Man explains why he put cones in front of his house

By Lisa Rand

A Wirral man who puts cones in front of his house to stop people parking has spoken out to defend the practice.

One New Brighton resident said "there's more than one side to a story" with him insisting he puts cones out when he goes shopping so that elderly relatives don't have to walk due to people "parking for days" in his street.

The man contacted the ECHO after we reported on the frustrations of Wallasey resident Cameron Disley who said he was fed up of "cheeky" residents putting out "illegal" cones to stop other people parking outside their properties.

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Speaking to the ECHO yesterday, Cameron said that "when you buy a house you don't buy the road" and that he makes a point of moving and parking in spots that have been cordoned off by cones.

According to the Highway Code, people are not allowed to use parking cones or wheelie bins to reserve a parking space outside their property.

Unless your street is governed by residents' parking permits, any member of the public can park in your street, as long as they are complying with restrictions, and not causing obstructions.

ECHO readers have been divided over the issue, with many agreeing it was "cheeky" and saying they would move the cones themselves, whereas others were sympathetic with the plight of residents.

The New Brighton resident, who asked not to be named, said: "People just come around here and park their cars overnight and of a weekend.

"There aren't many area that aren't yellow lines or residents' parking and there's not enough parking for people living here as it is.

"If I'm going shopping and I'm taking my older relatives I will put cones out."

He says, however, that he never argues with anyone who moves them.

The man said: "What I'm saying is if people come down, and they are allowed to park here as people are, and they move the cones that's fine."

Responding to claims that some people have been giving "intimidating stares" when the cones were moved, the man said: "I personally would never threaten or intimidate anyone, I know I'm not allowed my own private parking space, but I'm just trying to make sure there is somewhere to park.

"I don't know who is apparently causing a row over all this, it's certainly not something I would ever do.

"It's just that people come and park for days and then there's nowhere to park other than streets away, that's not fair for my relatives, and it's just going to get worse when parking meters come in down New Brighton promenade.

"I understand about the rules but I just think people need to hear that there's more than one side to a story.

"There are lots of people coming down to New Brighton I don't want to spoil anyone's joy, and if someone's down and there for an hour or two that's fine but there are cars that can be parked here for several days.

"As local residents, we should get some consideration."

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