Yellow Lines Have Ruines Our Town; Fury over New Road Markings

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Yellow Lines Have Ruines Our Town; Fury over New Road Markings


Byline: KELLY WILLIAMS

"HORRENDOUS" yellow lines have "ruined" a historic market town.

That's according to residents who say streets in Ruthin's conservation area have been "vandalised and desecrated" by double yellow lines and pavement markings designating space for loading bays.

The lines were painted on Sunday by Denbighshire council's highways department to stop dangerous or obstructive parking.

But it's sparked a fierce backlash from the community who described them as "Scalextric-like" Hundreds of people also took to Facebook to air their views likening their town to the Yellow Brick Road, and the row has spurring the resurrection of a local internet forum the Ruthin Blog.

It comes just months after the council controversially ordered shopkeeper Karen Webb to tone down the facade of her bright purple gift store, Hardly Nickels in St Peter's Square, saying it was at odds with the town's image.

Denbighshire council admitted officers could have opted for a paler shade of yellow but didn't.

It said the "no loading" kerb markings meet legal requirements for a conservation area. Ruthin councillor and shop owner Huw Hilditch-Roberts said: "The issue here is not so much the painting of double yellow lines, it's the fact they've been painted on the pavement, it looks horrendous.

"The council needs to look again at the top of town and St Peter's Square where the Scalextic-like yellow lines are polluting our market town.

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