Selfish use of a dropped kerb - moonshine {P}

I recently sold a house that we lived for around 20 years. It has a drive way big enough to take two cars side by side and a matching dropped kerb. The house is a semi and there is also ample room to park a car in the street out the front without blocking the driveway.

In 20 years of living there we never had any trouble at all with parking, even with 3 cars in the household.

The new owner (a lady in her late 60's and has been moved in for about 2 weeks) lives on her own and has one car. Speaking with her the other day she said that she was fed up with people parking accross her driveway (she's means people parking outside her house) and is getting the council to extend the dropped kerb to be the full width of the house. This purely to stop people parking outside her house.

To me this is just a selfish way of stopping anyone parking outside the house. I guess the 'older generation' are just as ignorant and selfish as anyone else.
Selfish use of a dropped kerb - Jono_99
How does this work? Is the drive the full width of the house? If not, will the dropped kerb lead to a wall / hedge / something else?!

Interesting that the council will extend drop kerbs on request - didn't realise it was that easy....

As you say, sounds selfish in the extreme...

Jono
Selfish use of a dropped kerb - Cliff Pope
I don't think a dropped kerb means no parking - it means parking there may potentially block someone's access so the driver may be asked to move. (see previous threads on blocking access/exits)
Parking in front of a brick wall isn't obstructing access, neither necessarily is parking across one half of a double width access.
Selfish use of a dropped kerb - moonshine {P}
You are right, the drive is not the full width of the house. There is a wall across the remainder of the garden, she is having this knocked down, I assume so that she can justify the dropped kerb to the council.

She is also quite happy to be wasting her money on this madness.

personally I think the council shouldn't allow it. The existing dropped kerb is already big enough.

Edited by moonshine {P} on 15/02/2008 at 10:37

Selfish use of a dropped kerb - 2cents
Perhaps she is experiencing a problem because she is a little old lady and others are taking advantage of that fact. My neighbours visitors used to dismiss my protests of drive blocking with a wave of the hand and a ' give us a knock if you want to go out ". I don't seek permission to leave my own drive way, not for any one.
Selfish use of a dropped kerb - Mapmaker
>>I don't seek permission to leave my own drive way, not for any one.


Did you buy a tank? :)
Selfish use of a dropped kerb - Saltrampen
My neighbour has a full width drop kerb and parking for 2 cars in the drive.
The full width kerb will encourage many drivers to look for other spaces, but saying that he doesn't get upset if someone parks 1/4 way across driveway as he can still get his cars out.
The issue is when you are obstructed from moving your vehicle.
Many people get "funny" if someone parks outside there house whether you have a driveway or not and will park their car within 1 inch of an offending car just to prove a point.
I used to feel this way until I realised when I visited friends I did exactly the same.
With parking getting harder and harder, worrying about cars parked outside your house but not actually blocking anyone just makes your blood pressure go up and so you should just relax about it.

Selfish use of a dropped kerb - Happy Blue!
I live on a main road with double yellows outside, so people either park in my long drive with a wide turning head that can take three cars side by side or in a layby near by.

I went to visit a friend on a wide posh road. I parked outside his neighbours house, a house with a long wide drive etc etc. The neighbour came out later and knowck on the door to ask me to move. I said I was parked on the public highway, not blocking any drive and wouldn't unless he gave me a good reason. My friend took me to one side and said 'Mafia'. I shifted the car.

Selfish use of a dropped kerb - 2cents
I must point out that the visitors to my neighbour, nearly always leave their driveway completely unobstructed whilst parking across mine. Why ?
Selfish use of a dropped kerb - adverse camber
Ssshhhhh!

You and I both know that it's a government conspiracy. Dont draw attention, there's a good chap.
Selfish use of a dropped kerb - 2cents
Funny, I thought it was down to plain old fashioned pig ignorance.
Selfish use of a dropped kerb - paulb {P}
I must point out that the visitors to my neighbour nearly always leave their driveway
completely unobstructed whilst parking across mine. Why ?


If, when you speak to them, you employ the same sort of tone as you've used in some of your posts on here just lately (the thread about the Freelander accident being a case in point), then I fear you may find that it is being done deliberately in order to wind you up.
Selfish use of a dropped kerb - 2cents
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Edited by Dynamic Dave on 15/02/2008 at 18:55

 

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