A PENSIONER who painted his own crosswalk on a busy road has been fined £130 by council.
Laurie Phillips, 79, painted six rectangular blocks in the street outside his Dorset home after repeated requests for an official crosswalk from officials went unanswered.
The retired psychotherapist insists his crossing – which he painted in August 2020 – was “dramatically safer” for pedestrians as motorists respected them and let people cross.
However, after just four days, council staff flushed it away and Laurie was fined a hefty £130 for his do-it-yourself act.
The pensioner, a retired psychotherapist, was questioned by police over allegations of property damage.
Now Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) has painted three ‘slow down’ signs on the road.
Laurie has blasted the council’s “heavy-duty” response to his actions as “overreacting”.
He said: “It’s just ironic that they washed away the signs I made because they said they weren’t necessary and 18 months later they’re now painting their own signs.
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“It’s better than nothing, but not much better as almost all cars are still not slowing down.
“I think I did better the first time – my markers were wider and took up more of the road.
“Not many people will slow down because of a slow speed sign, they will only do it if there’s a speed limit change or a speed camera.”
He added: “Looking back at how I was treated after the temporary crosswalk, the advice was very adamant, it was an overreaction and could have been handled much more sensibly.
“The prosecution was a complete waste of valuable police time and caused me and my wife unnecessary stress through many delays in the process.”
Laurie – who also started a 100-signature petition for a crosswalk – was issued an order to disband the community, which he did not challenge in court, saying it was “not worth the hassle”.
He said his 77-year-old wife Estelle, who uses a mobility scooter, and other disabled residents face discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.
Mudeford Quay is popular with visitors and up to 5,000 cars use the road daily.
The BCP Council said the “slow” line markings would protect both road users and pedestrians.
A Council spokesman said: “The ‘slow’ line markings were installed following discussions about what can be done to protect both road users and pedestrians on the Chichester Way.
“We are pleased that this has been completed by our Lining team as it is still an active safety measure while crossing requests are being reviewed.”
The council has received an application for a crosswalk and will consider the measure soon.
“We can confirm that an application for crossing has been submitted for this area. We have many applications to review but we intend to conduct a site visit in the coming months around April or May.
“By ‘assess’ we mean we visit the site for several hours and physically count all vehicle traffic and pedestrians crossing.
“We need to conduct these assessments at the busiest times possible, which means we will conduct our visit here when we expect warmer weather and more visitors.”
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