Man keeps putting traffic cones on road outside school

(132 Posts)
lottieandmia Tue 25-Jun-13 09:18:54

There is a road outside my dd's school where parents have to park to do the school run. A man who lives opposite this road has started putting cones up on the raised curb opposite his house to stop people parking. These cones take up about 5 parking spaces. The situation with traffic and parking before this happened was chaos anyway and now it is even worse.

Are there any legitimate reasons why he would be allowed to do this? It seems to me he doesn't have the right to stop people parking and this has now been going on for about 3 months.

ICantRememberWhatSheSaid Tue 25-Jun-13 09:19:51

Have you spoken to the school?

Saidar Tue 25-Jun-13 09:21:02

If those cones are one the pavement then I don't see how this impacts parkers. You shouldn't be on the pavement. If they're on the road and there is no other reason not to park there (double yellows, disabled bays, drop kerbs or blocking someone in) just move them.

lottieandmia Tue 25-Jun-13 09:21:47

No, not yet. I hadn't thought of that!

lottieandmia Tue 25-Jun-13 09:22:22

They are not on the pavement - they are on the road.

TheRealFellatio Tue 25-Jun-13 09:23:04

You can usually request these from the council for funerals, when it is essential that the hearse parks near the house, but otherwise, no and he is taking the piss. If it is a normal road, not private, there are no dropped curbs against driveways and no parking restrictions or residents' permits in place then he can fuck the fuck off. You are perfectly entitled to get out of your car and move the cones. If he makes a fuss tell him you will call the police. He does not have a leg to stand on.

BramblyHedge Tue 25-Jun-13 09:23:16

I get in touch with the PCSO

SugarMiceInTheRain Tue 25-Jun-13 09:24:12

Maybe he gets annoyed with people parking their cars half up on the pavement (which they shouldn't be doing) Park alongside the kerb and it's fine. He doesn't have the right to stop people parking on the roadside but he is well within his rights to be ticked off about people parking cars on the pavement.

Saidar Tue 25-Jun-13 09:25:15

Sorry, when you said up on the raised kerb I thought you meant the kerb of the path. If they're in the road just move them aside and park.

SugarMiceInTheRain Tue 25-Jun-13 09:25:29

Oops cross posted - if they're on the road then I think he's probably just a grumpy old so and so, and legally doesn't have a leg to stand on.

HeathRobinson Tue 25-Jun-13 09:26:11

If he's putting them on the raised curb, this won't matter to anyone and nobody will be parking on the pavement, will they?

HeathRobinson Tue 25-Jun-13 09:26:48

Oo - x-post. I thought you said raised curb. confused

lottieandmia Tue 25-Jun-13 09:27:11

People don't park on the pavement - I was trying to explain that the area is raised curb because I know parking isn't allowed on dropped curb, for example.

Who do you call to complain though? And would they do anything about it anyway?

FreudiansSlipper Tue 25-Jun-13 09:27:38

you have to park there or can you not park somewhere else like 2 minutes walk away

maybe he and others are not able to park outside their house

tbh the way i see many parents double park/park on red lines where they like because they cba to walk 100 meters i do not blame him

hamilton75 Tue 25-Jun-13 09:28:07

Just move them, he doesn't have a leg to stand on.

I would also inform the Council's Highway Dept as what he is doing is not legal.

lottieandmia Tue 25-Jun-13 09:29:45

There are no yellow lines. FreudianSlipper - I think that is beside the point - he does not own the road - it is not his property. Plus he has a long drive up to his house where with his own parking spaces on his own property.

LifeofPo Tue 25-Jun-13 09:29:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

burberryqueen Tue 25-Jun-13 09:30:24

you could just move them; there is an offence called 'obstructing the public highway' so if he comes out huffing and puffing remind him of that.

lottieandmia Tue 25-Jun-13 09:32:35

Just to be clear - this is not an area where people have to park on the road outside their house. All the houses have long drives which kind of go up to their house with 2 or 3 parking spaces for them to park in. We park on the side of the road which has the school built on it if that makes sense.

lurcherlover Tue 25-Jun-13 09:34:01

If you upset him though he can apply to make his road resident-only permit parking, and then the whole road will be out of action...

lottieandmia Tue 25-Jun-13 09:34:02

I don't think the issue should be whether we have to park on the road outside the school or not.

The issue is whether he has the right to do this, and I don't think he does.

BeerTricksPotter Tue 25-Jun-13 09:35:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Tue 25-Jun-13 09:35:59

You both have an equal right to park there. Just get out of the car and move the cones. If he kicks off or does anything aggressive, just call the police. If his goal was to intimidate people into not parking there, then it worked.

LifeofPo Tue 25-Jun-13 09:36:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FreudiansSlipper Tue 25-Jun-13 09:37:22

you stated you have to park outside the school do you really do all of you need to

if you have a situation where you do need to right outside the school fair enough or is it that you cba and stuff the residents and the congestion outside their homes as you said in your op it is chaos anyway

we have people parking in our private car park because they are too lazy to park 2 minutes walk away, all the schools around here have the same problem from entitled parents and their precious little ones who can not walk more than 100 meters to school

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