'Unacceptable' paint job over litter in Northampton street has been redone, says council

Northamptonshire County Council says the "unacceptable" work in Earl Street has been repainted.
Northamptonshire County Council says the "unacceptable" work in Earl Street has been repainted.

Contractors who painted double yellow lines over litter on a Northampton road rather than sweep it out of the way have been given a stern talking to, according to the county council.

Pictures of drinks cans, cigarette packets and wet wipes stuck in place in Earl Street were shared by residents online after work crews painted over the rubbish instead of cleaning it up first.

Crews were spotted in Earl Street today (September 4) jetwashing the road.

Crews were spotted in Earl Street today (September 4) jetwashing the road.

But a spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council says the "unacceptable" work has now been redone "to the correct standard", while sub-contractors responsible have been spoken to.

The spokesman said: "This is a one-off mistake and absolutely unacceptable.

“This work by a sub-contractor was picked-up via a works inspection. The crew involved has been spoken to and the work re-done to the correct standard, with no additional cost to the taxpayer.”

Crews were spotted in Earl Street today jetwashing the road surface.

Drinks cans, wet wipes and cigarette packets were all stuck in place by the paint.

Drinks cans, wet wipes and cigarette packets were all stuck in place by the paint.

Work crews opted to paint straight over litter on Earl Street rather than clear it out of the way first.

Work crews opted to paint straight over litter on Earl Street rather than clear it out of the way first.