Red-faced contractors’ answer to double yellow gaffe - paint it black

Swindon Advertiser: Liz Adams says the alleyway is an eyesore now the lines have been painted black; below, as it looked originally when workmen put in Buy this photo » Liz Adams says the alleyway is an eyesore now the lines have been painted black; below, as it looked originally when workmen put in

IT WAS a mistake that attracted the attention of the national media, local artists and visitors to the town.

Double yellow lines painted on either side of an alleyway near the town centre had become somethin of a tourist attraction that some locals regarded with affection.

The alleyway measures just 1.4 metres across and is barely wide enough for two people to stand side by side, let alone fit a car down, but workmen felt the parking restrictions were needed nevertheless earlier this month.

However, contracters employed by Swindon Council have now untidily painted over the lines in the alley at the top of Newhall Street in preparation for removing them entirely.

Workers arrived on Friday to rectify their initial mistake and have covered the yellow markings with black paint, much to the dismay of local residents.

“My first thought when I saw it was ‘yuk’,” said Liz Adams, 55, whose garden backs onto the alleyway.

“It just looks very ugly now. There are just black lines and it’s not attractive at all.”

While some criticised the strange road markings when they first appeared, Liz saw the funny side of the error.

“When I originally saw double yellow lines had been painted I thought it was very amusing.

“It was also becoming an attraction that people came to see as it got so much coverage.

“I saw people come up the road with maps just to have a look at them.

“The council have ruined it now though. They should have just left it alone because it’s certainly not an improvement.”

The double yellow lines were painted earlier this month as part of a plan to prevent people blocking up narrow side roads in the area.

Liz said: “Overall I’m in support of the yellow lines being painted because it’s needed.

“However they have just gone and made a total mess here. The whole thing has been a total waste of time.”

However, a spokesman for Swindon Council said the black paint is only temporary.

“The council will not be paying for the painting of the lines or for their removal, as the contractor has agreed to meet the cost,” he said, “The lines will be burnt off, but in the meantime they have been painted over as a temporary measure.

“It was decided they should be removed because we want drivers to know that when they see double yellow lines, they are there for good reason, and are capable of being enforced.

“These particular lines didn’t get close to meeting either criteria.”

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9:39am Tue 30 Apr 13

Big Time says...

I don't see the the big issue with them putting double yellow there in the first place, they stop motorbikes and scooters parking there which prevent pushchairs and wheelchair users getting by, and also they add a bit of colour to a lump of grey concrete in a back alleyway, total over reaction to a decision which was the right one, especially as they were panting double yellows on the larger alleyways close to it.
I don't see the the big issue with them putting double yellow there in the first place, they stop motorbikes and scooters parking there which prevent pushchairs and wheelchair users getting by, and also they add a bit of colour to a lump of grey concrete in a back alleyway, total over reaction to a decision which was the right one, especially as they were panting double yellows on the larger alleyways close to it. Big Time

9:52am Tue 30 Apr 13

Ringer says...

People whinged when the yellow lines went down and now they whinge when the yellow ones are painted over.

@Big Time: despite all the joking about this farce, you make a very good point about motorbikes and scooters.

I can just imagine the photo in the Adver in the next few days... young mum with 3 kids, folded arms and grumpy look on her face as she can't get her buggy past a motorbike that's been parked on the black lines.
People whinged when the yellow lines went down and now they whinge when the yellow ones are painted over. [p] @Big Time: despite all the joking about this farce, you make a very good point about motorbikes and scooters. [p] I can just imagine the photo in the Adver in the next few days... young mum with 3 kids, folded arms and grumpy look on her face as she can't get her buggy past a motorbike that's been parked on the black lines. Ringer

10:28am Tue 30 Apr 13

peatmoor pirate says...

Perhaps a nice purple next time? And Liz Adams clearly needs to go on a training course to learn to fold her arms. No one will take her protest picture in the Adver seriously otherwise ;)
Perhaps a nice purple next time? And Liz Adams clearly needs to go on a training course to learn to fold her arms. No one will take her protest picture in the Adver seriously otherwise ;) peatmoor pirate

10:46am Tue 30 Apr 13

Robh says...

Have people not seen Top Gear and that wally taking a single seater car into the building. You could park half a dozen of them in that alley.
Have people not seen Top Gear and that wally taking a single seater car into the building. You could park half a dozen of them in that alley. Robh

10:54am Tue 30 Apr 13

Swindon_AOK says...

Just another example of the total incompetence of our Council.

Has no one any vision? Leaving the lines was the smart move. It was actually becoming a sort of tourist attraction, a quirky landmark in an otherwise bland and soulless town.

Why not just leave it and give Swindon another quirky feature like the magic roundabout etc etc
Just another example of the total incompetence of our Council. Has no one any vision? Leaving the lines was the smart move. It was actually becoming a sort of tourist attraction, a quirky landmark in an otherwise bland and soulless town. Why not just leave it and give Swindon another quirky feature like the magic roundabout etc etc Swindon_AOK

11:08am Tue 30 Apr 13

swindon_mini says...

Was the contracter SCS by any chance? If so the council WILL be paying for them to be removed.
Was the contracter SCS by any chance? If so the council WILL be paying for them to be removed. swindon_mini

12:54pm Tue 30 Apr 13

I Could Do That says...

they stop motorbikes and scooters parking there which prevent pushchairs and wheelchair users getting by...


Even "Tim Nice But Dim" wouldn't be stupid enough to leave a motorcycle parked in an alley
It would soon get stolen or damaged

I'm pleased that they at least have the humanity to admit their mistakes.

It's a pity some of our councillors and wannabe politicians don't share similar qualities
[quote]they stop motorbikes and scooters parking there which prevent pushchairs and wheelchair users getting by...[/quote] Even "Tim Nice But Dim" wouldn't be stupid enough to leave a motorcycle parked in an alley It would soon get stolen or damaged I'm pleased that they at least have the humanity to admit their mistakes. It's a pity some of our councillors and wannabe politicians don't share similar qualities I Could Do That

1:33pm Tue 30 Apr 13

Ringer says...

I Could Do That wrote:
they stop motorbikes and scooters parking there which prevent pushchairs and wheelchair users getting by...


Even "Tim Nice But Dim" wouldn't be stupid enough to leave a motorcycle parked in an alley
It would soon get stolen or damaged

I'm pleased that they at least have the humanity to admit their mistakes.

It's a pity some of our councillors and wannabe politicians don't share similar qualities
Odd, I regularly see motorbikes parked in various places around the town, including back streets and alleyways.

It's a pity you don't admit to using at least SIX different logins on this site to make your insulting and abusive posts.
[quote][p][bold]I Could Do That[/bold] wrote: [quote]they stop motorbikes and scooters parking there which prevent pushchairs and wheelchair users getting by...[/quote] Even "Tim Nice But Dim" wouldn't be stupid enough to leave a motorcycle parked in an alley It would soon get stolen or damaged I'm pleased that they at least have the humanity to admit their mistakes. It's a pity some of our councillors and wannabe politicians don't share similar qualities[/p][/quote]Odd, I regularly see motorbikes parked in various places around the town, including back streets and alleyways. [p] It's a pity you don't admit to using at least SIX different logins on this site to make your insulting and abusive posts. Ringer

1:45pm Tue 30 Apr 13

PJC says...

Oh for goodness' sake! Wars, famine, natural disasters, corruption. No! A grubby alley has been made to look a little bit worse. The sky is falling!!! :-o
Oh for goodness' sake! Wars, famine, natural disasters, corruption. No! A grubby alley has been made to look a little bit worse. The sky is falling!!! :-o PJC

2:37pm Tue 30 Apr 13

JakobK says...

PJC wrote:
Oh for goodness' sake! Wars, famine, natural disasters, corruption. No! A grubby alley has been made to look a little bit worse. The sky is falling!!! :-o
That's the kind of attitude that allowed the Nazis to get into power!

I kid of course.

But seriously.
[quote][p][bold]PJC[/bold] wrote: Oh for goodness' sake! Wars, famine, natural disasters, corruption. No! A grubby alley has been made to look a little bit worse. The sky is falling!!! :-o[/p][/quote]That's the kind of attitude that allowed the Nazis to get into power! I kid of course. But seriously. JakobK

6:54pm Tue 30 Apr 13

whaddahey?! says...

Another PR disaster by the fools down at SBC. The contractor screwed up and that should have been the end of it, but no! Lets breath new life into this quirky but essentially non-story by first crudely paiting over them, then add another days coverage (soon to be seen here folks), when some SCS monkey comes along and burns them off again. How many man hours have been wasted? And as Swindon_Mini implies, that fact that the name of the contractor has been studiously avoided means its a near certainty that SCS were the culprits, meaning tax payers will indeed end up indirectly footing the bill. This town is so farcical, it deserves its own down-at-heel sitcom.
Another PR disaster by the fools down at SBC. The contractor screwed up and that should have been the end of it, but no! Lets breath new life into this quirky but essentially non-story by first crudely paiting over them, then add another days coverage (soon to be seen here folks), when some SCS monkey comes along and burns them off again. How many man hours have been wasted? And as Swindon_Mini implies, that fact that the name of the contractor has been studiously avoided means its a near certainty that SCS were the culprits, meaning tax payers will indeed end up indirectly footing the bill. This town is so farcical, it deserves its own down-at-heel sitcom. whaddahey?!

9:01pm Tue 30 Apr 13

I Could Do That says...

It's a pity you don't admit to using at least SIX different logins on this site to make your insulting and abusive posts.


I'm not aware that anyone has been insulting or abusive on this thread

I'm only aware of someone accusing others of doing exactly what they themselves do
[quote]It's a pity you don't admit to using at least SIX different logins on this site to make your insulting and abusive posts.[/quote] I'm not aware that anyone has been insulting or abusive on this thread I'm only aware of someone accusing others of doing exactly what they themselves do I Could Do That

10:41pm Tue 30 Apr 13

woolster0 says...

“It was decided they should be removed because we want drivers to know that when they see double yellow lines, they are there for good reason, and are capable of being enforced.

This has got to be the joke of the year,
Drive around, IF you can without having to stop every 100 yards to avoid parked cars everywhere,
“It was decided they should be removed because we want drivers to know that when they see double yellow lines, they are there for good reason, and are capable of being enforced. This has got to be the joke of the year, Drive around, IF you can without having to stop every 100 yards to avoid parked cars everywhere, woolster0

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