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Get the popcorn, it's a parking one!

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ReallyAIBU Wed 01-Feb-17 21:37:21

Might be long, as I don't want to drip feed.......
I live on a cul-de-sac with a community centre and accommodation for the elderly. There are parking bays with a sign outside the centre advising parking is strictly for residents and visitors only.
When we first moved here, there were plenty of spaces, as not many of the elderly residents had cars. Over the years, there has been an increase in the number of cars, which can sometimes mean we struggle to get a space, but hey ho that's life.

Anyway, recently a family moved from this road to a nearby road but are still parking their family car in one of the parking bays. The car is their 2nd car, so it is not used very often (maybe twice a week). So for the majority of the week, it is parked in a bay, preventing residents from parking in that bay.
There has been a thread on a local FB page from one of the residents, complaining about non-residents parking here. One of the first people to reply was the husband of the person who is parking her car here! He said that there always used to be parking problems when they lived here, and now they have moved to a road with worse parking problems. So they continue to leave their 2nd car parked here, despite living on a different road!
AIBU to be extremely irradiated by their lack of consideration and total selfishness?

I think we need a picture to decide!

Are they private parking? (As in they are paid for by you under your rent etc) if not, I don't think there is much you can do.

londonrach Wed 01-Feb-17 21:41:11

Private parking or public road?

m0therofdragons Wed 01-Feb-17 21:42:30

We had a similar set up outside the local school and police advised there was no legal enforcement just good will that people would follow the signs. Depends on the contract. This was a housing association but others may differ.

ReallyAIBU Wed 01-Feb-17 21:46:36

It's a public road with sign advising parking is for residents and visitors only (sign has been put up by company who manages the community centre and accommodation)
I know on a public road, there is not much that can be done. However, I just find it irritating that this family used to complain about the parking situation when they lived here, and even though they have moved they continue to park here.

Flingmoo Wed 01-Feb-17 21:51:35

YANBU to be annoyed. Of course it's annoying and inconvenient. It definitely feels unfair when a neighbour has two or three cars and hogs the parking space so that you can't even park your one car anywhere near your house.

Luckily we don't have this issue but my parents have these sorts of issues where they live. They have car and one van. The car gets parked on the driveway and the van is supposed to be parked on the road opposite the house. However the neighbours have two cars, plus their two teenage boys cars, so that's four cars total... additionally the teenage boys' girlfriends often park their cars outside too when they visit! So that's 4-6 cars hogging the space outside the houses. The neighbours don't have a driveway because they converted their driveway into a small front lawn instead confused So often the van has to get parked further away.

Ugh, parking.

AlexanderHamilton Wed 01-Feb-17 21:55:21

I'm a bit confused.

The centre has put a sign up saying parking is for residents only but the actual parking bays are on a public road, not privately owned & there is no council administered residents parking scheme in place?

If so the sign is not legal & people can park where they like surely.

WhatchaMaCalllit Wed 01-Feb-17 21:56:45

Do residents and visitors using these spaces have to display a residents or visitors permit? If so, you may need to annonymously contact the council that a non resident non visitor is using a permit and can they do something about it.
If no permits are needed and it is on a public road I don't think there is anything you can do apart from stamp your feet up and down a bit in a huff smile
If there are no permits required currently, perhaps look into something like that so that they are linked to the address of the owner.

Palomb Wed 01-Feb-17 22:01:45

It would irradiate me too!

wink

TarragonChicken Wed 01-Feb-17 22:02:05

Lobby council for a controlled parking zone? If it isn't controlled then there's no reason for them not to park there.

PerpendicularVincent Wed 01-Feb-17 22:21:27

You have to have some felt tips so you can draw us a diagram, OP.

WhatchaMaCalllit Thu 02-Feb-17 10:51:08

Palomb - LOL! I'm only spotting that now smile wink

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