A HOUSEHOLDER feared he risked getting a fine for parking outside his house in a converted school after a council painted yellow zigzag lines outside it.
Greg Smith, 56, at home in Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire, was converted from a school that closed 18 years ago.
But he says a council contractor added the yellow zigzags last week as well as a “Keep Clear” sign outside the building he bought eight years ago.
Smith claimed that when he complained, the employee suggested that he should black them out once they were gone, reports the BBC.
And he said he was back in the “ridiculous” position of risking a £ 70 fine for parking outside his house.
Smith said: “It was a little silly as [the contractor] realized that it was no longer a school.
“He said, ‘It has nothing to do with me, buddy, I’m just getting paid to do the job. If I were you, I’d come out with a can of black paint once I’ve gone and painted it over. “
He added: “There is a little standing joke in the village about it.
“People think it’s pretty funny that they wanted to paint the lines 18 years after it stopped being a school.”
Smith said he had tried to contact the council’s highway team several times but had been waiting for a response.
He said: “You can either see it as funny or totally ridiculous.
“Either way, it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money to do it and have to paint it out.”
North Yorkshire County Council has apologized for the error.
Melisa Burnham, of the North Yorkshire County Council’s highways team, said: “This is a real mistake and lines and markings will be removed as soon as possible.
“There will be no prosecution for people who park in the markings in the meantime.”
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