Conservative election candidate caught on double yellows
PROSPECTIVE Gloucester MP Richard Graham annoyed a Kingsholm resident when he made a quick stop to visit a widow – and parked on double yellow lines.
Patrick Baker, a member of the Liberal Democrat party, snapped the prospective Conservative MP's car parked on double yellow lines in Heathville Road.
"OBSTRUCTION" Richard Graham's car.
He said: "I was just walking past on Thursday and had my camera with me. To be fair he did have his flashers on but I was annoyed he was on double yellow lines and was half on the pavement, obstructing it."
Mr Graham defended his actions, saying the yellow lines were specific to the house of Shakuntala Duggal, the recently widowed wife of the late Dr Avatar Duggal, to ensure she could get her car out.
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He said: "I was calling on her briefly to see how she was after a family visit to India, so my car was not blocking her entry/exit.
"I put my wheels on the pavement in order not to cause disruption on the road. There was enough space on the pavement – as your photograph shows – for any disability vehicle to pass. My hazard lights were also on.
"I was probably there five minutes."
A county council spokeswoman said: "We're not aware of why these lines were put in as they were installed by Gloucester City Council before Gloucestershire County Council took over responsibility for parking restrictions.
"Generally, double yellow lines are used to stop people from parking in inappropriate locations or to prevent commuters from blocking residential areas."