Parking-mad! Council is slammed for painting double yellow lines on narrow street just 6ft wide
- Michael Scott, 34, was driving home to Birmingham after visiting family in Stoke
- He turned onto Bird Cage Walk in Hanley, Stoke, which sits at just 6ft 3ins wide
- Council stands by parking restrictions despite not knowing why they are there
- MailOnline discovers many well-known cars simply won’t fit down the street
Double yellow lines painted down both sides of a teeny narrow road have been branded a waste of taxpayers’ cash by a confused motorist.
Bird Cage Walk in Hanley, Stoke, has double yellow lines painted down both sides, but the road, which sits at just 6ft 3ins wide, would struggle to fit a modern vehicle down it, and there would certainly be no room to park.
Michael Scott, 34, was trying to get home to Birmingham after he’d been visiting family in Stoke, when his Sat Nav told him to turn down the tiny street.
Michael Scott (pictured above), 34, realised his modest Kia would never fit down Bird Cage Walk in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
Realising his modest Kia would never fit down the road, he had to re-think his route, but was left flabbergasted when he noticed double yellow lines on both sides of the highway.
He said: ‘I was trying to get out of Hanley after visiting for the first time since a child and my Sat Nav tried to take me down this road.
‘I couldn’t believe my eyes, it looked more like a path than a road, but there were two sets of double yellow lines down it, so I assume they had parking problems before, possibly from those old bubble cars, or maybe scooters?
He was driving home to Birmingham after visiting family in Stoke, when his Sat Nav told him to turn down the tiny street
The double yellow lines painted down the both sides of the narrow street have been branded a waste of tax payers cash by the confused motorist
‘I went back and measured it, and it came to just 6.3 feet wide! [76 inches].
‘What I don’t understand is why the need for two sets of double yellow lines? Why not just close the ‘road’ off to vehicles?
‘Seems like a waste of paint from bungling council bosses.’
The road markings have now been branded a waste of tax payers’ money – with the Taxpayers’ Alliance dubbing it ‘an unnecessary use of resources’.
Michael went back to measure the street and it came to a startling 6.3 feet wide
Could you manoeuvre this narrow street in these popular cars?
Zegato Zele 1000
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John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Anyone with common sense can see that this was probably an unnecessary use of resources.
‘Council tax is a huge bill for families and they won’t be pleased to see it spent in this way.’
But a spokesperson from Stoke City Council’s Highways Department said that the double yellow lines on Bird Cage Walk were put there around 30 years ago.
The spokesperson said he couldn’t be sure of the original reason why the lines were painted there but admitted that if someone came to them with a request to paint the lines now then it wouldn’t be done.
A spokesperson from Stoke City Council’s Highways Department said that the double yellow lines on Bird Cage Walk were put there around 30 years ago
Stoke City Council said double yellow lines are generally painted as a traffic calming measure to prevent motorists from parking in a certain area.
They said the lines would stop anyone parking on the road and were necessary for the emergency services should they require access to the road.
The Highways Department spokesman said: ‘They’ve always been there for as long as I can remember. They could have been painted there to stop vehicles obstructing the road.
‘If someone came to request they be painted now though, it wouldn’t be done.’
Michael, a photographer, added: ‘You couldn’t fit any modern cars down there for sure, let alone an emergency services vehicle!’
Meet the European ‘Brum’ – Zagato’s tiny Zele 1000 can get drivers down any street
Meet one of the world’s smallest cars- The Zele 1000 (left) built by Zagato, pictured alongside the 1990s children’s TV classic car ‘Brum’ (right).
- The Zele 1000 was built by Zagato, the world-famous design house better known for penning some of the most exclusive Aston Martins and Maseratis
- This 1974 model is an electric city car, making it perfect as Brits move more and more towards zero-emissions driving
- The yellow pint-sized car is just 4ft 4ins wide and is powered by four 12-volt batteries which are charged by plugging them directly into the main supply via a transformer
- It has a range of around 50 miles and a top speed of 25mph
- According to the current owner, the Zele remained with its original owner for 11 years, who used the car regularly
- After selling it in 1985, it passed through two private collections before being purchased by the current owner who has subjected it to a full nut-and-bolt restoration
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