Swindon became the butt of jokes once again this week – probably on an international scale this time – after Swindon Borough Council employed contractors painted a 4-foot wide alleyway with two sets of double-yellow lines.
Many locals use the alleyway as a cut-through when walking to work or into the town centre. It is too narrow to drive down, even a motorbike would struggle.
The alleyway on Newhall Street in Swindon town centre made most of the national headlines, including BBC and ITV news.
Resident Leanne Knight said: “Even Noddy, driving his little yellow car couldn’t possibly fit down this tiny path. What were they thinking?”
A spokesman for Swindon Borough Council said: “It seems our contractors forgot just how big cars actually are. We will be taking it up with them.”
At least, in the week of the horror of the bombing at the Boston bombing and the solemnity of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, Swindon has provided some light relief to the world.
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