To ask what you'd do? Warning - PARKING thread!!

(149 Posts)
spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 07:40:47

Some new neighbours moved in next door about 2 months ago. We both share a carport and have two parking spaces each which are one in front of the other, i.e. for both of us to get 2 cars in we have to drive through the carport and the 2nd one parks behind it. Both houses have 2 cars. So far so good.

We live on a new estate and apart from our drive, there is literally NOwhere else to park apart from doing something silly like parking on a roundabout!

The problem is that when the neighbours moved in they had some stuff which they put under the carport, leaning against their house, which severely reduced the space available for both cars. They started off by parking their car somewhere else and walking a few streets (i guess?) to get back home but recently they've started parking under the carport and not leaving us enough room to get through. DH and I both work full-time and our hours mean we always arrive home after the neighbours. I'm also 33w pregnant so there's no way I can squeeze in/out of a tight space at the moment - literally the only way to get out of our car if we can get it onto the drive is to jump in/out of the boot.

We asked the neighbour if they could try and stay on their side and explained why, they apologised and they said that they were just waiting to sell the furniture and then it'd get moved and in the meantime they'd try and park more fully under their "half" of the carport. However this was a month ago and nothing has changed. I'm having to leave my car at a friend's house and walk 3 streets back home each day and DH can park there but is having to get in/out via the boot of his car as both their cars go over our driveway. We've told them this but this time they got grumpy with us and asked us what to do with the furniture - we said store it somewhere else/get a shed but they didn't like those ideas...

WWYD? There's no way of us getting home first to "claim" the space as our work hours are totally inflexible. Are they even legally doing anything wrong?! Help! I want to be able to park on my driveway and if this carries on when baby's here I think I'll go mad sad

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 07:42:17

Btw the reason I've not involved police/pcso etc is because technically our drive isn't blocked - we just literally can't get in/out of our cars if we park there!

Tailtwister Mon 14-Jan-13 07:45:00

I would go round and mention it again. If they can't move the furniture to park properly on their own side, then they need to park elsewhere. Do you have any particular details in the deeds for the house about it?

IMO they are taking the piss by making your side unusable.

littlewhitebag Mon 14-Jan-13 07:45:26

If you own your house then they are parking on your land. Could you get some kind of rope barrier to put down the middle of the carport so your space is kept free and making them park elsewhere?

chicaguapa Mon 14-Jan-13 07:46:08

I'd put something on the driveway to prevent them parking on your side, like cones. Though I know they could move them. But something like that.

ledkr Mon 14-Jan-13 07:47:48

Is their house rented? Can you contact the landlord?
What selfish arses?
Have you ever been there first like at the weekend?
What happens then!

fuckadoodlepoopoo Mon 14-Jan-13 07:50:45

Have you tried knocking each and every time? Rather than your dh climb out the boot you could go and knock and tell them to move their car. Every single time. Or he could stop the car on the drive, leave engine running, go and knock and explain that they need to move their car over right now otherwise he won't be able to get out of the car once he's parked it.

After a few times of this you'd hope they would change their ways because it would be inconveniencing them as much as it does you.

Or can you park so that your car isn't in the furthest back of your spaces but the next one up (leaving a gap) so you might end up blocking their first car in a bit? Ifyswim?

If you can't get in and out of your car how do they manage to get in and out of theirs?

Is their any sort of boundary you can put up to divide the spaces?

They sound like selfish arses by the way!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 14-Jan-13 07:52:49

So they're not on their side? They're on their side but right up to the boundary? Meaning you can't get out the car.

Legally they're probably not doing anything wrong. Sounds like the car port isn't wide enough if you have to rely on part of your neighbours space been clear so you can open the car door.

But they're not been very neighbourly. Can you buy the furniture off them and then skip it? Arrange a leak from the roof so the furniture gets soaked and needs skipping? Wait till they're out and tip it and deny all knowledge? grin

Ok last two ideas prob not so good.

Pseudo341 Mon 14-Jan-13 07:52:50

Go round and have another word. They are blocking your parking if you can't get in or out of your car. Forcing you to park further away and walk just so that they can store some furniture is exceptionally rude, especially in your condition.

Fairylea Mon 14-Jan-13 07:53:19

I think I'd actually take the day off and when they are out I'd remove all their furniture and leave it on their doorstep. If it is on your side you are perfectly in your rights to do this and you've asked them twice now. Cover it with something so they can't complain about weather damage.

What exactly is it anyway ??

Do they know some councils will remove large items for a small fee as opposed to skipping it if it's not selling ?.

Fairylea Mon 14-Jan-13 07:54:23

Fuckadoodles idea is also very good.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 14-Jan-13 07:54:33

And if they are coming onto your side I'd send them a letter telling them you'll be taking legal action if they continue.

I think the knock every time they block you in approach is the best way. The fact you are pg too should jiggle the guilt a bit!

Parking is one of the only things that raises my DHs blood pressure! I understand your frustrations!

Tabliope Mon 14-Jan-13 08:02:31

Presumably if you're 33 weeks pregnant you'll be on maternity leave soon. If they haven't sorted it by then I'd make sure I got my own back by doing the same - you'll be at home or day. Not nice but they obviously couldn't give a shit about being neighbourly.

Is it not possible to reverse in - is there really no room either side?

I'd park in front of them if it was me so that they had to come and ask you to move - if they complained I'd just say cheerily 'your choice mate, move the furniture or come and ask me to move every time'.

At no point would I have parked away from the house or climbed through the boot - acting like this encourages people to take the piss out of you.

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 08:18:03

Ok so far I like the idea of asking them to move every time - will try that. The other thing to worry about is that when DSS is with us he has unfortunately developed a habit of swinging the door open really suddenly without looking at what's outside - DH's door has been smashed against a brick wall a few times. Really don't want him to do this and damage the neighbour's car instead.

With regard to barriers - there's literally nothing to fix a barrier to and also we can't build anything extra due to some laws about being there for a certain number of years before adapting the property. Plus I really don't want to spend money on something that is not my fault...

Also cannot block them in as there's always 2 cars on their drive by the time I get home and also cannot get time off work - am a teacher.

The issue is that they are parking slightly on our side - if there were a line down the middle then their tyres would be on it. The carport is not the biggest but we always made it work with the old neighbours and their cars were much wider than the new ones.

The furniture is a dining table and chairs.

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 08:18:58

And I can't park in front of them - I'd block 3 other neighbours getting in as we live at the entrance to a cul-de-sac type road.

ledkr Mon 14-Jan-13 08:19:05

Can you put up done kind of boundary like a lightweight chickeneire fence down the middle?
You need to sort this before you have the baby

SavoyCabbage Mon 14-Jan-13 08:30:19

Unfortunately I have more experience in this than I would like. sad From experience. When it was happening to us it escalated terribly.

Even though it's not fair, I would avoid falling out with them as it will make your life very difficult.

If they are parking close to the boundary, or on the boundary, and not over it then you can't do anything legally. They are being inconsiderate twats, but not breaking the law.

Have you the info from the land registry to check exactly what you own?

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 08:30:40

No - there's nothing to secure the fence to as the carport literally consists of a roof between the two houses - no downward poles or anything sad

The way we can tell where halfway is is where the point of the roof is!

Can you put anything into the ground, like spikes and hang chain off it?

OwlCatMouse Mon 14-Jan-13 08:34:14

We had a similar problem with our neighbour. She'd park right on the boundary of her drive, over it sometimes, meaning that ours was very narrow. When v pg I really struggled.

I just had to remind her, over and over again. What worked was DP parking the car in the evening, and then in the morning knock on and ask her to move the car, so I could get in. She got the message when she saw me struggling to open the door to even get my bag in!

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 14-Jan-13 08:34:37

Can you hang something down from the roof eg chicken wire?

milf90 Mon 14-Jan-13 08:40:58

I agree with keep knocking, good luck!

PurplePidjin Mon 14-Jan-13 08:41:52

Go round the charity shops and buy the biggest pair of curtains you can find. The go to the haberdasher and get a load of curtain weights. Sew the weights to the bottom of the curtain - 1 every 6" should do - and hang the curtain from the roof beam.

And knock every single time!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 14-Jan-13 08:44:29

Paint a line down the middle of the drive and see if that helps.

If they park in considerately can you park so you're behind them and block them in? When they moan just sweetly point out its their own bloody fault.

SantasENormaSnob Mon 14-Jan-13 08:45:07

I would encourage dss to swing the door into their car.

Or set the furniture on fire.

comingintomyown Mon 14-Jan-13 08:45:46

I would cheerfully , engine running, knock on their door every single time and tell them to move their car

They should be parking down the road

CwtchesAndCuddles Mon 14-Jan-13 08:46:48

Knock every time and be polite - they will soon get fed up and realise they have to sort it out!

Lollybrolly Mon 14-Jan-13 08:59:31

I would draw or paint a line so there is a visable boundary.

Knock every time with the engine running.

Their crap needs to go really - what is it exactly?? Does it look saleable still after 2 winter and wet months in a car port???

BigBadBob Mon 14-Jan-13 10:44:49

If they are parking on/over the boundary then they are most likely trepassing on your property to exit their car. Which they have the space to do as your cars are not present when they arrive home.

I would take advice from above and knock on their door every single time....and also draw a line down the middle.

melika Mon 14-Jan-13 10:55:19

They are being selfish, surely they can see you are pregnant. I would very politely put it that it is causing anxiety and you never had the problem before. Suggest ways of selling the furniture, eg. gumtree, bargain pages, ebay and hopefully they will see the light.Good Luck.

HecatePropolos Mon 14-Jan-13 10:59:22

Why are they trying to make it your problem what they do with the furniture?

that would be my question to them. The fact that you have chosen to put furniture there is not my problem to solve. I want the use of my spaces. How you ensure that is down to you to solve, not me.

And yes. A line down the middle. And knocking every time.

fuckadoodlepoopoo Mon 14-Jan-13 11:00:26

What about a like of spikey stones that will pop their tires if they drive over it?


threesocksmorgan Mon 14-Jan-13 11:02:02

knock and tell them that you are having trouble parking, tell them that you are not very good at parking and might hit their car due to them parking a bit in your spot.
this worked for me, I had a neighbour who kept boxing me in, I told him during a conversation that I was for ever going into reverse by mistake.....
he never boxed me in again lol

JuliaSqueezer Mon 14-Jan-13 11:03:28

I would ask them to come out and witness exactly how bad the problem is because it's sounds like they think you are exaggerating - if they actually watch you struggling to get in/ out it might shame them into sorting it out.

If not then I'd use something on your section of the drive that duplicates the problem for them, see how they like it. So a huge plant pot or similar, placed right up to your boundary around where their car door would open. It wouldn't make any difference to you if you can't use your drive anyway.

mollymole Mon 14-Jan-13 11:05:07

Keep knocking - they will soon get fed up

MrsBucketxx Mon 14-Jan-13 11:09:44

I like the knocking idea, if not park at right angles blocking their cars in.

They are totally selfish.

Tabliope Mon 14-Jan-13 11:10:48

What about one of these solutions?

I like the yellow barrier. A bit of a pain but it will make your point and should solve the problem long term.

Tabliope Mon 14-Jan-13 11:12:15

Sorry the pictures on the page have changed in that link - you might have to have a search but there seems to be quite a few possible solutions.

lljkk Mon 14-Jan-13 11:18:20

Are they merely blocking access (only because of your big bump problem) or are they actually parking their car on your side? Where is the dividing line on ground for the car spaces?

Tabliope Mon 14-Jan-13 11:18:36
lljkk Mon 14-Jan-13 11:21:04

oops, thread moved on since I posted!
Agree I would try very hard not to fall out with them over this. Good luck.

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 12:11:25

lljkk they are often parking their car on our side - the best case scenario we come home to is that their tyres are literally exactly on where the boundary between the two sides is, but most of the time they have actually parked on our side. I think if it were just parking right on the boundary I'd just have a grumble to myself and get on with it but more often than not they are so far over that we can only just get the car in and cannot open our doors. I think it's bugging me more because it'd be useful to have more space than normal but not even getting what we own is really annoying...

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 12:12:47

And the furniture is a dining table and chairs - somehow their side of the carport is really cleverly positioned so that rain never gets under there and it is pretty much totally protected from the weather. Which is probably why it's stored there and they've not got an incentive to move it sad

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 12:15:17

Thinking about it, I'm also worried that when DH does manage to get his car in there (and then climbs out of the boot) that our neighbours' passengers are put into the same position and I'm pretty sure that they are not resorting to getting in/out of the boot - hope they are not hitting DH's car to get in/out, will ask him to check.

lljkk Mon 14-Jan-13 12:16:57

what a pain. I hope you find a friendly way to sort it soon.

PurplePidjin Mon 14-Jan-13 12:44:38

Could you store some tins of paint in there and accidentally drop one, spilling gloss all over the furniture place?

MissPants Mon 14-Jan-13 12:57:16

Get your DH to pop a few holes in their side of the car port roof, once rain starts soaking their furniture they might decide to shift it.

Just make them look like wear and tear though, no perfectly round holes or anything grin

sudaname Mon 14-Jan-13 13:06:18

Can you not wash your car in the drive - these hosepipes have a habit of accidentally soaking everything in sight in the wrong hands wink - like random table and chairs etc.

Actually made my blood boil when they asked 'what are we to do with the furniture then ?' As Hecate said that is so not your problem and l hate it when people do that.

It's like when people park on our white 'H' line across our drive. The number of times when challenged they will come out with the line 'Well where should l park then?' or 'There was nowhere else to park'. angry I always answer 'I dont know or care if am in a particular piss but what l do know is you cant park there'.

You need to get tough they are taking the piss - anyone seeing your DH climbing out of the boot would think that ! Sit in the drive and sound the horn loudly till they come out or if you dont want to upset rest of neighbours maybe get their phone number and call them - every single time - to shift.
Or knock on door with your DH still sat in car as others have said - every time.
All else fails contact local authorities see if they can help - l think they have depts these days for these type of neighbour disputes and they will advise you.

fuckadoodlepoopoo Mon 14-Jan-13 13:27:21

Ooh build a snowman on the border!

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 14-Jan-13 14:22:30

Tbh I would accidently drive into there car on an occasion where they had parked across the middle so in my bit.

And then knock there door all innocently and say I don't understand my car normally fits in the space fine.

But then I'm evil when it comes to parking

Lueji Mon 14-Jan-13 14:29:09

I'd park on the drive and then have fun explaining to other neighbours why my car was there. grin

And let them have N number of neighbours complaining.

TinyDancingHoofer Mon 14-Jan-13 14:31:38

Could you get a planks of wood and glue it onto the floor as a barrier thing? Would be really cheap and you are not technically building anything i guess.

Lueji Mon 14-Jan-13 14:32:39

Really don't want him to do this and damage the neighbour's car instead.

This sounds good too.

Or paint a line on the ground.

tiggytape Mon 14-Jan-13 14:44:38

If their furniture got mysteriously a bit wet (melting snow as an explanation for this happening later today perhaps?) then they'd probably move it pretty sharpish.

Not drenched.....even if it was just splashes of water on the table table top they'd probably wonder where the drips were coming from and move it.....

Snow isn't like rain - it can blow in and settle and melt which would explain it happening all of a sudden when it hasn't happened before....

wannabedreams Mon 14-Jan-13 14:46:10

Have you got a friend that can lend you a caravan for a few weeks? wink

TraineeBabyCatcher Mon 14-Jan-13 16:18:25

Love all the suggestions- but if you wanted something non permanent but to make a point could you chalk up a line onto the drive?

with arrows saying, 'your side' 'my side'

spg1983 Mon 14-Jan-13 17:42:12

Ok, mini update. Got home, had shared cars with DH today so when we got back I got out of the car first as there's no way I'd have got out when the car was in the drive. DH then drove into the drive - it was so tight he had to manoevre to get into a position to drive straight forwards onto it as there was no way he could've turned into it without taking the front of his car off.

I then knocked on their door and asked them very politely to move, they said oh yes, err we'll just be a minute, so I said "actually can you come now, cos DH is stuck in his car." They looked kind of shocked but came out with me and moved it - I think they hadn't believed us earlier and had also convinced themselves that I was being grumpy cos I'm fat(!). This definitely showed them that we are not making this up so hopefully things will change... No mention of moving the table and chairs though...

I've got a few midwife appointments over the next few weeks and therefore a bit of time off work during the day. If things don't change then I'm going to maybe pop home after the appointment and move my car to my drive but do as someone further up thread suggested and stay on my side but only just... So they'll be blocked but could only unblock themselves by moving the table and chairs. Next appointment is Weds - watch this space - literally!!

Any better ideas in the meantime would be much appreciated - thanks all for your suggestions so far! smile

tiggytape Mon 14-Jan-13 18:29:34

Hopefully that might be the end of it though and they'll move the stuff.
I suppose it is possible they thought you were being petty territorial and wanted it moved on principle but seeing your DH actually having to climb out of the boot of his car might make them see you're not being awkward and they'll have to shift the stuff.

ZenNudist Mon 14-Jan-13 21:13:03

Ah in 7 weeks you'll be home all day & able to park over the halfway point. Hopefully they will sell the furniture by then. Are they renting? Perhaps you need to write to their landlord who is your real neighbour.

WhateverTrevor Mon 14-Jan-13 21:27:17

Keep knocking but more importantly keep updating !
I love a good parking thread. grin

Lollybrolly Mon 14-Jan-13 22:40:15

That sounds like a good plan. When they get inconvenienced themselves they will probably move it.
You will be parked there a lot in future - why take the car when you can push the pram and get some fresh air instead???? wink

milf90 Wed 16-Jan-13 10:34:43

Let us know how it goes today lol! Glad they moved their car for you last time!

How About putting a potted plant in the middle at the front, so you can get passed, but they will struggle with the furniture? Not sure how feesable that is, but my parents did that when their neighbours kept driving over the lawn!

lovelyladuree Wed 16-Jan-13 10:45:37

The furniture is in the way. Arrange to have it stolen relocated. Job done.

How'd it go?

spg1983 Wed 16-Jan-13 19:05:34

Pretty well! Decided something needed to be done as the furniture is still there and their parking is still ridiculous despite us knocking. We've had tons of snow today so I didn't want to risk driving to midwife, walked it instead (5 miles, woo hoo!). But because the school we work in was closed today, DH spent the day at home and moved the car when they left for work. He's put it right up to where the centre point is but not over, so not doing anything wrong. The only way they'll get their car back in is to move the table and chairs.

Only one of their cars is home at the moment and they've parked it right in front of their house, all over their front garden (they'll have wrecked their grass!) but there's no way they'd get 2 there. Waiting to see what they do when the other car gets back!

ZenNudist Wed 16-Jan-13 19:12:47

Hee hee hope they sort it. What's to betting they 'make do' tonight and then when both your cars have gone tomorrow reclaim the space again?!

milf90 Wed 16-Jan-13 19:14:15

Oooh yay glad You have made your point, what happened with the other car?

Good luck!

spg1983 Wed 16-Jan-13 19:22:34

Hmmm Zen that's a good point. Think we'll carshare tomorrow and I'll pull my car back when we leave so that it takes the space DH's car is in. That means they'd still have to move the furniture to use the drive!

It's the only way!

LifeofPo Wed 16-Jan-13 19:27:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ledkr Wed 16-Jan-13 19:27:40

Ooo tell is what happens when they come home.

Yfronts Wed 16-Jan-13 19:43:01

Agree with giving them a taste of their own medicine. Park on the boundary line!

CaptainVonTrapp Wed 16-Jan-13 19:44:47

ha ha taste of their own medicine... wonder how that will go.

Arithmeticulous Wed 16-Jan-13 19:45:52

Sounds like a plan wink

Could you not contact council if there is wood outside house (table) I know here you would be told to move it because its a fire risk even if it is outside your property but within your boundary that may get rid of issue as opposed to battle over parking which always causes issues

WhateverTrevor Wed 16-Jan-13 20:11:11

Well done so far. And thanks for updating.
Keep up the good work grin

sudaname Wed 16-Jan-13 20:12:39

LMAO at 'put it on Freecycle' grin

But you must install a secret camera first so we can have a laugh aswell.

hippoCritt Wed 16-Jan-13 20:19:29

Are you ok? I'd find it stressful waiting to see what happens

Kiriwawa Wed 16-Jan-13 20:24:03

Slight side issue but I would put the child lock on the back door to stop your DSS swinging the door wide open. If he can't be trusted to open his door considerately, he can't be allowed to open it himself. That'll learn him wink

spg1983 Wed 16-Jan-13 22:20:32

Yup, all still good here. Second car still not back so not sure if one of them is away for the night. In the meantime, I've gone to bed so our cars are not getting moved tonight... smile

trixymalixy Wed 16-Jan-13 22:24:42

Why are people so selfish? Good luck with this?

thenightsky Wed 16-Jan-13 22:31:50

Definitely agree with the posters who say 'put the furniture on Freecycle'. Neighbours would just assume it had been nicked.

Pendipidy Wed 16-Jan-13 22:34:49

Love a good parking Fred ! Update us when you can!

sudaname Wed 16-Jan-13 22:38:29

Ooh and put their cars on Auto Trader for good measure and order a huge pile of manure to go on their side where their car was grin grin

QOD Wed 16-Jan-13 22:51:03

Crickey, how incredibly annoying!!!!!

sashh Thu 17-Jan-13 03:39:18

Really don't want him to do this and damage the neighbour's car instead

Are you sure?

The deeds will tell you what your rights are.

Do you think you could have few braxton hicks that you don't recognise and think are contractions in the next week or so.

Maybe at 3 Am on a work day?

6am on a weekend.

You dh would have to wake them to move their car to get you in.

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Thu 17-Jan-13 04:40:50

I cannot believe that you had to knock and ask them to move their car because your husband was stuck in his, and they've still not fixed this.

ben5 Thu 17-Jan-13 05:32:52

sounds like a good drama. hope they move there stuff soon and good luck with the major event happening in about 7 weekssmile

lljkk Thu 17-Jan-13 07:40:06


OwlCatMouse Thu 17-Jan-13 08:02:15

"Do you think you could have few braxton hicks that you don't recognise and think are contractions in the next week or so.

Maybe at 3 Am on a work day?

6am on a weekend.

You dh would have to wake them to move their car to get you in."

^ this - ahhaha.

I do like the freecycle suggestion though!

No advice, just linking arms ;)

IceNoSlice Thu 17-Jan-13 11:09:12

Any updates today OP?

KatoPotato Mon 21-Jan-13 16:43:23


Hmm. Haven't read whole thread so apologies if this has been said but couldn't you reverse in, also right up to the boundary, so they can't get in on their drivers side?

spg1983 Mon 21-Jan-13 17:42:02

Hi all.

Bit of an update. The car did come back the next morning and by coincidence, we also had 2 more snow days where our work was closed and our estate was blocked in and out by snow so we left our car where it was (right up to the centre point of the carport).

Neighbours got home and didn't knock on door or anything but parked their car in the carport. However in order to do so, they had to move the furniture so the dining table is now in 4 bits, 2x table top pieces and 2 support-type things. It's now more spread out so that rather than moving out towards the centre of the shared carport, it goes more along the length of their house (taking up less width). It has snowed quite a bit here so 2 out of the 4 bits of table are covered in snow.

All good so far, you'd think this'd be an incentive to move the stuff permanently. But no, last night they parked in exactly the same place, but this time there wasn't a lot of furniture in the way, it was just bad parking. They do have quite a difficult "swing" into their part of the carport due to the angle of the entrance and the nearby houses so they'd need to maybe do a couple of manoeuvres in and out which were maybe difficult with the snow/ice around our houses so I gave them the benefit of the doubt yesterday...and then got DH to park in the centre today!!

Was such a good feeling being able to get out of the car IN MY OWN CARPORT rather than having to get out of the car before the end of the road and walking the rest!

spg1983 Mon 21-Jan-13 17:43:12

balloon whether we go in forwards or backwards, we can't get out of the car when they are packed so close!

KatoPotato Mon 21-Jan-13 17:43:23

Hurrah for a small victory... keep us posted!

KatoPotato Mon 21-Jan-13 17:43:48

oh, wait. <actually reads full post> bahhh

DeepRedBetty Mon 21-Jan-13 17:51:47

By the centre do you mean the middle of the bit that is yours, or the middle of the whole carport? Please don't tell me you or DH are parked on a bit that is theirs? You need to keep that moral high ground!

lljkk Mon 21-Jan-13 17:51:51


spg1983 Mon 21-Jan-13 17:52:07

I know sad thing is, I feel like us parking close to the middle is good in a way for giving them a taste of their own medicine but I can't help but feel that by doing so, we're losing the moral high ground.

Was quite funny though, jumping into our car this morning and driving straight away (while picking me up outside the carport, grr!) while they spent ages clearing the snow off their second car which they can't get under the carport because of the table!

WhateverTrevor Mon 21-Jan-13 17:52:31

Thanks for the update and you're probably busy living your life, but can we have daily updates please? So happy you're winning.

spg1983 Mon 21-Jan-13 17:55:37

deepred we are parked 100% on our own land but as close to theirs as we can get without going over, whereas they are often blatantly on our side. DH measures it when he gets out of our car, he looks like a right idiot when he does that!

However in doing that, we are still stopping them getting in because of the fact they've limited their own space so although we've not done anything wrong, they may think that we're being out of order as it's pretty obvious that we've gone as far over as we can...

DeepRedBetty Mon 21-Jan-13 20:04:51

<wipes brow> no worries, keep it up, you're doing the right thing. Sorry I misunderstood your post at 17.42

spg1983, seriously not trying to put ideas in your head; but how on earth have this table and chairs not been stolen by now confused? Surely storing them in a carport is really insecure?

spg1983 Mon 21-Jan-13 21:37:37

You'd think so! Our estate has indeed seen its fair share of crime with thefts and vandalism - nothing more than average but certaint enough to make people lock doors/gates etc. think the problem is we are at the end of a cul-de-sac at the very back of the estate, no-one ever comes down here unless they actually need to and a lot of people don't even know this bit even exists.

Marking place. Got to know how this pans out.

fruitstick Tue 22-Jan-13 09:35:00

Excellent work grin

lljkk Tue 22-Jan-13 09:51:13

They are probably oblivious, OP, to the inconvenience you were put to and now to how you are now deliberately parking right up to the edge of your space, some people just are.

Cosmosim Tue 22-Jan-13 10:07:49

Gosh. Leaving furniture unlocked like that in a carport. Anyone could just rock up and take it.

spg1983 Tue 22-Jan-13 11:13:06

Today's update - the snowy furniture is still there, in the same place as yesterday but they've squeezed their car in next to ours - it's really wonky though so I have no idea how they managed to get out of their driver's side door!

For some reason they've also moved their two wheelie bins out of the back of the carport to directly behind their first I thought that was a bit silly as now they have to move the bins to get their car in and out but maybe they're planning to put the furniture where the bins used to be? Only thing is that that location is 100% exposed to the weather and not covered by carport at all. I think it's more likely that the wheelie bins in the new location block the view of the furniture so maybe they're protecting it? It's definitely not bin day and they've been there for a while - they must be moving them every time they drive in and out. How weird...

KatoPotato Tue 22-Jan-13 11:27:45

Are your neighbours the Klopeks?

What nutty neighbours! Hope you get it sorted.

Maybe you should tell them to skip the furniture, say that it must be a bit shit really as someone would have nicked any good stuff from there by now wink

WhateverTrevor Tue 22-Jan-13 13:59:45

Bizarre. Could you link a camera up with a live feed so we can watch ourselves.
Saves you doing updates wink

MissTapestry Wed 23-Jan-13 08:45:26

Shamelessly marking place to see what happens!

BambieO Wed 23-Jan-13 09:10:28

Same as MissT! blush

QOD Wed 23-Jan-13 09:16:37

I third the camera!!

And I'd have to draw a chalk line down the boundary

spg1983 Wed 23-Jan-13 15:18:43

Today's update - neighbour was parked at a really strange angle and had also decided to only move the wheelie bins a tiny bit out of the way when they were leaving so that they had to really swerve on the way out to get past them. I guess they were trying to save themselves the job of moving them, getting the car out and then moving them again.

Anyway, during this swerve, they didn't realise that they'd managed to drive their car onto a bit of black ice (which they'd have avoided if they'd just moved all their crap!) and ended up sliding sideways into our opposite neighbour's car...we saw all this as we all left our houses at the same time this morning. Unfortunately we were running a bit late and couldn't hang around to watch what happened next but the next-door neighbours did NOT look happy - it was the newer and more expensive of their two cars - oops!


Yikes! <bites nails>

fruitstick Wed 23-Jan-13 15:32:56

Ha! I bet they'll blame you for not moving your car!

spg1983 Wed 23-Jan-13 15:41:50

They probably will. But my answer will be that we were parked 100% on our own land and therefore there's no way that we were blocking them in or out of their drives, nor did we make them park at a weird angle. But I will also comment on how I've noticed how hard they're making it for themselves with regard to parking - after all, every day they are having to negotiate around 2 parts of a table top, 2 table supports, a few chairs and 2 wheelie bins. Cannot believe that they have done this but am also happy that we have done absolutely nothing wrong - thank goodness!

fruitstick Wed 23-Jan-13 15:44:02

Oh I didn't mean that they would have a point!

I really hope they are on Mumsnet and come across this thread.

Try offering them a Pombear, see what happens!

spg1983 Wed 23-Jan-13 15:47:22

I would LOVE it if they were on MN and read this thread - they may then finally understand what the problem is - I seriously think they just see me as the demanding pregnant woman from next door...

Ha ha fantastic, just act all innocent if they start blaming you,
Seriously though I'd just dump the furniture overnight and act clueless as if it has been stolen if they ask you about it. :-)

fruitstick Wed 23-Jan-13 15:51:23

Dump the furniture. Then if they ask, look in the direction of the neighbour and then say "hmm, they did look very upset"


Rockchick1984 Wed 23-Jan-13 16:18:03

grin Fruitstick!

WhateverTrevor Thu 24-Jan-13 20:08:31

That is a bloody good update.
Let's hope they're insured!

lljkk Fri 25-Jan-13 07:57:15

(when are you going for a chinwag with the neighbour?)

Oh they must be as pissed as all get out by now. How long before they skip the furniture themselves do you think?

spg1983 Wed 27-Mar-13 15:09:57

Update - the furniture disappeared today - no idea where it's gone but IT'S GONE!! Yippee!

By the way, in the meantime we kept my car parked right up to the boundary and it's not moved as I've been busy giving birth and getting my head round having a newborn. The next door neighbours are using their carport for the first time today since bashing the other neighbour's car.


FranKatzenjammer Wed 27-Mar-13 15:44:12

Hurrah! And congratulations on your new arrival. Do you think maybe your neighbours saw you with the baby and finally decided to stop their fuckwittery?

coughingbean Wed 27-Mar-13 18:34:40


StinkyElfCheese Wed 27-Mar-13 18:49:20

Great news congratulations on the new arrival

Maggie111 Wed 27-Mar-13 19:10:27

I don't think you should start putting up barriers etc. I think going round a couple more times is worth a try.

MrsSpagBol Wed 27-Mar-13 21:20:19

Congrats on the new baby!!! I was riveted reading this thread

must get a life

TheEasterQODdy Wed 27-Mar-13 21:21:58

Hurrah and congrats!

trixymalixy Wed 27-Mar-13 21:23:27

I love when people come back to update!! Well done on the parking victory and congrats on the new baby!!

Brilliant - congratulations on your baby! What a great end to a fab thread.

TotallyEasterEggFlipped Wed 27-Mar-13 21:46:54

Congratulations on your baby & thank you for the update. I hate it when you don't get to find out what happened in the end.

CandyCrushed Wed 27-Mar-13 21:57:47

thanks. Congrats on the new arrival and thanks for the update.

We love an update grin

DeafLeopard Wed 27-Mar-13 22:07:42

I love an update on a thread, but especially one with a squishy newborn. Congratulations

GreenEggsAndNichts Wed 27-Mar-13 22:32:15

Thanks for the update OP! And congratulations. thanks

gwenniebee Wed 27-Mar-13 22:46:35

Just read this thread smile I great bedtime read, thanks! And congratulations flowers

everydayaschoolday Wed 27-Mar-13 22:59:28

Congratulations on new baby thanks. Great thread and glad it worked out in the end - great updates!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 27-Mar-13 23:06:53

Congratulations on winning the Battle of the Carport!

Enjoy your wee one...

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