Couple disappointed at council’s removal of H-bar from outside their Ryhall home

Right: David and Sandra Tilley outside their home in Ryhall''Photo: SM230811-024ow
Right: David and Sandra Tilley outside their home in Ryhall''Photo: SM230811-024ow
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A COUPLE say they are disappointed the county council has removed white H-bar lines from outside their home.

The H-bar lines were painted by Rutland County Council at the end of Sandra and David Tilley’s driveway in Coppice Road, Ryhall, about 18 months ago.

The road was resurfaced on July 27 and highways workers returned on Wednesday last week to repaint the advisory H-bar lines.

But Mr and Mrs Tilley, who both work as industrial cleaners, said the workers returned on Friday last week to blacken them out again.

Mrs Tilley, 56, said: “We originally asked for the lines to be painted because we were having problems with cars blocking our driveway.

“When we eventually got the lines, it did put a stop to the problem, but since they have gone, we have had the same problem with people parking over the drive.”

Mr Tilley, 63, said he is determined to get the lines painted again.

He said: “The council never told us the lines were going to be removed and I think it is wrong.

“Parking is a problem in Coppice Road and we need the lines back.”

A council spokesman said that when the council resurfaces a road, it assesses the road markings to see whether they are still relevant and within the regulations.

The spokesman said: “There are strict regulations surrounding the use of H-bar markings. They can only extend one metre either side of an access. The original H-bar on Coppice Road did not comply with these regulations, so has been removed.

“H-bar markings do not hold any legal power, as they are only advisory markings. Police cannot move vehicles from H-bar markings or penalise them for parking there. Police can only penalise vehicles or remove them from the area if they are blocking access to a property.

“With this in mind the council has decided not to renew the H-bar marking.”