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    • curiosity101
    • By curiosity101 9th Mar 18, 11:12 PM
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    curiosity101
    What to do about neighbour parking Infront of my h
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    • 9th Mar 18, 11:12 PM
    What to do about neighbour parking Infront of my h 9th Mar 18 at 11:12 PM
    Now I do actually know the answer. I have no right to the path and kerb outside of my house. And in reality don't really plan on doing anything about it, I just wanted to vent and hear some stories about what, if anything, other people have done in the past. Especially if there are some funny stories!

    So my story... We live on a quiet cul-de-sac. Everyone has at least one car parking space on their driveway and several houses have room for up to 4. The house opposite us has a 1 car drive way and 4 cars ( 2 shiny land rovers that are religiously cleaned every week and never driven anywhere. And two standard family cars). The family is a mum, dad and the have a young (maybe 5 years old) daughter.

    As they have lots of cars they always park outside of our house. The house next to them always parks on the other side of the road opposite our drive (but only have 2 cars so fair enough). The result is a minor inconvenience (makes me grumpy every time) that every time we reverse out we have to do a 3 point turn cause there isn't enough space to do it in one go.

    Again, I know I don't have any rights, and don't plan on doing anything. But vent with me, tell me yours stories and any suggestions you've got (even if you're just joking). Someone at work suggested nails in front of their tyres so when they pull off they impale on them. I hoped the person was joking... I've also heard stories of people buying cars to park in front of their house permanently
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    • Bigphil1474
    • By Bigphil1474 14th Mar 18, 8:22 AM
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    OP, I'd go with the 'blame the OH's poor driving', and you don't want their car to be damaged. Doesn't have to be true, but at least it can be taken as considerate behaviour.


    Where I live, there is a daily 'battle' to get parked in our street before 5pm, never mind near your house. Otherwise you have to park in the next street. Our street and the next street are pretty much the same house wise, but for some reason our street has more cars than houses, and the next street is usually half empty. I changed my working pattern last year so that I'm home by 4:30 partly so that I didn't end up parking 100 yards from home.
    • LandyAndy
    • By LandyAndy 14th Mar 18, 9:42 AM
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    LandyAndy

    So my story... We live on a quiet cul-de-sac. Everyone has at least one car parking space on their driveway and several houses have room for up to 4. The house opposite us has a 1 car drive way and 4 cars ( 2 shiny land rovers that are religiously cleaned every week and never driven anywhere. And two standard family cars).
    Originally posted by curiosity101

    I wonder why you felt that was relevant?
    • Navigator123
    • By Navigator123 14th Mar 18, 10:29 AM
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    Just a thought. You do realise that, according to the Highway Code, it is an offence to 'reverse on to a public highway'.

    That means that all of you who drive in to your house drive and reverse out are commiting an offence.

    The police would probably never bother enforcing it but if you were to have a dent with another car when reversing out of your drive the insurance could get very messy.
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 14th Mar 18, 10:47 AM
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    I wonder why you felt that was relevant?
    Originally posted by LandyAndy
    The Land rovers are obviously just squatting there. What could be better for a vehicle?
    They get off road parking, and a wash every week.
    "Luck happens where hard work meets opportunity"
    • Mercdriver
    • By Mercdriver 14th Mar 18, 12:24 PM
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    I wonder why you felt that was relevant?
    Originally posted by LandyAndy
    The Land rovers are obviously just squatting there. What could be better for a vehicle?
    They get off road parking, and a wash every week.
    Originally posted by Jackmydad
    These are proper 4 x 4s. They are used almost exclusively off road...
    • clueless1
    • By clueless1 14th Mar 18, 9:30 PM
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    Long post
    While doing the school run, I always try to park considerately. I donít park on zigzags or lines etc
    So today I parked on a public side road. I was close to the entrance of the road without being obstructive. The owner of the house who lived on the corner of the main road and the side road where I was parked drove up to my car and hooted me to move. His car was half sticking out of the road. He tapped on my window and said that this was where he lived and that this was his parking space.
    I felt he didnít have the right to tell me to move but I also hate confrontation so I reversed so that he could park his car. As I was reversing he was also moving his car forward staying very close to me so I felt like he was forcing me back. Anyway, I stopped when my back wheel touched the curb so I couldnít reverse any more. He was now fully parked on this road but he still continued to hoot me to move further which I couldnít. He then took a picture of my license number and then took a picture of me. I felt so scared and intimidated but managed to take a picture of him also as I didnít know why he would take a picture of me.
    I would understand if I had parked in front of his house/on his drive/blocking his drive but I wasnít, I parked on the side of his house on the side road. He had a garage and a drive in front of his house which was empty.
    I am now worried about what he will now do with my photo. I see mugshots on social media all the time that people share when they caught someone doing something bad with people usually commenting to hurt these people if you come across them.
    I am a worried heíll do something similar and I am thinking all sorts, am I being paranoid?
    • Aylesbury Duck
    • By Aylesbury Duck 14th Mar 18, 9:47 PM
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    Aylesbury Duck
    While doing the school run, I always try to park considerately. I donít park on zigzags or lines etc
    So today I parked on a public side road. I was close to the entrance of the road without being obstructive. The owner of the house who lived on the corner of the main road and the side road where I was parked drove up to my car and hooted me to move. His car was half sticking out of the road. He tapped on my window and said that this was where he lived and that this was his parking space.
    I felt he didnít have the right to tell me to move but I also hate confrontation so I reversed so that he could park his car. As I was reversing he was also moving his car forward staying very close to me so I felt like he was forcing me back. Anyway, I stopped when my back wheel touched the curb so I couldnít reverse any more. He was now fully parked on this road but he still continued to hoot me to move further which I couldnít. He then took a picture of my license number and then took a picture of me. I felt so scared and intimidated but managed to take a picture of him also as I didnít know why he would take a picture of me.
    I would understand if I had parked in front of his house/on his drive/blocking his drive but I wasnít, I parked on the side of his house on the side road. He had a garage and a drive in front of his house which was empty.
    I am now worried about what he will now do with my photo. I see mugshots on social media all the time that people share when they caught someone doing something bad with people usually commenting to hurt these people if you come across them.
    I am a worried heíll do something similar and I am thinking all sorts, am I being paranoid?
    Originally posted by clueless1
    Yes, do not worry about it. Next time, make a big show of posing for the photo, perhaps pointing to your number plate with a sad face as seen in local newspaper articles. That will completely undermine any kicks the idiot might get from posting the picture on social media for his friends to comment on.
    Please forgive the deliberate omission of apostrophes on some posts whilst I await MSE to do something about the daft codes that appear in their place when typing on certain devices.
    • treboeth
    • By treboeth 14th Mar 18, 10:28 PM
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    He tapped on my window and said that this was where he lived and that this was his parking space.
    Originally posted by clueless1
    Did it have his name on it
    It`s our space and our road (as we all pay for it)
    You are being paranoid and next time take a photo of him and his car and tell him you will discuss it with the local police for harassment(no need to speak to police unless he gets arsey).

    As long as you are parked legally and considerately don`t worry.
    • Homersimpson
    • By Homersimpson 18th Mar 18, 9:30 AM
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    The bloke who lives opposite me is a total idiot about the spaces outside his house (no drive) is family have three cars and the space outside his house is only enough for one, there is also a shop a few doors down.

    He's always telling people off or blocking them in for parking on the public road outside his house.

    The other week a van was there and parked for a few days, I thought it was his.

    I came home and found a guy who owned the van looking at it, 'someone' had smashed all the back lights on it.

    Turned out he was a subcontractor a utility company and had parked it there while working up the road, he subsequently lost the keys and had to get his office to supply him with a spare set.

    I have CCTV on my house and he asked if it had seen anything but my camera is angled so it only views my drive.

    I'm afraid there are far too many idiots who have bought houses with no drives/insufficent parking and then think that the space outside their house is theres. If someone wants to park a huge van outside you can do nothing about it if its taxed, MOTed and insured. If you don't like it move and if you can't afford to then i'm afraid its just tough, thats the way the word works.

    On another note, when I grew up my mum and dad had a house with a grass verge between the road and the path, out neighbour used to park his truck on this, it was there most days even in the day time to the point that people at school thought it was my dads and he worked for the company written on the van.

    Move on 20 years and he's retired, woe betide anyone who parks on this (they live near the local high school so its really busy for around 20 minutes twice a day).

    Then the other week the neighbour the other side (who doesn't have this infront of their house and use it as a dog toilet told mum that they wanted to put some blocks/rocks on the grass to stop people parking on it. Mum told them not to in no uncertain terms as its not hers and she doesn't want people thinking that she has put them there.

    I used to have a neighbour who was !!!!!phile and was keeping illegal firearms, and threatening my family. A bit of parking problems sounds like a breeze in comparison!
    I have a lot of problems with my neighbours, they hammer and bang on the walls sometimes until 2 or 3 in the morning - some nights I can hardly hear myself drilling
    • xbrenx
    • By xbrenx 18th Mar 18, 9:59 AM
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    xbrenx
    My next door neighbour has a huge drive and only 1 car but a friend of theirs would always park on the road at such as angle as to block our drive (we live in a culdesac with a circular end) not completely but enough to make it awkward to get in. The neighbour always told his friend to park on his drive but for some reason the friend thought that was an inconvenience.

    Mild irritation at best.

    • HogMan
    • By HogMan 18th Mar 18, 11:00 AM
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    HogMan
    Just a thought. You do realise that, according to the Highway Code, it is an offence to 'reverse on to a public highway'.

    That means that all of you who drive in to your house drive and reverse out are commiting an offence.
    Incorrect

    The highway code states:

    201
    Do not reverse from a side road into a main road. When using a driveway, reverse in and drive out if you can.
    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 18th Mar 18, 11:35 PM
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    The bloke who lives opposite me is a total idiot about the spaces outside his house (no drive) is family have three cars and the space outside his house is only enough for one, there is also a shop a few doors down.

    He's always telling people off or blocking them in for parking on the public road outside his house.
    Originally posted by Homersimpson
    The funniest part is they dont care where the other 2 cars are parked!
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 19th Mar 18, 1:08 PM
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    Stoke
    Parking wars are one of those things that just don't get me worked up. If someone parks outside of my house, I really don't care (unless they block my drive). However, my former fiancee lived in a household with about 5 cars, and their neighbours had a few cars and very quickly that fell into a big saga over who could park where.

    All very tit for tat. "You can't park here, you're over my side of the line", "why should I go out and move my car so you can park yours there". Then there was people putting cones on the road etc, and putting their green bin right on the pavement so it was not possible to mount the curb. Worst thing that happened was my car got booted by one of the neighbours.

    Life is far too short to get wound up about things like this. So long as it's not affecting your day to day life, live and let live.

    If it is genuinely affecting you (i.e. they're parking partially across your drive, making it hard to leave), I would say the best thing to do is go and speak to them peacefully and just ask them if they could check that they're not blocking the drive. Not everything has to turn out into a big war and an episode of Neighbours from Hell.
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