Work on road ‘waste of money’

Upperton Gardens Eastbourne, double yellow lines and a disabled parking bay recently applied have now been removed. July 10th 2013 E28257P
Upperton Gardens Eastbourne, double yellow lines and a disabled parking bay recently applied have now been removed. July 10th 2013 E28257P

Work on a town centre road has been branded ‘a waste of money’ after double yellow lines and a disabled bay were removed weeks after being set down.

Residents in Upperton Gardens noticed the parking restrictions in place about a month ago but they have now been removed after it came to light that the disabled bay and lines were no longer needed.

A baffled Joan Blazeby, who lives in the road, got in touch with the Herald when she first spotted the restrictions and said she was not consulted about the move.

However, she got back in touch with the Herald this week to say they had been removed.

She said, “Although it’s amusing, you wonder about how much money is wasted on something like this. I think it’s ridiculous.”

Another resident ,Jed Herman, said he was ‘incensed’ to find the lines had gone and contacted the East Sussex County Council parking, adding, “It turns out the application for the disabled bay was made in 2009, since then the local parking department carried out reviews (twice, indeed) but failed to realise that the person who requested the bay four years ago no longer requires it!

“And so the newly-painted double yellows, and disabled bay are redundant not even a month old.

“What a waste of money.”

A spokesperson for East Sussex County Council said the cost of removing the double yellow lines and disabled bay was £100.

David Weeks, East Sussex County Council team manager for parking, said, “The disabled bay was provided at the request of a resident of Upperton Gardens and it, and the double yellow lines, were included in consultation with residents for the Eastbourne Parking Review, which started in 2010.

“We have now investigated this matter and ascertained that the disabled parking bay and double yellow lines are no longer needed at this location, and our contractors have removed the bay and the double yellow lines.

“We’d like to thank residents for making us aware of this issue and we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.”