‘Most pointless parking restrictions ever’ Double yellow lines painted behind BENCH

Vehicles are barred from pulling up at the spot in Sheerness, Kent. in an area around a clocktower which is not open to traffic. Lines on the street painted before that part of the town was pedestrianised had faded over time.

Swale Council defended the lines, saying they had been refreshed, but concede that they are due to be removed.

Conservative councillor, Cameron Beart, represents Queenborough and Halfway on Swale Council and Sheppey on Kent County Council.

He said: “These must be the most pointless double yellow lines ever.

“They are an absolute eyesore and totally unnecessary in a pedestrianised part of the conservation area.

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“They serve no purpose at all and should be removed.”

Stephen Jackson, whose Jacksonwood Vintage Tea Rooms overlooks that section of the High Street was equally confused.

He said: “You could hardly see the old lines, but that’s not an excuse for repainting them as they shouldn’t be there now.

“The old lines were probably there from before the benches were put in. It’s a complete waste of time.”

A Swale council spokesperson said: “The double yellow lines that were already at the clock tower were refreshed by our lining contractors who were working to repaint yellow lines in Broadway and the high street in Sheerness.

“We carry out regular lining and signage maintenance around Swale.

“These restrictions are now scheduled for removal.”

Meanwhile, it has emerged that electric vehicle owners are being fined up to £120 a time by private parking firms while charging.

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A driver in London used a car charger at a McDonald’s car park for more than 100 minutes and returned to find a penalty charge notice for £120.

The fine was issued because the maximum stay was 90 minutes.

James Warren from Birmingham told The Times: “I found somewhere to charge in a hotel car park [in Weybridge]. It took around 45 minutes then I paid on my app.

“I was aghast to receive an £80 fine from Parkingeye, saying I had parked in the hotel’s car park without permission.”

A spokesperson for Parkingeye said the company strongly advises motorists using an electric vehicle (EV) charging point within a private car park to read the signage.

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said: “It is unfair some EV drivers are being penalised for errors outside of their control.”

Britain has about 400,000 EV owners but not enough chargers to supply demand.

Currently, there are around 22 EVs to every available charger.

It comes as private parking fines are to be capped at £50 by the Government.

Private car parks will have to display prices more clearly, introduce a fairer system for appeals and give drivers a grace period for lateness.

The Government says operators which do not follow the rules could be barred from collecting fines from motorists.

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