Council workers resurfacing road laid tarmac around car
Council workers resurfacing a road laid tarmac around someone's car.Contractors had put up notices and wrote to residents weeks in advance warning them works were about to begin.
But when they arrived at the street they found one driver had forgotten to move their vehicle.
Workmen were unable to find the owner of the Peugeot 206 so they worked around it.
They re-laid the 600ft street but left the car in a neat square of unsurfaced road.
The workers plan to go back to finish the job as soon as they can track down the sheepish owner, who has not yet been identified.
Local John Nicholas, 49, spotted the car rooted to the spot when he drove past on Tuesday on Starpitten Lane West in Torquay, Devon,
He said: "I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it. There were signs up for weeks saying the road was going to be resurfaced so there was plenty of warning."
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "Signs were placed out on site two weeks in advance of the surfacing works, and a letter drop was made to all residents.
"Unfortunately the contractor was unable to identify the owner of the car and get it removed on the day of the works.
"Improvements of this type require significant plant and materials which are ordered in advance, so the decision was made to continue with the surfacing.
"The contractor will return to complete the works when the car is moved, at no extra cost to the council."