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A fuming Brit is begging for answers after a council workman painted zigzag no-parking lines outside his home, despite the local school on the site closing down 18 years ago.

Greg Smith, 56, told YorkshireLive that he'd even gone over to the worker from North Yorkshire County Council to try and reason with him by letting him know it was a "private property", but he continued to draw the lines anyway.

Him and his family have had to keep their car down the road since the appearance of the erroneous markings, as motorists can be hit with hefty fines for parking on the signs that read 'school – keep clear'.

Mr Smith said: "The sign is right outside our house. It's where my wife usually parks our car and where our neighbours park their cars"

"It's a pretty well used parking area, and it's actually quite a coincidence that no cars were there the day the contractor came, otherwise it would've been pretty hard to paint the sign."

"My understanding is if you park on a 'school keep clear sign' you could get a fine, a traffic warden could hand it out.

"So, since it's been done, we've been parking elsewhere – a bit of a walk from our house."

Mr Smith added: "As my wife has said, it's been a rotten year, and it was the icing on the cake to see these lines painted. It would be just our luck to get a ticket."

The homeowner says since he and his wife moved into the property known as the "old school" they've never had any issues – until earlier this month.

"I just want the council to remove it, it's possible to paint over it or burn it off, I just want to see action from the council."

"There were old school warning signs on the road, but they were painted over at the time the house was converted," he said.

"You could still see the elevation of the lines. But that was it, we've had no issues until this happened."

Highways area manager, Melisa Burnham, said: "We are really sorry, this is a genuine mistake and the lines and markings will be removed as soon as possible.

"There will be no prosecutions for people parking on the markings in the meantime.”

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