Workers are forced to tarmac AROUND a BMW parked in the street

Workers are forced to tarmac AROUND a BMW after driver leaves car parked on the street despite signs warning of resurfacing work

  • Workers were forced to resurface a road around a parked car in Darlington
  • Locals in the County Durham town were baffled to see the odd patch under car
  • ‘Oops. Someone didn’t read the road signs,’ joked one resident of the street
  • Others speculated that the car owner may be in hospital or away on holiday
  • For motorists, puttering along a smooth, freshly resurfaced road is one of the few simple pleasures of driving.

    But in County Durham, one newly paved road comes with a rather large dent.

    And it’s about the size of a car space.

    Locals in Darlington were bemused to find their road repaired around a parked BMW.

    The scheduled work on the street was advertised on signs notifying drivers that the road would be closed on May 9 and 10.

    Traffic cones were even placed at both ends of the street as a reminder.

    The parked car in Darlington, County Durham, was noticed by social media users, one of whom said: 'Oops. Someone didn't read the road signs'

    The parked car in Darlington, County Durham, was noticed by social media users, one of whom said: ‘Oops. Someone didn’t read the road signs’

    But it appears one driver didn’t heed the warning notices and left their grey BMW parked in the middle of the road.

    Pictures taken yesterday show the resurfacing was nevertheless completed around the vehicle, with an odd patch left underneath the parked car where the teams of workers could not reach.

    The parked car was also noticed by social media users, one of whom commented: ‘Oops. Someone didn’t read the road signs.’

    There may be a legitimate reason the car has remained parked on the road, as some social media users wondered if the owner was on holiday or in hospital.

    One said: ‘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 added: ‘There’s always one, should have Tarmacked over it.’

    Some residents even called for it to be towed and the costs charged to the owner.

    The road in question, Huntley Street, is close to Darlington railway station, which has a free car park.

    The odd patch underneath the parked car amused locals, who shared pictures of it on Facebook

    The odd patch underneath the parked car amused locals, who shared pictures of it on Facebook

    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.’