Disabled bay painted around dad's car

Basingstoke Gazette: Stephen McGowan next to the disabled bay which was painted around his parked car Stephen McGowan next to the disabled bay which was painted around his parked car

A FATHER was shocked when he returned home to find workmen had painted a disabled bay around his car.

Chef Stephen McGowan left his two-week-old Suzuki Alto parked close to his house in Lawrence Close, Popley, on the morning of Tuesday, December 17.

But when he returned home, he found his vehicle surrounded by broken white lines, and the word ‘disabled’ painted at the back of his car in capital letters.

The 30-year-old father-of-five also found specks of tar on his car which he said were not there when he went to work.

He told The Gazette: “It is not a massive amount, it’s just a few splodges, but that’s not the point. If you had a brand new car and somebody splashed tar on it you would be as angry as I am.

“They did this without any prior notice. I’m furious about how reckless they have been.”

Mr McGowan said his wife Natasha approached the workmen and asked if they wanted her to move the car.

Mrs McGowan, 32, said: “They said no. They had blatantly just started and had a blowtorch close to the car.”

Mr McGowan said he approached Sentinel Housing Association, which owns the land, and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, to find out who was responsible for the line-painting.

Sophia Waite-King, senior media relations officer at the borough council, said it had wanted to paint a disabled bay for a resident and used a contractor, Bellstan Ltd, to carry out the work.

When asked if it was normal practice to paint a disabled bay around a car, Ray Westcott, commercial manager at Bellstan Ltd, said: “We are aware of Mr McGowan’s complaint, and we are in negotiations with him to resolve the issue.”

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10:06am Sun 5 Jan 14

DCSharps says...

so, the answer to the question is it normal practice to paint a disabled bay around a car is yes. Ray Westcott, as a Commercial Manager you must be really proud.
so, the answer to the question is it normal practice to paint a disabled bay around a car is yes. Ray Westcott, as a Commercial Manager you must be really proud. DCSharps

11:21am Sun 5 Jan 14

Marina Morris says...

You can tell how proud he is of his new car by how clean it is! Is white paint made from tar these days? This would only be a 'story' if some jobsworth had put a parking ticket on the car.
You can tell how proud he is of his new car by how clean it is! Is white paint made from tar these days? This would only be a 'story' if some jobsworth had put a parking ticket on the car. Marina Morris

1:01pm Sun 5 Jan 14

erbert says...

I could understand complaining about any paint on the car, but still not worthy of contacting the local newspaper. A quick summary of this would be, some workmen with a job to do found an obstacle that may obstruct them, they worked around it without issue, job done.

The Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain.
I could understand complaining about any paint on the car, but still not worthy of contacting the local newspaper. A quick summary of this would be, some workmen with a job to do found an obstacle that may obstruct them, they worked around it without issue, job done. The Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain. erbert

8:51am Mon 6 Jan 14

Buster Preciation says...

Am I missing something here? The lines are white and the surface is concrete. It will be difficult to prove the tar was the fault of the contractors.
Am I missing something here? The lines are white and the surface is concrete. It will be difficult to prove the tar was the fault of the contractors. Buster Preciation

12:34pm Mon 6 Jan 14

jonone says...

Father of five and a nice new 63 plate car. Didn't realise a chef was such a well paid career - what a lucky man at this time of such economic hardship!
Father of five and a nice new 63 plate car. Didn't realise a chef was such a well paid career - what a lucky man at this time of such economic hardship! jonone

3:03pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

I wonder what time Mr McGowan started work that morning? The temperature was about 3C so his car was either covered in frost or condensation.
Did he go around rubbing off the water or ice to inspect his car by the light of a torch before he went to work? Or was he annoyed that the bay markings had been done in has absence and then gone around after work looking for something to complain about? What colour is the tar on his car and what colour are the road markings? Has his car not moved since he bought it, because every car I have ever owned has picked up spots of tar every time they have been driven.
I wonder what time Mr McGowan started work that morning? The temperature was about 3C so his car was either covered in frost or condensation. Did he go around rubbing off the water or ice to inspect his car by the light of a torch before he went to work? Or was he annoyed that the bay markings had been done in has absence and then gone around after work looking for something to complain about? What colour is the tar on his car and what colour are the road markings? Has his car not moved since he bought it, because every car I have ever owned has picked up spots of tar every time they have been driven. Sam_Walker123456

3:21pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Buster Preciation wrote:
Am I missing something here? The lines are white and the surface is concrete. It will be difficult to prove the tar was the fault of the contractors.
Thats not tar it's dirt I reckon
[quote][p][bold]Buster Preciation[/bold] wrote: Am I missing something here? The lines are white and the surface is concrete. It will be difficult to prove the tar was the fault of the contractors.[/p][/quote]Thats not tar it's dirt I reckon Folkestone Saint

7:47pm Mon 6 Jan 14

paddymagoo says...

Can I just clarify they used some sort of tar on the concrete for the paint to adhere to. I am very proud of my new car I work very hard to be able to pay for it but even I'm not that mad to be out cleaning it in this weather. Can't be that bad as news stories go, it's been published in two papers that I know of and somebody has contacted me asking to publish in a national paper.
Can I just clarify they used some sort of tar on the concrete for the paint to adhere to. I am very proud of my new car I work very hard to be able to pay for it but even I'm not that mad to be out cleaning it in this weather. Can't be that bad as news stories go, it's been published in two papers that I know of and somebody has contacted me asking to publish in a national paper. paddymagoo

9:14am Tue 7 Jan 14

Best_Name_Ever says...

paddymagoo wrote:
Can I just clarify they used some sort of tar on the concrete for the paint to adhere to. I am very proud of my new car I work very hard to be able to pay for it but even I'm not that mad to be out cleaning it in this weather. Can't be that bad as news stories go, it's been published in two papers that I know of and somebody has contacted me asking to publish in a national paper.
If Bellstan Ltd were aware of your complaint prior to the article and is in negotiations to resolve the issue, then why go running to the papers? I can understand it if Bellstan Ltd were ignoring you, but they seem to be working on it.

As erbert said quite rightly 'the Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain'.
[quote][p][bold]paddymagoo[/bold] wrote: Can I just clarify they used some sort of tar on the concrete for the paint to adhere to. I am very proud of my new car I work very hard to be able to pay for it but even I'm not that mad to be out cleaning it in this weather. Can't be that bad as news stories go, it's been published in two papers that I know of and somebody has contacted me asking to publish in a national paper.[/p][/quote]If Bellstan Ltd were aware of your complaint prior to the article and is in negotiations to resolve the issue, then why go running to the papers? I can understand it if Bellstan Ltd were ignoring you, but they seem to be working on it. As erbert said quite rightly 'the Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain'. Best_Name_Ever

2:26pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BasingstokeOne says...

"As erbert said quite rightly 'the Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain'"

Funnily enough they also have on-line comments sections full of numpties who have nothing better to do than complain.
"As erbert said quite rightly 'the Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain'" Funnily enough they also have on-line comments sections full of numpties who have nothing better to do than complain. BasingstokeOne

7:25pm Tue 7 Jan 14

paddymagoo says...

Best_Name_Ever wrote:
paddymagoo wrote:
Can I just clarify they used some sort of tar on the concrete for the paint to adhere to. I am very proud of my new car I work very hard to be able to pay for it but even I'm not that mad to be out cleaning it in this weather. Can't be that bad as news stories go, it's been published in two papers that I know of and somebody has contacted me asking to publish in a national paper.
If Bellstan Ltd were aware of your complaint prior to the article and is in negotiations to resolve the issue, then why go running to the papers? I can understand it if Bellstan Ltd were ignoring you, but they seem to be working on it.

As erbert said quite rightly 'the Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain'.
At the time I was pretty angry and wanted to vent it somehow, try putting yourself in my shoes brand new car splattered with tar how would you react? I can laugh about it now though it's not very day you come back to find your car has been painted around.
[quote][p][bold]Best_Name_Ever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paddymagoo[/bold] wrote: Can I just clarify they used some sort of tar on the concrete for the paint to adhere to. I am very proud of my new car I work very hard to be able to pay for it but even I'm not that mad to be out cleaning it in this weather. Can't be that bad as news stories go, it's been published in two papers that I know of and somebody has contacted me asking to publish in a national paper.[/p][/quote]If Bellstan Ltd were aware of your complaint prior to the article and is in negotiations to resolve the issue, then why go running to the papers? I can understand it if Bellstan Ltd were ignoring you, but they seem to be working on it. As erbert said quite rightly 'the Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain'.[/p][/quote]At the time I was pretty angry and wanted to vent it somehow, try putting yourself in my shoes brand new car splattered with tar how would you react? I can laugh about it now though it's not very day you come back to find your car has been painted around. paddymagoo

12:19pm Wed 8 Jan 14

robertspet8 says...

I am pleased to see your sense of humour has returned Steven.
I am very assertive when it comes to getting compensation from organisations which do not deliver on what they promise or cause me to incur unnecessary costs. Put in your position, even though it will be difficult to prove you have incurred any costs or even that the tar came from the marking work, I would have complained to all the responisible organisations (those that own the road, those that authorised and paid for the work and those that did the work). If I did not get any satisfaction I would have thought twice before contacting the local paper and risk exposing myself to commentators, such as myself, who often show very little sympathy to people such as you. But if you have a national paper interested and they are prepared to pay you a few quid then that should really put you in a good mood.
I am pleased to see your sense of humour has returned Steven. I am very assertive when it comes to getting compensation from organisations which do not deliver on what they promise or cause me to incur unnecessary costs. Put in your position, even though it will be difficult to prove you have incurred any costs or even that the tar came from the marking work, I would have complained to all the responisible organisations (those that own the road, those that authorised and paid for the work and those that did the work). If I did not get any satisfaction I would have thought twice before contacting the local paper and risk exposing myself to commentators, such as myself, who often show very little sympathy to people such as you. But if you have a national paper interested and they are prepared to pay you a few quid then that should really put you in a good mood. robertspet8

8:43pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Marina Morris says...

BasingstokeOne wrote:
"As erbert said quite rightly 'the Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain'"

Funnily enough they also have on-line comments sections full of numpties who have nothing better to do than complain.
Good point, well made!
[quote][p][bold]BasingstokeOne[/bold] wrote: "As erbert said quite rightly 'the Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain'" Funnily enough they also have on-line comments sections full of numpties who have nothing better to do than complain.[/p][/quote]Good point, well made! Marina Morris

9:11am Thu 9 Jan 14

Folkestone Saint says...

BasingstokeOne wrote:
"As erbert said quite rightly 'the Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain'"

Funnily enough they also have on-line comments sections full of numpties who have nothing better to do than complain.
As that is a complaint, you have joined the numpties
[quote][p][bold]BasingstokeOne[/bold] wrote: "As erbert said quite rightly 'the Gazette seems to have many stories of right numpties that have nothing better to do than complain'" Funnily enough they also have on-line comments sections full of numpties who have nothing better to do than complain.[/p][/quote]As that is a complaint, you have joined the numpties Folkestone Saint

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