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A parking one!

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MyKidsHaveTakenMySanity Sun 29-Jan-17 20:27:59

Disclaimer: I know public roads don't belong to the householder but bear with me please.

WIBU to ask the neighbours to ask their son and his GF to park their cars more considerately? (And outside the neighbour's house if possible but that's pushing it)
We're in very long 2 up, 2 down flats so there's enough space for 3 cars to park comfortably outside each house on the road with plenty of space between. Next door doesn't have anyone living above so there's even extra room outside theirs.

The problem is, the grown up son and girlfriend visit for a few days a week and for some reason they like to leave just a couple of inches less than a car space between each vehicle so that even the best parallel parker can't get a car in. So, between those 3 cars and our upstairs neighbour (who does park very considerately,) we can get neither my husband's nor my car in and both have to park on another street. No doubt pissing someone else off

We do like our neighbours and really, really don't want to risk starting one of those bloody ridiculous feuds so should we just keep quiet? I know it's only an inconvenience and unloading the monthly shop takes 10x as long, but it just annoys me that we will always park elsewhere if it meant taking what we consider to be the neighbour's space but their kids seem to be going out of their way to stop us parking at all. I watched the son purposely reverse back from outside their house when he pulled in to outside ours today and there was no reason at all except to spread the cars out?

Maybe we're already in a neighbour feud and we don't know?

I know I'm being U but would it really be U to say something anyway?

Figure17a Sun 29-Jan-17 20:37:14

Is it because he knows that if possible you'd park close behind and he'd struggle to get our?

GlitteryFluff Sun 29-Jan-17 20:39:37

This happened to us a few times, so I wrote a note and put it on car, polite but just saying can you park in a way that maximises the space we are allowed to park in so other cars can park too.
It stopped. But I don't know if it was the 'right' thing to do.
I should add I didn't know who's car it was so couldn't knock on a door and speak and tbh I'm a wimp so wouldn't have anyway.

RandomMess Sun 29-Jan-17 20:44:00

Urgh I wish you could pay to have parking bays painted!!! I hate parking too close to other cars and then end up wasting too much space. Parking bays would really help!

UrethaFranklin Sun 29-Jan-17 20:58:26

My neighbours do exactly the same. if they would just move forward/backward by a few inches, you'd get another car in! But no, they like to leave about a 4 foot gap between them and the car infront, and then their partner will pull up behind but leave another 4 foot gap. Bloody inconsiderate parking!

MyKidsHaveTakenMySanity Sun 29-Jan-17 21:02:01

Figure17a, I don't think it's that because the son is very good at parallel parking (I've seen it when we've been parked) and there's still loads of space for all 6 cars to park with plenty of room between to get in and out.

I'm not wanting everyone to squash up together, but just to park normally. I wonder if the son doesn't like us now as we only moved in 9 months ago and for the first few months he lived with his parents and he parked absolutely fine. We're on great terms with his folks too.

(Oh and to clarify, we've never blocked them in at all or even got close to touching their cars parking up so I can rule out retaliation or prevention of that)

Figure17a Sun 29-Jan-17 21:03:58

If your on great terms with his parents, mention it to them. If he does have an issue they'll tell you and if it's just thoughtlessness they'll tell him.

janesmom Sun 29-Jan-17 21:12:57

Yanbu but perhaps raise delicately to avoid making too much of a thing out of it!

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