Worker marks out parking bay around lamppost in Romford

PUBLISHED: 16:54 02 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:33 03 February 2015


Contractors "mistakenly" marked out this parking bay. Picture: Phil Wailing


The bright spark who installed this parking bay will be wishing their work had never seen the light of day.

The advance notice of highway works was attached about 14ft high to a lamppost.The advance notice of highway works was attached about 14ft high to a lamppost.

But it was they who, quite literally, did not see the light.

This parking space in Mashiters Hill, near Havering Road in Romford, was marked out around a lamppost, leaving no space for any car to fit into.

Amused Romford resident Phil Wailing, 63, snapped the blunder while walking his dogs.

He joked: “The council have just done the pavement parking bays in the road next to mine. Good job fellas, keep up the good work.”

In April last year, a notice warning residents about highway works was pinned to a lamppost in Glenwood Avenue, Rainham – 14ft in the air.

Streetcare boss at the time, Barry Tebbutt, said: “We don’t expect everyone to be 7ft tall and can only apologise for the error.”

The Recorder contacted Havering Council to shed some light on the parking bay situation.

Cabinet member for environment, Cllr Robert Benham, said: “This is a very silly mistake and I’ll be taking this up with our contractor personally - this isn’t the first time common-sense has been called into question, there has been a catalogue of errors.”

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