to think he shouldn't park his van there

(110 Posts)
FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:19:50

OK so we live on quite an exclusive estate and have a visitor parking area. One of our neighbours who I think is a tradesman insists on parking his huge van in the visitor parking. It really annoys me as he has his own drive and won't use it prob because he parks his caravan there and there isn't any room.

Last week my nanny who usually parks on the visitor parking couldn't park and so had to park on the road.

DH has spoken to him and has got short shrift, but it is in our deeds that he shouldn't park there. Not to mention how untidy the estate looks with a huge horrid van parked in the middle. not to mention the caravan.

I think I may have to speak to the association rep, but AIBU? I don't want to cause trouble as it is a nice estate, but really!

Shutupanddrive Tue 26-Mar-13 22:21:58

Really? Your nanny had to park in the road? How awful for her

chickensaladagain Tue 26-Mar-13 22:22:50


oh I can't believe some oik has a caravan and is actually a 'tradesman'

I'm sure you paid good money to live on your exclusive estate and how disappointing that your nanny had to park on the road!!

I'm shock on your behalf

HollyBerryBush Tue 26-Mar-13 22:23:18

>clutches face<

Your estate looking untidy!


pictish Tue 26-Mar-13 22:23:21

Lol!! grin

Nice one. 8/10.

gordyslovesheep Tue 26-Mar-13 22:23:27

your nanny isn't a visitor she's an employee - surely visitor parking is for visiting guests etc?

Euphemia Tue 26-Mar-13 22:24:11

If it's in the deeds he shouldn't be doing it. Presumably you paid a premium to live there? Speak to the association rep.

Shutupanddrive Tue 26-Mar-13 22:24:13

Good point gordy

AnOeufUniversallyEggnowledged Tue 26-Mar-13 22:24:56

So you use your parking space, he uses his and you both sometimes use the visitor space? If the visitor space isn't available there's on street parking? What's the problem exactly?

SuburbanRhonda Tue 26-Mar-13 22:25:01

Perhaps while the tradesman is there, you could ask him to clean out your moat?

BlissfullyIgnorant Tue 26-Mar-13 22:25:50

Yes...absolutely complain to the rep. Rules are rules and you've paid good money to be bound by those rules, as have your fellow residents. Just remember, he will know its you who complained.

gordyslovesheep Tue 26-Mar-13 22:26:59

I am shocked they don't have special parking for tradesmen and servants

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:27:04

no Ouef it's street parking which is off the estate. And the nanny parks there but only for some of the day, so not like he does overnight

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 26-Mar-13 22:27:31

Pah ha ha ha ha ha. grin

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:30:10

the thing is he is quite rude and sometimes has loud parties with all his friends parking all over the place. I just find it quite annoying. I most likely won't say anything but yes we do pay a premium to live here.

almostanotherday Tue 26-Mar-13 22:30:24

Tow his van away in the middle if the night and leave a note saying "now find me" smile

Pandemoniaa Tue 26-Mar-13 22:30:31

How frightful for you. It must be bad enough that this beastly, rough tradesperson has been allowed to live on an exclusive estate but to compound the awfulness by parking his horrid van so thoughtlessly must be make life utterly intolerable. Run the bounder out of town immediately!

KatyTheCleaningLady Tue 26-Mar-13 22:31:19

I really don't think it's fair to mock the OP, people. This is a very serious situation.

I mean, if the van's in the visitor parking and the nanny is in the road, where can the OP put her substandard cakes?

Maryz Tue 26-Mar-13 22:31:42

Shoot him [wise]

And if you can't shoot him, shoot his tyres.

WeAreSix Tue 26-Mar-13 22:32:37

The cakes have to be fed to the birds.

If there are any.

Tweet tweet.

chickensaladagain Tue 26-Mar-13 22:33:04

katy she hasn't mentioned a carport grin

gordyslovesheep Tue 26-Mar-13 22:33:42

yes shoot him and say you thought he was a fox

Maryz Tue 26-Mar-13 22:33:47

Oh, cross-posted.

If he has loud parties, shooting is too good for him. And a waste of valuable pheasant-shooting ammunition.

In this case you should call the police (999 - not that stupid 101 that they don't take seriously) and have him arrested. Are you friends with the local Chief Superintendent?

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:34:18

see he is OK really, but its his thoughtlessness which really annoys me. When he has his parties they play quite loud bulgarian type music and it keeps the DC awake. We don't say anything but it is a PITA. I would have lived out in the country if I thought that living on a nice estate would be so tiresome!

gordyslovesheep Tue 26-Mar-13 22:35:46

OMG call the Daily Mail

Icelollycraving Tue 26-Mar-13 22:35:59


almostanotherday Tue 26-Mar-13 22:36:43

Thought he was a fox grin

SparklyAntlersInMyDecorating Tue 26-Mar-13 22:37:17

Does your estate have deer roaming freely over it? Any ancestral portraiture hanging about? Stick that in the visitor's entrance. That'll show him.

Other than that, please consult your neighbour with a fondness for purple smelling flowers stored in a large water container. You would get on famously.

carports are vulgar. fact. as are exclusive estates. is it 'executive housing'? boak.

Pandemoniaa Tue 26-Mar-13 22:37:40

A vulgar Bulgar then? Quelle horreur!

WeAreSix Tue 26-Mar-13 22:38:07

Why not have a naice garden party with naice ham sandwiches, invite everyone over and casually mention it?

saves the nanny doing it whilst shagging him in the back of the van

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:38:48

we don't have carports, the houses are quite a way apart and most of us have garages. There are only 4 houses on the estate btw

burn down his caravan, thereby freeing up the drive. he might be so pissed off that he then moves.

kill two birds with one stonegrin

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:41:43

my BIL is bulgarian which is why I know about the type of music. I don't think he is vulgar, just a bit thoughtless.

I hope it isn't 'executive housing' Madame as you rightly say that is vulgar grin it's just quite a nice exclusive estate

Are you very very thin and very very orange? Do you wear very white jeans and floaty things from per una? i think we should be told.

Maryz Tue 26-Mar-13 22:42:24

Could he park his van in your garage, so you wouldn't have to look at it?

In fact he could have his parties in your garage - I presume it is sound-proofed - and thus solve all your problems at a stroke.

Alternatively, could you talk to him, find out when his parties are, and go to your summer residence to avoid them?

MidniteScribbler Tue 26-Mar-13 22:42:42

So where do the genuine visitors park when he has his van there or your employer is taking up the space?

why dont you borrow the van and then burn it? problem solved.

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:44:59

Mary No, DH parks his Audi in the garage. I have to park on the drive in my Cheyenne which is a PITA also!

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:46:47

Midnite there are about 8 visitor parking spaces so it's not too much of a problem day to day, just the other day people all had friends round and my nanny had no where to park

gordyslovesheep Tue 26-Mar-13 22:47:01

and your nanny has to park on the road - no one died

what about social death?

Maryz Tue 26-Mar-13 22:49:56

To be honest with you Funnys, I really think you have sadly outgrown this house.

Because it isn't really the parking that's the problem. You have glossed over (understandably, because you probably don't want people to think you are a snob which of course you aren't) the fact that he is a tradesman.

Really, if someone living in one of your neighbouring houses is in trade, is this really the type of place you want to bring up your children? It is hard to teach children who they should and shouldn't be mixing with.

So I think you might have to start house-hunting. Just hope and pray he parks somewhere else on the days of viewings (though of course you can tell the buyers he is just doing some work on your neighbours' house).

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:49:57

it's just a drag is all. DS1 is taking exams for his new school, I work PT in quite a demanding job, DH doesn't help a great deal as he too is very busy and DS2 is potty training!

I'm shocked you dont have a double garage. i think your were diddled there.

LetMeAtTheWine Tue 26-Mar-13 22:51:54

Is this the same nanny who dares to read wedding magazines? Or is that someone else? If it is the same one, she deserves to have to park on the road...

KansasCityOctopus Tue 26-Mar-13 22:52:03

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SadGiantPanda Tue 26-Mar-13 22:52:04

Bastard. I bet he is the sort of neighbour who would steal your favourite spoon.


get DS2 to poo on his drive?

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:53:41

Maryz I really don't want to move house, it's 6 bedrooms and will suit us very well as a growing family, I don't think that is the issue at all. I don't care that he is a tradesman, I think he is a stonemason or something, I just hate that he clutters the place up. I really think I need to talk to him. Or his wife, she is Polish but speaks very good english. And I don't care about social death either, as we never go out!

gordyslovesheep Tue 26-Mar-13 22:54:33

bet he's the type of rough tradesman you think about on a dull wet afternoon grin

and yes - no double garage or large drive way ...time to move somewhere better

I have a feeling all the OPs spoons are brand new from John Lewis. no family silver...

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:55:05

the nanny has quite a nice car actually, a Prius or some such

apostropheuse Tue 26-Mar-13 22:55:24

Why does your nanny have a car? Mary Poppins managed perfectly well without one.

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 22:55:55

we do have a double garage but only DH can park in it as the other half has a load of storage stuff in it

SadGiantPanda Tue 26-Mar-13 22:56:36

No family silver? How very vulgar.

MardyPants Tue 26-Mar-13 22:57:23

Surely if it only has 4 houses, it is a 'street', not an 'estate'? Am I missing something?

Agree though, it is disgusting, to park your van, in a parking space. Bring back the stocks.

Tally ho!

Maryz Tue 26-Mar-13 22:57:32

Does the cleaner not declutter your garage for you shock?

Shoot Sack her.

gordyslovesheep Tue 26-Mar-13 22:57:59

I live on a bog standard new build estate in a 3 bed ...I have a garage and drive plus front of house parking for 4 cars where robbed op!

DorcasDelIcatessen Tue 26-Mar-13 22:59:37

it's just quite a nice exclusive estate - Not that nice if you have to live near a MANUAL worker. This will tell me everything I need to know. Would you let him shit in yer bog? An actual shit with shit smells and needing to be wiped away and sprayed after and everything type of shit.

yes gordy but its not 'exclusive'. you can buy new build but class costs more.

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 26-Mar-13 23:01:26

Mardy it's a large cul de sac really. Lots of open space and just 4 nice houses. We have a double garage each and a drive. We are not supposed to park on the estate road, just in the visitor parking. And no, I would be furious if the cleaner touched the stuff in the garage. It's mostly old valuable furniture which we are thinking about sending to auction

gordyslovesheep Tue 26-Mar-13 23:01:33

I know <weeps onto off road parking spaces>

gordyslovesheep Tue 26-Mar-13 23:03:05

don't send it to auction must take it to Antiques Road Show fact you could have a special ARS from your nice exclusive estate ...if there is enough parking for the crew and you don't mind trades men using the spaces

Maryz Tue 26-Mar-13 23:09:14

I live in a detatched house in its own grounds.

very small grounds, garden sized grounds in fact

and it's falling down, literally

But it's detached.

mumarchy Tue 26-Mar-13 23:14:17

have a suspicion that FunnysInLaJardin is winding everyone up for a laugh with her tale of Tradesman with Polish wife, exclusive estate, 6 bed double garage detached house, nanny etc grin!

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 26-Mar-13 23:16:32

Indeed, just how exclusive can this enclave be if there are tradesmen owning houses there? really. So what if he can afford the place, surely there must be some rugged manly otherwise expensive street for he and his Polish wife to live on.

Tell me it's a Transporter, at least. No Transit vans on Exclusive Close. I'll clutch my pearls.

Maryz Tue 26-Mar-13 23:21:41

shock mumarchy, surely you aren't troll-hunting are you - you know that's against the guidelines.

Funnys has a genuine, real, problem here. It's very serious, and sensitive, and she will get very upset if you doubt her even if we all know she's talking a load of horlicks

mumarchy Tue 26-Mar-13 23:32:06

My sincere apologies Funnys! New to MN. Wasn't troll hunting!

Maryz Tue 26-Mar-13 23:42:13


Welcome to Mumsnet mumarchy smile

carry on, it's a load of bollocks, some of the best people on mumsnet are troll-hunters, but I didn't say that because that would be against the guidelines

charlearose Wed 27-Mar-13 08:12:35

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charlearose Wed 27-Mar-13 08:15:39

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dawntigga Wed 27-Mar-13 08:17:33

hahhahahaaaaa, I thought nanny as in grandma not nanny as in looks after children and got quite confused.


WhoWhatWhereWhen Wed 27-Mar-13 08:20:56

OP, call the DM and start working on your "sad face" for the photo

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 27-Mar-13 08:23:26

Ting ting ting, I call full house wink

charl you do know its very bad form to drag issues from thread to thrread? you can have a bunfight on one and be bessies on another.

charlearose Wed 27-Mar-13 08:51:21

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Maryz Wed 27-Mar-13 08:55:26

And there it is ....


Well done Funnys, you won.

wintertimeisfun Wed 27-Mar-13 09:03:24

this would have pissed me off to op, typically MN posters will flame you but i share the fact that it is annoying when a neighbour has a huge fuck off van but insist in dumping it oustside your home instead of theirs as they don't like looking out at the fucker but i have to instead

MrsBucketxx Wed 27-Mar-13 09:06:07

its in our deeds not to have vans and they are everywhere on our development, even after lots of complaining by me nowt was done.

seems some will always stick two fingers up yo the rules whatever happens.

Eskino Wed 27-Mar-13 09:15:28

charle, are you using the little microphone on ipad?

Tip: you have to actually say, "Comma", or "Full-stop" .

PickleSarnie Wed 27-Mar-13 09:25:09

I don't believe it's exclusive. Otherwise he wouldn't be able to park a caravan.

I live on a non exclusive street and there is a covenant preventing the parking of caravans on drives.

I'm sure there is a covenant in your exclusive deeds that allows you to shoot grubby, caravan owning workmen on a Sunday with a crossbow though. Problem solved.

MrsBucketxx Wed 27-Mar-13 09:29:20

I looked into this even when cases go to court nothing happens, at most its a breach of contract, they will get a nominal fine.

CooEeeEldridge Wed 27-Mar-13 09:42:04

You will be flamed for it funny, but I'm totally with you! Lived in similar road (we all paid for landscapers / pretty street lights FFS!), houses looked onto river (sigh as look at car garage across road now) so it was a sort of agreement that we'd all park cars on drive / in garage or on bit of road where no houses were (roughly 10sec walk). All except some tube and his shitty van that he couldn't park on his drive as it made their garden look messy!!! GRR!!!!! You don't realise how much these things can rile you until you experience it.

I now live on a road with no parking so it's a free for all and I LOVE it! Honestly my life has improved since I don't stress about the utter arrogance of some people's sense of entitlement re parking! Ridiculous isn't it?! smile

charles you bring a level of refinement hitherto unknown on mn. lol (shudder)

charles you bring a level of refinement hitherto unknown on mn. lol (shudder)

Crinkle77 Wed 27-Mar-13 09:50:53

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LadyBeagleEyes Wed 27-Mar-13 09:56:11

Naughty Funnys.
They're all biting now.

crinkle you might like to familarise yourself with the mn talk guidelines. personal attacks are not allowed.

crinkle you might like to familarise yourself with the mn talk guidelines. personal attacks are not allowed.

Well FFS funny why didn't you say you were in the Channel Islands???

Talk about bloody drip feeding.

You may never post any problems on AIBU. Because clearly you ABU.
Because you are posting from the Channel Islands. And are morally bankrupt.

Take your nice executive house problems and your morally bankrupt self elsewhere.



And yes, you won grin
I knew you would.

DeepRedBetty Wed 27-Mar-13 10:02:52

Nothing like a nice bonkers parking AIBU to kick start the day...

I have embraced the Po and have reported crinkle for a personal attack. it needed one deletion surely?

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 27-Mar-13 10:10:36

I Won grin and got a hater in the process. Hi Charlea

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 27-Mar-13 10:11:16

madame I was going to report that PA too, so thanks smile

RandallPinkFloyd Wed 27-Mar-13 10:13:33

Nooo, you've become one of them.
Next thing you know you'll be getting all outraged about wheelie bins.


RandallPinkFloyd Wed 27-Mar-13 10:14:22

You did totes win though funnys grin

I hope you know i was joking funnys

I dont really think you are morally bankrupt

Im not a PO

Please dont report me grin

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 27-Mar-13 10:21:54

nah Tantrums not you, course I knew you were yolking. I meant crinkle. I love you

Thank God for that grin

I love you too grin

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Wed 27-Mar-13 10:41:17

Well this one really attracted the target audience nicely, - well done Funnys.


greenhill Wed 27-Mar-13 10:44:29

I hope everyone has been updating their spreadsheets...


cozietoesie Wed 27-Mar-13 10:46:31

I don't know about Bulgarian music but one of my older nephews was shopping with us recently and buying some booze to go to a party that evening to listen to Mongolian rap. (So of course we had to investigate further on the net.)

Now that would be a deal breaker for me.


I think my ds1 listens to Mongolian rap.

It can't be English, even though he claims it is.
I cannot understand any words in it.

Maryz Wed 27-Mar-13 10:51:38

Ah, come on Madame.

You shouldn't report personal attacks, then they get deleted and I can't see what people really think sad. I like to know what's going on.

CarpeDiemCras Wed 27-Mar-13 10:57:34

And to think I thought your last thread that I totally didn't mention was serious.

Does your neighbour go through his own front door or use the tradesman's entrance? I do hope he at least doffs his cap when he sees you in the street grin

Perhaps if it was a Mercedes van that would be better?

charlearose Wed 27-Mar-13 11:21:11

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FunnysInLaJardin Wed 27-Mar-13 11:24:33

Carpe my last thread was serious! I just bit back at the haterz on that thread and it all went a bit tits up

Pandemoniaa Wed 27-Mar-13 11:24:49

Very good, Funnys!

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 27-Mar-13 22:22:39

I am quite good, and all these larks with a non sleeping 3yo because he had a fucking nap at his CM's angry

Anyhoo non of these larks because life is serious and the po like a good ole report

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