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I've parked outside my Gloucester home for years but now get a parking ticket

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

Philip Reese lives in Victory Road

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FURIOUS driver Philip Reese has been slapped with a parking ticket for parking his car outside his house.

Philip, who lives in Victory Road in Tredworth has been parking in the same place for years.

But he was given the ticket because the front wheel of his car was touching the yellow zigzag lines outside his house.

He said: “The zigzag lines are here because there is a school near my house. “I have been here for 30 years and for the last few years I have said the council should get rid of the bollards.

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“It is difficult for me to fit my car into the space.

“I have a Skoda car and when I need to park I need to check the bollard behind and the zigzag lines in front.

“I need to make sure it fits in.”

Parking restrictions on the road mean drivers cannot stop on the marking between Monday to Friday from 8.15am to 9.15am and 2.45pm to 3.30pm.

Philip has now challenged the £35 parking ticket which was given to him on February 5.

He said: “I was given another ticket a while back but I admit at that time the car was parked six inches over.

“This time it was just touching. I couldn’t move it back because of the bollard.

“We have been asking for these bollards to be removed which will give all the drivers move room to park outside their houses.

“A while back the council removed some double yellow lines on the street but I don’t know why they kept the zigzag lines.

“At home times it is busy but parents have to pick their children up, which is understandable.”

City councillor Usman Bhaimia (L, Barton and Tredworth) said: “The double yellow lines were removed four years ago but the zigzag lines were over looked and not removed.

“Mr Rees was parking his car in front of his house after the road was blocked on the right side in front of the school for years.

“Victory Street has six bollards which need to be removed to make space for six cars parking to ease the parking problem and avoid accidents.

Jim Daniels, Parking Manager at Gloucestershire County Council said, “Parking outside school gates is a national problem and zigzag lines are put in to keep children safe.

“There is ample parking nearby without the need to park illegally.”

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  • Hadagmaja  |  March 03 2014, 1:47AM

    Victory Road or Victory Street, TiG? You mention both. Shoddy journalism yet again!

  • RoadWombat  |  February 28 2014, 10:54PM

    It is, indeed, noteworthy that the two photographs showing the car in relationship to the lines are taken at angles that make it difficult to ascertain to what extent it encroaches the lines (although it is pretty obvious that it does so, as tishwash says). Someone taking such a photo and wishing it to unimpartially show the most accurate evidence would have taken the photo 90-degrees side-on. It would also show the relationship of the rear of the vehicle to the bollard. I imagine that evidence will be provided by the prosecution, either by way of photograph or by way of measurement should Mr Reese avail himself of the opportunity to have the matter heard in court..

  • tishwash  |  February 28 2014, 7:33PM

    So a few things: 1) If you look at the picture and zoom in you can see his car is WELL AND TRUELY over the lines, the wheels are in front of the last line.... 2) The bollard isn't causing you a problem, if it's a one off where you failed to park far enough back that's your own fault ? 3) Just because you've been doing something for years doesn't mean it should be allowed.

  • NibNobs  |  February 27 2014, 4:52PM

    buy a smaller car so it won't go over the zig zag markings. I've always fancied a Mini Cooper myself and they hold their value better than any Skoda

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  • supernova1  |  February 27 2014, 11:08AM

    Unfortunately, you do not have a RIGHT to park outside your home. If you are fortunate to have sufficient funds to purchase a house with it's own drive, then so be it. For the rest, you can park where you want, legally. Also, the fact that he's been doing it for years makes no difference. We held people in slavery for years, that wasn't right either! Fact is, if he hasn't been caught before, it's because patrols have been lenient. Now we're all toughening up. Let's say he is ACTUALLY breaking the law, if we want fairness, then it has to be zero tolerance, otherwise it becomes a subjective argument. I bet he doesn't like boy racers zooming up and down his road.....LOL. And as has been said, running to the press makes you look an even bigger pen!s.

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  • MentalBeaver  |  February 27 2014, 9:48AM

    meymey - Where in Abbeydale did this happen? I've reported some very inconsiderate parking (on the road) and I don't believe anything was ever done about it because it's worse now than it was before.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  February 27 2014, 9:04AM

    Poor poor ickle dewicate man got a tickety wicket because he broke the rules. Cry cry cry. Man up man, admit you were WRONG, which you clearly were and learn from it for next time. Making a spectacle of yourself like this and crying to the media is a source of embarrassment to yourself. Just because it was outside of YOUR house, makes no difference. The rules are there for everyone. It is the same when blue badge holders can park where there other vehicles cannot park. If a car is an obstruction as in parked where double yellow lines have been put down to prevent parking, then that is an obstruction whether it is a blue badge holder or the resident who lives directly by it. There will always be those trying to be clever and think oh if I park an inch on it, I'll get away with it. Then if they do, they want an inch an half and so on and on.

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  February 27 2014, 7:30AM

    Yes, if there are zig-zags, the location of his house doesn't matter (although yellow zig-zags are usually not as enforcable as the white ones by crossings. The bollards are unlikely to be removed, as whatever purpose they were held to serve in the first place means the council would be liable if THEY took them away and someone got hurt. However, if the bollards are damaged enough to make their removal necesary FOR safety's sake, the council would not replace them. This has happened elsewhere in Barton & Tredworth. Meanwhile, cars park on the cycle lanes of Stroud Road with impunity, particularly the silver/grey Range Rover, which makes life particularly difficult for buses and coaches when a car parks on the other side of the road as well...

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  • RoadWombat  |  February 27 2014, 12:13AM

    The times of the restriction seem sensible enough - to cover school arrival/departure times. It may be a bit over-zealous (we do see a lot of that) but on the other hand we only have one side of the story. It may be that there is an ongoing problem there and this chap got caught up in it. One thing is for certain - the fact it is outside his house is totally irrelevant and he has done himself no favours by mentioning that. He has been afforded the opportunity of paying a fixed penalty as an alternative to attending court, so if he feels the evidence is in his favour he doesn't have to pay it. He can still challenge the matter in court and it will be up to the prosecution to prove the offence.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 26 2014, 11:46PM

    As the council has said the zig zag markings are to protect children by allowing drivers more time to see them by removing vehicles from the specified area. If it was a child that had died because of this driver ignoring the zig zags would this have been reported in the same way?

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