Yellow peril for couple after gaffe by highways

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Highways bosses have apologised after double yellow lines were painted across a couple’s driveway without any consultation.

James Callan and his partner Lauren, both 28, said they thought it was “a joke” after the work had been carried out.

And, despite regularly driving across the pavement to get into their driveway, they have been told they are breaking the law if they continue to do so.

Now James and Lauren, who live on Park Road, Adlington, at its junction with Acresfield, are facing a bill of more than £1,000 for a “vehicle crossing”.

But it appears Lancashire County Council has jumped the gun.

Lauren, who works for Lancashire Police, said: “I came out about 10am or 11am and they’d just started doing it. I was going out with the dogs.

“They’d just started doing the opposite side and they’d done it all by the time I’d got back. I thought it was a joke.”

James, who works for Network Rail, said: “I was shocked that they could do it without even having any consultation which now they’re having.”

To make matters worse, because the new yellow lines prevented the couple from parking outside their house, they knocked a gatepost down so they could get a second car in their driveway.

“I thought, did I need to knock that post down, so we could park both cars?” said James.

“Their solution was park at the other end of the street and walk to your house.

“We don’t mind the double yellow lines – but not in front of the driveway.”

County Coun Kim Snape, who represents the area, said; “The first issue is double yellow lines, which I know people further up the street have been asking for for a long time.

“People down Acresfield have wanted them for a long time, but when you look at other places they don’t seem to go past drives.

“They have painted them before any consultation, I think.

“It will be interesting if anyone parks on them and gets a fine as at the moment, I don’t think they’re legal.

“I’ve never seen double yellow lines painted before a legal notice has expired.

“The other issue was a dropped kerb for the drive and I don’t think they can afford the cost the county council has given them.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “Following concerns raised by local people we are marking out double yellow lines on junctions at Park Road, Adlington, to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians.

“ We are consulting residents on this scheme and will consider their views before it is finalised.

“Unfortunately, we marked out the double yellow lines on this section outside this property too early and apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

“We have spoken to this resident and will consider the positioning of the lines that have been painted in front of his drive and make alterations accordingly.”