Wollaston pub gaffer sees red over yellow lines double

Ted Etheridge is threatening to paint out double yellow lines outside his Wollaston pub

Ted Etheridge is threatening to paint out double yellow lines outside his Wollaston pub

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A PUB gaffer is be-cider himself with rage after council workers painted yellow lines outside his Wollaston boozer.

Ted Etheridge from the Britannia Sports Bar, High Street, says he is so annoyed by the appearance of the lines he is considering painting over them.

Mr Etheridge claims he did not know about the new lines until painters arrived early on February 19 to to serve up a double measure of parking prohibition on both sides of the road.

He said: "If its got to be double yellow lines on both sides they should be further up the road - all our neighbours say it's ridiculous, it is across their drives.

"I am not against yellow lines, they are not a problem on one side, but this is both sides for 20 yards. We have noticed how much quicker the traffic is moving, we have lost that calming effect.

"I am incensed about the way they have done it, they never said anything about it to us."

However Dudley Council defended the new restrictions, claiming they are there to water down a cocktail of bad behaviour.

Councillor Judy Foster, Dudley cabinet member for transport, said: "The traffic regulation scheme, which has seen yellow lines laid on the High Street in Wollaston, was introduced following complaints from residents and councillors about driveways being obstructed and unacceptable levels of noise during unsociable hours.

"Public notices were posted, including newspaper advertisements, in relation to the introduction of yellow lines. The scheme was supported by the local community and no objections were made."

However Mr Etheridge poured scorn on any suggestion problems were caused by people visiting his bar.

He said: "Most of our customers are aged between 30 and 70, three of them are disabled and we only get really busy when we are showing football matches - and that is not late at night.

"The Red Fort indian restaurant has rallied round for us and lets people park there when we have got matches on - that is what community is about."

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4:17pm Mon 25 Feb 13

The Villan says...

This really hasn't been thought through by the residents opposite this pub.
For one, it looks unslightly and rather silly as it only goes 5 metres either side of the pub on their side of the road, hence no continuity.
Secondly, how long will it be before the residents friends/relatives who visit be issued with a parking ticket? Or are these visitors, where the yellow lines are painted going to park outside someone else's home not affected, which would seem unfair to their neighbours? Or worse still, park on the pavement and block the way for pedestrians?
Short term gain equals long term pain!
This really hasn't been thought through by the residents opposite this pub. For one, it looks unslightly and rather silly as it only goes 5 metres either side of the pub on their side of the road, hence no continuity. Secondly, how long will it be before the residents friends/relatives who visit be issued with a parking ticket? Or are these visitors, where the yellow lines are painted going to park outside someone else's home not affected, which would seem unfair to their neighbours? Or worse still, park on the pavement and block the way for pedestrians? Short term gain equals long term pain! The Villan
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11:23pm Tue 26 Feb 13

councilglasses says...

This is a good idea,I have driven past a number of times in the past to find cars parked both sides of road with people trying to reverse off the pub carpark,its a bus route and a rat run around stourbridge.This would'nt be an issue if the landlord was'nt a bit of an attention seeker
This is a good idea,I have driven past a number of times in the past to find cars parked both sides of road with people trying to reverse off the pub carpark,its a bus route and a rat run around stourbridge.This would'nt be an issue if the landlord was'nt a bit of an attention seeker councilglasses
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7:48am Wed 27 Feb 13

The Villan says...

Firstly CG it isn't a rat run around Stourbridge, it's the High Street into Wollaston. So obviously you aren't a local resident.
Secondly, to put yellow lines outside the actual pub isn't a bad idea but to put yellow lines opposite is, as mentioned in my previous post.
Thirdly, it is well known that there isn't any love lost between the landlord and the council.
Firstly CG it isn't a rat run around Stourbridge, it's the High Street into Wollaston. So obviously you aren't a local resident. Secondly, to put yellow lines outside the actual pub isn't a bad idea but to put yellow lines opposite is, as mentioned in my previous post. Thirdly, it is well known that there isn't any love lost between the landlord and the council. The Villan
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1:32pm Wed 27 Feb 13

lucy413 says...

Oh wow.

The only bad thing about the double yellows is that people are parking further up the road (where people don't have the luxury of drives) and causing chaos, forcing residents to have to park streets away.
Oh wow. The only bad thing about the double yellows is that people are parking further up the road (where people don't have the luxury of drives) and causing chaos, forcing residents to have to park streets away. lucy413
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12:50pm Sat 2 Mar 13

kate bennett says...

Can't help thinking that this is a spectacular own goal for the residents who should have may be thought more about the consequences of their complaints. They now have no parking outside their homes which as has already been stated will have an adverse effect on their lives and possibly even he value of their properties.

I wonder what they thought the consequences of their complaints would be and also wonder whether they had talked to the landlord before making their complaints.Equally the landlord could have made the alternate arrangements with Red Forte before this situation occurred

Whatever the answer the lines will never be removed so be careful what you wish for and try to talk to each other and find a solution yourselves as one imposed on you is never likely to satisfy.
Can't help thinking that this is a spectacular own goal for the residents who should have may be thought more about the consequences of their complaints. They now have no parking outside their homes which as has already been stated will have an adverse effect on their lives and possibly even he value of their properties. I wonder what they thought the consequences of their complaints would be and also wonder whether they had talked to the landlord before making their complaints.Equally the landlord could have made the alternate arrangements with Red Forte before this situation occurred Whatever the answer the lines will never be removed so be careful what you wish for and try to talk to each other and find a solution yourselves as one imposed on you is never likely to satisfy. kate bennett
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