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Can I put cones out to prevent someone parking?

Question:
Can I put cones out to prevent someone parking?
Answer:

Under the Highways Act 1980 it is an offence to obstruct the highway without permission from the local highway authority. We do not allow permission for cones to be placed on the highway by residents. Public highways are intended for the passing and repassing of traffic, and not for the private use of the residents.

For this reason we cannot agree to supply cones for residents to preserve parking areas but residents may wish to browse the information on our website regarding residents parking zones. These schemes require full support of the residents as there are bespoke fees for applying and then ongoing costs for the permits.

In the meantime, if non-resident parking is causing obstruction to private accesses, then this is a matter that the police can respond to by identifying vehicle owners and issuing on the spot fines if necessary.

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