Baildon play centre boss faces £5,000 bill for yellow lines

Liam Zyla

Liam Zyla

First published in News

The new boss of a Baildon children’s play centre has been rocked by a £5,000 bill to pay for double yellow lines in front of his Northgate premises.

Former school fitness instructor Liam Zyla took over Little Rascals before Christmas last year and was taken by surprise when he received an enforcement notice regarding lines which should have be painted in front of the entrance when planning permission was granted three years ago.

“It turns out that planning permission was granted for the business in 2011, so long as there was a pathway built and double yellow lines put down,” said Mr Zyla, 27.

“The path was built, but the lines were never put down. That detail wasn’t passed on to me and now I’m told it’s my responsibility to put the lines in by March 12.”

Mr Zyla said he thought there was no need for the lines, which he believes would cause more traffic problems than they might prevent.

“It’s a 20-yard stretch where cars are parked and they actually provide a safety barrier between traffic and children coming out of the entrance,” he said.

“We are not a nursery and children are always accompanied by parents, who want to park and walk straight into the building.”

He arranged to meet Bradford Council highways officers to discuss the issue.

“What I got was two options – to pay the £5,000 or they would send an injunction to close us down,” Mr Zyla said.

“To be fair, the officers were understanding and have said we can have more time to pay.

“I’ve put all my money into it, so I’ve just got to find the £5,000. I will be talking to Baildon Town Council to see if there are any grants which I can apply for to help meet the cost.”

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8:04pm Sat 8 Mar 14

36a says...

Is there any wonder that this country is broke when someone at the Council thinks it costs £5000 to paint 20yards.
Dear Mr Faceless at Bradford Council:
If this is 'outsourced' then find someone else with a realistic price
If this is council work, then get real or get a tin of paint yourself
Is there any wonder that this country is broke when someone at the Council thinks it costs £5000 to paint 20yards. Dear Mr Faceless at Bradford Council: If this is 'outsourced' then find someone else with a realistic price If this is council work, then get real or get a tin of paint yourself 36a
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6:53am Sun 9 Mar 14

Albion. says...

36a wrote:
Is there any wonder that this country is broke when someone at the Council thinks it costs £5000 to paint 20yards.
Dear Mr Faceless at Bradford Council:
If this is 'outsourced' then find someone else with a realistic price
If this is council work, then get real or get a tin of paint yourself
Not so! His argument should be with whoever sold him the business and didn't tell him.
[quote][p][bold]36a[/bold] wrote: Is there any wonder that this country is broke when someone at the Council thinks it costs £5000 to paint 20yards. Dear Mr Faceless at Bradford Council: If this is 'outsourced' then find someone else with a realistic price If this is council work, then get real or get a tin of paint yourself[/p][/quote]Not so! His argument should be with whoever sold him the business and didn't tell him. Albion.
  • Score: 4

10:48am Sun 9 Mar 14

Tinybantam says...

36a wrote:
Is there any wonder that this country is broke when someone at the Council thinks it costs £5000 to paint 20yards.
Dear Mr Faceless at Bradford Council:
If this is 'outsourced' then find someone else with a realistic price
If this is council work, then get real or get a tin of paint yourself
I agree with you totally.How the dickens do they come up with a figure of £5,000 to paint 20 yards of lines on the road? It just beggars belief, but also explains how the idiots on the council probably give out contracts without checking prices. It really annoys me just how much of our council tax money they waste. If I was him, I'd get down to B & Q and buy a couple of tins of paint and do it myself. I am sure that the council does not state who should paint the lines, and so long as you stick to official measurements and markings for them, how can they complain.
[quote][p][bold]36a[/bold] wrote: Is there any wonder that this country is broke when someone at the Council thinks it costs £5000 to paint 20yards. Dear Mr Faceless at Bradford Council: If this is 'outsourced' then find someone else with a realistic price If this is council work, then get real or get a tin of paint yourself[/p][/quote]I agree with you totally.How the dickens do they come up with a figure of £5,000 to paint 20 yards of lines on the road? It just beggars belief, but also explains how the idiots on the council probably give out contracts without checking prices. It really annoys me just how much of our council tax money they waste. If I was him, I'd get down to B & Q and buy a couple of tins of paint and do it myself. I am sure that the council does not state who should paint the lines, and so long as you stick to official measurements and markings for them, how can they complain. Tinybantam
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11:10am Sun 9 Mar 14

Albion. says...

Tinybantam wrote:
36a wrote:
Is there any wonder that this country is broke when someone at the Council thinks it costs £5000 to paint 20yards.
Dear Mr Faceless at Bradford Council:
If this is 'outsourced' then find someone else with a realistic price
If this is council work, then get real or get a tin of paint yourself
I agree with you totally.How the dickens do they come up with a figure of £5,000 to paint 20 yards of lines on the road? It just beggars belief, but also explains how the idiots on the council probably give out contracts without checking prices. It really annoys me just how much of our council tax money they waste. If I was him, I'd get down to B & Q and buy a couple of tins of paint and do it myself. I am sure that the council does not state who should paint the lines, and so long as you stick to official measurements and markings for them, how can they complain.
The lines aren't just painted.
[quote][p][bold]Tinybantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]36a[/bold] wrote: Is there any wonder that this country is broke when someone at the Council thinks it costs £5000 to paint 20yards. Dear Mr Faceless at Bradford Council: If this is 'outsourced' then find someone else with a realistic price If this is council work, then get real or get a tin of paint yourself[/p][/quote]I agree with you totally.How the dickens do they come up with a figure of £5,000 to paint 20 yards of lines on the road? It just beggars belief, but also explains how the idiots on the council probably give out contracts without checking prices. It really annoys me just how much of our council tax money they waste. If I was him, I'd get down to B & Q and buy a couple of tins of paint and do it myself. I am sure that the council does not state who should paint the lines, and so long as you stick to official measurements and markings for them, how can they complain.[/p][/quote]The lines aren't just painted. Albion.
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4:25pm Sun 9 Mar 14

MyBradford says...

You can paint the whole building with less then that...
Bradford council are full of it, they need the money to pay off councilors parking expense that they have been claiming.
You can paint the whole building with less then that... Bradford council are full of it, they need the money to pay off councilors parking expense that they have been claiming. MyBradford
  • Score: 2

4:46pm Sun 9 Mar 14

MyBradford says...

Look for Easyline Line Marking Car Park Kit for around £200 to £300
or
If you can get your hands on Professional POWRLINER models for around £2000 to £2500
Look for Easyline Line Marking Car Park Kit for around £200 to £300 or If you can get your hands on Professional POWRLINER models for around £2000 to £2500 MyBradford
  • Score: 2

9:44pm Sun 9 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

£350-£400 max have a word with a lining firm.
it's a worry that Bradford Council think it should cost £5000. I'll bet we are getting ripped off left right and centre. STOP WASTING OUR MONEY.
£350-£400 max have a word with a lining firm. it's a worry that Bradford Council think it should cost £5000. I'll bet we are getting ripped off left right and centre. STOP WASTING OUR MONEY. alive and awake
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11:54pm Sun 9 Mar 14

bobbyo says...

£5 grand .are they Avin a giraffe ? Robbing bar stewards !
£5 grand .are they Avin a giraffe ? Robbing bar stewards ! bobbyo
  • Score: 1

9:43am Mon 10 Mar 14

yezboss says...

I don't understand this. Yes, it is an offence under the Highways Act without the authority of the council to paint or mark anything on the Highway. So if they made the planning order why didn't they do it to ensure complance with that and also with traffic sign standards. And I agree £5000 is a 'off the top of their head' figure. So if it''s authorised then get a local contractor to do it. £2/300.00 max. They will know the dimensions. Just because BMDC pay through the nose (and I do wonder why????? and I think I do know why!!!!!) he shouldn't.
I don't understand this. Yes, it is an offence under the Highways Act without the authority of the council to paint or mark anything on the Highway. So if they made the planning order why didn't they do it to ensure complance with that and also with traffic sign standards. And I agree £5000 is a 'off the top of their head' figure. So if it''s authorised then get a local contractor to do it. £2/300.00 max. They will know the dimensions. Just because BMDC pay through the nose (and I do wonder why????? and I think I do know why!!!!!) he shouldn't. yezboss
  • Score: 1

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