When I applied for and subsequently (3 1/2 years later) received a disabled parking space outside the house the Council made it quite clear this was A disabled parking space NOT MY disabled parking space! Fair enough I thought as a responsible council tax payer. Secretly I confess to daring anybody else to put their car in it – and fair play my neighbours have been wonderfully protectively of me too. Little did I realise that this ‘council property’ could be used for more than alerting the parking public to avoid placing their vehicle in the designated space unless they had a blue badge of course.
There have only been 3 occasions when an interloped has been found encroaching on ‘what is (not) mine’; well 4 if you count the morning when the refuge man piled all the black bags in it whilst out swimming at 7 am. The Council never responded to my ‘complaint’ about this but then it hasn’t happened again so perhaps the space has been blacklisted ha ha!
But when I arrived home last week I found an addition to the blue sign; a sticker drawing dog owners’ attention to the price of steaming dog poo – it’s gone up to £1000! Looking up and down the street there are similar stickers on the lamp-posts in both directions. The cartoon imagery made me laugh in part because the dog resembles a miniature Schnauzer; the breed favoured by an ex-partner of mine’s mother. Curiously he left me with a pile of poo amounting to somewhat more than £1000. Whilst I have not the slightest desire to search for him on Facebook I confess a ‘swift’ move towards the exit of M&S Culverhouse Cross will be made should I ever bump into his mother!
So to recap this designated disabled space has so far been associated with rubbish and now with dog poo; what I wonder will the Council come up with next in the name of convenience..