on street parking

Started by: PeterP (8829)

The other day i went to my doctors and notices that the house next door had knocked their front wall down and their car was parked on what was the front garden. There was no dropped kerb so could i have parked on the road at the front of this gardenwithout causing an obstruction.If the kerb had been dropped i knew i could not box this car in.

Started: 29th Jul 2016 at 13:36
Last edited by PeterP: 3rd Oct 2016 at 17:21:22

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (4143) 

I would think that you could definitely park there yet at
the same time i would not guarantee your car's safety. I had this problem at my previous house .Itook a fence down and laid two lines of flags on top of my lawn and started running the car on. I was continually being blocked in,one day i sent for the cops and they told that i was at fault namely i had not applied for the kerb to be dropped. This i did and also applied for a "T" bar of council. But guess what i still used to get some awkward so=so park in front of drive, mainly because today people dont give a toss about anyone only THEMSELVES!

Replied: 29th Jul 2016 at 16:32

Posted by: dodger (3414)

If there are no parking restrictions, or dropped kerb, you can legally park there.
But expect complaints from the home owner

Replied: 29th Jul 2016 at 16:43

Posted by: erontquay (inactive)

Indeed you can Dodger. Dropped kerbs dont come cheap, but hey if you want to park on your own property its worth it.

If your application for planning permission is approved we will try to give you a decision within 8 weeks, and provide you with guidelines of cost. The standard charge for a typical dropped kerb crossing involving 5 kerb stones is £420.11 (2014/15).

However, applications where trees, lamp columns, street furniture or large surface access covers are affected may take longer to process.

We will make every effort to construct the crossover within 12 weeks of receiving your payment. Please note that the work must be undertaken by the council.


Replied: 29th Jul 2016 at 21:43

Posted by: Jazzy (8656) 

In my last house we lived close to the town,in a street with double yellow lines and drivers regularly parked on the actual drive, which did have a dropped kerb, to go shopping. One time, I had been out and came back to find a car there, and parked behind it and went indoors.

The driver rang the bell and said he had parked there because he thought the house was empty. now could I move my car so he could get out. I refused, and after about an hour he called over a traffic warden, who was patrolling the street. She knocked, and asked me to move my car, I refused, I said the driver was trespassing on private land.

The driver was very abusive, screaming at me I had no right to block him in. Very strong on their rights these people. I told him he had no right to park on private property. I shut the door, and ignored him while he and the traffic warden got their heads together. I half expected them to call the police!

After about 2 hours, of almost constant door bell ringing, I had to pick my children up from school, so I had to move the car at that time. The driver screaming abuse at me as I left the house. He'd gone when I returned, and I bet he was a bit more careful where he parked after that.

Replied: 30th Jul 2016 at 08:30
Last edited by Jazzy: 30th Jul 2016 at 08:32:06

Posted by: Anne (4021) 

Something similar in my street, being in a cul-de-sac people have been known to use neighbours drives and my front to boldly turn into and drive out again. One of my neighbours has a particularly long drive. Once started up it there is no room to turn, it is either carry on to the top or back down again. I keep my gates closed.

Replied: 30th Jul 2016 at 09:06

Posted by: dodger (3414)

Also, a dropped kerb means no parking at any time for anyone, even the home owner who paid for the dropped kerb is liable to be fined if they park there.
So Wigan council tell applicants.

Replied: 30th Jul 2016 at 13:01

Posted by: PeterP (8829)

Traffic enforcement officers are not going to knock on a persons door to find out if the car belongs to a person in that household. They will just ticket the car because it is parked across a dropped kerb.

Replied: 30th Jul 2016 at 15:34

Posted by: Jazzy (8656) 

Just to clarify, I was still parked on my own drive, not across the dropped kerb, the drive was easily long enough to fit 3 cars.

And I don't know what tale he'd told the traffic warden, and I wasn't interested enough to find out, but she did knock and ask me to let him out.

Replied: 30th Jul 2016 at 16:19

Posted by: lapis lazuli (inactive)

Would have been worth getting a taxi to pick the kids up in that instance, surely?

Start charging him storage fees!

Replied: 30th Jul 2016 at 16:22

Posted by: dodger (3414)

I would have picked the kids up by taxi, then told them to play on the drive.

Replied: 30th Jul 2016 at 16:32

Posted by: Jazzy (8656) 

Lapis, dodger, what a good idea, wish I'd thought of it

Replied: 30th Jul 2016 at 16:59

Posted by: PeterP (8829)

Twist in the tale. I parked up at the front of the house next to the doctors and when i was about to drive away the owner of the house came out and put two no parking cones in the road. I challenged her about this and she said she was a POLICE OFFICER and knew the LAW. I told her she was causing an obstruction by putting these cones out and she had no right to drive over the footpath without a dropped kerbIt seems there is one law for me and she thinks another law for her. All this has been reported to the council i wait with baited breath

Replied: 3rd Oct 2016 at 17:30

Posted by: ecmdj (8186) 


Replied: 6th Oct 2016 at 19:13


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