Monday, September 16, 2013
I was gemused to read about a wee tiff between David Tamplin (a Brighton resident) and Brighton and Hove council, over the painting of some white lines in the road.
Mr Tamplin, according to the Argus, thought he was doing the council a favour by touching up a faded 15 metre white line outside his property.
Quite why someone would go out and spend £45 on paint to do the council a favour is beyond me!
Anyhoo, the council claims that Mr Tamplin has painted the white line incorrectly whilst Mr Tamplin claims that he has painted it exactly as it was before.
Who is right?
I don't know, but the council have stated that they intend to burn off the markings and do the work themselves; the council will then bill Mr Tamplin £10 per metre plus £30 for two markings at the end (total estimate being £200).
The council has admitted the issue sounded trivial, but said it was responding to a complaint from a neighbour. There also seems to be a dispute over the alleged removal of a section of kerb.
Whatever the real facts of this story, it shows once again that coming into dispute with a local council can be an expensive business and not for the faint hearted!
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