Parents parking in my space on school run.

(208 Posts)
MNBlackpoolandFylde Wed 24-Apr-13 13:47:22

A car park space comes with my house, its marked with my house number there are signs up saying private land do not park. They can't put bollards up as business next door has two spaces for customers.

Every morning and night parents park there for up to twenty minutes plus waiting for children.

This means if i come back in the car i have to park three streets away then move it back onto my space which i pay for when they are gone. this is annoying enough but last week my disabled DM had to park 10 minutes walk away as someone was in the space.

School have sent a letter home, council wont do anything as its private land, landlord has put signs up.

I wouldn't mind but they drive dangerously, pull into car park at speed, park on double yellow lines.

What can i do if anything?

giveitago Thu 25-Apr-13 21:22:38

Oh Op and others -well I've lived here for 10 years. first 3 had no idea as at work 24/7 only when stopped to have baby saw the shite. I live in block of flats - low rise and comprising of three blocks with drive up the middle - PRIVATE DRIVE. And there's also a back block of garages with parking onto another road.

The first issue was that an elderly neighbour was telling a man he shouldn't park there. He was telling her 'f'off' - I was horrified so ran to her aid. The man still parked there day after day. So I informed the school. Same stuff. Kept informing them - they were getting bored of me. Numerous incidences since including the day before my ds was scheduled to be induced - couple of children on our land banging footballs against my door - I go out - am abused by the mother. Nice. When ds was 2 I had to block another man in my parking - he went ballistic and he threatened to kill me - he was a governor of the school. Also nice

DS and I on foot outside our door trying to cross the road and school driver trying to nudge us out of the way to get into our drive. My dh has actually had to adjust his working patterns as to not get home at that time as he needs to keep driving around the block until all the school runners have finished parking either across on in our space.

School know, council know. They do nothing and are increasing the problem.

I've given up. I don't anticipate anyone doing anything (as they do it all the time) but if I'm out and about and I encounter I give them some choice words. My only recompense is that I can give them some grief, sometimes. I am not ashamed - they deserve it.

We also have people stomping past my flat through as a back way to another street. It is private property. Stomping up my path that leads to my home - dropping litter. I've had tutt tutting from school mum's when I slowed down on my own path with my pram to my own front door for holding them up and they 'shock horror' have to then tread on the grass (on private land) to get past me. On one ocassion one woman was so angry with me she got her little boy (at the school) to knock my washing over at the back. The most hilarious one was when my dh was woken up the sounds of massive laughter and yelling. Looks out our window and there were 3 mums outside our door sitting on our bench we put outside our home for a party we had the week before having a preschool gossip! Not joking.

You might be wondering where I live. I live in an affluent area near a v. good school. Parents are professional people in most cases.

So OP - this is just one manifestation of people's entitlement that is sadly being playing out on your drive. Unless you can get our immediate community together to give these people a nasty shock there is very little you can do that won't cause you grief and upset.

i agree. there's not much the school can do.

i do think the wheel clamping is a good idea. they'll stop pretty sharpish.

LaGuardia Thu 25-Apr-13 20:20:55

I wouldn't complain to the school. Why is it their problem to sort out? These people could quite easily be using the business premises next door anyway.

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Apr-13 19:44:32

At DSs First School the Head would not get involved at all in the parking debacle that went on twice a day. Except to put 'please park considerately' in every newsletter.

Fluffy1234 Thu 25-Apr-13 19:41:52

My DS's school started naming and shaming bad and dangerous parkers in the monthly newsletter by printing the number plates and description of the car. That definitely seemed to help.

Corriewatcher Thu 25-Apr-13 19:35:20

Some of the mums at DD's school have complete brass necks when it comes to parking. Things got so bad the school asked any neighbours with complaints to take photos of offenders parking over driveways etc, and they were going to email them round to all parents to name and shame. Doesn't sound like your school would be so hardline, but maybe you should take up the suggestion earlier of posting photos on FB and asking your friends to share so it goes viral.

greenformica Thu 25-Apr-13 19:27:54

I think the head should stand by the car parking spot at pick up time for a few days. He probably could resolve the issue if he pulled his finder out.

Every time someone blocks you in, email the head the details (with photo if you can).

greenformica Thu 25-Apr-13 19:04:52

block them in and leave a note on the windscreen 'this parking place belongs to number 7' Then be very slow to move your car so they can get out.

zipzap Thu 25-Apr-13 18:52:37

Still think you should charge them an extortionate amount - put the signs up specifying the charge time is for use during school drop off times, maybe the option of a slightly cheaper pre- arranged price but still bloody expensive (say £50 or £30)

Take photos of them in the space and then record yourself asking them for payment and see what they say. Then put it all on fb and twitter and follow up asking for payment to show you are serious. Oh and stick it into the school newsletterthat that's what you are doing.

Also get the business on board - see if they would be able to spare someone at peak parking time if you can't - who could stand at the entrance to the car park and charge people as they go in to park (free to their customers obviously!)

Wibblypiglikesbananas Thu 25-Apr-13 17:34:50

So you need to up your game. Your parents should have blocked them in, blocked the whole car park and then hopefully they'd have been embarrassed about stealing a space you fund in order that they can park when they visit you.

Do you have any scary looking, preferably male friends? I know you shouldn't have to resort to this, but I think they would take more notice I'd they felt there was a bigger threat to them/their car.

Still absolutely infuriating for you.

Hedgepig Thu 25-Apr-13 16:55:20

Put a notice saying anyone parking there will have there tyres let down, then let there tyres downgringrin

What about a sign reading "this is a private parking space and I cannot accept any resposibility for any oss or damage to your car, however caused (and I have a f*** big baseball bat!!)"

AnyoneforTurps Thu 25-Apr-13 16:47:55

I'd be tempted to put up a sign saying "Anyone who parks here will have Inconsiderate Bastard" sprayed on their car with shaving foam". Then do it. Word will get around.

I haven't read all the posts on this one, but how about a box of very sharp tacks spread over your drive when you leave. Bet you'd only have to do it once!

MNBlackpoolandFylde Thu 25-Apr-13 16:25:04

It was very public, at least ten cars with people getting in, they were also pulled on the pavements right up to the house where they had been no car park space, they did not look like they gave a shit to be honest even when I said I hoped their need to sit in their car doing their make up was great enough to prevent a disabled person from accessing a car park space that was paid for for THEM to use.

Hope it worked! Was it a very public strop? Did they look at all embarressed?

MNBlackpoolandFylde Thu 25-Apr-13 16:13:02

I have just had a complete strop in the car park blush basically that they all could not read the five HUGE signs saying private property which was worrying when they were driving with children either that or they were just damn ignorant and that my disabled parents had had to park five houses away because they couldn't walk five houses to the school carpark.

Three cars were trying to pull out and I walked as slowly as I could in the middle of the car park with dd all the way to the house so they had to wait ages for me to move as I was directly in front of them on foot before they could get out.

Fillyjonk75 Thu 25-Apr-13 12:11:31

There was a Porsche Cayenne parked across two spaces in the crowded village car park, one day. I took a photo and reported to the Parish Council, who said they couldn't do anything. So I put it all over Facebook & Twitter. I don't know if the message got through to the driver, but it felt good anyway!

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Thu 25-Apr-13 12:04:50

Very large fake dog turds on the tarmac?

A big sign saying "Car parking charge - £50 per minute."

A sign saying "for every unauthorised car parked here, a kitten will die."

Or speak to the school and say you will add £1 for every day your space is left free to the school charitable fund, i.e. maximum £5 per week. However, the fund goes back to zero if someone parks there. So if someone parks there on a Friday the school gets nothing.

olivertheoctopus Thu 25-Apr-13 10:52:47

Very sticky notes, post or speaking to PCSO all sound like good options to me. How bloody annoying and rude though!!

piprabbit Thu 25-Apr-13 10:48:40

This is where Facebook and Twitter are your friends.
Start an FB group called something like "Lazy Parkers @ XX School". Invite all your local friends to join. Post pictures of the offenders on the page, get other locals to add their pictures of people parking in private spaces.
Turn it all into a big joke at the expense of the lazy buggers.

BlueberryHill Thu 25-Apr-13 10:47:39

AnneElliott - wow, I wouldn't mess with you.

Giveit, what did you do about the woman nudging you out of the way, reading it I want to take a shovel to her car.

OP, how about a really, really dirty dustbin, garden waste type thing that no one wants to touch without gloves, (keep a pair in your car just for moving it) Loving the sandwich board idea as well, with a really rude message on it.

Whenever I read these threads I can feel my heartbeat rise because I get so angry at the gall, selfishness and in some cases fucking obnoxiousness of some people in risking the lives and safety of other peoples children who they then see in the school playground. Who are these people?

I'm thankful that DS's school isn't that bad, when we lived near another school in an city suburb the parking was awful, dangerous as some parents didn't care about the safety of other children and swore at the HT who tried to get them to park safely.

SoupDragon Thu 25-Apr-13 10:45:05

Those "flashpeel" stickers look fabulous! I want some to stick on the cars of the twats who park on the yellow zig zags outside school smile

MNBlackpoolandFylde Thu 25-Apr-13 10:42:07

Yes they are always in their cars but I usually can't even get into the carpark to challenge them because its that busy, they just pull in where ever if car park spaces are taken and I have to go straight for dd. By the time I get back usually they have gone (dd is sen and forgets everything and teacher speaks to me most nights)

Im waiting for community police to ring me and I currently have owner of business park in my space so they can't take it!

everlong Thu 25-Apr-13 10:40:54

A sandwich board with feck off should do it. Well you'd hope so.

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