Parking in historic cities is tough at the best of times, which leads many local councils to enact parking schemes for residents. But council bosses in the city of Bath, Somerset, have been left baffled by a series of signs appearing overnight, claiming that the area of Sion Hill is in Residents Parking Zone F.
The confusion? The signs are not official, and perplexingly, Parking Zone F does not exist. Bath and North East Somerset Council's parking scheme encompasses zones numbered 1-16 and A-C.
One resident told the Telegraph about the signs: "I've seen them, but I'm not sure where they came from. They weren't put up during the day. Whether there's a bit of Banksy going on at night time I don't know."
Two streets in Bath have around 18 fake signs on. The area is not under a residents parking scheme, and it's thought that many students from the local Bath Spa University Sion Hill Campus park their cars there, putting pressure on already-limited on-street parking spaces.
The council highways team said it would be removing the signs. A spokesperson said: "The council did not install these metal signs but is taking action to remove them as they have been illegally placed on the highway. The metal will be recycled.
"The council maintains a number of residents' parking zones across Bath but there is not a Zone F in existence."
One local seemed delighted with the idea, posting online: "Long may it continue." But another, Dave Walcot, appeared less impressed. "Would this be another suburb where the majority of residents have private, off road, secure parking for at least one vehicle, but are too lazy to open a door or gate?"
The local highways team finished by commenting: "Only the highways authority is authorised to place signage and regulations on the highway, in accordance with the appropriate regulations and with public consultation."