Council blasted for painting part of seaside town's 'golden mile' blue

Furious locals blast council for painting part of seaside resort’s famous ‘golden mile’ in bright BLUE

  • Torbay Council says new scheme is to make area safer for road users
  • But residents compared the paint to a ludo board or swimming pool 

Locals are furious after a council painted part of a seaside resort’s famous ‘Golden Mile’ bright blue.

Residents of Paignton in Devon say the colour of the road measure resembles a ‘swimming pool’ or a ‘dance floor’.

Torbay Council says the new colour scheme is intended to make the Garfield Road and Queens Road area safer for motorists and pedestrians.

Locals however have quickly taken to social media to ridicule the new colour scheme.

Residents writing on the town’s local Facebook group labelled the work a ‘waste of money’ that demanded explanation.

Residents in Paignton were furious after their council painted part of the seaside resort’s famous ‘golden mile’ bright blue.

Locals branded the scheme a ‘waste of money’ and joked that the repaint looked like a swimming pool or ludo board

Torbay council said the change would provide ‘greater clarity for road users’

One person wrote: ‘How lovely, can’t wait to get the chalk out and do some hopscotch.’

One local mother added: ‘Me and my daughter looked at this afternoon she said, “are they putting in a playground mum?” I was puzzled.’

Another added: ‘Are they turning it into a water feature? Fountain in the middle?’

One said: ‘Big swimming pool. Draw some circles and we have our very own Ludo board!’

A spokesperson for Torbay Council said: ‘With increased traffic at this junction, the surface contrast provides greater clarity for road users and pedestrians, ensuring all road users can use the space safely.

‘The red is to remind motorists as they approach the junction to slow down and think ‘should I be driving through here’ before proceeding to turn slowly at the junction.

‘The blue is to better define the carriage for pedestrians and to reflect some of the placemaking ambitions for a permanent scheme.

MailOnline has contacted Torbay Council for further comment. 

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