RESIDENTS and business owners in Lostwithiel have been left mystified after a set of phantom double yellow lines appeared overnight.
The parking restrictions appeared alongside the newly renovated Duchy Palace in the centre of town.
Initially, due to being peppered with gaps where the remnants of the old paintwork was clearly visible, local residents and shop owners believed it was a case of Cornwall Council taking penny-pinching to the extreme.
And the criticism grew stronger after the lines began to break up and crumble away under the weight of a steady flow of delivery wagon tyres and day-to-day traffic.
But Cornwall Council and its roads division, Cormac, said it was unaware of the existence of the rapidly deteriorating lines and had not commissioned them.
A spokesman for Cornwall Council said: "These yellow lines are stuck-on yellow tape over recent carriageway reinstatements and were not carried out by Cormac or anyone else on behalf of Cornwall Council."
One Lostwithiel resident told the Cornish Guardian that the lines were the handiwork of a company that had been working in the town and it was their crew that had placed the yellow lines on to the road following the completion of the job.
He added: "I think they were in town from Somerset and were carrying out some sewer connection work. If you look at the lines now it's all over the place and to be honest it looks a real mess."
The issue was raised at the town council lands and parks meeting and will now be taken up with the county highways department.
At present, in places the original solid bold lines have been reduced to nothing more than yellow dust and those that remain intact are loose and shifting with every passing vehicle.
Lostwithiel councillor John Pegg said: "It looks like they are the plastic yellow lines that have been put down but not been glued properly.
"The town council did highlight it at our lands and parks meeting, so questions will be asked of highways.
"I expect they will eventually pop along and properly paint them."