The other day I had a conversation with a visitor to the next door property, it was a bit of a struggle but mainly consisted of 'we can not park in front of our house, we need to park across the road', I explained that we couldn't as our next door neighbour was parked on our side of the road and we had to park behind them.
The following day we had a visit from a Mairie employee telling us officially we could not park here and needed to use the little car park, that is just a few yards along the road.
OK obviously we had been reported!
I still have no idea why we can't park in front of the house
Whilst Andy was with us helping with the electrics, he had parked outside the house (I had forgotten about the recent visit)
It didn't take long before we had another visit from the Mairie, I explained that we no longer parked outside the house and that this was a visitor.
He was very friendly and was happy to speak slowly and even told me not to worry about my slow French, it was very good.
I asked why we could not park and why there were no signs to say such, at this point he took me to a very large overgrown hedge and scrambled inside to show me a sign!
This hedge was very overgrown when we bought the property and nobody told us there were any parking restrictions.
He then apologised that the hedge was over grown and said that it would be cut back soon so the sign could be seen.
It is official this bit of road is no parking.
The guy from the Mairie confirmed there was no problem for unloading if we have a car load but not for permanent parking, now we know why there is a little car park at the end of our road, this is not a problem, but we are a bit peeved that this was never pointed out to us when we bought the property.
The following day somebody had been out and cut a big chunk of the hedge away so that the sign could be seen.
But now we are used to parking in the car park, we realise this is much better, it is never full as there are only a couple of houses here and it means we never have a car parked outside our living room window.
Sometimes problems can work out for the best.
- When buying a property always check for parking restrictions.