To think my neighbour should park in his own space

(68 Posts)
BabyMummy29 Sun 09-Feb-14 11:34:39

My neighbour has his own disabled parking space marked outside his house. However for large parts of the day he doesn't use it, but leaves his car outwith it, This reduces the space available to non-disabled drivers and makes me wonder why he needs it if he rarely uses it.

There is probably nothing the rest of us can do, but it is very annoying to come home after work and struggle to find somewhere to park.

BabyMummy29 Sun 09-Feb-14 15:53:33

doing things - sorry

tripecity Sun 09-Feb-14 16:37:13

wait - so if a disabled bay has no sign on the pavement then anyone can park there?

(I am talking about parallel parking on a residential road and the sign I am on about it is the metal disabled sign on a little pole)

Anyone know? I cant find anything on google about it

candycoatedwaterdrops Sun 09-Feb-14 17:04:40

YANBU re: him being an abusive git but he has a right to park wherever he wants, even if he just 'feels like it'. You don't own the bit of road directly outside your house.

candycoatedwaterdrops Sun 09-Feb-14 17:05:40

BTW even if it's not illegal to park in a disabled bay without a blue badge, it's still a shitty, immoral thing to do.

Janek Sun 09-Feb-14 17:08:44

mrssmith we had a disabled bay on our street, first the woman died, then the man died, then the family parked their mopeds there while they did up the house, then they sold it and some new people moved in. I rang the council and asked for it to be removed as i knew full well that it's rightful owner was no longer with us, also the new occupiers couldn't park in front of their own house, due to the disabled bay their house owned!

The council wrote back and said they'd remove it and sure enough they did.

And we all lived happily ever after.

fridayfreedom Sun 09-Feb-14 17:21:04

I have helped people get disabled parking spaces outside their house as part of my work. You have to really justify why they need to be able to park so close.
If he's not using it all the time then he clearly doesn't need it. Ask the council to investigate and suggest that they remove it if he isn't using it. They should be removed when the person it is for dies or moves etc but families don't always tell the council and keep using it.
Take photos as evidence.

glammanana Sun 09-Feb-14 17:27:13

If he is caperable of walking from another parking space outside someelses home he has no need for disabled parking outside his own home I would certainly photograph the empty space and also where he has parked his car.

glammanana Sun 09-Feb-14 17:28:17

^^ spelling sorry should read someone elses ( fat finger syndrom)

IAmOptimusPrime Sun 09-Feb-14 17:32:06

Take a photo every day of the empty space, try and get his car in the picture too.

IAmOptimusPrime Sun 09-Feb-14 17:32:35

X post!

candycoatedwaterdrops Sun 09-Feb-14 18:06:28

"If he is caperable of walking from another parking space outside someelses home he has no need for disabled parking outside his own home I would certainly photograph the empty space and also where he has parked his car."

What a load of tripe!

Fairenuff Sun 09-Feb-14 18:12:49

Not really candy because if he needed the space for his disability, he would be using it. He doesn't use it, so he doesn't need it.

Blu Sun 09-Feb-14 18:13:50

tripecity if it has what they call a kerbside notice - which could be on a pole, or on a wall on the pavement or railings etc -a blue and white metal plate saying Blue Badge holders, then the bay is legally enforeceable.

candycoatedwaterdrops Sun 09-Feb-14 18:18:44

Maybe he got the space when the street was really busy and he couldn't get a space? Seems a bit bonkers for people to assume he doesn't need it when it's really hard to get a disabled badge, he'll have been assessed by professions with his medical history.

WestieMamma Sun 09-Feb-14 18:48:07

There may be a perfectly valid reason for this. The badge is for the person not the car. Maybe someone else is using his car when he's not in it?

BabyMummy29 Sun 09-Feb-14 19:24:21

candy I realise that people can park anywhere. The point I am making is - Why does he not use his own designated disabled space and leave the rest of the area for those of us who need to park.

Westie - nobody else is using his car, The car sits outside my house with the disabled space empty while he and his wife sit indoors all day.

I feel he is doing to be deliberately awkward (as I have mentioned their abuse earlier) and is waiting for someone to object, so that he can cause more bother. That's the kind of people they are unfortunately

IamInvisible Sun 09-Feb-14 19:29:34

With respect, unless you have seen the photo on the back of the badge you don't know who it is for. It can not be used if that person is not in the car when the car is parked.

redbinneo Sun 09-Feb-14 19:32:01

Candy
I doubt if the professions have his medical history, did you mean profesionals?

redbinneo Sun 09-Feb-14 19:32:42

Or even professionals.

BabyMummy29 Sun 09-Feb-14 19:35:28

I know the badge is for him because (back in the days when they spoke to me), his wife told me and that the council were coming that afternoon to paint his disabled parking space. He is the only person who drives the car as she can't drive

candycoatedwaterdrops Sun 09-Feb-14 19:41:21

red Well, quite clearly it was a typo, my point stands though.

CuttingOutTheCrap Sun 09-Feb-14 19:42:21

Is it 'his' space, installed and intended for his use, or just a disabled space that he sometimes parks in because he has a badge?

Perhaps he's leaving the space free for someone else to use when there's another space free that he's happy to use? Maybe someone else (his wife?) is driving alone when its not parked in the space?

Squeakygate Sun 09-Feb-14 19:48:29

It's obviously sothey can get a good view when they twitch their curtains! A great big van parked in front of their house would block their view.

candycoatedwaterdrops Sun 09-Feb-14 19:51:29

Unless you live in specific London boroughs, disabled spaces are NOT personal spaces, they are for anyone with a disabled badge. So, he's not avoiding using 'his' space, he is using the road freely as anyone is allowed to do.

Pilgit Sun 09-Feb-14 20:04:07

My old next door neighbour got one painted in. She really couldn't walk that far so it was a godsend for her. Although she was an absolute cow! She always used it and had to go through quite a few hoops to get it. If there is no real need then the council may remove it.

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