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To box her car in on purpose

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mrsnoodle55 Sun 23-Jun-13 09:13:39

Background-we live on a main road with on street parking, next to a retirement bungalow which is the end house. Different people have come and gone from this bungalow but we have all got along, all parked considerately etc to the effect we have all squeezed in.

The latest occupant (of 3 weeks) has decided that she will park about 2 metres (just less than a car's length) from the end of the parking section, meaning we are all pushed along and some of us can't fit. I am fed up of parking miles away lugging shopping and babies across roads whilst she hogs 2 spaces.

First of all we tried being pleasant, asking her to move up. She did, at first, ungracefully! Last time we asked her she slammed the door in DP's face-and he was carrying baby which i thought was pretty nasty. She says she has mobilty issues ie she can't walk the extra metre she would need to by moving up-but unfortunately for her I saw her at the local market car boot lugging heavy boxes from her car carrying them a fair distance to her stall - so I am a wee bit cynical about that!

Is it petty to ramp my car up on the kerb in front of hers to box her in and hope she takes the hint?

snooter Sun 23-Jun-13 09:17:25

Very tempting but perhaps better to use the end space yourself, with just enough room such that if she tries to park too close to you you still have room to manoeuvre.

BTW does she have a disabled parking permit? DSS might be interested in her box-lugging activities...

Icelollycraving Sun 23-Jun-13 09:18:13

No,that is not a good idea. We have recently had this with neighbours.
I understand it is frustrating. I don't understand if it is a rental/warden home etc. If so,there should be someone you can discuss it with. Does she have a blue badge etc which would confirm her story?

ENormaSnob Sun 23-Jun-13 09:19:28

I would.

I hate inconsiderate twerps.

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Sun 23-Jun-13 09:20:47

Give her one last 'warning' & tell her that if she can't park her car properly up there, you will.

CSIJanner Sun 23-Jun-13 09:22:05

I think parking on the kerb is illegal unless an emergency or signed, so I wouldn't. But if you can park legally in front of her (accidentally boxing her in) then there's nothing to stop you grin

Justforlaughs Sun 23-Jun-13 09:23:07

It's probably not the best idea, but damn right I would! grin How about putting cones on the road?

MelanieCheeks Sun 23-Jun-13 09:26:45

What's likely to happen if you do something like that?

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Sun 23-Jun-13 09:30:03

I can see why you are tempted, she sounds like a cow.

I think if it was me I would use the end space (leave yourself room for manoeuvre).

mrsnoodle55 Sun 23-Jun-13 09:30:46

I think it is illegal but it might be worth it. Also an equally petty friend has suggested hiring a skip to fill her gap!.. trouble is she hardly ever goes out so trying to pinch the end spot back is going to be difficult!

Antisecco Sun 23-Jun-13 09:32:11

Is the retirement bungalow warden controlled? If so could you perhaps have a word with the warden to ask him/her to mediate?

mrsnoodle55 Sun 23-Jun-13 09:38:07

Good point icelolly and antisecco, I think it is council owned so I will contact them. As she can't reverse park I hoped boxing her in would pursuade her to move up so at least she had the end space and wouldn't need to reverse park, IUSWIM.

HooverFairy Sun 23-Jun-13 09:40:30

Perhaps some of the neighbours could have a word too? If its upsetting more than you then that might have some effect? I'd try that first.

Then I'd box her in, I HATE inconsiderate people smile.

snooter Sun 23-Jun-13 09:41:01

Does she drive a small car? If she hardly ever goes out, perhaps a group of burly blokes could lift it & carry it the few feet into a better position.

I've seen this done with a Mini, to get it into a tiny parking space - bloody funny to watch smile

Antisecco Sun 23-Jun-13 09:41:32

Sorry icelolly I completely missed that had already said that. Can't even claim x post!

Icelollycraving Sun 23-Jun-13 09:54:50


WMittens Sun 23-Jun-13 10:15:50

Does she drive a small car? If she hardly ever goes out, perhaps a group of burly blokes could lift it & carry it the few feet into a better position.

Not really feasible with recent cars.

snozzlemaid Sun 23-Jun-13 10:16:02

I think we need a new topic for all these parking problems.

NightmareWalking Sun 23-Jun-13 10:19:28

Pretty sure pavement parking is only illegal in London, it's ok in the rest of the country as long as you don't obstruct the pavement completely , so if that's the case you're ok. I'd do it - YANBU!

diddl Sun 23-Jun-13 10:25:40

Just use the space that she doesn't!

mrsnoodle55 Sun 23-Jun-13 11:00:09

diddl thats the problem - she takes up 2 spaces by parking in the middle of them. There are none left.

diddl Sun 23-Jun-13 11:10:29

Sorry, I misread-thought she was leaving a car length & didn't notice that she took up two spacesblush

Are the spaces individually marked out or definitely intended for one car per residence?

If not, I'm not sure what you can do.

Pretty certain that here (Germany), it's an offence not to park within the white lines.

mrsnoodle55 Sun 23-Jun-13 11:18:23

I feel a skip beckoning-no diddl spaces aren't marked just thats the way we all know we have to park ie to 'hutch up'. I feel I'm becoming very boring on this issue! I do have a life, honest..

AKissIsNotAContract Sun 23-Jun-13 11:21:41

She can't reverse park? That's crazy, people who can't perform a simple parking manoeuvre shouldn't be allowed to drive.

diddl Sun 23-Jun-13 11:28:43

I'm confused-if spaces aren't marked-how do you know she's taking two?

That said, if the start & end of the parking section are marked out(?), it's clearly not on to not pull up to the line if you take the end spot.

Who is responsible for the parking area?

Would they mark it out individually?

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