We live on a street of mixed houses/flats, private and housing association. Each property has 2 allocated parking spaces and there is also room to park on the street. Of the 4 houses in a tucked away corner (not directly on street), we are the only house with parking at the front, the others have parking at the back of the houses in a car park.
We have always had people parking in our spaces as it’s more convenient, mostly we ignore visitors etc as we only have one car. It is marked as private parking. A new family have moved in and are using our second space every day, parking close to our car making it difficult to open the car doors on one side (my kids not that careful so i’m worried we will mark their car!). I put a polite note on their car in case they thought it was public parking but this hasn’t stopped them.
A few days ago we parked in the middle of the two spaces but they still managed to squeeze in next to us making it impossible for me to open my driver door and they covered a pavement on the other side 😬 We have now resorted to borrowing a friends car to put on the second space but this will be only be for a few days.
AIBU to expect them to park elsewhere, leaving my extra allocated space free?
Agree you should look into bollards or some other method of physically blocking the spaces.
From what you say about other people parking there because it’s more convenient, its clearly a problem that is going to continue even if the new neighbours listen to you and find somewhere else to park.
Thanks for the replies. We had the same situation about 5 years ago and those neighbours never spoke to us again when we blocked off the space with plant pots. I’m going to pop round and speak to them later but just get the feeling that it won’t make a difference. Looks like we’ll have to get bollards.