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Author Topic: 'Visitor' car parking space - who has the right to use it?  (Read 1160 times)

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'Visitor' car parking space - who has the right to use it?
« on: 22 November, 2016, 12:24:14 PM »
We live on a street with parking for the houses, but very little visitor parking.  Some houses have driveways, some have dedicated parking bays, and I discovered yesterday that one parking bay - which is full of rubbish and an overgrown shrub, is actually for visitor parking.  Trouble is, I don't know whose visitors that means! 

As I regularly have visitors who park on the road nearby, would I be breaking any laws if I remove the rubbish and overgrown buddleia and permitted my guests to use it?  As far as I can tell, it has been unused for years - which is nuts given the problems we have with street parking nearby - and it does not seem to be specifically attached to any particular group of properties.

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Re: 'Visitor' car parking space - who has the right to use it?
« Reply #1 on: 22 November, 2016, 01:33:52 PM »
It may well depend on who owns the land - I've seen some examples of title deeds stating "you own 1 Acacia avenue, plus (the right to use) a visitor spot highlighted on the plan in the road for visitors - i.e. occasional use, perhaps shared across multiple properties". This is probably more common in private roads, but is equally possible on a public road in a development with limited parking availability.

Either way, there are quite a few forums opining that it's difficult to do anything to stop anyone using a marked visitor space for any purpose unless it's on private land - in which case the owner can put a lock-post in to prevent access.

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Re: 'Visitor' car parking space - who has the right to use it?
« Reply #2 on: 22 November, 2016, 03:39:02 PM »
Just to add a little to Siasl's excellent answer. A quick call to the highways department of your local council* will most likely bring you a clear answer about what 'visitor rights' exist on that overgrown patch of street of yours.

Ask your council's highways department to give you a decision in writing . It should not only give you a clear guidance but it also give you something to wave at any neighbour who questions your actions. Properly weighted it also makes a very handy impromptu cosh should any neighbour get over-stroppy about your guests using the previously unused visitor parking space.

On the subject of who a 'visitor parking' slot is normally specifically meant for...research shows that people tend to like parking as close to their homes as possible (naturally enough) and therefore the Highways Agency's* stated design guidelines for building and providing 'visitor parking slots' is that they should ideally be built for homes within 20m of the parking slot.

This is only a guideline, not a law. In the light of this, I would think that if there is only one measly visitor slot for the whole of your street, this 20m guideline usage would seem to be irrelevant.

* PS If you are unlucky enough to live on a major A road, then contacting Highways England (who took over from the old Highways Agency in April last year) might also be an option. They have the responsibility for motorways and A roads - any road other than an A road usually becomes the responsibility of the local council.
 
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Re: 'Visitor' car parking space - who has the right to use it?
« Reply #3 on: 22 November, 2016, 04:37:05 PM »
Thanks, folks.  I've emailed the council highways department to ask them if I'd be okay to clear the space, as I don't want to be 'done' for vandalism!