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Angry Hull residents divided over carriageway parking dilemma

A photo shared on social media of a car parked on the grassy edge of a Hull street has residents divided on what is acceptable parking and what is not. The post on Hull Live’s Traffic and Travel group sparked many conflicting opinions.

The photo, originally posted on Facebook, shows a car parked on the edge of the grass on Willerby Road due to lack of space. The vehicle covers a small portion of the roadway.

The resident asked if this type of parking was legal and whether authorities would take legal action against the owner. This was followed by a series of conflicting responses that discussed whether the issue was really worth worrying about.

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The resident posted a photo of the parking issue and wrote, “Help please! So, is this kind of “parking” really legal?

“It’s a thing repeated on Willerby Road. It’s an example of someone not finding a parking space on the main road, he also can’t be bothered to park his car in the garage, so he decided to throw the night on the path and the edge of the grass.

“Would the authorities take action against the owner? Thanks in advance.



The car was parked on the edge of the grass and the sidewalk

Hull residents were quick to share their thoughts on the matter. One disagreed and said: “Looks like a lot of people have forgotten how to mind their own F*****g business. Vehicles have gotten bigger and more wide over the years, while the parking infrastructure near the houses is already at its maximum capacity.

“Even new builds have s****y amenities for any parking in the area, go check out Kingswood if you want proof. The majority of homes these days have more than one vehicle because more ‘a family member has to work to pay the bills.’

Another felt the opposite, saying: “I know it’s not ideal and there’s a lack of space to park but if it continues it will look like North Road between Norton and Boothferry The grass is a total mess with mud all over the road and pavement, and have not been swept for about 4 years.”

Many people felt that others should just mind their own parking lot business, especially when they don’t know the person or the unique challenges they may face.

One woman said: “Some newer cars are just too wide for most garages now, I know mine is. They don’t block any access to prams/wheelchairs or any other cars – that person might may be disabled, may be a single parent with small sleeping children or may have returned from vacation at crazy hours with luggage or had an emergency, etc.

“Honestly, there are much worse problems in the world. Not sure why, maybe knock and ask if you’re that interested.”

Another woman agreed, saying: “Sorry but in my opinion you have to have a hobby and by hobby I mean something that stops you from being a nosy and trying to cause trouble to someone! It’s absolutely none of your business and they’re not hurting you at all.

“You can always pass by, they’re not blocking you! Are they parked in front of you? If not, stop being bitter. Where I live, we don’t have another choice because all the roads in my area are small and bumpy. no garage.”

The legality around curbside parking was another issue that seemed to divide residents’ opinion.

Another man said: “It depends on the local authorities, many places are suitable for parking on grassy edges. Obviously they had to drive along the kerb, which is a traffic offence.

“You can cross a sidewalk when there’s access, a lowered sidewalk. They didn’t cross the sidewalk they took. Are they actually causing a problem?”

A woman added: “It’s not illegal, I’ve spoken to a police officer about it in the past. As stupid as it sounds, it’s illegal to drive on the pavement, so if the police see you doing it, you may be in trouble, but once parked it’s fine.

“You can also park on the grass central reservation between a dual carriageway.”

Another woman responded by saying, “Garbage; a median strip is covered by Rule 191 of the Highway Code. The places where people think it’s okay to park their vehicles are mind-boggling.

This discussion was originally posted in the Traffic and travel in Hull The Facebook page.

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