New Zealander paints his own parking restrictions in a protest against ‘gentrification’

A general view of double yellow lines as steps to help boost high street trading which could include a relaxation of double yellow line restrictions are being considered by the Government.

An activist in New Zealand has been running a campaign against careless car parkers in his street – by painting unauthorised yellow lines on the Tarmac.

Russell Taylor said he had painted the markings to improve road safety and as a protest against what he sees as the gentrification of his neighbourhood.

Taylor has intermittently painted the lines outside his home for the past two decades, he admitted this week.

He says the road has become increasingly busy since he moved there nearly 40 years ago and that parking problems have worsened considerably.

His protests have attracted thousands of online comments since his actions were highlighted by local media on Monday.

Mr Taylor told BBC News: "Hardly anyone used to have cars but now it has all changed as the area has become more middle class and gentrified.

"Cars park on blind corners, and on occasions fire lorries and rubbish collection vehicles have been unable to turn around because vehicles are parked on both sides of the road. More recently we have had the additional problem of drivers going too fast down our narrow street."

Yet despite his actions, potentially alleviating some of the problems, the local council has said the lines are illegal and will be removed.

A council spokesman told the news website Stuff New Zealand that it was aware that there was a parking problem on Holloway Road, and that it was unlikely that Mr Taylor would be punished for his long-running road-marking campaign.

He added: "Given the glorious and healthy history of civil activism in Holloway Road, we would rather not pick an unnecessary fight with the locals."

By Ted Welford

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