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To not want school run mums to park accross my drive..............

(83 Posts)
CwtchesAndCuddles Fri 01-Feb-13 17:34:18

I need to vent.

We live very close to dds primary school on the main road through a villiage. There is plenty of parking but very little right by the school because of safety - school zigzags, single yellow lines etc.

There is a yellow line outside my house and residents parking on the other side of the road(terraced houses without drives) the houses my side all have drives and we all use them.

This morning there were two cars blocking mine and my neighbours drive - why do people think they can do this? Just park a bit further along the roadwhere there is space and WALK the extra 100 meters!!!

Don't get me started on the ones who park on the pavement so that people with pushchairs have to walk in the road......................or the ones who pull up blocking my drive to drop off as I'm trying to pull out.

What happens to people on the school run????

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 01-Feb-13 17:37:31

I'd phone the police if they were blocking my drive and give them the registration number. They will keep on doing it until there is a financial penalty for them to do it.

GrowSomeCress Fri 01-Feb-13 17:39:15

YANBU

Then again, they couldn't possibly park further away and have the little darlings wear their legs out too much or get a drop of water on their heads grin

slhilly Fri 01-Feb-13 17:39:42

I hate it as well. I had one once who got narky when a car tried to pull into my drive. She was sitting in her car on the phone. She came that close to having a full nappy squished under her wipers.

TomArchersSausage Fri 01-Feb-13 17:40:30

Yadnbu. That would drive me nuts.

We regulalry get letters home from school asking people to park more considerately outside our juniors because residents have complained (have you said anything to the school?)

I noticed the other day that all the grass verges down the road the school is in are all chewed up with deep muddy ruts because people keep parking on themsad

TheMightyLois Fri 01-Feb-13 17:41:28

YANBU

but you'll get some snarky person commenting that you should be more charitable, and how they can't understand how people get SO worked up parking.

dexter73 Fri 01-Feb-13 17:45:01

Could you sellotape a notice onto their windscreen asking them to park more considerately?

ChaoticisasChaoticdoes Fri 01-Feb-13 17:45:04

YANBU

Any chance the next time someone blocks your driveway that you and a neighbour could park right in front and behind them so they can't move and go have a cup of tea/coffee.

I can't take credit for that idea btw. IIRC it was something a mumsnetter did once.

LetUsPrey Germany Fri 01-Feb-13 17:48:07

But but but these will be Busy People with Important Things to get to. They don't have time to walk that extra distance. Do you not understand?

YANBU by the way.

JoanByers Fri 01-Feb-13 17:51:29

Try cones?

Bollards?

Land mines?

harbingerofdoom Fri 01-Feb-13 17:51:55

First of all, complain to the headteacher. They can then mention the problem in a newsletter.
If there is no improvement, take the registration number and inform the school.
I suffered from one person that thought that it was okay.
Leaving the house to collect my own children (finished 15 minutes later) and finding myself blocked in again, I waited (had to) and just got a 'Whatever'.
Red rag to a bull - it was the police next time.

Follyfoot Fri 01-Feb-13 17:53:53

I rent a parking space on a drive near a school. There is a dropped kerb in front of the drive, and double yellow lines. Still parents park there. If I cant get onto the drive, I cant park and cant get to work on time. The last time I - politely - asked someone not to park illegally they followed me down the road yelling abuse. The lady I rent the space from tells me that if she has ever asked anyone not to park like that again, she inevitably receives a tirade of abuse in response sad

Gigondas Fri 01-Feb-13 17:54:17

Yanbu. What did the police do harbinger?

katolla Fri 01-Feb-13 17:54:43

Same problem only double yellow lines not single! How do I contact traffic wardens to get them to come by at opportune times? They'd make a fortune. Or can I photograph the cars on the double yellows with number plates visible and send them to the council? Feel like I'm overreacting but I'm 9 months pregnant and some day I have to climb through a bush to get to the street sad

ChestyNut Fri 01-Feb-13 17:55:35

YADNBU!

marjproops Fri 01-Feb-13 17:57:53

YY to complaining to the school 1st.

Then taking registration and police.

Schools sometimes phone for a local community officer to patrol street at school run time once in a while.

car parked across a neighbours drive and neighbour came out and gave them such a rollicking they fled in tears! hasnt parked there since though. AND neighbour told them nEVER to park in front of a drive. Ive had it too, with 3 big notices on my gate about disabled access needed at ALL times, got it in 4 languages too!!! some people just cant read or care...makes you wonder how they passed their driving test!!

NothingIsAsBadAsItSeems Fri 01-Feb-13 17:57:56

Let your DC loose with some tippex pens :-S
Catch them before they can get out of their car and ask them to move, don't take no for an answer entitled cows

CwtchesAndCuddles Fri 01-Feb-13 18:02:13

I've contacted the head and asker for a reminder to be put in the newsletter.

One of the offenders this morning was very ashamed of herself and I almost felt sorry for her! The other was too busy talking on her phone to care!

Police are very reluctant to come out - by the time they would have arrived the cars would have been long gone.

I will consider the block them in an have a cup of tea option though...........

digerd Fri 01-Feb-13 18:03:20

Got me thinking. I walked to school, as in the olden days, neither parents had a car. But can't remember walking 2 miles to school or back in the rain, but must have done. We all did.

harbingerofdoom Fri 01-Feb-13 18:03:23

That person never parked across the driveway again. Perhaps I got the message through their thick skull grin

I would have carried out the threat though but would the police have done anything?

I often saw traffic wardens and the odd officer outside the school but now parking enforcement is privatised and the police have more pressing matters to deal withsad

Absoluteeightiesgirl Fri 01-Feb-13 18:06:20

My mum has this outside her house. I had tried to park in a residents parking zone for permit holders but a woman there told me to fuck off when I asked her to please move her car as she was in a residents permit zone. She was waiting to collect her daughter from the prep school. She was delightful. Not to worry though. I simply blocked her in so she couldn't get her massive 4x4 out. Let her rage for half an hour before I went out to move my car.

harbingerofdoom Fri 01-Feb-13 18:07:04

I believe that you can block an empty driveway but not one with a car on it.

Obviously, the double yellows are a separate matter.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Fri 01-Feb-13 18:09:09

Well I think a call to the council might give good results. The people who live at the cottages next to our nursery complained to the nursery that their drive kept getting blocked. The nursery sent around an email asking to only parking in designated bays and not blocking cottage drive. A few weeks later at exactly nursery collection time local traffic wardens were ticketing cars that were illegally parked. I can only imagine that was direct result of the local residents complaining.

harbingerofdoom Fri 01-Feb-13 18:11:03

The local community officers do turn up and patrol. It is probably more meaningful if the school requests them.

Mollydoggerson Fri 01-Feb-13 18:13:00

Smear a sh1tty nappy across their windscreen, if you have one, or a yogurt/honey.

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