Fury over new lines that 'ruin views' near Plymouth

Devon County Council has painted double yellow lines and one local claims it was a "waste of money" and has "ruined the environment"
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Double-yellow lines painted on a pretty lane running down to Bovisand shore has "ruined the environment" a local resident has claimed.

However, the council has insisted they were put in place due to complaints about problematic parking on the narrow road.

The reader was left furious after spotting the freshly painted lines on Bovisand Lane, close to Plymouth, which leads down to the Bovisand beach and park from Down Thomas.


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They told PlymouthLive the lines were "unnecessary" and argued that they were a "waste of money" adding that they had "ruined the environment."

The road markings fell into the domain of Devon County Council, being over the Plymouth border and into South Hams.

A Devon County Council spokesperson told PlymouthLive: "This site was identified in our last county review of parking restrictions.

"Previously restrictions were indicated by signing alone, however the restrictions were not well understood by all motorists and lead to complaints of parking wherever the road was wide enough.

"The double yellow lines we have added makes the restrictions clearer."

Bovisand Lane, Bovisand - Devon County Council has painted double yellow lines and locals claim it was a "waste of money" and "ruined the environment"
Bovisand Lane, Bovisand - Devon County Council has painted double yellow lines and locals claim it was a "waste of money" and "ruined the environment" -Credit:submitted

The resident - who asked not to be named - said in response to the council's explanation: "I have walked Bovisand Lane many times but have never seen it blocked by parked cars. Of course that isn’t concrete proof but if the council have evidence let’s see it.

"On busy days traffic can get congested as it's very narrow in places and sometimes cars meet in parts where passing isn't possible but not because the road is blocked by parked cars. Evidence - photographic or from the police - backing up that claim seems absent."

The resident said they believed it cost several thousand pounds to paint the lines and while it was "not a fortune" they added that "when Devon County Council is struggling to fill potholes it seems a waste of money.

"I've been told that emergency vehicles have been held up by badly parked cars but have seen no evidence of this. Perhaps the council would like to provide some evidence. I suspect they can't. Good or better signage in the passing spots would have been sufficient.

"Most of our population can read! Vandalising the lane with yellow lines, ruining a beautiful view is over the top."

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