Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Britons 'territorial' over parking

As many as 44 per cent believe they 'own' the nearest public parking space to their home

Many Britons who regard their home as their castle are also pretty proprietorial about the parking spot outside their house, according to a poll.

As many as 44% believe they "own" the nearest public parking space to their home, found the survey by insurance company Churchill.

Around 18% have felt distressed when a stranger has parked in front of their property.

A hard-line 5% have used their own car, traffic cones or road signs to block the space in front of their home to stop others parking there.

A further 2% have put up notices banning motorists from parking near their home, while more than 4% of the 2,028 adults polled had had an argument with a neighbour over parking in the last year.

The survey also showed that 18% had been prevented from entering their property in the last year as someone had parked across their drive.

A total of 3% had even got home to find a motorist had parked on their garden or driveway.

Those most insistent on laying claim to the public parking spot outside their home were residents of north-east and north-west England, while Scottish homeowners were the most relaxed about anyone parking in the vicinity of their property.

Churchill Car Insurance head Tony Chilcott said: "Parking issues can lead to heated arguments, but people need to be tolerant of drivers that are parking entirely legally, even if it is directly outside their property."