Mum fuming as neighbours leave ‘rude’ note on her car over parking dispute

If you live on a busy street where the houses don’t have driveways, you’ll know that it can be a real pain to find space to park your car outside your own house.

This is because roadside parking is not usually reserved for specific residents of a street, so anyone can park in front of your house providing there aren’t any other exceptions in place, such as a marked disabled space or double yellow lines.

But one mum on TikTok named Charlotte Gascoigne has found herself embroiled in a feud with her neighbours over parking after she recently had to park her car outside another set of four houses that are around the corner from her own.

Her neighbours left a note on her car demanding she stop parking outside a house that’s not her own, but she claims there are four houses and eight parking spaces, so there’s “plenty of room” for everyone to park.

Charlotte, who posts on TikTok under the username @mummy_gascoigne, shared a picture of the note in her video, which read: “Hi, please can you not park up here as parking is for the houses up here.”

The note featured a smiley face at the bottom, but the mum found the message to be “a little bit rude”, as she said the parking isn’t private, and she wouldn’t have the same reaction if they parked in front of her house.

She explained in her video: “I’ve just come to my car and I’ve seen this note. When I come home and there’s absolutely no parking at all on my street, just at the side of my house there are another four houses with eight parking spaces. It’s not private, it’s literally for everyone that lives on this street, not just for those four houses.

“I wrote a polite note back and said: ‘Hi, I live at … and sorry but when there are no spaces on the street I have no choice. Plus there’s eight spaces and four houses, so plenty of space for us all.’

“Like, it’s a little bit rude that. They could park outside my house and I wouldn’t say ‘Oh, this is just for us’. The parking is literally a free-for-all, you could probably live in Torquay and come and park here if you wanted to.

“We’re all part of the same community.”

Commenters on the video were quick to defend the mum, with many saying that unless the spaces are allocated – which Charlotte insists they are not – then she is able to park wherever she likes.

One person wrote: “Don’t take this note to heart, people get so protective over road spaces. I think if they want a particular space – buy a house with a drive!”

While another added: “Oh my god, why are people like this? You did so well to be so polite, I’d have been raging.”

And a third said: “Unless the space is allocated to their property then they have no say I who parks there … but I suppose they did say please.”

Clarifying the parking space situation, Charlotte responded in the comments: “We don’t have allocated spaces, I’ve been told this by the council.”