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AIBU or is the camper van owning neighbour?

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WienerDiva Thu 03-Mar-16 14:21:00

Just that really, they've got a HUGE mobile home thing parked on the one side of the road that allows parking.
Parking is already very limited, everyone around here is for the most part considerate when parking. And we all have parking for at least one vehicle at the back of our houses.

But, I can't help but feel that our neighbour is taking the mick with it..
The mobile home thingy isn't parked fairly (IMO).
It about half a car's length away from the end of the parking block, the vehicle itself is nearly two cars worth of length and its parked partially blocking the pavement (probably because it's so wide that buses and other traffic might hit it if it wasn't mounted on the kerb).
It's also not moved in the last 3 weeks, and I haven't known until today who it belongs to, would I be completely out of order to ask him to move it?

HeyMacWey Thu 03-Mar-16 14:23:45

Although I might have a word if it's blocking the pavement.

MothertotheLordsofmisrule Thu 03-Mar-16 14:24:12

If it is a public road they are entitled to park.
But maybe a nice word about if they could back it up to the end of the parking block as its causes a bit of s parking issue - offer to spot for them!

AliceInUnderpants Thu 03-Mar-16 14:24:48

It shouldn't be parked on the kerb.

But where do you suggest they park it other than at their home?

OurBlanche Thu 03-Mar-16 14:28:30

They could do what many other owners of them do, rent a space. That seems to be a common thing to do when you don't have your own drive/parking space. It saves pissing off the neighbours...

But mainly, it shouldn't be parked on the pavement, even partially.

WienerDiva Thu 03-Mar-16 14:29:39

I suppose I'm most bothered that that a blank space towards the end of the kerb and that they're on the kerb.

They do have parking for it at the back of their house (Victorian terrace properties, all have garages or parking spaces).

I suppose if they swapped it with their car then it would free up a couple of spaces for those that could really do with it.

I have a child with mobility issues (we're actually moving in a few months for this very reason) and I know a few doors from me there is an older couple who drive and she's in a wheelchair and they've had problems parking their car and getting her wheelchair past.

Good idea about asking him to budge up though and offering to spot for him.

PickleSarnie Thu 03-Mar-16 14:29:42

We have a covenant (or whatever they're called) that bans the parking of caravans (and I assume mobile homes) Along with front fences and washing lines in front garden amongst other things.

Do you have something like that too? In which case, definitely not unreasonable to ask him to move

PennyPasta Thu 03-Mar-16 14:29:57

Most responsible caravan/motorhome owners, if they don't have a drive, use a caravan storage area. Cassoa have over 400 listed, and there are lots more out there. Search tool here

LeaLeander Thu 03-Mar-16 14:31:03

There must be storage facilities they can rent for a vehicle that size. Planning for that expense is part & parcel of owning a mobile home. One can't expect residential neighbors to look at that eyesore 365 days a year.

In my community there are rules against parking RVs on the public street and even in one's own driveway. It must be parked behind the house out of sight or stored elsewhere.

Actually my neighborhood also has a rule that NO vehicles can be parked at the curb from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. - to prevent the streets from being lined nonstop with cars. They will be ticketed if found out there in the middle of the night. Keeps a nice neat look to the neighborhood.

SweetieDrops Thu 03-Mar-16 14:31:23

Aren't there rules about keeping caravans on council property, you can't exceed a set number of days per year where I am. Most people that have them use a local storage place for them unless they have a big driveway.

WienerDiva Thu 03-Mar-16 14:33:56

Pickle, that's ringing bells, I'll check out paperwork.

I just think it's a little mean spirited, (parking on the kerb aside), it's not illegal but it's not really polite to the neighbours either.

Most of the families here have two to three cars per home, a I get first come first served, tough titties if you're too late, but this one has been here, not budged, for 3 weeks.

WhatALoadOfOldBollocks Thu 03-Mar-16 14:37:10

YANBU, but get ready for all the posts saying "YABU, if it's taxed and on the public highway they're not doing anything wrong", completely ignoring the fact that parking is limited. If it were me I'd ask that, as parking is so limited and that the bloody thing is taking up 2.5 spaces that would they mind moving it to the end of the block to free up that half a space.

I have similar issues with my NDN. They are a pleasant couple but around Christmas they got a 3rd car, and the parking here is limited enough as it is. We are supposed to have 2 spaces each, although none are marked, so IMHO they are being unfair to take extra. I suspect they plan to get rid of it, but judging by the pile of garden crap they dumped there last summer whilst doing their patio, I think it might be staying there some time sad

BaronessEllaSaturday Thu 03-Mar-16 14:37:55

If it is a motor-home as opposed to a mobile home then the caravan rules will not apply to it as it is a licensed and fully legal motor vehicle rather than a caravan (well assuming it is licensed, insured and MOT)

LurkingHusband Thu 03-Mar-16 14:39:40

We have a covenant (or whatever they're called) that bans the parking of caravans (and I assume mobile homes) Along with front fences and washing lines in front garden amongst other things.

The problem with that, is actually enforcing it.

diddl Thu 03-Mar-16 14:42:15

I would have thought that the fact that it's permanently(?) on the pavement would be enough to get it moved.

Unless the spaces are individually marked out I guess the fact that it's longer than a car doesn't matter.

fiftyval Thu 03-Mar-16 14:44:39

Photo and report to council for parking on pavement citing the problem being caused for the wheelchair user.If a vehicle can't be parked safely and without causing obstruction on the road , the driver has no right to take over the pavement - they should park elsewhere. Sick of drivers who think their convenience entitles them to use the pavement.

WienerDiva Thu 03-Mar-16 14:48:46

I just gave the council a call and apparently I have to speak to the POLICE!

Not sure it's worth wasting their time, once I' finally manage to park (currently sat in my car ready to park and have been since 2.15). I'll go and Knox on the door and see if I can appeal to their reasonable side.

I'm blocking the pavement a bit but I'm moving out of the way for anyone in in need case anyone asks!

BigQueenBee Thu 03-Mar-16 14:49:13

YANBU. Even if they are not in breaching of any bylaws, it's taking the piss.
Better that they rent a caravan parking place, and probably save £££'s on insurance.

CheesyWeez Thu 03-Mar-16 14:55:01

What do you mean, offer to spot for them / good idea about offering to spot for him? I've never heard that expression blush

Bishybishybarnabee Thu 03-Mar-16 14:57:56

We have a similar neighbour, leaves it parked in the same spot for weeks on end. It over hangs the pavement and can make it quite difficult to get around it with a prom etc. Yes, they are entitled to park there but so annoying!

Bishybishybarnabee Thu 03-Mar-16 14:58:10


WienerDiva Thu 03-Mar-16 14:58:32

Offer to spot, I'm assuming meant guiding his vehicle to the end of the block.

Just went and had a chat with the owner of the vehicle and he isn't budging.

And I can't quite believe that he told be he has someone in a wheelchair in his house and he isn't blocking the path anymore than than the trees!

Need a wine

NotMeNotYouNotAnyone Thu 03-Mar-16 15:26:20

You've been waiting to park for over half an hour? Blocking the pavement? hmm

SquinkiesRule Thu 03-Mar-16 15:33:27

If he's that stubborn then call the community officer let them have a chat with him. Or go ahead and call the police on him. We have neighbors with big RV's two have made their front gardens into RV parking and it looks hideous, lovely view from their living rooms now. One moved his to Caravan parking down the road, much better.

LurkingHusband Thu 03-Mar-16 15:41:00

We have a similar neighbour, leaves it parked in the same spot for weeks on end. It over hangs the pavement and can make it quite difficult to get around it with a pram etc.

But a pram can be pushed off the kerb, around the vehicle, and lifted back on relatively easily.

A wheelchair/mobility scooter can't. If they meet an obstacle like that, it's turn around, and look for a dropped kerb that isn't blocked.

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