A BMW driver, who ignored signs about a road closure, has left residents in a Darlington street bemused as the council workers were forced to tarmac around the vehicle.

Despite the signage, which had been in place for over two weeks ahead of the scheduled resurfacing works, the car remained in situ as the work was carried out this week.

Efforts to contact the driver proved unsuccessful and the workers decided against towing the car and instead resurfaced the road around the car.

Tax payers will now have to foot the bill as the council says workers will have to return generating an extra cost.

Pictures posted on social media yesterday (Tuesday, May 10) show the road resurfacing work was completed around the vehicle with a patch left underneath the parked car where the teams of workers could not reach.

One person responded to the pictures with "The guys missed a trick there, they should have tarred and tarmacadam the cars as well!"

While another poster wondered why the police weren't involved.

However, the vehicle was left in Huntley Street, which is a residential street close to Darlington train station in the town centre and parking is free there, which meant the council were powerless to remove the car.

A spokeswoman for Darlington Council said: “As the vehicle in question has been left in an area without parking restrictions, we’re not able to take action against the driver on this occasion. Attempts have been made to contact the owner to ask them to remove it but so far without success.

"This does mean that the road resurfacing has been carried out around the vehicle, leaving a patch behind – this will be dealt with at a later date when the car is finally removed, but it will mean an extra cost to the council and the patch will be visible.

“Signage advising of planned maintenance works is put up in good time with the aim of avoiding situations like this."

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