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Parking thread! With diagram! And notes!

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Sisinisawa Thu 11-May-17 18:52:35

I know you all love a good parking thread.

Currently we are having some work done on our house, and are unable to use our drive.

Before, one of us would park on the drive and the other outside the house but the builders like to park outside the house so we are having to park elsewhere.

We live on a quiet road and everyone parks outside their houses. There's never any issues.

I am mostly parking at the purple locations on the diagram which are outside people's houses but not usually used for parking. Sometimes I park outside our house however if I feel like it and will need the car the next morning.

DH has mostly been parking either outside our house as he gets home after the builders leave, and leaves before the arrive, or at the green location which is a parking layby.

The layby has no restrictions. There are no parking restrictions around here at all.

So the other night DH found a note on his car. It's the crumpled one in the pic. It says "please note this is for (Road name) residents only. Please park elsewhere. Thank you.

DH knocked on the door of the house the layby is outside and asked if they minded him parking there and they said no. They also said they hadn't put the note there.

It's worth me mentioning that on occasion if someone has been parked outside our house I have parked in the layby and no one has ever said anything. DH has a distinctive car which it's possible people might think is flashy. I drive a standard mum type car. This might be relevant.

Anyway we ignored the note but for the next few days DH has parked elsewhere as spaces were available.

Last night he parked in the layby and this morning found note 2 which is in capitals and a bit aggressive.

I think the reference to trust houses is the HA houses as these roads were built by a housing trust years ago and many are still HA. Ours is privately owned. This may be relevant.

DH is worried that his car might get damaged next. We've no idea who is leaving the notes. DH wants to go knocking to find out but I think this might be a bad idea.

What's clear is that they're pissed off and we need to handle it somehow as our builders will be here for a few more weeks yet.

So ok I know I'm not BU but it looks like this might escalate and I'd like some advice. DH wants to phone the HA and/or council but I think maybe police?

We've lived here nearly ten years and are considerate neighbour's so this is both annoying and concerning.

Sisinisawa Thu 11-May-17 18:53:27

By the way red is our house and orange is probably not relevant but is a cul de sac.

PotteringAlong Thu 11-May-17 18:56:15

If there is not a residents parking permit scheme then it's not for residents only and they're talking rubbish. Just ignore.

honeylulu Thu 11-May-17 18:59:13

Can he leave his own note on the car: " We ARE residents of X Road. Please rest assured your concerns are unwarranted."

Shootfirstaskquestionslater Thu 11-May-17 18:59:39

I agree with PotteringAlong maybe get in touch with the HA/council and see if there are any permits for parking there if not carry on parking there and tell the note right to GFT.

OMGtwins Thu 11-May-17 19:01:36

Perhaps leave a note on the dashboard telling them the car is yours, why it is not in front of your house at the moment and with your house number/mobile number on it for them to ring in case of any issues?

That should diffuse the rage if they think you guys are chancers, fingers crossed.

Also if you're worried your cars might be damaged take photos after you've parked them so you can prove when any damage might have happened. Take photos of and keep all notes too.

You can't do much else tbh. People are funny and get the rage for all sorts of reasons. Who knows what might have pressed their buttons that day? Shrugs

Sisinisawa Thu 11-May-17 19:02:25

Honey we live in the adjacent road but not the road they've named. They must know where we live as DH's car is easily recognisable although not a super flashy sports car.

mickeysminnie Thu 11-May-17 19:02:55

I'd leave a note saying "I am a resident! No xx. If you care to call in and discuss!

Cheby Thu 11-May-17 19:04:25

Is the layby marked as restricted parking at all?

Bluntness100 Thu 11-May-17 19:04:53

Yup, I'd say there is a good chance his car will be keyed next or his tyres slashed. Is fhere no where else he can park? It's all very well to take the legal route, ignore it and say you've got every right, but that doesn't pay the excess on your insurance or your increased premiums when some twat damages the car, and lets face it, that's a significant risk.

bakingcupcakes Thu 11-May-17 19:05:07

I'd write a return note as Honey suggested and if they continue ignore.

Sisinisawa Thu 11-May-17 19:05:54

Cheby no. No restrictions at all.
I've parked there before over the years with no issue at all.

Sisinisawa Thu 11-May-17 19:07:27

Bluntness the only other spaces would be the ones our neighbours use so not really. Otherwise he'd need to go a few streets away which is daft when there's a space in the layby which is often empty!

LunchBoxPolice Thu 11-May-17 19:08:50

DH has mostly been parking either outside our house as he gets home after the builders leave, and leaves before the arrive

So why doesn't he do that everyday?
He is doing nothing wrong parking in the layby if there are no restrictions, but people can be arseholes and will likely damage the car.

Sisinisawa Thu 11-May-17 19:11:49

Lunchbox because sometimes I park there. And sometimes other people park there. It is his preferred option but not always possible.

I'm tempted to put mine in the layby and see if I get a note.

picklemepopcorn Thu 11-May-17 19:15:57

Is there a shortage of parking on that road? Is someone else having to traipse around because he is there? I think you need to swap cars about a bit, and leave a note on his when he does leave it there.

picklemepopcorn Thu 11-May-17 19:16:18

And get a dash cam to film who does it!

greeeen Thu 11-May-17 19:22:18

Check with the trust that you are right about the parking. If you are, write your own note explaining it's parking for everyone and please call the trust xxx number if in doubt. If you are worried about vandalism install a dash cam.

Etymology23 Thu 11-May-17 19:26:48

I think I'd just swap so I was parked in the layby. You may well be "ok" parking there legally but I wouldn't risk getting keyed for the sake of it!

Shamoo Thu 11-May-17 19:27:14

You park in the layby, he parks where you have been parking.

VerySadInside Thu 11-May-17 19:29:48

Just put a note saying you are resident of x road- pretend you don't know they know who you are. and that it is a temporary parking solution, if you wish to discuss please call xxxxxx.

Redglitter Thu 11-May-17 19:30:10

If I was you I'd put my (less distinctive) car in the layby instead.

AwaywiththePixies27 Thu 11-May-17 19:36:58

Honey we live in the adjacent road but not the road they've named.

So you don't live on X road then? You live on Y road but sometimes DH parks in said layby on X road?

To be honest. I'd check with the HA for starters. My DM lives in this sort of set up, with laybys for parking, after years of not being able to get anywhere close to their own homes for parking Jenga it has become a residents only layby. Then when you've established that, just ignore them.

SkippyFox Thu 11-May-17 19:53:59

Dash cam plus note in the dashboard.

I am parking here because we have builders working on our house. I'm sorry if this annoys you but as there are no parking restrictions I'm going to be parking here on and off for a few more weeks. Feel free to contact the local authority parking enforcement department if you have any doubts that I'm allowed to park here
Please do not leave anymore notes on my car as it sets off my dashcam unnecessarily

Or something. Shorter would be better.

PeaFaceMcgee Thu 11-May-17 19:56:47

Why would you involve the police? They haven't actually threatened you / the car - they've just used CAPITALS

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