A parking space, any parking space within walking distance of one's home in London is increasingly a fraught issue, with news yesterday that a pregnant woman was shot dead in her hallway yesterday over a parking row between neighbours.
It rather brings us back to the planning dilemma all over again. Where we lived before had a private drive for the residents - an off street cul de sac - and although it was crowded, one could normally park one's car in the space allocated for each house with the number on it. Occasionally, cars would come off the street and park in these but it wasn't normally a problem.
Just before coming back to Thanet, a new housing complex was built over the top of what used to be the retirement home across the road. Under regulations, it had it's own parking but if one visits the area now, one can see the result.
One car per unit or even 1.5 cars per unit doesn't work. I see the residents of my old area have taken to putting a chain across the entrance and cars are now back to back all down the road. Better 2.5 cars per unit when you take visitors into account as well.
In London today, a private parking space adds signifcantly to the price of a house and a walk along some of the narrower streets in Thanet quickly demonstrates that the same pressures are starting to be seen here now.