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Parking space battle breaks out

PUBLISHED: 15:16 10 November 2010

Karen Rodgers

Karen Rodgers

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Police have launched an investigation after threatening notes were allegedly left on car windscreens during a row over parking spaces.

Residents in Apseldene Gravesend — fed up with having nowhere to park — painted six of their own allocated bays claiming they are entitled to have a designated parking area.

Karen Rodgers, who has a toddler daughter, said she and others had found it difficult to park near their homes and that was important because of various personal reasons.

She reported the issue to the police and they told her they would investigate after visiting on Monday.

The 39-year-old said: “We decided to go about it in the proper, legal way. I contacted the council and it said there was no issue, but it would not pay for the work.

“We put polite notes on their cars asking them not to park in the area on the day that painting was due to take place and it went ahead.

“That day I had a woman screaming at me asking about who had given us the right. And then we had notes put on our cars saying what we had done was illegal and to ‘watch this space’.

“We kept the notes and we feel this is unacceptable and threatening. It is either threatening to us or our cars.”

Mrs Rodgers added: “I have lived here 14 years and when I bought my house I was told I had a parking bay and a garage space. What we did was perfectly legal and correct.”

Meanwhile, a resident at nearby Thistledown, Darren Jukes, who was due to be a father for the second time on Tuesday, put the case for the other side.

The 43-year-old said: “I have lived here six years and that is a communal parking area. What they have done is wrong.

“This is causing complete disruption in the surrounding neighbourhood as everyone will try and claim spaces outside their properties and there aren’t enough.

“It is causing a traffic danger as people are parking on the road when it isn’t necessary.

“We feel it is bang out of order in the way that they have done it. Part of me wants to laugh, the other part is annoyed. Outside my house I always think it’s a first come first served basis.”

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