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John Phillips , Senior Reporter
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Passers-by in Barking watched in disbelief as offenders carrying out community service painted yellow lines straight along the pavement.
The workers, doing reparation service for Barking and Dagenham Council, painted the lines on a walkway in Ripple Road, bypassing a phone box, post box and advertising board.
According to the Department of Transport, yellow lines are normally used to enforce parking restrictions and should not be painted on pavements which have no parking bays.
Postmaster Sailesh Patel, 45, said: “It just looks very silly. I don’t really know what it’s about.”
A 29-year-old man from Dagenham, who did not want to be named, added: “I thought it was ridiculous. I have no idea what they’re for. It seems very odd.”
Ali Korkurt, 36, of the Chubby Friar fish and chip shop, however, said: “They look pretty. I like it.
“My colleagues are taking the mickey – you can’t park on a pavement. ”
The offenders painted the single yellow lines, apparently creating a path along the pavement, last week and had previously been spotted sprucing up nearby railings with green paint.
A Department for Transport spokeswoman said: “Parking on the pavement is banned in London unless there are marked bays.
“Yellow lines are to be placed alongside the edge of carriageway so as to inform road users that the waiting of vehicles is prohibited.
“It doesn’t look like these lines are being used to enforce parking.”
A council spokesman said: “A number of measures have been brought in to tidy up the shopping parade near the Harrow pub.
“The pavement has been power washed and the railings painted by the community payback team.
“The lines were painted to provide a marked walkthrough for pedestrians outside the shops.”
The spokesman added: “We’re going to gauge the reaction of local residents and shopkeepers over the next two to three months.
“Based on the views we get back, we’ll make a decision on whether to keep the lines or remove them.”