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Cones reserving parking spaces

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waitingforlifetostart · 29/07/2017 13:14

I live on a street that is quite narrow so there's only parking down one side. There's occasionally not enough spaces so people have to park elsewhere (in th last few months I've had to park away from the street twice so not massively often). There are no specified spaces and it's not a parking permit zone.
A few people have started to put cones out to reserve a space. Aibu to think this isn't acceptable. It's a public road with no one having reserved spaces. Would you move the cones? I don't know who is doing it but it's likely to be the person whose house is next to the coned areas I think. I don't want to get into parking wars as in general the street is friendly. Wwyd?

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honeysucklejasmine · 29/07/2017 13:16

Move the cones. See who comes out of the house to challenge you. Ask local PC SO to explain concept of public highway to them.


NotSuchASmugMarriedNow1 · 29/07/2017 13:17

Yes just move said cones


waitingforlifetostart · 29/07/2017 13:20

I can see this ending badly if they see me moving them. They clearly feel quite strongly if they've found/borrowed/stolen/bought cones.

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Finnbuktu · 29/07/2017 13:22

I cannot stand this mentality that people MUST park immediately outside their house. Unless they are disabled or have mobility issues, they can fuck right off.

I live in an area where parking is terrible and I often have to park and walk 4-5 minutes to my house. I accept that's just the way it is and everybody else is in the same boat. On the odd occasion I come across cones, I move them and park in the space. Cheeky fuckers are actually doing me a favour, can't believe my luck when I find a coned-off space!


StillDrivingMeBonkers · 29/07/2017 13:23

Meve the cones. I do Grin


NotSuchASmugMarriedNow1 · 29/07/2017 13:23

Eh??? How will it end badly ??? Of course they will see you move them just explain they can't reserve bits of the public highway for their own personal use that's actually hilarious!


BarbarianMum · 29/07/2017 13:24

Move the cones. Unless they are outside a church. Cones outside a church usually means a funeral is due.


NotSuchASmugMarriedNow1 · 29/07/2017 13:25

I also remove towels left on sunbeds. I take no shit me Wink


Needsomeflapjacks · 29/07/2017 13:25

Ask to see the deeds of their road ownership. . . Then park there.
Unless their surname is Boswell they are idiots. .


LizzieMacQueen · 29/07/2017 13:30

That's pretty poor of your neighbour unless they are waiting for a delivery of something massively heavy.

Have you a local community group you can contact?


waitingforlifetostart · 29/07/2017 13:31

Thanks. I'll move them.

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waitingforlifetostart · 29/07/2017 13:32

No community group I don't think. It's more than one house that's done it.

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NotSuchASmugMarriedNow1 · 29/07/2017 13:33

No Facebook community group? Spotted or anything like that?


StillDrivingMeBonkers · 29/07/2017 13:36

I'd quote somesuch obstruction of the highways malarkey at them

Section 137.


manateeandcake · 29/07/2017 13:53

My mum does this -- puts a cone outside her house to keep her parking space. Sounds like a very similar street. The first time I saw her do it I was shocked and told her she wbu. Didn't stop her doiyit though Grin The thing is, she would be outraged if she was on the other side of this. She has been known to remove towels from sun loungers in her time. If someone move down her cone, I think she'd just suck it up as she k owns deep down it's ridiculous.


WeyHay · 29/07/2017 13:54

I lived on a street once where the 4 houses (one terrace row sort of) shared a passage through to our back gates & there were cones stored there. We used them for big delivery vehicles. I didn't have a car so when I came to move out, I needed to reserve a spot for the removal van. Anyone else would have just parked their car there & moved it for the van. I couldn't so I used the communal cones, with a big note saying "Removals Van arriving 7am tomorrow" on it. Everyone was fine - well, no-one complained (might not be the same thing!) but if I had had a complaint I would have pointed out that I didn't own a car & therefore had been doing them a parking favour for the lat umpteen years.

That's a reasonable (although probably not legal) use of cones. Reserving a parking space permanently with cones isn't.

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