White paint smeared across road markings causes confusion for drivers
Neighbours in a residential street that had white paint smeared across its road markings say it is causing confusion for drivers.
People living and working in Wallwood Road, Leytonstone discovered the paint smeared across the road and pavement on Monday evening (August 7).
White footprints can be seen near the scene of the spillage and people’s driveways have also been affected after cars drove through the paint.
Noueen Rehman whose parents have lived in the street for 38 years said she is annoyed the culprit left the street without cleaning up the mess.
She said: “The white paint is on the wheels of my car now and people have trodden on it and got it on their shoes.
“I was shocked when I saw it because I would clean my mess up but they are not bothered. It’s annoying.”
Ali Adam who has lived in the road for 42 years wants Waltham Forest Council to remove the paint which he says is causing problems as it blends in with the markings on speed humps and parking spaces.
He said: “The council have to do something about it because it looks bad.
“It is very confusing for drivers. We cannot see the road markings property and also the parking spaces.
“You don’t know where you have parked, if it’s in a bay or not.”
Ms Rehman added: “We pay council tax for what reason? They are quick to point out your own mistake but not theirs.
“The roads are rubbish around here. My car has been damaged so many times because there’s potholes.”
Another resident took to social media to express his dismay, saying it is “unbelievable that this can happen when others clearly work so hard to keep their environment in such good order”.
Cllr Clyde Loakes, deputy leader of Waltham Forest Council and cabinet member for environment, said: “It is disappointing that those responsible for spilling paint on Wallwood Road have not attempted to clear up their mess and have caused residents undue worry.
“A mechanical sweeper went over the spillage on Tuesday August 8 to clean as much as possible but the paint had already dried and so a specialist team are on-site today, Wednesday August 9, to resolve the issue.”