Is this the result of an idiotic council or just bad luck?

If you have ever been given a parking ticket, you will be aware of a single undeniable universal truth: parking tickets take the absolute p***.

Everyone has heard at least one story from a person who claims that they didn’t deserve their ticket (even if they definitely did), but an unfortunate incident that occurred in Swindon might just take the cake.

Swindon Borough Council advised the residents of George Hall Court that it would be undertaking roadworks in their allocated parking area. Unfortunately, this included painting a set of double yellow lines under the vehicles already parked there - AND THEN FINING THE DRIVERS!

Residents were handed £70 penalties after workers, who reportedly got down on their hands and knees, painted the lines while they were away. Colin Dent, 82, only left his car outside while picking his granddaughter up from school.

“I’m 82 – this is the first ticket I’ve ever had.”

As you might expect, people aren’t happy. Don Connell, 70, even called it “discrimination”.

“People have been parking there since it opened 25 years ago,” said Maggie Hathaway-Mills, vice- chairman of the block’s tenants association.

“That’s always been our allocated parking. Those five spaces are the only ones we’ve got.”

Unfortunately, the council is holding firm on the grounds that there were originally yellow lines along the road. According to a spokesperson, they were “removed a few years ago.”

“We believe this was at some point during the Cavendish Square redevelopment.

“We recently received a complaint from a member of the public about cars being parked in Royston Road creating a road safety hazard.

“It was then after examining our records that it became apparent the yellow lines had not been replaced.

“Our workmen put out signs warning residents that the lines would be repainted two weeks before the start of the works.

“These were repeatedly removed or vandalised with vehicles being parked in their place.

“We appreciate the frustration of residents, but the parking restrictions are in place to ensure road safety and to allow traffic to flow freely along Royston Road.”

This is definitely one incident of road rage which the people of George Hall Court won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

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