John Howard took matters into his own hands after Essex County Council refused to repaint the line outside his home, which stops motorists obstructing his and neighbours’ driveways.Because it’s not being maintained by the council. Of course.
A single solid white line was painted on the road more than ten years ago after residents complained they were being blocked in by customers visiting car showrooms in Ipswich Road, Colchester.
When it faded, Mr Howard called the council to ask them to repaint it, but was told they no longer maintained white lines.So, taking iDave’s advice to heart, Mr Howard thought he’d do the cash-strapped council a favour and donate some paint and some time:
So armed with a pot of paint, he marked out the line again himself, adding an extra broken line for “emphasis”.I bet the council is plea…
He has now been told he must remove it or pay the cost of the clean-up.*sigh* Is anyone surprised?
St John’s ward councillors Paul Smith and Ray Gamble support Mr Howard and have accused the county council of heavy-handed tactics.Hey, you might think so…
Mr Smith added: “I think it is amazing the county council has the resources to threaten Mr Howard with action, but it doesn’t have the resources to repair potholes and fix the roads.
“All he is trying to do is make things safer outside his house. Surely the county council should encourage people to do that, not penalise them. This is what the Big Society is all about.”
An Essex County Council spokesman said: “Essex residents should not paint lines in the road.And if we all realised that you can paint a line on the road without first arranging a visit to the site to assess the work, then another to mark out where the white line is to be painted, then yet another to check this has been done in accordance with health and safety before actually getting around to painting the damned thing, we might start to wonder what we pay the council for….
“In order to ensure that parking restrictions can be enforceable, these need to be carried out by Essex County Council.
“Officers currently have to prioritise their workload to ensure urgent road defects are repaired first.”