Walking to park outside my house!
I’ve shared my frustrations about the road I live in before Congestion but it has got worse and is going to cost me money!
Bristol is having a major clamp down on parking. Many residential areas now have permit parking. As a resident you might think that is good but many of the restrictions are during the day when residents are at work! Apparently it is all part of a strategy to stop commuters (yes we are using that sort of language now!) parking to go to work in the centre of the City where there is virtually no parking at all.
For these areas, visiting contractors can’t park to give quotes or do work which means business is suffering. Back to my road. We don’t have resident’s permits and during the day it is not too difficult to find a space to park in. However, once you get to 5pm forget it! If we are later than that coming home, we cannot park outside the house and are now having to walk much further to find somewhere.
Until recently, this was due to the pub up the road showing the champions league football matches. This meant that around 11.30pm you could go and reclaim your car and move it back to the house. Now things have changed.
Apparently, because of restrictions in other roads, people are using ours to park then walking back to their homes. This means no space in the evening but by 7.30am many have gone. To have this situation occasionally is OK but when it is constant we are finding ourselves wondering where we will park when we are coming back to the house.
We have decided to look into two possible solutions. One is to move house! Now this is fine by me as although I love the house I hate the road and what it has become. Problem with this solution is there are very few houses for sale around us (or even in the city) with parking.
The other answer would be to create a drive at the front of the house. We have the space, just, but I really don’t want to look out of the front window and look straight at the car. However, that may be the way to go but it will cost around £2000!
So I am not happy that despite paying council tax for many years I cannot guarantee being able to park outside my house unless I pay up!
What are the parking arrangements where you live? Do you have a long walk to get to your car?