The new and badly needed lay-by outside the new Tesco store, on Mobbsbury Way, Chells, Stevenage, was opened on schedule two weeks ago after a lengthy campaign for it led by local borough and county councillor Robin Parker. However, on Tuesday 21.8.2012, contractors painted double yellow lines all along the edge of the new lay-by, apparently rendering it useless!

The intention (and traffic order) is for the lay-by to be available only for loading or unloading Monday to Saturday inclusive from 7.00 – 11.00. It can be used by any vehicle for this purpose, although the lay-by was paid for by Tesco. This should prevent lorries, particularly those now supplying the new Tesco store, from blocking half of Mobbsbury Way at a busy and hazardous location. At other times, any vehicle may use the lay-by.

A metal plate at the lay-by correctly gives the restriction for loading/unloading between 7.00 and 11.00, 6 days a week. However, the double yellow lines that appeared on 21.8.2012 completely contradict the sign and traffic order, since double yellow lines prohibit waiting at any time.

“It is obviously a nonsense at the moment” said Robin Parker “and as soon as I spotted it on Tuesday I contacted the highway authority, Hertfordshire County Council. I have been assured today (23.8.2012) that the error will be corrected, in that the double yellow lines will be removed as soon as possible.”

“I wish to re-assure residents that the yellow lines are not meant to be there and that vehicles can park in the lay-by, for loading/unloading 6 days a week between 7.00 and 11.00 and for any purpose at other times.”