‘Petty' letter left on car ignites huge row in seaside town where people struggle to park

Parking disputes are familiar to millions and in one Colwyn Bay street the fuse was lit by a letter left on a car. The hand-written letter informed the driver the street is a “residential road and not a car park” and asked the driver to park elsewhere.

The driver’s “highly disappointed” mother took to Facebook to vent her anger over the letter.

She said her son has been parking in Colwyn Bay, Conwy, to work twice a week for the past four months, and was not causing any problems.

The mum added: “I would suggest that the person who wrote this note contacts the local council if they have a problem with the parking outside the property – instead of taking their frustration out on a young lad who just wants to work for a living and not cause mischief around the town like others his age.”

Colwyn Bay, like many coastal towns, can suffer from inconsiderate parking during the tourism season.

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Besides cones, motorists were prevented from parking outside properties on Caroline Road by all manner of objects.

“Things got a bit manic on Caroline Road, didn’t they?” said one driver. “Bins, cones, chairs even a wheelbarrow outside one house.”

According to the RAC, it is “perfectly legal” to park outside someone’s house, unless the vehicle is blocking a driveway or a wheel is over a dropped kerb.

Its website adds: “Where no parking controls exist, drivers do not have an “automatic spot” for parking outside their homes.”

If, however, a car is parked on a public highway and is blocking access from driveways, councils have the power to act. “

But if that car is on a drive, it’s technically on private property – and the council has no authority to remove it,” added the RAC.

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