Resident blocks yellow line painting with his vehicles

Hugo Miller has parked his cars to prevent the council filling in the remaining section of the yellow lines

Hugo Miller has parked his cars to prevent the council filling in the remaining section of the yellow lines

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A resident has blocked the completion of the yellow line painting in Farm Avenue, Horsham, by parking his vehicles.

Hugo Miller, 65, parked his cars outside his property preventing the council from filling in the yellow line parking restrictions.

Mr Miller disagrees with the new parking restrictions due to the negative response they received

Mr Miller disagrees with the new parking restrictions due to the negative response they received

He claims he did this to prevent West Sussex County Council imposing parking restrictions in October due to strong opposition from residents.

A survey from WSCC – from December 2014 – revealed 36 people were against the restrictions and 8 in favour.

Mr Miller said: “The most recent ‘consultation’ by the council, which included some other roads also, received a response of 36 against, 8 in favour and 2 neutral.

“My own survey of only Farm Avenue produced a result of 18 against and 8 in favour.

The lines have been painted up as far as his vehicles

The lines have been painted up as far as his vehicles

“My position has always been unequivocal – the moment there is popular support for this scheme – I shall immediately shut up and have no more to say on the subject. But that is not the current position.”

Mr Miller has parked two of his vehicles along Farm Avenue preventing the council from filling in the yellow lines.

He added: “A few months ago yellow lines appeared on the roads unannounced. Because it was unannounced, three vehicles (two of which were mine) were already parked where they wanted to paint.

“One of these vehicles subsequently moved away, and the council quickly moved in to paint in that gap. My two vehicles have remained where they were, parked quite lawfully, in the two remaining spaces not covered by yellow lines.”

One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said ‘these cars are an obstruction and are hazardous to children’ who walk along this road to school.

Mr Miller added: “The common-sense consensus is that if you have left enough room for a double buggy to get past, you are not obstructing the footpath.

“These pavements are ten feet wide and more. I am taking up two or three feet of a ten foot pavement. You could literally drive a bus between my car and the fence.

“I have parked my car here since 1972 with no such problems. I have known some of my neighbours for 40 years because nobody moves away from this wonderful neighbourhood.”

District councillor of the Trafalgar Ward at Horsham District Council Christine Costin says she has received a number of complaints from other residents about the parking of Mr Miller’s vehicles.

She said: “So far the WSCC does not appear to have taken action to get the offending vehicles removed to allow the double yellow lines to be properly installed. It is such a pity that the work cannot be completed smoothly without these hold ups because wasting time in returning is expensive.”

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