Yellow lines were ‘human error’

Yellow lines in Sheep Market, Spalding, were among the road markings wrongly painted.
Yellow lines in Sheep Market, Spalding, were among the road markings wrongly painted.
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NEW road markings in Spalding town centre will soon be removed after it was discovered they were put down in “human error”.

Road maintenance staff employed by Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department wrongly interpreted road regulations to paint single yellow lines in some areas of the town.

Affected streets include Priory Road, near to South Holland District Council’s offices, and in Sheep Market, where it is marked as short-stay parking bays.

A spokesman for the authority said: “Highway regulation laws can be complex and it had initially been interpreted that these locations required single yellow lines.

“However, upon legal advice that these are not required, we are pleased to be removing them in the near future.

“We apologise for this genuine human error, which occurred with the very best of intentions as we take our responsibilities of keeping the roads safe and lawful very seriously.”

Work is still ongoing to give Lincolnshire County Council the powers it needs to take on Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) as a replacement to traffic wardens.

The council must apply to the Department for Transport (DfT) for permission to fine motorists who flout parking laws.

Brian Thompson, the county’s divisional highways manager, said: “The county council is making every effort to take on CPE responsibilities and, after following all the necessary processes, we hope this will be in place as soon as possible.

“The authority is currently carrying out a financial re-evaluation to ensure there is best value for taxpayers, which will be followed by a statutory consultation, making sure all views are taken into account.

“It’s then intended to make an application to the Department for Transport to assume CPE powers.

“We’ll then be in the hands of the DfT in terms of how quickly they award this. However, they normally require at least six months to process our application, therefore it is unlikely we will start the scheme this year.”