Bungling council officials paint double yellow lines in an alleyway which is too narrow to drive downContractors 'forgot how big cars were' and painted the linesThey were supposed to be part of clampdown to stop illegal parking in alleywaysSpace between lines measures just 13 inches
10:07 GMT, 16 April 2013
22:35 GMT, 16 April 2013
It would make a good racing track for model cars. But at 4ft-wide, you’d never get a real one down this narrow alley.
That didn’t stop blundering workmen painting two sets of double yellow lines along it though.
Spaced just 13 inches apart, the lines run the length of the 60ft path in Swindon. Residents were baffled when they appeared.
Swindon Borough Council said their contractors have 'forgotten how big cars are'
Lines have been painted on both sides of the passageway, off Newhall Street in Swindon, leaving a gap of just 13in (33cm)
Shopkeeper Ray Mudhar said: ‘It’s one of
the stupidest things I’ve ever seen. When me and my mate saw it we just
laughed 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.’
Sales assistant Emma Stratford, 22, added: ‘When the bushes are
overgrown you can hardly even walk down there. It has definitely been a
waste of money.’
Last night a spokesman for Swindon Borough Council apologised for the blunder.
‘It seems our contractors forgot just how big cars actually are when
they painted this one,’ he said. ‘We will be taking it up with them.’
Tight squeeze! The council said its contractors were working on its behalf as part of an initiative to clamp down on illegal parking in alleyways
There is just 13 inches of space
between the two sets of yellow lines – which is roughly the width of
just one tyre on a supercar.
Nathalie Fisher, who lives near the alleyway said they were a 'bit of a mystery'.
She added: 'You couldn't even fit a motorbike down it.'