Gloucestershire

Cheltenham street corner has wobbly yellow lines painted

Wobbly lines Image copyright Simon Jackson
Image caption The corner of Saddlers Lane was painted a week ago but the culprit remains a mystery

Mystery surrounds a set of wobbly yellow lines which were daubed on a residential road using the wrong paint.

The smudged lines were painted on the corner of Saddlers Lane in Cheltenham on 20 January, as reported by Gloucestershire Live.

Local business owner Simon Jackson said they were painted at 04:30 GMT by someone "with a high-vis jacket and a safety hat on".

Gloucestershire County Council has said it did not carry out the work.

Mr Jackson said CCTV footage showed the lines were painted by hand by someone who left yellow paint flecks on the kerb and pavement.

"They were obviously concerned even at that time in the morning of being caught out and questioned," he said.

"They wanted to look quite official by the looks of it, but we have no idea who's done it.

"Highways have been in the area, as people have been parking on the corners, but where they have been painted it's not an issue for parking."

Image copyright Simon Jackson
Image caption Someone was seen painting in the lines by hand early in the morning

Mr Jackson said the paint had remained wet for a long time, so could not have been the same type used by highways teams which tended to dry much faster.

Also a staff member had walked on the "oily and sticky" colour, leaving marks on the office carpet.

He added that the lines were now appearing to wash away after the recent wet weather.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council said: "The county council hasn't carried out work to add yellow lines in Saddlers Lane.

"There are no parking restrictions in place for this part of Saddlers Lane in Cheltenham.

"We are aware of this matter and have instructed our contractors to remove the yellow lines."

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Image copyright Simon Jackson
Image caption The mystery painter left flecks of yellow paint on the kerb and pavement

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