I intended posting this yesterday but got tied up, But, I went back via car to the parking spot, I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d see Mr. Know all, as I was a bit later. but as chance would have it, just as I got the dogs out of the car he drove down the road. I waited till he turned round, [he had to cut the turn short] and I waved him to open his window, and asked if I could have a word.
I asked him if he was the person who remonstrated with me about the parking and he said yes, well I didn’t want to have a go at the wrong person. I told him that I had investigated his accusation about me parking illegally and saying it was in the Highway code, I told him I looked it up on the internet but could see nothing that confirmed this, so I phoned the Police station for clarification.
He looked a trifle uneasy, and said that he didn’t say it was in the Highway code as a ruling but as a courtesy and consideration to other road users, quick thinking on his part eh? I told him that it was not in there in any shape nor form and the Police were quite adamant that as long as I wasn’t parking on lines/blocking drives/in front of schools etc, I was perfectly at liberty to park there, Mr Know all was still trying to say that it was parking with inconsideration to the convenience of other users. I got fed up with his blustering and told him that the Police were quite happy to explain the situation to him. and … if it became an incident they would make consideration to making the road permit only. He drove off a defeated man.
I had trouble in the past with people on two other disputes parking in the side streets. One man came out of his house on three occasions to ‘have a go’ because he thought I was too close to his house, and he had to struggle to turn into his drive. He was so abusive I stopped parking there and moved down to the next road. It was even worse, after about two evenings a man came out and told me in no uncertain terms to bu***r off. He said he was in the Neighbourhood watch and was concerned that I was ‘casing’ the empty house near where I parked, we had a few words and then he reached in and grabbed the car keys, lucky for him my GSD was in the back. I got so annoyed I made a complaint to the police about both sets of problems. The called on the households and then got in touch to tell me that I was not being a nuisance where I parked and was at liberty to do so, they also asked if I wanted to press charges against the one who grabbed the keys, but I said just let it drop. When I moved down to the current stopping place I couldn’t see that there could be any trouble, how wrong was I ? all sorted now anyway.