October 20, 2021, 4:02

    Man furious after ‘bullying’ council paints yellow lines round wife’s parked car

    Man furious after ‘bullying’ council paints yellow lines round wife’s parked car

    A couple are furious after officials painted yellow lines around their car having “ignored” their objections to local parking changes.

    Hamid Beheshti came home from work one day to find the local council in Christchurch, Dorset, had painted around his wife's vehicle.

    This was in spite of his claims that council had said they would not do the work until they had investigated his objections.

    Mr Beheshti, who has lived on Norfolk Avenue for 24 years, claimed the council had acted unfairly and ignored his pleas for a meeting to discuss the plans.

    Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council has painted double yellow lines down the dead end road to reduce the number of cars, with an aim to make it safer for cyclists, pedestrians and elderly users.

    Mr Beheshti has lived on Norfolk Avenue for 24 years


    But Mr Beheshti says the problem is heavy goods vehicles and vans parking on the opposite pavement and bollards on the pavement would reduce congestion better than yellow lines.

    The 58-year-old management consulting company director claims he emailed in January 2020 to object to the implementation of double yellow lines.

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

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

    "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.

    The Dorset man claims he has been emailing to object to the implementation of double yellow lines since January 2020


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

    Mr Beheshti said it was “laughable” that council workers had actually painted around his wife’s car, which was parked in its usual space.

    "I've been writing to them since January 2020 and everything that I've said as a good citizen has been ignored,” he said.

    "They have not achieved their goal by putting yellow lines outside my house.”

    Mr Beheshti said he and his wife had struggled to sleep on Tuesday night as they felt “bullied” and troubled by the “unfairness”.

    "I'm a business owner, I contribute to the town, we have a great relationship with neighbours, do you really need to add to people's burdens BCP?

    "It is a ridiculous situation and a disastrous decision. I'm trying to be a good citizen here by talking with them and offering to help and I've been left with egg on my face.”

    Mr Beheshti said he wanted to know what the council was achieving and why his objections were “clearly” not being 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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