Furious homeowners hit out at council for painting entrances to driveways RED

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Furious homeowners hit out at council for painting entrances to driveways RED in move that turns their neighbourhood into a ‘toy town’

  • Scheme is introduced in Acklam, Middlesbrough, to alert cyclists to driveways
  • But the move by the council has sparked uproar among those living on the road
  • Neighbours are calling it as an ‘eyesore’ and compared the look to a ‘toy town’ 


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Furious homeowners have hit out at council chiefs for painting the entrances to their driveways red in a move locals say has turned their neighbourhood into a ‘toy town’.

The scheme was introduced as part of plans to improve cycle facilities in Acklam, Middlesbrough, and to alert bikers using the widened pavement as a cycle lane to where there are driveways. 

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However, the move has sparked uproar among those living on the road, with concerns over safety being raised as well as the aesthetics.

Furious homeowners have hit out at council chiefs for painting their driveways red in a move locals say has turned their neighbourhood into a 'toy town'

Furious homeowners have hit out at council chiefs for painting their driveways red in a move locals say has turned their neighbourhood into a ‘toy town’

The scheme was introduced as part of plans to improve cycle facilities in Acklam, Middlesbrough, and to alert bikers where there are driveways

The scheme was introduced as part of plans to improve cycle facilities in Acklam, Middlesbrough, and to alert bikers where there are driveways

Gerry and Tony Butterfield, both 76, told Teeside Live: ‘It’s a sledgehammer to crack a nut, putting huge slabs of bright red. Cyclists will know there are drives coming out because there are houses there.’ 

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‘It’s gone from tarmac city to toy town. The road has lost its character with the grass verges gone. It used to have a character of its own but it’s gone now.’

The couple also suggested that painting it green would have made the scheme easier on the eye.

Another resident, Frances Jackson, 83, added: ‘I think it’s a bit dangerous for the bike track to be here, I really do. We go out and you can get knocked over very easily. It’s just a mess, it’s an eyesore.’ 

The frustration has been exacerbated by claims neighbours have seen the route actually used by cyclists only a handful of times.

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However, part of the frustration is that they don’t believe the cycle path is being used. 

However, despite the growing anger from many, one local claimed the precaution was necessary now that the route has become a designated cycle path and applauded the town hall for removing untidy grass verges.

A Middlesbrough council spokesperson said the surfacing is designed to highlight ‘potential conflict locations on the cycle route’.

The local authority insists they are located further away from the drive entrances than the footway already in place, in order to allow those moving at greater speed to see more clearly.

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The council has been approached for further comment. 

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