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Cars parked in the middle of cul de sac and blocking entance / exit of our driveway

Reported in the Car parking category anonymously at 21:02, Thu 15 May 2014

Sent to Thurrock Borough Council 3 minutes later

While I'm sure this has happened at odd times in the past, for the last year particularly it seems, many people have started to park their car in the middle of a small cul-de-sac which completely blocks us from either entering or exiting our driveway, as well as blocking a gate to a private road through to the park across the street (where on occasion ambulances have needed access to).

I have researched this for hours and it appears as though blocking a car from entering the driveway is not illegal, however blocking vehicles from exiting the driveway (obstruction) is illegal. I also read something which stated that it is illegal to park a car at a right angle to a curb. Can you confirm these things?

There are no yellow lines across this curb - and we're not requesting that there be - as it would be completely fine if people just took an extra 30 seconds to park alongside the curb, instead of at a right angle which clearly blocks our driveway and the private road opposite.

Today I came home to find a car parked there yet again and after a few minutes the owner returned, I asked him not to park there in future (knowing that my Mother’s car was in the garage, and had she needed to leave the house in an emergency - or for any other reason for that matter - she would not have been able to) and after initially saying OK, the guy proceeded to shout at me as I walked back into my house that he plans to park there all the time (because he thought he saw me shake my head as I walked away…)!

Is there some sort of sign or diagram that can be placed here so that people can actually see that what they’re doing is illegal? I’m pretty sure that most of these people think it’s not illegal – albeit completely inconsiderate which is obviously not against the law – and would not do it henceforth were they made unequivocally aware?

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