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Do people have any parking rights over the public road immediately outside their house?

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BadgerBadger Sat 16-Apr-05 22:16:36

I am asking as today the woman opposite us came and complained that one of the guests at my DD1's birthday party was parked outside her house and demended she move the car (which she did).

Thing is, the last time one of my visitors parked outside her house (my midwife just prior to my homebirth) she accosted her in the street and demanded she move her car. I'm irritated because I would understand her problem if we consistently parked outside her house rather than ours maybe, but I'm talking about two occasions (and special ones at that!) in the space of nearly a year!

She's obviously very, very petty. But does she have any legal rights to this area of public road at all?

(She also has a drive capable of housing two or three cars, BTW!)

Rowlers Sat 16-Apr-05 22:18:26

No - she's just barking.

Blossomhill Sat 16-Apr-05 22:18:47

Are you parking across her drive though, the dropped kerb???

ButtonMoon Sat 16-Apr-05 22:19:16

No not unless you are blocking access to her property. If you have paid your road tax then you can park anywhere on a public highway(except where there are parking restrictions)

KatieMac Sat 16-Apr-05 22:19:22

No - you can block an empty drive, but not block someone in. You can park anywhere on the public highway as long as you follow the highway code.

tiredemma Sat 16-Apr-05 22:19:53

and just to piss her off i would tell all future guests to park outside her house.

misdee Sat 16-Apr-05 22:19:54

as long as they arent blocking her drive then no. mieow has problems with members of the public blocking her drive daily. sher lives close to a hospital and people park in her street rather than pay the car park fee, or even better drive another 15seconds up the rd (an extra 1mins walk) and use the free car park round the corner at the playing fields.

Tinker Sat 16-Apr-05 22:19:55

No, she has no rights about it. A long as vehicle taxed, can park anywhere on public road (assuming no parking restriction of course)

AnnieQ Sat 16-Apr-05 22:20:15

No, she has no rights to park on the road outside her house.

expatinscotland Sat 16-Apr-05 22:20:46

the road is a public place. unless you're blocking her driveway or she has parking restrictions on the road in front of her house there's n/thing she can do.

piffpaffpuff Sat 16-Apr-05 22:21:42

eps is spot on

BadgerBadger Sat 16-Apr-05 22:22:14

If a visitor to my house blocked her drive, I'd ask them to move!

That's not the case though, they were outside her property each time, but no where near her drive entrance.

Tiredemma, I was thinking along those lines.

bubble99 Sat 16-Apr-05 22:23:18

No. She has no rights at all and I demand you buy, road tax and permanently park a big, smelly bus there asap to really piss her off.

BadgerBadger Sat 16-Apr-05 22:23:44

TBH, I thought this was the case and I've found it embarrasing to have to ask a guest to shift their car when they obviously haven't parked where they shouldn't!

BadgerBadger Sat 16-Apr-05 22:24:20

bubble, I was thinking a big smelly skip

fisil Sat 16-Apr-05 22:27:42

My neighbour does the same BadgerBadger, and what I do is when guests arrive I go and stand in the middle of the road and shout to them "oh, why don't you move the car, the people at that house are really funny about people parking in front of their house." I know it doesn't solve anything, but it makes me feel good (especially if they have their windows open!)

kid Sat 16-Apr-05 22:29:11

As far as I know, as long as you are not blocking her drive then she has no right over the road. She is just being petty. How likely is she to damage the car if you didn't move it?

When I first moved to my new house, I parked right next to my back gate (off road parking) and a lady that lives opposite shouted over the balcony at me that I couldn't park there. I was so shocked, I asked her what she said and she repeated that I couldn't park there as its someones parking space. I replied 'yeah its mine, I live here' and just walked off. She has been so lovely to me since, she always asks after the kids.

BadgerBadger Sat 16-Apr-05 22:30:38

Fisil, oooh yes, I could see myself enjoying that!

SaintGeorge Sat 16-Apr-05 22:30:56

Bumped a thread in education about dyscalculia Badger - am I right in thinking this is what you have? If so, would you mind having a read and seeing if you can offer any advice. TIA

And I agree with everyone else. Unless it is a private road (which obviously you would know cos you live there) she has no rights.

BadgerBadger Sat 16-Apr-05 22:32:57

Hiya SG I'll have a look......

Kid, this woman seems ok in other ways, but this is definitely her pet hate!

kid Sat 16-Apr-05 22:37:14

I would get someone to park outside her house and walk off down the road (or go into your house at the back door) just so she won't know whos car it is.
I think you have to help her overcome her problem. The more cars the better

bubble99 Sat 16-Apr-05 22:48:20

We live in flats which have a shared carpark. There are no allocated spaces but my neighbour is obsessed with "his" space and is weird enough, if someone parks there, to wait until they have gone then go, rain or shine, to move his car back into that space. When we first moved here and I parked in his pet space he knocked and asked me to move my car. I told him that as I had(then) two children and shopping etc to carry, I would park in whichever space was closest to our flat no matter who it "belonged" to.

milward Sat 16-Apr-05 22:52:42

Do you have a community police officr that could explain to her that the road outside her house isn't hers and that anyone can park there. Don't want to take up the polices time but she sounds like she needs the issue explaining to her by someone who is an authority on the subject. How annoying for you & family.

Ellaroo Sat 16-Apr-05 22:55:40

Isn't it weird how wound up people get about their parking spaces - (there is no off-road parking at all in our street, so this had nothing to do with blocked driveways). We'd always got on quite well with our next door neighbour for the three years prior to this, but one night when we'd parked outside his house earlier in the day he stood outside in his underpants at 9 oclock at night bellowing the 'c' word over and over again threatening to put a brick through our front window unless we came out and moved it immediately. We were absolutely terrified and my dh went out and moved the car but it was nearly a week before I left the house after that as I was so scared.

alux Sat 16-Apr-05 22:57:52

I would like the send DH who is built like a brick sh*thouse to go park in front of her house and HOPE she'd say something to him. I bet you she'd quickly realise that her pet hate is not that important anymore. I suspect that she knows who she can bully around though.

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