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NEW COAT OF PAINT The repainted yellow lines in West Street, Havant
NEW COAT OF PAINT The repainted yellow lines in West Street, Havant

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WHEN Havant Borough Council painted double yellow lives on West Street in Havant, it thought that would crack the parking problem.

But just two weeks later the county council resurfaced the road meaning the lines disappeared.

Now it has had to repaint them at a cost of £150 in a move called ‘ridiculous’ by residents.

The lines were painted in West Street and the surrounding area because the roads were so congested with parked cars that emergency vehicles found it difficult to get through.

Anthony Blair, 50, of West Street, said: ‘The yellow lines have made it a lot safer but I don’t understand why the two councils didn’t talk to each other.

‘It’s a lack of communication and a waste of money.’

Melvyn Reeder, 65, of Hooks Lane, said: ‘It’s like having a new carpet laid, putting furniture in and then deciding to redo the floorboards.’

Debbra Johnson, who works at the Prince of Wales pub on the corner of West street and Staunton Road, said: ‘Everyone in here was talking about it.

‘It seemed totally ridiculous that the councils would do that.’

Michell Green, parking and traffic management team leader at the borough, said the council had a legal obligation to start the traffic enforcement and paint the yellow lines by June 27.

She added: ‘Although we were aware of the county council’s desire to resurface West Street we could not predict when this would happen as such works are very weather dependent and delays for rain are likely.

‘The new road markings extend far beyond the section resurfaced which we estimate would cost around £160 to re-line.’

But Cllr Mel Kendal, who is in charge of environment and transport at the county council, put the cost at £150 and said the council had discussed it.

He added: ‘Due to the fixed implementation date of the TRO and the delays to the Operation Resilience resurfacing programme caused by bad weather, it was decided the TRO should continue with its proposed date.

‘As a result of the extremely poor weather this year, it has been difficult for us to accurately plan the road resurfacing, as the works are dependent on weather conditions.

‘There were concerns that if the TRO was delayed until after the resurfacing work, then further possible delays to the resurfacing work could prevent it from being carried out.’

The total cost of resurfacing the road was £80,000.