Road Markings live residents in a spin

September 30, 2011 1:45 AM

Below is a picture from the Sunday Mercury of a set of newly painted road markings in Loughborough. Don’t make much sense, do they?

While this picture is amusing, and of the kind that is often sent round on email, I am left wondering why on earth Leicestershire Council have spent money drawing such ridiculous markings on the pavement. One would rightly assume these misleading directions must be a mistake, yet the council have defended the giant white arrows and dashed lines.



Apparently the markings are there to explain to cyclists and pedestrians how to navigate the bollards. Does the Council think without these ludicrous markings there might suddenly be a spate of bollard/walking/cycling related injuries on the local industrial estate? Maybe Loughborough cyclists and pedestrians are seemingly confused on how to pass by each other will collide head on not knowing which side of the bollard to go round and therefor require the council to hold their hand as it were. As a child I once ran into a bollard at school in my rush to get to the canteen. Perhaps a giant white arrow would have saved my bruised ego?

If the council feels that it’s not enough to let common sense apply to how cyclists use a simple bit of paving, surely it should put giant arrows along every pavement to ensure we all know which way to walk and cycle. That would surely solve the spate of incidents of people walking into each other that is clearly endangering Britain.

Back in the real world, the council should hold their hands up and admit this was a monumental waste of money. I would love to know the decision making process that resulted in these markings; surely someone along the line must have thought “we really don’t need to do this”.

So, while locals are left in a spin wondering which way to turn, the local council appears happy to carry on wasting money and denying that it’s done anything wrong. It'll be local residents and local businesses who end up footing the bill for road markings like these and it’s taxpayers again who pick up the tab to clean up the mistakes (when they’re admitted). This isn’t the first time Leicestershire council have been in trouble for dodgy road markings either and judging by their denials of any fault it looks like the taxpayer will have to pick up the tab for dubious road markings in the future.

Decent parking provisions and reduced congestion is what local businesses and residents really want, when there is huge financial pressure on local authority budgets councils can’t afford to be pouring money down the drain. In light of some of the difficult savings councils are making wasting money on road markings that are unnecessary and make no sense is inexcusable.Below is a picture from the Sunday Mercury of a set of newly painted road markings in Loughborough. Don’t make much sense, do they?

While this picture is amusing, and of the kind that is often sent round on email, I am left wondering why on earth Leicestershire Council have spent money drawing such ridiculous markings on the pavement. One would rightly assume these misleading directions must be a mistake, yet the council have defended the giant white arrows and dashed lines.



Apparently the markings are there to explain to cyclists and pedestrians how to navigate the bollards. Does the Council think without these ludicrous markings there might suddenly be a spate of bollard/walking/cycling related injuries on the local industrial estate? Maybe Loughborough cyclists and pedestrians are seemingly confused on how to pass by each other will collide head on not knowing which side of the bollard to go round and therefor require the council to hold their hand as it were. As a child I once ran into a bollard at school in my rush to get to the canteen. Perhaps a giant white arrow would have saved my bruised ego?

If the council feels that it’s not enough to let common sense apply to how cyclists use a simple bit of paving, surely it should put giant arrows along every pavement to ensure we all know which way to walk and cycle. That would surely solve the spate of incidents of people walking into each other that is clearly endangering Britain.

Back in the real world, the council should hold their hands up and admit this was a monumental waste of money. I would love to know the decision making process that resulted in these markings; surely someone along the line must have thought “we really don’t need to do this”.

So, while locals are left in a spin wondering which way to turn, the local council appears happy to carry on wasting money and denying that it’s done anything wrong. It'll be local residents and local businesses who end up footing the bill for road markings like these and it’s taxpayers again who pick up the tab to clean up the mistakes (when they’re admitted). This isn’t the first time Leicestershire council have been in trouble for dodgy road markings either and judging by their denials of any fault it looks like the taxpayer will have to pick up the tab for dubious road markings in the future.

Decent parking provisions and reduced congestion is what local businesses and residents really want, when there is huge financial pressure on local authority budgets councils can’t afford to be pouring money down the drain. In light of some of the difficult savings councils are making wasting money on road markings that are unnecessary and make no sense is inexcusable.

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