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‘It requires a level of skill and car control usually only displayed by stunt drivers’: Row over ‘Chinese puzzle’ car park

Pictures showing the repainted car park which 'requires a stunt driver to negotiate' (Photo by Steve Hyams)

Pictures showing the repainted car park which 'requires a stunt driver to negotiate' (Photo by Steve Hyams)

The repainting of a village car park has caused such confusion a regular user says drivers now require the skill of a stunt driver to negotiate their way around it.

Weston Turville resident Steven Hyams emailed the parish council to express his concern and copied the Bucks Herald into his correspondence after the village hall car park was painted last week, but the council chairman has called his missive ‘rude and aggressive’.

Mr Hyams wrote: “Who on earth devised and instigated the new parking layout at the village hall/school? Was it a rogue line painter with buckets of spare paint? “Until last week regular users of the car parking facilities managed to organise themselves adequately to get in and out of the car park without too much trouble. It wasn’t perfect but it worked. However it seems that someone, no doubt with good intentions, thought that parking could be improved by a new configuration of spaces.

“The result is parking spaces that require a level of skill and car control usually only displayed by stunt drivers.

“Now if there are courses on offer for parking by high-speed handbrake turns then sign me up, but the only beneficiary I envisage of the new arrangement at the moment will be the body repair workshops.

“To get in and out of a parking space now requires a level of co-operation and a degree in Chinese puzzles.

“I have no idea if there are guidelines for laying out parking spaces but if there is, please invest in a copy. The current arrangement is imbecilic.”

Parish council chairman Hugh Gwillaims was unimpressed with the correspondence, and said: “I’m not sure whether I’m going to respond to such an aggressive, rude letter, but as a parish councillor I will reply on behalf of the parish council to acknowledge that we have received it.”

He said the car park had been returned to the state it was in 10 years ago before the lines faded and that it is no different to what it has always been but conceded:

““We are going to remove the last two bays and instigate a one-way system because people can’t seem to work out that in a tight car park you can only go one way.”

 

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