If you’re reading this and you live in Portsmouth then the chances are parking is an issue for your family.
My husband and I are lucky enough to live in a property that has a garage and we have recently purchased new garage doors and paid for a white line that signifies to drivers that they should not park there.
No sooner had Amelie and I retrieved her bike from the garage than the driver shouted across the street to me: ‘All that and you’re not even parking in it anyway’
I can detail exactly how many hours I’ve worked to foot the bill, but it should be worth it.
However, even though parking is not hugely limited, people park outside our garage all the time.
Once it was for an entire week, and if that is not a definition of ‘inconsiderate’, then I don’t know what is (a feeling shared by our neighbours).
Don’t get me wrong, if it’s an emergency, or incredibly late at night and you’ll be back at the crack of dawn, then we’d be understanding.
But otherwise, if you want a guaranteed parking space, then buy or rent one.
The night that my grandad passed away, I returned home late, drained, heartbroken and stunned, having spent several hours waiting for the emergency undertakers and police to leave.
I had to park some distance away because, of course, the garage space was taken. I walked back through the dark, alone and crying.
On Saturday, after someone else had spent the previous 24 hours in our space, another driver parked in it, sitting with the engine running, talking on the phone.
I approached and got so far as saying ‘I’m ever so sorry to sound fussy … ‘ before they completed my sentence for me.
‘Out the way of the garage, yeah,’ they responded, and parked on the other side – which was empty of cars.
Had I been able to finish, I’d have explained that they didn’t need to move then.
All we are doing is trying to deter people from parking there so that we can use it, especially as a friend is using one half for storage, and could they possibly refrain in future.
However, no sooner had Amelie and I retrieved her bike from the garage than the driver shouted across the street to me: ‘All that and you’re not even parking in it anyway.’
The funny thing is, I can ring the parking wardens and they’ll come immediately and put a ticket on the cars that are left there.
But I would hate to cause bad feeling.
All I’m after, please, is a smidgen of courtesy.