Residents left baffled after Poole council paints double yellow lines in the middle of Coy Pond Road

CURIOUS: Simon Gwynn with the short yellow lines he spotted at Coy Pond Road in Branksome

CURIOUS: Simon Gwynn with the short yellow lines he spotted at Coy Pond Road in Branksome

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THE sudden appearance of double yellow lines in the middle of a residential Poole road has left residents baffled.

A four-metre length of yellow peril has been painted in the middle of Coy Pond Road, where it is blocked off at the Bourne Valley Road end.

And while the short stretch in front of removable bollards is nowhere near creating a record, it is in a curious place.

Simon Gwynn, who lives in nearby Cornelia Crescent and cycles through Coy Pond Road, said: “I can’t believe anybody is going to park there.”

He said: “It’s only long enough for a Sinclair C5 or a pushbike. It’s a ridiculous place to put double yellow lines.

“Maybe they had a bit of spare yellow paint they needed to use up.”

However Borough of Poole – which in 2012 painted a section only 22.5 inches long in Clarendon Road, Broadstone – has an explanation for the double yellows.

Cllr Karen Rampton, ward member for Branksome East said: “The measures now being put into place have been developed in response to long-standing concerns from residents in Coy Pond about issues caused by parking in the residential roads on each side of the commercial estate, which the area committee has worked hard to address.

“Councillors and council officers met representatives of the businesses to encourage them to address these problems, and many of the employers already encourage staff to cycle.”

Cllr Ian Potter, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation, said: “The double yellow lines are only a small part of an overall scheme which has yet to be completed.

“The package includes the removal of one set of bollards to allow parking under the bridge, but there were concerns that this could make it difficult for cyclists and emergency vehicles to get through the central gap.

“The double yellow lines, which are approximately four metres in length, stop parked vehicles from blocking this route.”

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5:54am Wed 4 Jun 14

Understated says...

are you sure the road markings van wasnt just leaking paint whilst parking somewhere it shouldnt be? :)
are you sure the road markings van wasnt just leaking paint whilst parking somewhere it shouldnt be? :) Understated
  • Score: 4

7:13am Wed 4 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

It's not parall...
It's not parall... BIGTONE
  • Score: -9

7:19am Wed 4 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

Or even parallel...
Or even parallel... BIGTONE
  • Score: -9

7:36am Wed 4 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

I like the way they are attempting to blend the kerbstones in by growing grass........or is that part of the Councils policy to promote frogs in the area?
I like the way they are attempting to blend the kerbstones in by growing grass........or is that part of the Councils policy to promote frogs in the area? BIGTONE
  • Score: 3

8:05am Wed 4 Jun 14

Carolyn43 says...

“The double yellow lines, which are approximately four metres in length, stop parked vehicles from blocking this route.”

The total length of painted lines in the photo, including the end parts might be 4 metres, but the gap they're filling is only about 2. Ridiculous.
“The double yellow lines, which are approximately four metres in length, stop parked vehicles from blocking this route.” The total length of painted lines in the photo, including the end parts might be 4 metres, but the gap they're filling is only about 2. Ridiculous. Carolyn43
  • Score: 4

8:52am Wed 4 Jun 14

susi.m says...

Wonder what the total cost of painting those lines was????
Wonder what the total cost of painting those lines was???? susi.m
  • Score: 2

9:23am Wed 4 Jun 14

angrydorseter says...

I assume the removable bollard is removable for a reason (access for something/someone), and therefore parking there would be a problem. I don't see how these lines are wrong, even if they do look a bit odd.
I assume the removable bollard is removable for a reason (access for something/someone), and therefore parking there would be a problem. I don't see how these lines are wrong, even if they do look a bit odd. angrydorseter
  • Score: 22

10:27am Wed 4 Jun 14

Bournemouth87 says...

How disgustinrg the comments about the gentleman in the photo. I am sure you are all perfect. Lets hope a member of your family is not in the paper and then get ridiculed. Numerous people this year have taken their own lives due to bullying inline. Well done for being apart of it all you perfect looking commenters.
How disgustinrg the comments about the gentleman in the photo. I am sure you are all perfect. Lets hope a member of your family is not in the paper and then get ridiculed. Numerous people this year have taken their own lives due to bullying inline. Well done for being apart of it all you perfect looking commenters. Bournemouth87
  • Score: 24

10:48am Wed 4 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Maybe we should be thinking about why the Council felt the need to put lines there....probably because some idiots out there will park. Like everything it has to be enforced because consideration is out the window
Maybe we should be thinking about why the Council felt the need to put lines there....probably because some idiots out there will park. Like everything it has to be enforced because consideration is out the window bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 14

11:09am Wed 4 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

Why is it baffling? There's a removable bollard behind the cyclist who is not wearing a helmet, any other safety gear, nor riding a bike fitted with lights, so it stands to reason that the bollard can be removed to give access through the blockade. If someone has parked a car across the gap, it will block it. So they don't want people parking there, even if ordinarily it would cause no issues.

The baffling thing is why there's even a blockade on the road. I presume it's because of the same beige people who love to make junctions inaccessible from one direction rather than put in traffic lights?
Why is it baffling? There's a removable bollard behind the cyclist who is not wearing a helmet, any other safety gear, nor riding a bike fitted with lights, so it stands to reason that the bollard can be removed to give access through the blockade. If someone has parked a car across the gap, it will block it. So they don't want people parking there, even if ordinarily it would cause no issues. The baffling thing is why there's even a blockade on the road. I presume it's because of the same beige people who love to make junctions inaccessible from one direction rather than put in traffic lights? speedy231278
  • Score: 0

12:26pm Wed 4 Jun 14

BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth says...

Obviously one cannot park one's car across the gap on the side where the yellow lines have been put but you can park across the gap on the other side. :-)
Obviously one cannot park one's car across the gap on the side where the yellow lines have been put but you can park across the gap on the other side. :-) BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth
  • Score: 5

12:35pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Minty Fresh says...

angrydorseter wrote:
I assume the removable bollard is removable for a reason (access for something/someone), and therefore parking there would be a problem. I don't see how these lines are wrong, even if they do look a bit odd.
Agree totally.
[quote][p][bold]angrydorseter[/bold] wrote: I assume the removable bollard is removable for a reason (access for something/someone), and therefore parking there would be a problem. I don't see how these lines are wrong, even if they do look a bit odd.[/p][/quote]Agree totally. Minty Fresh
  • Score: 4

2:08pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Mudefordman says...

well there are so many "Smart Cars" about, it could have been painted for them
well there are so many "Smart Cars" about, it could have been painted for them Mudefordman
  • Score: 2

3:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

Regardless of the strange yellow lines, two things do puzzle me a little, how can people be so shallow to take cheap shots at someone because they are overweight, at least he is trying to combat obesity by cycling. The other question is why is the Echo allowing such comments to remain, I and many others have had perfectly sensible comments removed by moderators here before now?
Regardless of the strange yellow lines, two things do puzzle me a little, how can people be so shallow to take cheap shots at someone because they are overweight, at least he is trying to combat obesity by cycling. The other question is why is the Echo allowing such comments to remain, I and many others have had perfectly sensible comments removed by moderators here before now? Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 7

4:17pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

Shows just how stupid councils have become in modern day Britain.
Shows just how stupid councils have become in modern day Britain. Hessenford
  • Score: -4

4:28pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ADST_2008 says...

you could fit a caravan across it,,,
you could fit a caravan across it,,, ADST_2008
  • Score: -1

6:20pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Carolyn43 says...

ADST_2008 wrote:
you could fit a caravan across it,,,
Why would you park anything ACROSS a road.
[quote][p][bold]ADST_2008[/bold] wrote: you could fit a caravan across it,,,[/p][/quote]Why would you park anything ACROSS a road. Carolyn43
  • Score: -2

11:26pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Mangiafuoco says...

Makes you wonder what makes Coy Pond Road so special. Only a few years ago, to the joy of local residents, it was closed to through traffic for no reason whatsoever.
All well and good but my road is often used as a rat run and I doubt very much the council would consider making my road a cul de sac.
Makes you wonder what makes Coy Pond Road so special. Only a few years ago, to the joy of local residents, it was closed to through traffic for no reason whatsoever. All well and good but my road is often used as a rat run and I doubt very much the council would consider making my road a cul de sac. Mangiafuoco
  • Score: -1

9:10am Thu 5 Jun 14

ashleycross says...

There are druggies shooting up in multi storey car parks(see ASDA st Pauls), drunks rolling around in gutters, bookies and banks with no security against armed raiders, beggars in underpasses, thousands of empty residential and commercial properties being kept empty and hoarded to force prices up(just in our conurbation-check out the council tax and business rates billing), roads too dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians, a fortune being spent on clearing up litter instead of fining for dropping it (nice little or not so little earner), children smoking in the streets(why aren't their suppliers being prosecuted), hundreds of people hospitalised for asthma from our pollution, and what does the echo publish as a story-yellow lines to stop dangerous parking. I'd like to meet these baffled residents and give them a copy of the highway code. As for ridiculing the chap in the picture, I think he does more to make himself look ridiculous than any of these online posts.
There are druggies shooting up in multi storey car parks(see ASDA st Pauls), drunks rolling around in gutters, bookies and banks with no security against armed raiders, beggars in underpasses, thousands of empty residential and commercial properties being kept empty and hoarded to force prices up(just in our conurbation-check out the council tax and business rates billing), roads too dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians, a fortune being spent on clearing up litter instead of fining for dropping it (nice little or not so little earner), children smoking in the streets(why aren't their suppliers being prosecuted), hundreds of people hospitalised for asthma from our pollution, and what does the echo publish as a story-yellow lines to stop dangerous parking. I'd like to meet these baffled residents and give them a copy of the highway code. As for ridiculing the chap in the picture, I think he does more to make himself look ridiculous than any of these online posts. ashleycross
  • Score: -6

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