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A parking one!

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holidaysareoverated Wed 29-Jul-15 10:02:26

We have put in a new driveway and the council have dropped the kerb outside. However, they have failed to remove the markings that there used to be a parking space there. The markings are a bit of a mess as the old markings are there alongside the guides the council have put there to show where they are moving the parking space to.

A young girl has come along, parked her car, put her headphones in and walked off in the direction of the town centre. I didn't have time to run out and stop her and the headphones meant shouting after her wouldn't have done any good.

Would I be unreasonable to request that the council send a warden out to give her a ticket?

There is no way that she could have missed that she was parking across our drive. It's large and has a big car parked on it. There were 2 parking spaces there and our drive is bang in the middle... she has parked her small Fiesta in the middle too. So right over the dropped kerb with no attempt to leave any room for access. Had it still been a parking space she would be effectively stopping another car from being able to park there. If she had parked at the beginning or end of the bay we could have still got off our driveway.

So What would you do?

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NoisyOyster Wed 29-Jul-15 10:03:35

Ring the council. Dropped kerb = no no

holidaysareoverated Wed 29-Jul-15 10:16:50

That's what I think but my husband thinks that because the bay markings are still there they won't come out.

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NoisyOyster Wed 29-Jul-15 10:17:47

That's their issue to be fair. They dropped the kerb it didn't complete the job.

Hey, whilst they're there..... <hand them a brush...>

holidaysareoverated Wed 29-Jul-15 10:21:13

Well I've reported it... now hoping a warden comes soon.

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NoisyOyster Wed 29-Jul-15 10:29:01

Be warned you may need a follow up call in a few hours if they can't be arsed haven't had time to come round yet

User100 Wed 29-Jul-15 10:35:00

It's difficult, it's probably more the councils fault than hers. Frustrating for you I agree but if it's unclear what the markings are meant to mean it would be very unfair (and probably wouldn't stick) if they have her a ticket. I'd take photos and use it to point out the the council that they need to come and sort it out (which will also be of more help to you in the long run).

Jinglebells99 Wed 29-Jul-15 10:43:27

I think the council is at fault for not changing the markings on the road marking out the bay. It sounds confusing and it will probably happen again and again until they change the road markings. Going after this one girl, isn't going to prevent others making the same mistake in the future.

holidaysareoverated Wed 29-Jul-15 10:55:58

There is no way she could have missed that she was parking over my drive though... with my car on. Surely nobody would think that a marked bay would be in operation across a dropped kerb?

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holidaysareoverated Wed 29-Jul-15 11:32:21

Just went out to put a note on the car to ask them not to block my driveway again. They have a residents permit! Whoch means that they won't be moving at 12pm when the restrictions kick in like I thought. So I may actually have to call and have them towed if they are still there when I need to do the school run.

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dingit Wed 29-Jul-15 11:35:53

School run?

thecatsarecrazy Wed 29-Jul-15 11:40:29

Where are you op? School run?

holidaysareoverated Wed 29-Jul-15 11:44:27

Nursery school.... not proper school.

I had assumed the girl was going into town and would be back before parking restrictions kicked in at lunchtime. Now I'm worried she has parked up and gone off to work. We are right near a main line station so she could be gone all day.

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TheRealAmyLee Wed 29-Jul-15 11:44:57

If it's a young girl she is probably confused if there are 2 bays over the drive then another 2 marked either side. The council need to sort it out.

Dropped kerb is a big no no but if she's nervous and new to driving she may not have noticed, especially if it isn't the norm on your street.

I am confused as to how you still have a school run though, thought all kids were on holiday now?

holidaysareoverated Wed 29-Jul-15 11:56:50

Nursery school!

The new bays aren't marked yet there are just guide marks to show the contractors where to mark out. So the road looks a mess with white spray .... most people would hesitate as it's not clear what the markings mean. In any case if it was still a bay she has parked in such a way as to take up the entire 2 car bay for one small Fiesta.

She now has a ticket anyway as the wardens are out ready to pounce on anybody without a permit. I will remove my note as if she comes back she is going to realise she has parked badly without me needing to tell her.

I just hope she is back in the next couple of hours or I will need to have her towed. I'm pregnant and the nursery is far away. DH is telling me just to drive over the pavement to get out if she is till there but I don't see why I should have to?

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NoisyOyster Wed 29-Jul-15 12:00:37

You shouldn't have to. Get her towed

Tooooooohot Wed 29-Jul-15 12:03:12

Just get her towed, sounds like she needs to be taught a lesson in consideration

holidaysareoverated Wed 29-Jul-15 12:05:15

I was hoping the ticket would do that!

Anybody know how long it takes for the police to come and tow? I will give her a couple of hours to see if she comes back but then I am going to have to call.

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ExitPursuedByABear Wed 29-Jul-15 12:06:54

Place marking.

I love a good parking thread.

brew biscuit

heyheyheygoodbye Wed 29-Jul-15 12:08:13

Ring them now! Who the fuck parks over someone's drive? Even if there are some old markings there, surely the dropped kerb and car in the driveway would be enough. What a bellend.


MythicalKings Wed 29-Jul-15 12:14:15

<settles down>


SoupDragon Wed 29-Jul-15 12:15:27

I wonder if the ticket was for not parking in a bay or for parking over a dropped kerb.

ijustwannadance Wed 29-Jul-15 12:16:37

While parking over someones drive is a shitty thing to do, she now has a parking ticket so won't be daft enough to do it again. However, the fact that you can actually get out of your drive (as pointed out by husband) means getting car towed just makes you spiteful. Pester council every day until road markings change.

PrimalLass Wed 29-Jul-15 12:17:25

Don't get her towed if you can drive over the kerb and get out. That could cost her hundreds and is a bit mean if it's not 100% clear what's going on with the road.

SoupDragon Wed 29-Jul-15 12:17:57

What's not clear about a dropped kerb leading to a driveway with a car on it?

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