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Council contractors painted double yellow lines underneath PARKED cars – which were then fined £70

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Motorists are fuming after local council contractors picked up their parked cars with a crane and painted double yellow lines underneath them – causing them to be slapped with £70 parking fines. 

The contractor allegedly painted the lines in a quiet residential street in Wokingham, Berkshire this week, without any prior warning.   

A Wokingham Council spokesperson told Mail Online that it was an ‘unfortunate coincidence’ that ticket inspectors happened to be in the area at the time the new lines were painted on. 

They added that the council cannot cancel the sanctions, advising those affected to appeal the tickets. 

One of the affected drivers, 19-year-old student Moeen Ulhaq, said: ‘I parked there last night and there were no signs warning they would be painting lines.

‘I woke up about 10.30am and my mum told me they were moving the cars and painting lines. They didn’t make much noise, I couldn’t hear them doing it.’

He added: ‘One by one, they were lifting each car and putting them back down. 

The contractor allegedly painted the lines in a quiet residential street in Wokingham, Berkshire this week, without any prior warning ( Pictured: Councillor Shirley Boyt with the fined cars following the painting of the yellow lines)

The contractor allegedly painted the lines in a quiet residential street in Wokingham, Berkshire this week, without any prior warning ( Pictured: Councillor Shirley Boyt with the fined cars following the painting of the yellow lines) 

Cars were left with parking fines (pictured) after the lines were painted underneath them

Cars were left with parking fines (pictured) after the lines were painted underneath them 

‘I got there and my ticket had been issued at 11.20am.’

Shirley Boyt, local Labour councillor for Bulmershe and Whitegates, said the contractor had painted the lines at Blackthorn Close, off Culver Lane.

They allegedly lifted cars parked along the close with a crane on a truck, and while suspended, painted the yellow lines underneath. 

The vehicles were then placed back down before being slapped with a parking fine.

Cllr Boyt claimed residents were given no notice of the works.

However, in an email from the borough council’s highways team, she was told that parking restriction cones would be placed on the road yesterday. 

This, she said, did not happen.

Cllr Boyt said she had reached out to the borough council last week, concerned that residents would not know the line painting was happening.

‘I offered to place letters on each car parked there,’ she explained. 

The painting of the yellow lines occurred on Blackthorn Close in Wokingham (pictured)

The painting of the yellow lines occurred on Blackthorn Close in Wokingham (pictured)

‘But the council said that would not be necessary as there would be cones.’

Cllr Boyt said she believes Wokingham Borough Council ‘does not know what’s going on’ in regards to its contractor.

In mid-October the road opposite had yellow lines painted on it, one week before it was resurfaced and then re-painted.

When Cllr Boyt queried this, she said the borough council told her they were unaware lines had been painted on Anderson Avenue.

A council spokesperson told Mail Online: ‘We are sorry for this situation. This incident was caused by an unfortunate coincidence that our parking enforcement contractors happened to be in the area shortly after the double yellow lines had been painted. 

‘We have different contractors for painting the lines and for parking enforcement.

‘For those people who received a parking fine and have not already challenged it, please contact us by emailing [email protected] and we will work with you to cancel it. 

‘We entirely accept they have been issued in error.

‘We are sorry this happened and want to apologise to everyone who has been affected.’

The statement said residents in Blackthorn Close had requested the double yellow lines and that the council’s contractors had been out previously to paint them but had been unable to because of parked cars. 

It added: ‘Cones were meant to be put out in advance to prevent cars parking on the area to be painted. 

‘We have been informed by our contractor today that on this occasion, they did not put the cones out.

‘We will be taking this up with our contractor and reviewing our internal processes to ensure this does not happen again.

‘We are very sorry that parking fines have been issued in this case.’  

Mail Online has contacted the contractor for comment.  

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