We have a neighbour who doesn’t work having recently become a mum and not a day goes by without them having visitors. The trouble is they often park at the bottom of our front lawn right outside the house. They park fully on the pavement mind you, which is illegal, and they basically treat the front of our house as if it was their car park! This wouldn’t be quite so bad if it were not for that fact that they have a drive which easily takes two cars and often gets left empty whilst someone is parked outside our house. The pavement itself is very wide as it’s on a corner, which means you can fully park on the pavement (which, as I say, is illegal) and it ends up looking like some sort of ‘adhoc’ car park.
Our neighbour’s house is the end of the street, which means there’s no one on the other side, there’s just a side road which means there’s really no excuse for their thoughtless parking. I’ve asked them countless times not to allow their visitors to park outside our house and the response was “What’s the problem?!!”. Well I think the problem is that some people are incredibly selfish and inconsiderate!
The Weekly Gripe says: I can fully appreciate where you are coming from with this gripe. We used to rent a house in a place called Caversfield and experienced similar parking issues with my neighbour. She introduced herself to us shortly after she bought the house next door by complaining to us that according to her deeds our parking space was actually hers and ours was the next one down. This was actually quite amusing because the parking space was directly outside our house. What did she expect us to do, ask everyone in the street to move down one space to keep her happy?
This was then followed up by months of inconvenience due to her visitors parking in our space. I’ve lost count of the number times we had to knock on the door and ask them to move so we could park up. More often than not it was her mother that was visiting… (mumbles something about like mother, like daughter). This was particularly irritating after arriving home late at night with a small child and a boot full of luggage to ferry into the house. But the most annoying thing about all this was there was actually an overflow car park nearby that was set aside for the use of visitors.