Roadworks 'jobsworth' berated over white line around dead fox

Roadworks 'jobsworth' berated over white line around dead fox

The white line painted around the dead fox

Stephen Napier

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A RESIDENT has hit out at a council ‘jobsworth’ for painting a white line around a dead fox on the road.

Stephen Napier was driving along the B3157 towards Weymouth when he spotted the fox lying in the middle of a five metre gap in the newly painted white lines.

Mr Napier, 60, said: “The jobsworth had stopped painting just before the fox and continued painting after.

“It defies belief that someone could not use some logic or common sense.”

The white line was painted on the coast road close to the Nottington junction by contractors working for Dorset County Council.

A worker will now be sent back to the road to ‘touch up’ the line.

Mr Napier, of West Bay, stopped to photograph the gap because he was ‘astonished’ to see it.

He said there had been no attempts made to move the road kill.

Mr Napier reported the dead fox to West Dorset District Council who told him they would remove the animal.

He said: “It must have been there for a few days because the smell was awful, maybe that’s why the people painting the road didn’t want to touch it.

“I’m amazed really, they are going to have to go back and paint and fill in the gap at great expense.

“I’m sure they’ll come up with some excuse like it isn’t part of their job description to move dead animals but it doesn’t take much to move it out of the way or contact someone else in the council to remove it.”

A spokesman from Dorset County Council said the white lines were painted by an external contractor.

She added: “We will definitely go and touch up the lines now that we are aware of this.”

She said that because the council used an external contractor she couldn’t comment on the reasons for leaving the fox and painting around it.

Line mismanagement

THERE have been similar instances in recent years, with some cases showing lines painted over road kill rather than removing animals.

A white line was painted over the dead body of a badger on the A361 in Somerset and in Hampshire a gap was left either side of another badger on the A338.

A spokesman for Hampshire County Council said the authority was responsible for the line painting but New Forest District Council was responsible for clearing road kill. The two authorities failed to arrange the clearance before line painting began.

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1:19pm Fri 31 Aug 12

ohec says...

How can he accuse a worker of being a jobsworth when he stopped just to take a photo so he could complain, the road marker was quite right to avoid the fox as i would, it is not his job and he wasn't equipped to remove/dispose of this animal, does this idiot go round just looking for things to complain about.
I also would have thought the Echo would have had more sense than to print such a ridicules story it must be a very quiet news day.
How can he accuse a worker of being a jobsworth when he stopped just to take a photo so he could complain, the road marker was quite right to avoid the fox as i would, it is not his job and he wasn't equipped to remove/dispose of this animal, does this idiot go round just looking for things to complain about. I also would have thought the Echo would have had more sense than to print such a ridicules story it must be a very quiet news day. ohec
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1:44pm Fri 31 Aug 12

Chris S B says...

I agree. This story is just another excuse to moan at the usual suspects without looking much deeper than the soundbite headline.
I agree. This story is just another excuse to moan at the usual suspects without looking much deeper than the soundbite headline. Chris S B
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8:01pm Sun 2 Sep 12

FooWoo says...

Get a life. What a sad person to take this picture. I wouldn't touch a dead rotting fox - would you!!
Get a life. What a sad person to take this picture. I wouldn't touch a dead rotting fox - would you!! FooWoo
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8:08pm Sun 2 Sep 12

TenBobDylanThomasHardy says...

Look at the picture of Mr Napier, I don't think he's as serious as you three.
Look at the picture of Mr Napier, I don't think he's as serious as you three. TenBobDylanThomasHardy
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8:31pm Mon 3 Sep 12

sandman223 says...

Mr Napier was obviously bored!
Mr Napier was obviously bored! sandman223
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