Wonky Wimborne lines repainted just a day after council says they were supposed to be there

Wonky Wimborne lines repainted just a day after council says they were supposed to be there

ON THE RIGHT TRACK: The repainted white lines

WONKY: Wimborne resident Bella Harvey, 10, points out the wonky lines

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THEY drove motorists around the bend when they were installed a little over a week ago.

But just a day after Dorset County Council officials told the Daily Echo these broken white lines were meant to look that way, they’ve been repainted – without the mysterious curve.

Council construction manager Adrian Northcombe defended the markings, daubed on the tarmac in East Borough, Wimborne, after one resident called them ‘ludicrous’.

He said: “The white lines that have been put down are replicating what was on the road before we resurfaced. “Our team has had a number of residents thank them for reinstating the curve as it helps to slow down traffic in a road that was previously considered a rat run.”

However, less than 24 hours after the story appeared in Thursday’s Echo and in national newspapers including the Daily Mail, locals noticed the lines had been redone – only this time, they were straight. When the wonky white lines first emerged driver Andy White said: “I thought the person who painted them must have been drunk.”

One resident emailed the paper to say: “The lines have been repainted straight. Well done Echo.”

A spokesman from the county council said: “The centre line road markings in East Borough, Wimborne, have always had a deviation to aid traffic management.

“After recent resurfacing work the lines were renewed, but the curve in the markings was more pronounced than it should have been. We have now corrected this and apologise for any problems this may have caused.”

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7:34am Mon 3 Mar 14

Peggy Babcock says...

That's why we don't trust councillors - they are incapable of telling the truth or admitting when a mistake has been made.
That's why we don't trust councillors - they are incapable of telling the truth or admitting when a mistake has been made. Peggy Babcock
  • Score: 38

8:13am Mon 3 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

Councillors will lie through their teeth to cover up their stupidity, in fact they lie so much that they have trouble recognising the truth most, if not all, of the time and they even end up believing their own lies, is it any wonder that voting numbers are down in this country.
Councillors will lie through their teeth to cover up their stupidity, in fact they lie so much that they have trouble recognising the truth most, if not all, of the time and they even end up believing their own lies, is it any wonder that voting numbers are down in this country. Hessenford
  • Score: 30

8:37am Mon 3 Mar 14

skydriver says...

Has Adrain Northcombe be fired for sounding like a complete idiot in trying to defend these lines, a person in his position should have come clean in the first place rather than lie. Clearly not fit for purpose.
Has Adrain Northcombe be fired for sounding like a complete idiot in trying to defend these lines, a person in his position should have come clean in the first place rather than lie. Clearly not fit for purpose. skydriver
  • Score: 32

9:07am Mon 3 Mar 14

Franks Tank says...

Is this what we pay our "Road Tax" for?
Is this what we pay our "Road Tax" for? Franks Tank
  • Score: 4

10:45am Mon 3 Mar 14

spooki says...

So if the wobbly lines were meant to be there, what's the excuse for not having them now? Are they saying they were wrong??? Nooooooooo can't be
So if the wobbly lines were meant to be there, what's the excuse for not having them now? Are they saying they were wrong??? Nooooooooo can't be spooki
  • Score: 10

10:55am Mon 3 Mar 14

Lord Spring says...

Nothing like a bit of straight talking to put things in line
Nothing like a bit of straight talking to put things in line Lord Spring
  • Score: 7

11:02am Mon 3 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

Franks Tank wrote:
Is this what we pay our "Road Tax" for?
Not for about 80 years, no.
[quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: Is this what we pay our "Road Tax" for?[/p][/quote]Not for about 80 years, no. speedy231278
  • Score: 1

11:04am Mon 3 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

" A spokesman from the county council said: “The centre line road markings in East Borough, Wimborne, have always had a deviation to aid traffic management.

“After recent resurfacing work the lines were renewed, but the curve in the markings was more pronounced than it should have been. We have now corrected this and apologise for any problems this may have caused""

Still spouting cr@p. There's no curve whatsoever now, never mind a less pronounced one. More wasted money, and more deceit!
" A spokesman from the county council said: “The centre line road markings in East Borough, Wimborne, have always had a deviation to aid traffic management. “After recent resurfacing work the lines were renewed, but the curve in the markings was more pronounced than it should have been. We have now corrected this and apologise for any problems this may have caused"" Still spouting cr@p. There's no curve whatsoever now, never mind a less pronounced one. More wasted money, and more deceit! speedy231278
  • Score: 9

11:17am Mon 3 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Peggy Babcock wrote:
That's why we don't trust councillors - they are incapable of telling the truth or admitting when a mistake has been made.
Back to basics here? Why are people having a go at 'Councillors' when this whole situation apparently only involves Dorset County Council Officers (our public employees) - not any elected Councillor/s.

To help ensure that we do not hastily come to the conclusion that we, the Echo and the wider media have all been lied to by Dorset Council Officials throughout this silly matter can anyone produce photographic evidence that this wonky line really did exist before the latest remarking? In that respect the local resident's reactions mentioned in the article are at best contradictory.
[quote][p][bold]Peggy Babcock[/bold] wrote: That's why we don't trust councillors - they are incapable of telling the truth or admitting when a mistake has been made.[/p][/quote]Back to basics here? Why are people having a go at 'Councillors' when this whole situation apparently only involves Dorset County Council Officers (our public employees) - not any elected Councillor/s. To help ensure that we do not hastily come to the conclusion that we, the Echo and the wider media have all been lied to by Dorset Council Officials throughout this silly matter can anyone produce photographic evidence that this wonky line really did exist before the latest remarking? In that respect the local resident's reactions mentioned in the article are at best contradictory. muscliffman
  • Score: 3

11:49am Mon 3 Mar 14

billy bumble says...

Adrian Northcombe - I am truly sorry I made you feel bad by calling you stupid in the past - I genuinely thought that you already knew
Adrian Northcombe - I am truly sorry I made you feel bad by calling you stupid in the past - I genuinely thought that you already knew billy bumble
  • Score: 7

12:20pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

muscliffman wrote:
Peggy Babcock wrote:
That's why we don't trust councillors - they are incapable of telling the truth or admitting when a mistake has been made.
Back to basics here? Why are people having a go at 'Councillors' when this whole situation apparently only involves Dorset County Council Officers (our public employees) - not any elected Councillor/s.

To help ensure that we do not hastily come to the conclusion that we, the Echo and the wider media have all been lied to by Dorset Council Officials throughout this silly matter can anyone produce photographic evidence that this wonky line really did exist before the latest remarking? In that respect the local resident's reactions mentioned in the article are at best contradictory.
Good point, but don't paint councillors as some kind of public spirited angels - there in it for what they get out of it, nothing else.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peggy Babcock[/bold] wrote: That's why we don't trust councillors - they are incapable of telling the truth or admitting when a mistake has been made.[/p][/quote]Back to basics here? Why are people having a go at 'Councillors' when this whole situation apparently only involves Dorset County Council Officers (our public employees) - not any elected Councillor/s. To help ensure that we do not hastily come to the conclusion that we, the Echo and the wider media have all been lied to by Dorset Council Officials throughout this silly matter can anyone produce photographic evidence that this wonky line really did exist before the latest remarking? In that respect the local resident's reactions mentioned in the article are at best contradictory.[/p][/quote]Good point, but don't paint councillors as some kind of public spirited angels - there in it for what they get out of it, nothing else. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 11

1:14pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Franks Tank says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Franks Tank wrote:
Is this what we pay our "Road Tax" for?
Not for about 80 years, no.
;-/
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: Is this what we pay our "Road Tax" for?[/p][/quote]Not for about 80 years, no.[/p][/quote];-/ Franks Tank
  • Score: -1

2:36pm Mon 3 Mar 14

skydriver says...

speedy231278 wrote:
" A spokesman from the county council said: “The centre line road markings in East Borough, Wimborne, have always had a deviation to aid traffic management.

“After recent resurfacing work the lines were renewed, but the curve in the markings was more pronounced than it should have been. We have now corrected this and apologise for any problems this may have caused""

Still spouting cr@p. There's no curve whatsoever now, never mind a less pronounced one. More wasted money, and more deceit!
No not spouting cr@p, say it as is, down right lies!!do people in so called high office have to lie? Are they not capable of the TRUTH ?
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: " A spokesman from the county council said: “The centre line road markings in East Borough, Wimborne, have always had a deviation to aid traffic management. “After recent resurfacing work the lines were renewed, but the curve in the markings was more pronounced than it should have been. We have now corrected this and apologise for any problems this may have caused"" Still spouting cr@p. There's no curve whatsoever now, never mind a less pronounced one. More wasted money, and more deceit![/p][/quote]No not spouting cr@p, say it as is, down right lies!!do people in so called high office have to lie? Are they not capable of the TRUTH ? skydriver
  • Score: 7

4:10pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Ophilum says...

At last a straight line from the council.
At last a straight line from the council. Ophilum
  • Score: 2

12:02am Tue 4 Mar 14

Understated says...

you can see in the wonky line picture, they marked out on the road where the straight lines were meant to go.
you can see in the wonky line picture, they marked out on the road where the straight lines were meant to go. Understated
  • Score: 0

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