Sunday, 14 Apr 2024

Drivers baffled by tiny new parking spaces 'only big enough for toddler's bike'

Drivers are astounded at new parking spaces which are ‘so tiny they could only fit a toddler’s bike’.

Photos show the new spots, in Borough Green, Kent, too narrow for a car to get into.

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has since admitted the spaces, which offer two hours of free parking, were ‘clearly a mistake’.

It said parking fines would be suspended until the issue was fixed – and it is believed the lines were repainted on Monday.

Residents Mary and Christopher Scott, who have lived on the road for around seven years, are both bewildered by the paint job.

Christopher said: ‘It’s quite ridiculous. I don’t know what they think the size of a car is. It was a waste of time and money.

‘It happens all the time, doesn’t it? You can’t expect every single penny of taxpayers’ money to be spent wisely and judiciously.

‘If they did come back and redo them, they’ll probably do it wrong again, anyway.’

Mary added: ‘You could fit a toddler’s bike on it – that’s about it.

‘Nobody sent a letter through the door or anything, it just suddenly happened. The cars are still parking as normal.’

Young homeowner Kaine Sharp, who only moved to the area around five months ago, branded the bays ‘hilarious’.

The 22-year-old said: ‘It’s a small bay, you can’t really fit much in it, but I assumed it was for the lack of space on the road.

‘It’s quite hilarious. I have a van, so I park further down the road to prevent it from getting hit. I don’t really fancy any scratches on it.’

Another local, Kitty Peploe, says when she first moved into the area around seven years ago, the council decided to widen the pavement to make it safer for pedestrians.

She said: ‘They never adjusted the width of the parking bay, so it was always half the parking width.

‘It didn’t really matter as much because the lines were quite faded, but now they have come back and gone over the original lines which makes it look a bit ridiculous.’

‘I can only assume the person that they hired was just told to go over the original lines and that is exactly what they did.

‘Obviously they didn’t pay attention to the fact that the lines need updating.’

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council said the lines were an error.

He said: ‘We’ve been to the road and inspected the repainting of parking bay lines carried out on our behalf by a contractor and clearly a mistake has been made.

‘It appears that old white lines, which were in place prior to a widening of the pavement, have been gone over instead of the newer wider ones.

‘We will get this put right as soon as possible and in the meantime will not be issuing any penalties for parking outside the lines.’

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