Residents perplexed by driveway parking spaces

James McNeill, of Leicester Road in Blackpool, could not believe his eyes when council workers marked out a new parking bay which goes right across his drive.
James McNeill, of Leicester Road in Blackpool, could not believe his eyes when council workers marked out a new parking bay which goes right across his drive.
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The battle lines have been drawn... across a lot of perplexed neighbours’ drives.

Workmen repainting lines along Blackpool’s Leicester Road have created parking bays that extend in front of driveways, giving the impression, baffled residents say, that people can park across access points.

James McNeill, of Leicester Road in Blackpool, could not believe his eyes when council workers marked out a new parking bay which goes right across his drive. Mr McNeill demonstrates with his own car what can now happen with the new bay.

James McNeill, of Leicester Road in Blackpool, could not believe his eyes when council workers marked out a new parking bay which goes right across his drive. Mr McNeill demonstrates with his own car what can now happen with the new bay.

The residents argue people will block their drives and have hit out at Blackpool Council for trying to charge them for repainting the very lines that have been replaced.

James McNeill fumed: “I told the workmen as they started painting the bays across the drives they should be putting in a solid line to stop people parking across our drives. They said I’d have to pay £115 for them to paint another ‘H bar’ line.

“It’s ridiculous. People will now think they can park across my driveway.

“I think they’re doing it for one reason – it’s a wheeze to make money.”

His sentiments were shared by neighbour Alfred Fowler, 62, a resident on the road for 27 years.

He was also bemused at the work on the road and added: “It used to be residents parking with a broken line, but there were solid lines over driveways to stop people parking.

“When I contacted the council’s customer care line, they said no one with any common sense would park across a driveway.

“But I told them not everyone’s got common sense.

“What they’ll get is a confrontation between homeowners and parkers. I think it’s a clever way for them to make more money.”

But a spokeswoman for the authority said: “It is a residents’ parking bay and we would not expect people to be obstructing driveways.

The new road markings, outlining the bay, have been put in and we will monitor the situation. Residents can ask for H bar markings to be painted, for a fee of approximately £65, however these markings are advisory only.”