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  • benz
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    Unfortunately my child care arrangements mean I cannot get parking space in work car park, do have to park on streets around work. That’s fine by me.

    Sadly some residents seem intent in protecting stretches of road outside their homes by placing empty wheelie bins on the road, etc precluding parking. Had a couple of notes under my car wipers along the lines of “If you must insist in parking here then…”

    Now these are big residential properties all with drives, gates, etc which folks parking on the street do not block.

    However today about a stretch of road had empty wheelie bins in position so I took a pic….as it might be handy. My thoughts are residents are impeding lawful road use through obstruction.

    Back to car this evening to find another note under wiper advising me not to take pics as the council are apparently aware of inconsiderate drivers and that folks should also not park outside pedestrian gate.

    So…..

    Quick knock on the door to have some sensible dialogue.

    Quick call to the Feds to appraise them…lest cars start being damaged, etc.

    Buy an Aldi motorbike security lock and chain (cash) and return under cover of darkness to ‘secure’ residents gates.

    Premier Icon seosamh77
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    Cycle to work? Stuff all that for a carry on.

    cynic-al
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    Dialogue then Rozzers then CCTV in your parked car.

    mrmo
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    from experience, there are a lot of street parkers who do block driveways, Where the SO works they need 24hr ambulance access and the entrance is regularly blocked by idiots. Where i live getting a parking place is a nightmare because people park to walk into town. One of the major local employers regularly gets complaints because its staff block the residential streets, block bus routes, and generally do themselves no favours.

    In your case, what you do is almost irrelevant, enough idiots exist that your parking there is only going to end badly. Just find somewhere else to park.

    benz
    Member

    Cycle to work not an option as I’m 18 miles away school bus picks up at 0845hrs and I need to be in work by 0915hrs. Public transport also not an option as only bus through our village is at 0640hrs.

    vickypea
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    One of our neighbours has a major problem with people parking outside his house. He shouts and swears at them, and I had my tyre slashed after parking outside his house, same has happened to a few other people though we can’t prove it was him.

    Premier Icon jeffl
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    We have no drive and regularly get people parking outside our house. It’s a bit frustrating when you have to take in three kids, two of whom are sleeping. That being said you’ve just got to accept that it’s a public road and people have as much “right” to park there as you. We chose to buy the house and new what the score was.

    jonba
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    They don’t own the road so as long as you are not parking illegally/blocking a gate etc. then you are fine. Except you are leaving your car in front of a nutter’s house all day where you can’t see it.

    Premier Icon alfabus
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    I live next to a park, which is used for local football league matches, and also has a school next to it.

    The school runners are pretty bad for parking, but the footballists almost without fail park across my drive, which has obvious gates and a white ‘H’ line across it.

    Boils my piss it does.

    For the record, I have no problem with people parking outside my house. Just leave the sodding drive clear!

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Petty crap from people with too much spare time. Option & D Jeremy kyle and bombers

    PeterPoddy
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    Empty wheelie bins precluding parking? You do realise they can be moved don’t you? I’d have a merry time spending 10 minutes swapping them all around the street. That would really wind the residents up a treat. Either that or borrow an old banger or better still a Landrover and smash a few of them into bits……

    trail_rat
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    Black bumpers were made for moving wheelie bins.

    Not such a stupid request of mine now 🙂

    Drive ways are no fair game anything else is a parking space. Put a note on your car when yu leave – “if you must leave notes” ( do it on a car that gives a shit )

    project
    Member

    Cheap bike lock and thread though wheel of car owned by the person complaining, best done late at night.

    Wheelie bin dodgems is quite fun, see how far you can ram them up the street.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    You’re getting notes telling you not to take pictures?

    I’d turn up the next day with a dSLR and photograph all the houses.

    benz
    Member

    Trail rat…..please take your black bumpers and move those wheelie bins for me mate. West end of Abz not far from Rubislaw Quarry….

    mattsccm
    Member

    As long as you are not infringing any legal restrictions you have very right to park there. Being a resident has no special rights (subject to above) . Its fair game. The argument that “I live here and have to park somewhere” is fair enough but equally fair is my fathers comment. If you don’t have a field, don’t keep a cow”

    mudshark
    Member

    Happened to me, I gave in when someone put bricks under my car and let all my tyres down 🙁

    trail_rat
    Member

    Not enough room in the marathon/chevron compound benz 😉

    parkesie
    Member

    I used to have a peugeot205 with black plactic bumpers in which i took great pleasure im seening how far i could punt wheelie bins.

    wrightyson
    Member

    Whilst that little disc is in your window park it wherever. Never in front of a dropped kerb though. My sister got two cats lifted from her house as they blocked her gates. One particular incident involved missing an urgent hospital appointment as she couldn’t get her car out.
    The street where I built se houses recently is a **** nightmare. People actually use traffic cones. Hence the reason we put bollards in at the top of the street to stop access onto our land.
    Had some very interesting incidents with the neighbours in the past…

    rogermoore
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    My sister got two cats lifted from her house as they blocked her gates.

    A whole new meaning to the word ‘catnap’. 😆 Coat please!
    RM.

    wrightyson
    Member

    Big ass cats 😯

    Premier Icon CHB
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    I live near a local primary school (50m away) to my street is full with parents cars twice a day. Also I am 150m from train station, so lots of commuter cars too!
    I am generaly fairly chilled over the parking situation. Provided no one blocks my drive or parks for days outside my house then I consider it being a small price to pay for the joy of living central to the edge of Leeds. My neighbour however hates it and would happily eviscerate any slightly unwelcome parkers.
    So park away, but be wary of those less tolerant.

    hora
    Member

    Take the cones or wheel the bins a couple of streets away.

    benz
    Member

    Trail rat….also include BOL, ConocoPhilips, Amec and I think still BG to your list.

    Happy to avoid confrontation with these folks but have kept their various notes (one which they kindly advised me of their house number…thanks!) for future reference lest any damage to cars, etc does occur. One nice resident was surprised one day when colleague went back to car to find said resident sprinkling bird seed on the roof of their car.

    Actually I think I’m going to local car auction for an mot’d and barely taxed heap, insure it third party and simply park it and leave it.

    Premier Icon sparksmcguff
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    benz – take it from trail_rats comments your in the ‘deen. Recently Mrs Sparks convinced herself that she really really needed a defender. Wouldn’t describe it as being in mint condition but it does have a black bumper at the front and could be made available to clear streets around the Rubislaw area of town.

    This could be a Raspberry Pi project though – camera, motion sensor, usb flash memory. Add a speaker to play warning message in case anyone gets too close. Educational programming project for the kids. Sorted.

    benz
    Member

    Sparks, might just take you up on that….let me see if I can get a (just) legal piece of junk and park it first – if that does not take attention away from my car then I’ll give you a shout.

    trail_rat
    Member

    Ooooooo sparks what she get ?

    hora
    Member

    One road up from us- every car keyed that parked in a 20metre stretch. Last week I popped home at lunchtime and decided to leave the car there literally for 20mins… keyed.

    Its one house. Im guessing its the old couple/bloke behind it. Luckily mine was only lightly keyed- rubbed out with finger pressure.

    Outside a localish primary school on the access road is nortorious for bin placement. Idiots. You chose to live next to a school.

    CountZero
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    Sadly some residents seem intent in protecting stretches of road outside their homes by placing empty wheelie bins on the road, etc precluding parking.

    Seems right and proper that the local authority should introduce fines for residents who leave wheely bins outside when there are no collections; maybe a call to the relevant department?
    Also, aren’t wheely bins left in the road classed as a traffic hazard, thus of interest to the police.

    Premier Icon sparksmcguff
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    Yeah distraction sounds like a good plan. Quite like the idea of a banger, slowly being covered in birdseed by a stream of Rubislaw residents while wheelie bins congregate menacingly around it.

    drlex
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    Actually I think I’m going to local car auction for an mot’d and barely taxed heap, insure it third party and simply park it and leave it.

    Make it a windowless van, add friends & bombers for a stakeout/civic re-education committee combo?

    wordnumb
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    Leave the car parked with your own note tucked under the wiper: “Smile for the camera!”

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    just as a matter of interest

    “If you must insist in parking here then…”

    then what? Just wondering what they think is the problem. Parked up at the weekend getting kitted up a local resident said we shouldn’t be parked where we were, outside someone’s house, she muttered something about private road but no signs, no visible parking restrictions all private roads I’ve seen before make the fact very clear. I have sympathies with people who suffer from **** parking in stupid positions all day everyday (occasionally a bit of a problem round our way) but the idiots who think they own the public road right outside their house do my head in

    “Don’t take photos” ffs, probably never going to win against this mindset

    Premier Icon jambalaya
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    What @hora says, move the obstructions. I got in quite a row once as I put some cones I found in the back of my car, guy came out of the property and accused me of theft, I said I was going to return the cones to their rightful owners, I can’t recall what was stamped on the cones but it wasn’t that guys name and address !

    There is a phantom note poster in Wescott who puts notes in cars legally parked on the public road complete with a map of various car parks where in his view mountain bikers should park. Have had a few in my time as I always park there on Wednesday LBS rides.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    My brother used to have a collection of traffic cones he’d acquired after people had carelessly left them lying in the road outside their houses.

    Premier Icon sparksmcguff
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    trail_rat – 1992 diesel defender 110. Plenty of rusty bits – characterful. Chassis good/sound. Engine is lovely. Think I’m the only person in Culter that uses the whole stretch of that road going from Malcolm road up onto School Hill – at least in a motor. She’d been going on about getting one for two years, and found this one down in St Albans and drove it up.

    trail_rat
    Member

    Nice work tom. Hows the bulkhead ? Good job on buying down south – much better nick than the local stuff

    Get friendly with caldwell an dempster lr out in banchory. Indy landy specialists.

    Let me know when the rebuild starts 😉 –

    TiRed
    Member

    Park considerately and ignore. We live in a road next to a commuter rail station into London. We have residents restrictions from 8-11 am to prevent the obvious commuter car park chaos. Of course cars park in the road afternoons and at weekends to go into town, but it’s not a big problem. I only own the space on my drive, not in front of the house.

    McHamish
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    We’re house hunting at the moment and at one house the neighbour had traffic cones in the road and a laminated printed sign on the tree out the front saying ‘do not park’.

    Nice house, but we didn’t put in an offer.

    Didn’t want to risk living next to a ****.

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    Its a difficult one, you have every right to park on the public road so long as you do so considerately, but you are also leaving you car out of sight all day long

    There is some aggro in the streets near my office too. Big office building not quite in Glasgow city centre so few parking restrictions during the day on the streets around it.

    People have had their tyres let down and their windscreen wiper blades stolen. In the end the belligerent resident with time on their hand will probably win.

    pondo
    Member

    I once experimented with driving to Leamington, parking in the streets and riding to the train station – on day two I came back to find notes sellotaped to three windows asking me to be considerate to the residents – car was left in front of a house, but not blocking or opposite anybody’s drive. Did think about just cracking on anyway, but decided leaving my car at the mercy of some tool with a grudge wasn’t worth the hassle. It wasn’t that far from Warwick Castle, so i did wonder whether they have a rough time of it in tourist season.

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    People have had their tyres let down and their windscreen wiper blades stolen. In the end the belligerent resident with time on their hand will probably win.

    aye even if you drive a shed with paintwork you don’t care about four flat tyres is going to put a downer on your day.

    so i did wonder whether they have a rough time of it in tourist season.

    thing is even if there are some people parking like dicks outside their house at other times of day do they have a right to get pissed at people who are parked legitimately/considerately?

    thomthumb
    Member

    i park on local streets at work. a parking pass is expensive and doesn’t guarantee a space, on top of that the ‘big’ car park is as far away as the free street parking.

    Saw a colleague (wearing a uniform) pull half into a marked bay and block someones drive! if he’d pulled forward another 2 feet (which there was plenty of room to do it would have been no issue.

    No surprise the residents get pissy.

    hora
    Member

    People have had their tyres let down and their windscreen wiper blades stolen. In the end the belligerent resident with time on their hand will probably win.

    I’m absolutely no hardman or keyboard warrior but I am a person of principle. If anything near that happened to me I would be knocking on the door outside the house where I parked.

    The key scratch on my car buffed out whilst I was there. If it wasn’t regardless of a persons age I’d politely knock, ask (if a denial) I’d tell them thats my new parking spot from now on.

    If it was damaged as the above quote I don’t think I’d be calm, I’d put the bloody wind of god into them.

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