Council workmen paint yellow lines around businessman's wife's car

Council workmen paint yellow lines around businessman’s wife’s car while he is at work after he objects to plan for new parking restrictions in his street

  • Hamid Beheshti, 58, has been living on the street in Dorset for 24 years 
  • He says the council ignored his objections to the yellow line implementation
  • In October, the council painted the yellow lines around his wife’s car

A businessman says he feels ‘bullied’ after overzealous officials painted double yellow lines around his wife’s car.

Returning home from work, Hamid Beheshti discovered the council had painted around his wife’s car despite receiving assurances they would investigate his objections beforehand.

The 58-year-old management consulting company director, who has lived in the street in Christchurch, Dorset, for 24 years, said the council had acted unfairly and ignored his pleas for a meeting to discuss the plans.

BCP Council began painting double yellow lines down Norfolk Avenue, a dead end road, to reduce car presence for the benefit of cyclists, pedestrians and elderly users.

However, Mr Beheshti says the problem is heavy goods vehicles and vans park on the opposite pavement, and suggests bollards would reduce congestion more effectively than yellow lines.

He said: ‘In January 2020 I emailed and objected to this double yellow line implementation.

Mr Beheshti says he feels ‘bullied’ after overzealous officials painted double yellow lines around his wife’s car (pictured)

Returning home from work, Hamid Beheshti discovered the council had painted around his wife’s car despite receiving assurances they would investigate his objections beforehand

Mr Beheshti (pictured) says he has been writing to the council since Januray 2020 but they have ignored his concerns

‘I followed all the correct protocol and suggested that they should consult me as someone who has lived here for almost 25 years.

‘They said that they would do that, however they’ve gone ahead and put these lines down.

He added: ‘Here’s the punchline, on the 17th of September I was called by a BCP Council representative who left me a voicemail categorically saying that they would not paint the yellow lines until they investigated and would come back to me.

‘Less than a month later, I leave for work and they come and paint double yellow lines right outside my home.

‘My wife’s car was parked in its usual space and they’ve actually painted around her car. It’s laughable. 

He continued: ‘We struggled to sleep last night because we feel bullied. We feel a lot of unfairness here and someone 20 miles away sits in an office and does this without visiting us. 

‘I just want to know why is it that my objections were clearly not considered? 

A BCP Council spokesperson said: ‘The proposed traffic regulation order (TRO) for the new double yellow lines was advertised so that the public could comment on it.

‘The purpose of the lines was to keep a cycle route clear for cyclists.

‘Two objections were received and considered in May 2020 as part of the legal and democratic process, it was then decided to proceed with the TRO and the lines have been subsequently marked following a further review.’

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