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Note Exchange Sparked Facebook Debate Over Public Parking (Photo)

| by Reve Fisher

Do you have the right to park on the street directly outside of your home? A woman from Cheltenham, England, made it clear that she believes the answer is no.

When The Gloucestershire Echo published a story about poor parking in Cheltenham, Lynne King wrote about an incident that happened when she parked on a public street outside of someone's else.

After King came back to her car, she noticed that a resident had left a note:

"Please can you park elsewhere when visiting instead of outside my house where I can't park."

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King responded with a note of her own:

"My car is taxed so I will park where I want! It's a public road not your personal parking space. It is not a disabled space so I am not breaking the law, which, by the way, you are by parking on the path. If you want to park outside your house, have a drive put in."

The Gloucestershire Echo decided to ask its readers whose side were they on. Most comments supported King's response to the original note.

"Totally agree,” said Ceri Squidge Morgan. “Unless they have a disabled space outside their property, they have no right to attempt to own the road!! Especially with cones which students end up going home with anyway!!"

"Cars parked on pavements should be towed away and crushed,” said Nick Gill. “The cube could be left on the owners doorstep. Haha."

Some people sympathized with the resident, although they noted that the inconvenience they faced was not illegal.

"Where I live you can rarely park in the same street somedays as all the students and teachers use the road as an overflow carpark for the university,” explained Ruth Ashton. “We as residents are not happy as the council cant get down the road to empty the bins let alone get an emergency vehicle down the street ! So i can see where the resident is coming from."

Despite the legality of the situation, some believe that a little compassion from both sides would alleviate the problem.

"It is infuriating when you can't get to your own house, that does not condone the note," reasoned Claire McLellan. "Both sides need to be more considerate of each other. Neither person knows the personal situation of the other."

Sources: The Gloucestershire Echo, [2] / Photo credit: The Gloucestershire Echo