly?

I wonder if anything so daft happens in Portsmouth
[quote][p][bold]dglaholm[/bold] wrote: Sorry but its not the Councils fault but the contractor who failed to call in and query the location. I remember the Councils contractor erecting a new set of lamposts and one went right through the branches of a tree meaning the light would always be covered in leaves.. It seems if its on the plan thats been designed by a Council Officer it must be right!! Rubbish Where is common sense?[/p][/quote]So do the council not check that work has neen carried out correctly? I wonder if anything so daft happens in Portsmouth Still About
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11:30pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Eastern Badger says...

Would this be the same SBC that 'designed' the replacement for Whalebridge which is laughable and on most days a danger?

Commercial Road is a two lane highway with no markings. Farnsby Street has two lanes with one that disappears then causes accidents - new Station Road causes 'confrontations'. To say that the highways department lack common sense is a deep understatement.

A few yellow lines in a mattress infected backwater of Swindon means the same fools are in charge.
Would this be the same SBC that 'designed' the replacement for Whalebridge which is laughable and on most days a danger? Commercial Road is a two lane highway with no markings. Farnsby Street has two lanes with one that disappears then causes accidents - new Station Road causes 'confrontations'. To say that the highways department lack common sense is a deep understatement. A few yellow lines in a mattress infected backwater of Swindon means the same fools are in charge. Eastern Badger
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7:02am Wed 17 Apr 13

house on the hill says...

Yet again Swindon is in the news for all the wrong reasons and the butt of endless jokes. Whatever the contractor did responsibility rests with the council and again shows they have no understanding of the word. Do we know who the contractor was?
Yet again Swindon is in the news for all the wrong reasons and the butt of endless jokes. Whatever the contractor did responsibility rests with the council and again shows they have no understanding of the word. Do we know who the contractor was? house on the hill
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7:25am Wed 17 Apr 13

RichardR1 says...

Talk about obsessional, perhaps you ought to ask someone that lives there Still About.
Talk about obsessional, perhaps you ought to ask someone that lives there Still About. RichardR1
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5:29pm Wed 17 Apr 13

chuff chuff says...

Good start to Councillor Renards leadership.

I wonder if he has the bottle to make a few heads roll.

I doubt it very much. There will be more nonsense to come.
Good start to Councillor Renards leadership. I wonder if he has the bottle to make a few heads roll. I doubt it very much. There will be more nonsense to come. chuff chuff
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6:51pm Wed 17 Apr 13

John Smith II says...

Still, at least the quality of the paint job looks OK - take a look at the 'No Loading' Double Yellow Kerb Markings in King Street, whoever did that managed to overspray paint everywhere, a bit of a mess!
Still, at least the quality of the paint job looks OK - take a look at the 'No Loading' Double Yellow Kerb Markings in King Street, whoever did that managed to overspray paint everywhere, a bit of a mess! John Smith II
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