A road was resurfaced around a parked BMW, leaving locals bemused and some claiming it should have been tarmacked over too.
Work in Darlington on a residential road ran into an unexpected hiccup when one car wasn’t moved from the roadside, leaving workers a difficult decision.
Work to resurface the street was advertised long in advance, notifying residents that there would be no parking when the road was closed today and yesterday, Teesside Live reported.
Traffic cones were even placed out along the length of the street as a reminder.
However, one driver didn’t quite get the message and left their grey BMW parked up on the road.
Residents were left amused and baffled after the works had been advertised well in advance
Snaps taken today showed the aftermath as the road was resurfaced around the parked vehicle, with a glaring patch left where it was left.
Work was completed everywhere except where the car stopped the worker’s reaching.
The parked car was also noticed by social media users in Darlington who shared pictures of it on Facebook.
One user wrote: "Oops. Someone didn't read the road signs".
Other users wondered if the owner was on holiday or in hospital. But one pointed out that: "The thing that's getting me is they would have had to move the cones to park the car. The signs were there a few days before the work was carried out”.
Another user argued they “should have tarmacked over it” with some echoing it, calling for the car to be towed and owner charged.
However, Huntley Street is a residential street near Darlington train station, where parking is free so some wondered if that was why the car had parked there.
A spokeswoman for Darlington Council said: “As the vehicle in question has been left in an area without parking restrictions, we’re not able to take action against the driver on this occasion.
"Attempts have been made to contact the owner to ask them to remove it but so far without success.
"This does mean that the road resurfacing has been carried out around the vehicle, leaving a patch behind – this will be dealt with at a later date when the car is finally removed, but it will mean an extra cost to the council and the patch will be visible.
“Signage advising of planned maintenance works is put up in good time with the aim of avoiding situations like this."