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This is a bit of a recurrent gripe but with a twist.  Yes, it's resident only/permit parking again, combined with arrogant students!

I live on a street where, during a working day and some evenings, parking is an absolute nightmare.  This is due to two contributing factors; the large college and the close proximity of the city centre.

Now I know I shouldn't complain as both of these were established when we bought the house but I'm going to.  I tend to avoid the problem by cycling to work (it's only 7 miles and it doesn't take any longer than driving) and my partner walks (only 2 miles she gets shouted at if she drives).  However, there are occasions when one of us requires the use of the car during the day.  If I need the car and know I'll be back during the day, then I stick a couple of traffic cones out.  Nine times out of ten, they've been moved when I return and someone else is parked in my spot.  Now this doesn't actually annoy me if I can find another spot nearby.  But half the time I have to park over a mile away and wait for some cars to move before I can put my car near my street. This can be quite inconvenient if I've got something heavy that can't be left in the car.  Again, if it's an alright day then this doesn't really bother me.  On the other hand if it's p*ssing it down and I've been up since 4am, driven 500 miles for client meetings and returned home with a splitting headache - naturally I'm none too chuffed!

Parking problems My biggest bugbear is that just around the corner there are two areas of permit-only parking and they're always empty.  I've asked for a permit, offered to pay and everything.  I'm a good boy but have been told that permits are reserved for the use of the people living in the social housing properties - all of whom have either their own driveway, allocated parking space or a separate area of permit-only parking.  Time and time again either myself or my (now heavily pregnant) partner have struggled to find a parking space and then had to trudge in the rain only to discover these vacant lots.  I've not seen a single vehicle using the space and neither have other residents.

Now to the students.  On the off-chance that there is a space, it is usually occupied by a group of students from the college standing around talking.  Nothing wrong with that, except that they're in the road and refuse to move until the horn has sounded at least 3 times.  I don't have a problem with students in general.  I'm going to be a mature one in September at uni, it's just the attitude of the ones that attend this particular college.

They hang around the front gardens of the houses down the street, sometimes actually in them and frequently drop crisp packets, takeaway containers, bottles (glass and plastic) cigarette butts etc. on both gardens and pavement.  When I went to college there was a strict policy of not disturbing the residents in the area - what happened to that idea I wonder?  My partner used to sometimes work from 10 to 7 and upon leaving the house had to kick the same students off our doorstep each day.

None of the students seem to have any concept of non-pedestrianised streets.  It doesn't matter what car is coming, they just stand in the middle of the road and refuse to move until the last minute.  If there are students around the car when someone needs to go somewhere, it can take up to ten minutes before there is a safe enough opportunity to move.

OK, now in order to try and get some empathy out of the cynics and apologists, my partner had a miscarriage last year.  She had a hospital appointment for a scan which confirmed this.  Obviously, she was very upset.  So she practically exploded with tears, snot and swearing when there were no spaces and a load of college students sitting in our front garden smoking.  Of course, the permit-only areas were free as usual.  My, how the air turned blue, and yes, I've complained to the both the college and the Council.

There, all better now. Feel free to flame away.

By: Grumpy resident


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Dead and Buried

Dead and Buried

Well, that's why us rich people live in detached houses with private driveway and locked gates. At the end of the day you get what you pay for. I have two garages, one for my Ferrari and one for my Bentley. lol
Dead and Buried
30th Apr 14 10:41

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Crazy face

Crazy face

I have a neighbour who parks one of their cars outside my house nothing illegal about it Pain in the butt as I can't get parked I had to have a some work done so I got a skip and had it put outside their house as I was unable to put it outside mine. Solved the problem
Crazy face
30th Apr 14 00:45

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ahforfoulkessake

ahforfoulkessake

Hi.
My gripe is more my mum's gripe really that the housing association who own the houses in her street did not paint the numbers on the parking bays bigger so that people visiting friends or neighbours knew exactly where to park and that it would let people know hwo owns which space.
My mum doesn't drive but many of her visitors do and some of the residents did paint their own house numbers quite big on the spaces but the jobsworths in the housing office said no, you'll have to remove the painting, only their contractors are allowed to do it, citing Health and Safety.
They did say they would get them to come along and re-paint as residents wished but you've guessed it nothing ever happened.
ahforfoulkessake
4th May 13 16:01

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Livid of London

Livid of London

The parking problem I have outside my house is a CPZ [Controlled Parking Zone] created at no wish of mine by the Council as a cash cow; this is prblem one where visitors to me get fined, that my own car gets towed away, that Icannot receive plumbers TV repair persons when I need them.

Councils: Get Off Our Backs!!
Livid of London
9th Feb 13 12:26

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Friday Lunchtime

Friday Lunchtime

jobby : What's it like living in a world of utter fantasy and m@sturbatory self-agrandissement?
Friday Lunchtime
2nd Feb 13 14:53

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a reformed grumpy git

a reformed grumpy git

The problem we all seem to be having appart from the obvious is that Terrace houses and similar were not designed for so many cars, i live in an old victorian terace opposite a park and have lived there for nearly 20 years at first there was never a problem until people started to own more than one car with some households owning 3 or more ( basically a square peg doesn't go into a round hole) this has made normal rational individuals ( myself included ) turn into mad men and then to top it all social survices by a house 4 doors down and all hell breaks loose, basically to the letter of the law there is nothing you can do, or can we. I used to know everyone and everyone used to know me and we had a common understanding that access is important, we must get to know our neihbours, and build up an understanding, this situation is not going to improve it's going to get a lot worse and unless we change our ways it will become an impossible.
a reformed grumpy git
2nd Feb 13 07:45

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Park_where_I_want

Park_where_I_want

Anyone who puts cones out in front of their house deserves what they get! They are red reg to a bull, for me.
Park_where_I_want
9th Dec 10 19:38

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Angry Bear

Angry Bear

Right well here's my gripe. Mr grumpy, I am not a student, I work for a company that has limited car parking space and the minions like me don't get one. I drive to work. There is an estate literally accross the road from the office industrial estate where I work. There are a number of resident only spaces (most of them in fact) - however there is one long public road where no parking restrictions apply. I park here, unfortunatley this is outside someones house! normally its not a problem as I arrive when they have gone to work and leave before they come home - NOT tonight!!! I came to my car to see that a car was parked literally cenitmetres behind my car and my car had been scratched. clearly someone wasn't happy and decided that enough was enough and damaged my car. A row ensued and it got messy and the police were called. I appreciate that this must be so frustrating for the couple in question however I do not think they are enitled to go round damageing cars and getting away with it. If they had bothered to have a word in my shell like and explain the situation I would have used my sympathtic nature and not parked there again - however they didn't, and even if they had and I stayed away you can bet your bottom dollar that this would have happened to someone else. Still I have - like it or not- as much right to park there as they do - there are no residential restrictions and so to assume that they can damage my car is unacceptable. However the police can not do anything as there is no proof! will I be parking there again - yes - out of pure revenge because, if anything happens to my car again, I know which one is their house!!!!!!
Ps, this only happened this evening and I am still angry I'm sure when I've calmed down - I will be more peaceful!!!
Angry Bear
20th Jan 10 21:42

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steve

steve

I wont comment on the students as this is a parking issue but lets not forgot that our roads are (mostly) PUBLIC Highways. You should not expect or demand your own parking space at your preferred spot on a public highway because you do not own it. Any free bit of suitable road is up for grabs as far as I'm concerned. The only rules that apply is that you do not obstruct anyone's access - driveways or pedestrians. Yes it can be inconvenient but I'd just move house if it bothered me that much and find somewhere where parking is less of an issue - which I actually did.
steve
16th Jan 10 17:32

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tricia

tricia

I Had a disabled bay put in on the 1st sept I have 2 neighbours that insist on parking in it at the moment 1 of them have parked his van there which has now been there for a week and he has on intent on moving it this has made it very difficult for me to get in my own home the parking out side my home is not a large area for the amount of cars there is in the street the police can not do anything as it is a white bay and any one can park there it is only out of politeness that people dont this neighbour there are no words o discrime him on line is there anyone who can give me some advice on how to deal with this. I have been in touch with the council to in force this bay they are looking into it but that does not help me now
tricia
18th Dec 09 18:41

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Gainsborough lad.

Gainsborough lad.

The government recently awarded people £2,000-00 towards buying a foriegn car,

How about awarding people £2,000-00 towards having a driveway built on their front garden where-ever possible, this would result in a few less collisions as the roads would be less congested.
Gainsborough lad.
12th Dec 09 21:58

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Terry

Terry

When it comes to parking problems, there are too many cars on Britain's roads full stop. Public transport needs to be better.
Terry
12th Dec 09 21:45

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amanda

amanda

my neighbour opposite has just had her drive widened she has not had permission to drop the kerb, but has done so. now I can not park outside my own house because it will block her drive.
what I wonder will be done about it.
amanda
24th Aug 09 12:55

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Walliam Willace

Walliam Willace

I cannot afford to park out my house. The council wants far too much money for the privelige. I cannot afford to have any visitors who come by car. The council wants blood and money from them too.

The best things in life are free, but one has to live in the wilderness nowadays to experience that total freedom from this goddam awful greedy world.

The world is full of fascist parrots all kowtowing to the system that we have created for ourselves. No one questions its honesty or integrity.
Walliam Willace
10th Aug 09 09:11

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pattacake

pattacake

I do get annoyed with my neighbour, and I do try and keep the peace. They have a car port at the back of the house which they never use, only when they go on holiday. They have two cars and park in front of my property. I have asked nicely not to do this but they still park at the front
of my house. Honour thy neighbour as thyself. That would be nice.
pattacake
18th Jul 09 22:20

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